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Daily family papers, 1850-1995
MVC075  
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Description
Erastus Wright Daily moved to Ventura County with his brothers, Charles J., and Wendell P., in the 1880s. He started out as an employee on Patterson Ranch and eventually owned his own successful farm in Camarillo, cultivating sugar beets, lima beans, and walnuts. E.W. Daily and Etta Amelia Crowley Daily had four daughters, Nellie, Bernice, Ruth, and Gladys. The philanthropic family donated often to local charities and causes. The late Gladys Daily Coffman alone donated millions to various foundations in the county. This collection contains the papers of the Daily family, with materials including photographs, correspondence, diaries, vital records, and other ephemera.
Background
The Daily brothers, Erastus Wright, Charles J., and Wendell P., all arrived in Ventura County in the 1880s. E.W. Daily started out as a worker on Patterson Ranch and became a well-known farmer of sugar beets, lima beans, and walnuts in Camarillo. E.W. Daily and Etta Amelia Crowley Daily had four daughters, Nellie, Bernice, Ruth, and Gladys. The late Gladys Daily Coffman died in 1998 at the age of 97. Following her death, she donated millions to local charities and causes. She had no children or nieces or nephews. Her sister, Ruth Daily Livingston, established the Livingston Memorial Foundation, named after her late husband Dr. William R. Livingston, and which is a charity dedicated to providing medical services in Ventura County. Much of the family's estate supports local charities and services.
Extent
5.13 Cubic Feet (4 boxes)
Restrictions
Property rights to the physical object belong to the Museum of Ventura County. Literary rights, including copyright, have not been determined. Contact the Research Library for further information: library@venturamuseum.org.
Availability
COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE: Open for research. All requests to access materials must be made in advance by contacting the Research Library staff via email: library@venturamuseum.org.