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Daily family papers, 1850-1995
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Provenance/Source of Acquisition
  • Processing Information
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Scope and Contents
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Other Finding Aids

  • Contributing Institution: Museum of Ventura County
    Title: Daily family papers
    Creator: Daily family
    Identifier/Call Number: MVC075
    Physical Description: 5.13 Cubic Feet (4 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1850-1995
    Abstract: 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.
    Physical Location: Stored off-site and advance notice required for timely retrieval. Please contact the Research Library reference desk prior to your visit.
    Language of Material: English .

    Conditions Governing Access

    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.

    Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

    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.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Daily family papers, (Collection MVC075), Museum of Ventura County, Research Library, Ventura, California.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gladys Daily Coffman Trust; gift; 1999.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Research Library Docents Pat Bell and Cheri Brant, 1999, and Krystell Jimenez, 2021.
    Our collections are processed using MPLP methods so that we can prioritize access for users and identify potential priorities for more detailed processing. If while using our collections you think there is something that should be added or amended in the finding aid, we welcome your input. You can notify staff in the reading room or send us an email at library@venturamuseum.org Be sure to include the collection number and name and the box number you were working with in your email.

    Biographical / Historical

    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.

    Scope and Contents

    This collection contains the papers of the Daily family, including E.W., Nellie, Bernice, Ruth, and Gladys Daily. This includes photographs, correspondence, diaries, negatives, vital records, sermon notes and religious literature, genealogy records, and accounts books for family businesses.

    Organization and Arrangement

    The collection has been processed at the collection level with box-level description.

    Other Finding Aids

    Library Docents Pat Bell and Cherie Brant completed preliminary processing of the collection in 1999. They completed an inventory of the papers in the collection available in this Daily Family Inventory  document. It has been edited for clarity.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Religious broadcasting
    Ranches -- California -- Ventura County
    Family Bible records
    Daily, Erastus Wright, 1860-1947
    Daily , Nellie, 1890-1969
    Livingston, Ruth Daily, 1893-1955
    Coffman, Gladys Daily, 1901-1998
    Daily family -- Correspondence
    Daily family -- Photographs
    Daily family -- Genealogy