Finding aid for Daily family papers, 1850-1995 MVC075

Finding aid prepared by Krystell Jimenez, October 2021.
This finding aid was made possible in part through funding from the County of Ventura and the Heritage Fund at the Ventura County Community Foundation.
Museum of Ventura County
October 2021
100 East Main Street
Ventura, CA 93001

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:

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:

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.
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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

Box 1

Family records, ephemera, and clippings 1876-1995

Scope and Contents

This box contains yearbooks, financial records, books, ephemera related to E.W. Daily's death, family history records, greeting and Christmas cards, a pastel drawing, religious pamphlets and church programs, newspaper clippings, family photographs, and account books for Oxnard Ranch, Sebastian Ranch, and Hughes Ranch.
Box 2

Family records, correspondence, and diaries 1880-1956

Scope and Contents

This box contains checkbooks from the Bank of A. Levy, E.W. Daily water accounts, E.W. Daily's correspondence, Nellie Daily's correspondence, Glady Daily Coffman's correspondence with Richard Nixon, Livingstons' travel diary, and Ruth Daily Livingston's estate papers.
Box 3

Family photographs and religious literature 1890-1971

Scope and Contents

This box contains the contents of a black binder that held sermons, notes and guides for Bible Studies and correspondence with First Radio Church of the Air in Hollywood, California. Other materials include several folders of unidentified photographs and negatives. The photographs are family pictures that have yet to be identified and include 12 tintypes.
Box 4

Family Bibles, photographs, and albums 1850 - circa 1930s

Scope and Contents

This box contains unidentified photographs, a Bible that includes a genealogical record of the Daily family, 2 photo albums, one of which is empty, 2 negative albums, and a Bible belonging to Reuben Medley.
Box 5

Ruth Daily's diploma and certificate 1907, 1912

Scope and Contents

This box contains a diploma and certificate belonging to Ruth Daily.