The Finding Aid of the Autumn Shade Papers 0034

Jose Quirarte
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Special Collections and Archives
February 2020
3801 West Temple Avenue
Pomona, CA 91768

Title: Autumn Shade Papers
Creator: Shade, Autumn
Identifier/Call Number: 0034
Contributing Institution: California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Special Collections and Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 2.42 Linear Feet (3 boxes)
Date: circa 1915-1965
Abstract: Autumn Shade was a resident of Riverside, California, who was involved with the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Ranch in the 1930s. In addition to riding Kellogg horses, Shade was heavily involved with the Delta Theta Chi sorority. The collection includes materials that document her life and activities in the 1930s and 1940s.

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Preferred Citation

[Box/folder# or item name], Autumn Shade Papers, Collection no. 0034, W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Library, Special Collections and Archives, University Library, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated to California State Polytechnic University, Pomona by Autumn Shade's daughter Franci Allen in 2017.

Biographical / Historical

Autumn Shade was born on September 8, 1913 in a cabin in Maple Creek, Saskatchewan, Canada. Her father, Loren Shade, was a traveling salesman of Dutch descent and her mother, Nell Burdell Johnson, was an Illinois native who came from the "Cranston" ancestral line of the "Americans of Royal Decent." Shade and her family eventually came to Riverside, California where she received her secondary education. She received her high school diploma from Riverside Polytechnic High School in 1931 and she received an Associate of Arts from Riverside Junior College in 1933.
In terms of her history of horse riding, Shade rode at the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Ranch in the 1930s, and had a lasting connection with Kellogg until 1941. Shade also helped organize and run Girl Scout horse show programs on Kit Carson Ranch in Riverside in the early 1940s. Shade even had her own horse whose name reflected his triumphant and unlikely origin from France: Sir Winsom.
Alongside her passion for horses, Shade was deeply involved with her sorority, Delta Theta Chi, in the 1930s and 1940s. Delta Theta Chi was, and still is, a non-profit fraternal corporation with the goal of cultivating good citizenship and individual development. Shade was elected President of the Riverside chapter of Delta Theta Chi in 1940. Shade also helped organize numerous Delta Theta Chi events at the iconic Mission Inn located in Riverside, and was a prominent individual from the Riverside chapter. Shade was not alone in her endreavors with her sorority; her sister Audrey Shade shared her passion for Delta Theta Chi. Audrey Shade was elected vice president of Delta Theta Chi in 1938 and was even elected state president in 1941.
In 1950, Shade became Mrs. Freeman when she married John Norman Freeman. John was an early pioneer of the "Jet Age" and was a fly-along photographer on the first jet flight tests at Edwards Air Force Base in California in the early 1950s. John Norman Freeman Jr., the only son of Autumn and John, was a restoration mechanic and considered to be one of the West Coast's leading experts on North American P51 Mustangs.
Autumn Shade passed away September 15, 1986.

Scope and Contents

The collection includes correspondence, programs, and ephemera that document Autumn Shades' time at Riverside Polytechnic High School, her involvement with the Delta Theta Chi sorority, and other activities.


The collection is arranged alphabetically by folder title in the finding aid but does not reflect physical arrangement.

Related Materials

The Freeman Family Collection. Museum of Flight.
Kit Carson Ranch Records, Collection no. 0037, W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Library, Special Collections and Archives, University Library, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

Processing Information

The collection was processed by Jose Quirarte under the supervision of Alexis Adkins in 2020.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Horsemen and horsewomen
Delta Theta Chi Sorority
Dance Cards

box 1, folder 1

Address Book circa 1930-1940

box 1, folder 2

Beverly Hills Evening High School - Fall Class Schedule 1947

box 1, folder 3

Calling Card - Autumn Shade circa 1930s

box 1, folder 4-5

Clippings - Delta Theta Chi and Other Activities 1937-1942

box 1, folder 6-7

Correspondence 1931-1947

box 1, folder 8

Dance Cards 1932-1937

box 1, folder 9

Delta Theta Chi - Bulletins 1937-1942

box 1, folder 10

Delta Theta Chi - Calendars 1941

box 1, folder 11

Delta Theta Chi - Directories 1941

box 1, folder 12

Delta Theta Chi - Event Flyers and Programs 1937-1941

box 1, folder 13

Delta Theta Chi - Meeting Notes circa 1937-1940

box 1, folder 14

Delta Theta Chi - Pledges circa 1937

box 1, folder 15

Drawing - Portrait of Autumn Shade circa 1935

box 3, folder 1

Drawing - Portrait of Unidentified Woman 1939

box 1, folder 16

Ephemera - Poems, Bookmark, and Memorial Program circa 1931-1941

box 1, folder 17

"House by the Side of the Road" - Calendar 1935

box 2, folder 1

Magazines - The Playgoer circa 1937-1940

box 2, folder 2

Magazine - Wings 1940

box 2, folder 3

Mission Inn Menu 1937

box 2, folder 4

Notepads - Classes, Sunday School, and Plays 1915-1931

box 2, folder 5, box 3, folder 2

Photographs - Autumn Shade circa 1930-1940

box 2, folder 6

Photographs - Delta Theta Chi Barn Dance circa 1930s

box 2, folder 7

Photographs of Classmates and Unidentified Individuals circa 1930-1940

box 2, folder 8

Programs - "Children's Peace Pageant" 1938-1940

box 2, folder 9

Programs - Concerts 1937-1942, 1965

box 2, folder 10

Programs - Riverside Community Players 1939-1940

box 2, folder 11

Programs - Riverside Opera Association 1940

box 2, folder 12

Restaurant Antoine Souvenir Booklet 1940

box 2, folder 13

Riverside Junior College - Diploma, Certificate, and Commencement Program 1933-1941

box 2, folder 14

Riverside Junior High and Elementary School - Diplomas 1927-1935

box 2, folder 15

Riverside Junior Woman's Club - Directories 1944-1946

box 2, folder 16

Riverside Polytechnic High School - Commencement Programs 1931

box 2, folder 17

Riverside Polytechnic High School - Diploma 1931

box 2, folder 18

Riverside Polytechnic High School - Letterman Jacket Letters circa 1931

box 2, folder 19

Riverside Polytechnic High School - Report Cards and Awards 1929-1931

box 2, folder 20

Short Story by Autumn Shade circa 1942-1945

box 2, folder 21

Sir Winsom - Clippings circa 1942

box 2, folder 22

Sir Winsom - Contract 1941

box 2, folder 23

Stationery circa 1930-1941