Guide to the May Hembree Autograph Journal MC 84

Zoe M. Kipping
Sacramento Public Library, Sacramento Room
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Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: Sacramento Public Library, Sacramento Room
Title: May Hembree Autograph Book
Identifier/Call Number: MC 84
Physical Description: 1 Linear Feet 1 Archival Box
Date (inclusive): 1885-1890

Biographical / Historical

May Hembree (a.k.a. May Jones) was born in September 1866. She married a bicycle salesman, Frank M. Jones in 1893 and they had a son together, Donald, in 1899. May was involved in the Good Templars, the YMCA, and the Mistletoe Literary Society, where she frequently played piano and gave recitations.

Scope and Contents

An Aldine Autograph Album book makes up the bulk of the manuscript collection. Over two hundred signatories used elaborate calligraphy and composed verse to commemorate the meeting. Others drew, painted in watercolor, while some quoted French or Latin, composed lines of music, and many notated the order of their entry and their hometown. Of considerable note includes a calling card from a member of the Capital City Wheelmen, the first bicycle club in the region, and a drawing and poem from her pastor, Robert L. McHatton. Contents include May's Autograph Journal from 1885 and a Sacramento High commencement ceremony for the Class of 1890. Loose items exist and are held in Mylar sleeves.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Earl Schnetz Collection, MC 83, Sacramento Room, Sacramento Public Library, Sacramento, California.