Collection processed by Leigh Johnsen
2012 San Joaquin County Historical Society
11793 North Micke Grove Road
Lodi, CA 95241
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Kenyon (Charles Patterson) Collection, 1851-1974

Collection number: Ms70

San Joaquin County Historical Society
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Kenyon (Charles Patterson) Collection
Date: 1851-1974
Collection Number: Ms70
Location: Erickson Vault
Extent: 1 linear foot
Contributing Institution: San Joaquin County Historical Society and Museum
11793 North Micke Grove Road
Lodi, CA 95240
Language of Material: Records written in English
Abstract: The Charles Patterson Kenyon Collection contains material that documents the life, career, and retirement of the first administrator for San Joaquin County. It also includes bound volumes that were either owned or written by ancestors or relatives of Kenyon. Of particular note is a diary kept by Thomas Pitt, a great-grandfather of Kenyon on his mother's side, that chronicles a journey he took through California's gold fields between 1851 and 1852.

Access Information

Collection is open for research by appointment.

Conditions of Use

The library can only claim physical ownership of the collection. Users are responsible for satisfying any claimants of literary property.
Preferred citation: [Item name], Charles Patterson Kenyon Collection, Ms70, San Joaquin County Historical Society and Museum, Lodi, California.

Historical Sketch

Charles Patterson Kenyon (1906-1994) was born in Stockton, California, to a family that traced its roots to California's Gold Rush. Educated in Stockton through his high school years, Kenyon began studies at the University of the Pacific after graduation but cut short his academic career to enter private business. In 1930, he was working for Standard Oil Company. Sixteen years later, he entered the employ of San Joaquin County, where he initially served as assistant to the county accountant and efficiency expert. In 1959, Kenyon became San Joaquin County's first administrator, a position he retained until his retirement in 1970. Kenyon's authority at the height of his career included jurisdiction over budgets, staffing, workloads, levels of service, data processing, and facility management. During his tenure, San Joaquin County constructed its third courthouse, which was dedicated in 1964.

Scope and Content

The focal point of the Charles Patterson Kenyon Collection is Kenyon's career as San Joaquin County's first administrator (1959-1970). The collection includes newspaper clippings, letters and certificates of congratulation, genealogical documents, photographs, and booklets and material published by the City of Stockton and San Joaquin County. Also held in the collection are published and unpublished books owned by Kenyon's grandfather and great-aunt, Thomas Kenyon and Elizabeth Kenyon, that date from the early twentieth century, and a diary that Thomas Pitt, Kenyon's great-grandfather, kept in the early 1850s. The material has been arranged alphabetically by subject.

Access Points

Personal Names

Kenyon, Elizabeth
Kenyon, Thomas
Pitt, Thomas
Kenyon, Charles Patterson, 1906-1994


Gold Rushes--California--1850-1860
San Joaquin County (Calif.)--History

Collection Contents


Series 1 Family Records and Assorted Publications 1851-1974

Scope and Content Note

Newspaper clippings, account book, diary, genealogy, and various publications.
Box 1, Folder 1

Irving, Washington, Sketchbook. ca. 1900

Box 1, Folder 2

Kenyon, Charles Patterson, Genealogy. 1851-1974

Box 1, Folder 3

Kenyon, Charles Patterson, Retirement. 1970

Box 1, Folder 4

Kenyon, Elizabeth, "History of Maple Street House." ca. 1946-1952

Box 1, Folder 5

Pitt, Thomas, Diary. 1851-1852

Box 1, Folder 6

San Joaquin County Publications. 1964

Box 1, Folder 7

Stockton, California. 1966


Series 2 Photographs 1960-1970

Scope and Content Note

Photographs of Kenyon, his family, and activities related to his tenure as administrator of San Joaquin County.
Box 2, Folder 8

Photographs, Charles Patterson Kenyon. ca. 1960-1970

Box 2, Folder 9

Photographs, Kenyon Family. undated

Box 2, Folder 10

Photographs, San Joaquin County. ca. 1962-1970

Box 2, Folder 11

Photographs, San Joaquin County Courthouse Dedication. 1964

Box 2, Folder 12

Photographs, San Joaquin County Courthouse Groundbreaking and Cornerstone Laying. ca. 1962

Box 2, Folder 13

Photographs, Unidentified. ca. 1960