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Jacob Ditzler Craighead Papers: Finding Aid
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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Access
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Overview of the Collection

    Title: Jacob Ditzler Craighead Papers
    Dates (inclusive): 1850-1959
    Bulk dates: 1925-1957
    Collection Number: mssCraighead papers
    Creator: Craighead, J. D. (Jacob Ditzler), 1873-1964.
    Extent: 3,440 pieces in 6 boxes, 3 cartons, and 1 oversize folder.
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2129
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: This collection contains the family, personal, and business papers of Colorado cattle rancher J.D. Craighead (1873-1964), including materials related to the Craighead Ranch and irrigation projects; diaries; account books; and some government documents and maps.
    Language: English.


    Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.

    Administrative Information

    Publication Rights

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. Jacob Ditzler Craighead Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.


    Gift of Margaret Craighead, February 1964.

    Biographical Note

    J.D. (Jacob Ditzler) Craighead, started a cattle ranch in La Junta, Colorado, in 1905, which was the beginning of the Hereford cattle industry in that area.

    Scope and Content

    The collection contains the family, personal, and business papers of cattle rancher J.D. (Jacob Ditzler) Craighead. In addition to the material on the Craighead ranch, there is also information on various irrigation projects including the Otero Irrigation District. There are also 24 diaries (1931-1959) and 11 account books (1899-1949) along with government documents and maps.


    The collection is arranged in the following series:
    • A. Family and personal papers (Box 1)
    • B. Business papers (Boxes 1-3)
    • C. Correspondence (Boxes 4-6)
    • D. Blueprints and maps (oversize folder)
    Most of the bound volumes are stored in cartons at the end of the collection. They are arranged in the following manner:
    • A. Family and personal papers
    • I. Diaries (Box 7)
    • B. Business papers
    • I. Accounts (Boxes 8-9)

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  


    Craighead, J. D. (Jacob Ditzler), 1873-1964 -- Archives.
    Cattle trade -- Colorado -- History -- 20th century -- Sources.
    Frontier and pioneer life -- Colorado -- La Junta.
    Hereford cattle.
    Irrigation districts -- Colorado -- La Junta.
    Irrigation districts -- Colorado -- Otero County.
    Ranch life -- Colorado -- History -- 20th century -- Sources.
    Ranchers -- Colorado -- La Junta -- Archives.
    Ranching -- Colorado -- History -- 20th century -- Sources.
    La Junta (Colo.) -- History -- 20th century -- Sources.
    Otero Irrigation District -- History -- 20th century -- Sources.


    Account books.
    Letters (correspondence) -- Colorado.