Jacob Ditzler Craighead Papers: Finding Aid

Finding aid prepared by Jeffrey Wilensky, May 29, 2001.
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
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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.

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Administrative Information

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Preferred Citation

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

Provenance

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.

Arrangement

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.  

Subjects

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.

Forms/Genres

Account books.
Diaries.
Letters (correspondence) -- Colorado.


Collection Contents

 

Family and personal papers

Box 1 (Folders 1-9)

Family and personal papers

Folder 1

Birth record, 1873 (2 pieces)

Folder 2

Father’s notebook, 1850-1872 (1 piece)

Folder 3

Arkansas Valley Journal, 1952 (1 piece)

Folder 4

Personal correspondence, 1943-1957 (8 pieces)

Folder 5

Stock certificate issued to daughter, 1938 (2 pieces)

Folder 6

Personal clippings, 1943 & 1956 (7 pieces)

Folder 7

Diary, 1934 (1 piece)

Folder 8

Certificate of election, 1942 (1 piece)

Folder 9

Certificate of incorporation, 1945-1958 (2 pieces)

Box 7

Diaries

Diaries: 1931, 1935, [1936], 1938-1943, 1945-1959 (24 volumes)
 

Business papers

Box 1 (Folders 10-20)

Business papers

Folder 10

Live stock & shipping, 1934-1955 (17 pieces)

Folder 11

Inspection records, 1923-1953 (37 pieces)

Folder 12

Early stock record, 1910-1936 (1 piece)

Folder 13

Purchase sheets, 1940-1957 (88 pieces)

Folder 14

Purchase sheets, 1939-1955 (114 pieces)

Folder 15

Statement and prices, 1918-1949 (2 pieces)

Folder 16

American Hereford Association registration slips, 1949-1953 (38 pieces)

Folder 17

American Hereford Association, 1926-1947 (81 pieces)

Folder 18

American Hereford Association, 1953-1958 (90 pieces)

Folder 19

Tax receipts, 1918-1950 (68 pieces)

Folder 20

Tax receipts, 1951-1956 (130 pieces)

Box 2

Business papers

Folder 1

Land purchases, 1928-1947 (6 pieces)

Folder 2

Mortgages, 1926-1957 (44 pieces)

Folder 3

Insurance claims, 1936-1957 (17 pieces)

Folder 4

Tax sale certificate of purchase, 1929-1944 (18 pieces)

Folder 5

Grazing leases, 1935-1947 (20 pieces)

Folder 6

Leases and notices, 1935-1950 (11 pieces)

Folder 7

Oil and gas leases, 1946-1957 (13 pieces)

Folder 8

Contracts, 1910-1957 (14 pieces)

Folder 9

Inventories, 1948-1951 (3 pieces)

Folder 10

Transcript of survey, 1918 (14 pieces)

Folder 11

General accounts, 1919-1956 (31 pieces)

Folder 12

Abstract of title, 1929-1953 (7 pieces)

Folder 13

Maps, 1940-1947 (9 pieces)

Folder 14

Photographs, 1958 (2 pieces)

Folder 15

Otero Irrigation District papers, 1939-1947 (39 pieces)

Folder 16

Financial Reports, 1934-1955 (7 pieces)

Folder 17

Financial Accounts, 1924-1952 (12 pieces)

Folder 18

Reconstruction Finance Corporation, 1935 - 1947 (13 pieces)

Folder 19

Catlin Canal Company, 1942-1951 (3 pieces)

Folder 20

Needs and resources, 1931-1943 (9 pieces)

Folder 21

Financial statements, 1934-1936 (6 pieces)

Folder 22

Personal papers, 1933-1957 (42 pieces)

Folder 23

Circulars, statements & announcements, 1908-1958 (10 pieces)

Box 3

Business papers

Folder 1

Budget, 1933 (3 pieces)

Folder 2

Budget - Statement of account, 1932-1938 (3 pieces)

Folder 3

Regional Agricultural Credit Corporation, 1933-1935 (66 pieces)

Folder 4

Regional Agricultural Credit Association, 1936-1938 (52 pieces)

Folder 5

Records of loans, 1920-1958 (14 pieces)

Folder 6

Report to directors, 1938-1952 (18 pieces)

Folder 7

Bank controversy, 1943-1956 (16 pieces)

Folder 8

Circulars, 1934-1959 (19 pieces)

Folder 9

Statements and accounts, 1940-1958 (15 pieces)

Folder 10

Adjustments, allotments, 1940-1941 (18 pieces)

Folder 11

Farm Defense Program, 1942 (7 pieces)

Folder 12

The Measurement of Irrigation Water [booklet], n.d. (1 piece)

Folder 13

Survey and field book, 1909 (1 piece)

Folder 14

Otero Irrigation District - Minutes of board meetings (bound volume), 1934-1942 (1 piece)

Folder 15

Otero Irrigation District - Sale of bonds (bound volume), 1907-1911 (1 piece)

Folder 16

Otero Irrigation District - Diary of work, 1911-1912 (1 piece)

Box 8

Accounts, 1919-1949

 

Accounts (General): 1919-1932 (1 volume)

 

Accounts (General): 1931-1942 (1 volume)

 

Accounts (General): 1934-1949 (1 volume)

Box 9

Accounts, 1899-1944

 

Accounts (General): 1899-1909 (1 volume)

 

Accounts (General): 1900 (1 volume)

 

Accounts (General): 1903 (1 volume)

 

Accounts (General): 1910-1919 (1 volume)

 

Accounts (General): 1919-1926 (1 volume)

 

Accounts (General): 1926-1931 (1 volume)

 

Accounts (General): 1935-1943 (1 volume)

 

Accounts (General): 1935-1944 (1 volume)

 

Correspondence

Box 4

Correspondence, 1912-1942

Folder 1

1912 (1 piece)

Folder 2

1916 (2 pieces)

Folder 3

1925 (10 pieces)

Folder 4

1926 (62 pieces)

Folder 5

1927 (58 pieces)

Folder 6

1928 (40 pieces)

Folder 7

1929 (13 pieces)

Folder 8

1930 (34 pieces)

Folder 9

1931 (52 pieces)

Folder 10

1932 (42 pieces)

Folder 11

1933 (53 pieces)

Folder 12

1934 (84 pieces)

Folder 13

1935 (46 pieces)

Folder 14

1936 (59 pieces)

Folder 15

1937 (20 pieces)

Folder 16

1938 (15 pieces)

Folder 17

1939 (10 pieces)

Folder 18

1940 (37 pieces)

Folder 19

1941 (103 pieces)

Folder 20

1942 (153 pieces)

Box 5

Correspondence, 1943-1951

Folder 1

1943 (160 pieces)

Folder 2

1944 (86 pieces)

Folder 3

1945 (54 pieces)

Folder 4

1946 (58 pieces)

Folder 5

1947 (42 pieces)

Folder 6

1948 (31 pieces)

Folder 7

1949 (19 pieces)

Folder 8

1950 (97 pieces)

Folder 9

Jan.-June 1951 (83 pieces)

Folder 10

July-Dec. 1951 (94 pieces)

Box 6

Correspondence, 1952-1959

Folder 1

Jan.-June 1952 (69 pieces)

Folder 2

July-Dec. 1952 (52 pieces)

Folder 3

1953 (56 pieces)

Folder 4

1954 (60 pieces)

Folder 5

1955 (43 pieces)

Folder 6

1956 (101 pieces)

Folder 7

1957 (112 pieces)

Folder 8

1958 (3 pieces)

Folder 9

1959 (7 pieces)

 

Blueprints and maps

Oversize Folder 1

Blueprints and maps, 1904-approximately 1940(8 pieces)

This folder contains:
  • State Engineer's Office, Denver. Twin Lakes ... Table of Areas and Capacities. 1904 August 5.
  • Great Western Meter Co. Concrete Structure Type V [blueprint]. 1926 June 1.
  • Prouty Bros Engineering Co. Map of West Paradox Valley, Montrose County, Colo. June 10, 1925.
  • Colorado, Gunnison-Arkansas River Development [map]. 1935.
  • Production Credit Associations - Ninth District. Distribution of Size of Loans Made [chart]. [Approximately 1940?]
  • School Dist. #15 [plat?]
  • Plats/Map of Otero County.
  • Otero County Road Map. 1931 July.