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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Scope and Contents
  • Processing Information
  • Arrangement
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  • Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
    Title: Charles Carlson papers
    Creator: Carlson, Charles, 1851-1929
    Identifier/Call Number: mssCarlson
    Physical Description: 1.59 Linear Feet (1 box and 1 oversize folder)
    Date (inclusive): 1878-1929
    Abstract: A collection of personal papers and diaries related to the life and work of Charles Carlson, Swedish emigrant and California rancher.
    Language of Material: Materials are in English.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for use by qualified researchers and by appointment. Please contact Reader Services at the Huntington Library for more information.

    Conditions Governing Use

    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]. Charles Carlson papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Jean L. Webster, September 1984.

    Biographical / Historical

    Charles Carlson (1851-1929) was born in Sweden and emigrated to the United States in 1867. He worked at various places across the country before he finally came to Los Angeles, California in 1875. He became a naturalized citizen in 1876 and acquired land in Orange County, California. In 1880, he returned to Sweden in order to marry Emma Mathilda Peterson; together they had five children. On their California ranch, the couple raised oranges, apricots, grapes, and barley.

    Scope and Contents

    A collection of 43 items which contain citizenship information, travel permissions, correspondence, a biographical sketch, diaries (9 volumes), personal papers, correspondence, photographs, and clippings (1878-1929). The material gives a detailed account of daily life on a ranch in Orange County, California, during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Huntington Library Staff in 1984. In 2020, Gayle Richardson created the finding aid derived from a legacy in-house summary report.


    Arranged alphabetically; diaries are arranged chronologically.


    Former call number: mssCarlson papers.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Citrus fruit industry -- California -- Orange County -- History
    Ranchers -- California -- Orange County
    Ranches -- California -- Orange County -- History
    Swedish Americans -- California -- Orange County
    Diaries -- California
    Personal papers -- California