Charles Carlson Papers mssCarlson

Gayle Richardson
The Huntington Library
November 2020
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108

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.

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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

Box 1, Folder 1-11

Documents and diaries 1878-1929

Folder 1

Photograph of Carlson family approximately 1905