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Ron Chapman Papers and Photograph Collection, 1880s-2010s
MSS 344  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Digital Collections
  • Biography / Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Ron Chapman papers and photograph collection
    Dates: 1880-2010
    Bulk Dates: 1970-2010
    Collection number: MSS 344
    Creator: Chapman, Ron, 1943-2019
    Collection Size: 11 linear feet
    Repository: University of the Pacific. Library. Holt-Atherton Dept. of Special Collections
    Stockton, California 95211
    Abstract: The collection consists of materials collected and created by Ron Chapman, including photographs, slides, negatives, early and modern business cards, maps, business invoices and correspondence, and many different examples of Stockton-related ephemera.
    Physical location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

    Access

    Collection open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    Ron Chapman papers and photograph collection. MSS 344. Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library.

    Digital Collections

    Biography / Administrative History

    Ronald H. Chapman was born on November 4, 1943. He graduated from Stagg High School in Stockton, California, and after serving in the U.S. Army, worked for Johns-Manville. After the plant closed, he began a second career with the Stockton Police Department as Senior Evidence Technician beginning in 1982; he worked for the SPD for the next 27 years.
    After his retirement in 2009, Ron volunteered as a historian for the SPD. His work was important, discovering and preserving artifacts and documentation which would have been otherwise lost or forgotten. He was also a moderator and contributing member of the Stockton History Facebook group.
    He collected postcards, Stockton-based ephemera, trade cards (early business cards), maps, vintage photos, including early Stockton photographers and studios, which are a part of the collection. Chapman was also a photographer; he documented many Stockton construction and demolition projects, buildings, signs, businesses, air shows at the Stockton Metropolitan Airport, as well as many other views of Stockton.
    Ron Chapman died on May 21, 2019.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection consists of materials collected and created by Ron Chapman, including photographs, slides, negatives, early and modern business cards, maps, business invoices and correspondence, and many different examples of Stockton-related ephemera. The ephemera includes promotional items from Stockton businesses, flyers, restaurant menus, Stockton Chamber of Commerce materials, event tickets, and a variety of other items.

    Arrangement

    Collection is organized into six series: 1. Photographs; 2. Trade Cards; 3. Business Cards; 4. Stockton Promotional Materials and Ephemera; 5. Maps; and 6. Stockton Businesses Invoices, Checks, and Correspondence

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Stockton (California) - History - Pictorial works
    Historic buildings - California - Stockton - Pictorial works
    Stockton (California) - Buildings, structures, etc. - Pictorial works
    Maps - California - San Joaquin County
    Maps - California - Stockton
    California - Stockton

    Related Material

    Chapman also contributed nearly 3000 postcards to MSS 346 Stockton in Vintage Postcards Collection, 1890-2010.