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Edwards Ranch Records
2017-57  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography/Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Edwards Ranch Records
    Dates: 1870-1975
    Collection Number: 2017-57
    Creator/Collector: Edwards, Lloyd L. Edwards, Wilson L. Bingham, Isaac
    Extent: 2 linear feet
    Repository: History San Jose Research Library
    San Jose, California 95112
    Abstract: Eleven ledgers from the Edwards Ranch in the Evergreen area of San Jose, created by Wilson L. Edwards, Lloyd L. Edwards, and Isaac Bingham.
    Language of Material: English

    Access

    The collection is open to the public for research by appointment with the Curator of Library & Archives.

    Publication Rights

    For reproduction and publication, please contact the Curator of Library & Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    Edwards Ranch Records. History San Jose Research Library

    Acquisition Information

    The records were donated to History San Jose in 2017 by an Edwards family member.

    Biography/Administrative History

    Wilson Edwards purchased land in 1872 in what is now Evergreen, but was originally part of the Rancho Yerba Buena Secorro Mexican land grant. He settled on the land with his bride Dolly Cottle, daughter of Benjamin Cottle. Wilson Edwards was descended from Henry Williams Edwards who came to California from Illinois in 1850, arriving in San Jose in 1853. Wilson’s son Lloyd L. (1886-1976) served as president of the San Jose Production Credit Association and president of Farm Loan Cooperative, and was living on the Edwards land near Aborn Road in San Jose at the time of his death.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Eleven ledgers from the Edwards Ranch in the Evergreen area of San Jose, created by Wilson L. Edwards, Lloyd L. Edwards, and Edwards-Bingham (W. L. Edwards and Isaac Bingham). Includes two Farmer-District Cooperative Agreements for Lloyd Edwards' farmland, dated 1947, for properties at White Road and Rt. 3, San Jose. These describe the land and prescribed conservation farming programs. Also includes a small ledger containing hand-written rainfall records for 1936-1975.

    Indexing Terms

    Fruit growers
    Rain and rainfall
    Farmers
    Santa Clara Valley (Santa Clara County, Calif.)
    San Jose (Calif.)
    ledgers (account books)
    bookkeeping records