Guide to the Walter Jerome La Novia Ranch Collection
Special Collections & Archives
California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8326
Special Collections & Archives
Title: Walter Jerome La Novia Ranch Collection
Identifier/Call Number: SC.WJN
1.30 linear feet
Date (inclusive): 1927-1930
Abstract: Walter Jerome lived on a ranch in
Zelzah, California (now Northridge) with his wife Helen and his children in the late 1920s
and early 1930s. He kept a diary from November 27, 1927 to January 15, 1930, in which he
chronicled daily life on the ranch.
Language of Material: English
Walter Jerome and his wife Helen owned and operated the La Novia Ranch in Zelzah, CA (now
Northridge) in the late 1920s and early 1930s.
Scope and Contents
Walter Jerome La Novia Ranch Collection consists of his
daily diary, a piece of correspondence from a man looking for work, and a few pieces of
ephemera. In his diary, which he kept from November 27, 1927 to January 15, 1930, Jerome
chronicled daily life on the ranch. In diary entries he noted the weather, including
temperature and wind direction, as well as ranch events relevant to their chickens, hogs,
apricot trees, peach trees, orange trees, and other crops. Other ongoing ranch business,
including irrigation practices, equipment acquisition and repair, frequent flooding, and the
employment of Mexican-American farm laborers, is also discussed. Jerome occasionally
mentions neighboring ranchers, including Perry Mulholland, and community events, like the
opening of a new City Hall building, sale of land on a neighboring ranch for construction of
new roads in the San Fernando Valley, American Legion receptions, and membership in the
Orange Association. Family events including a trip to Hollywood for haircuts, and a vacation
spent camping in Yosemite National Park, are also described. The last few pages are filled
with lists of humorous statements made by family and friends. There are a few pieces of
ephemera, including a poem, and clippings about Charles Lindburg and the Spirit of St.
Louis, pasted into some entries.
Conditions Governing Access:
The collection is open for research use.
Conditions Governing Use:
Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of
this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge.
Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials
protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires
the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be
commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any
use rests exclusively with the user.
For information about citing items in this collection consult the appropriate style
manual, or see the
Ellen Jarosz, 2014
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Box 1, Folder 2
Letter from Vicente C. Martinez,
1928 June 6
Box 1, Folder 3
Diary of Walter Jerome, La Novia Ranch, Zelzah, California,