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  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing History
  • Historical Background
  • Collection Scope and Content Summary
  • Collection Arrangement

  • Contributing Institution: Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine Libraries
    Title: Forster-del Valle family papers
    Creator: Forster-del Valle family
    Identifier/Call Number: MS.R.048
    Physical Description: 1 Linear Feet (3 document boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1804-1975
    Date (bulk): 1880-1930
    Abstract: The collection contains handwritten correspondences, telegrams, family photographs, and religious ephemera complied by the Del Valle and Forster families between 1804 and 1931.
    Language of Material: The majority of this collection is in Spanish and English.


    The collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the University of California. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    Forester-del Valle Family Correspondence. MS-R048. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. Date accessed.
    For the benefit of current and future researchers, please cite any additional information about sources consulted in this collection, including permanent URLs, item or folder descriptions, and box/folder locations.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Lorenita Forster Weisenburg, 1973.

    Processing History

    Processed by L. Viveros, 1998 and Manuel Escamilla, 2009.

    Historical Background

    The Del Valle and Forster families were prominent Californio landowners during the 19th century. John F. Forster was the son of California's largest land owner Don Juan Forster who owned Rancho Santa Margarita located in present day Orange County. Reginaldo and Josefa Del Valle were the children of California politician Don Ygnacio Del Valle who owned Rancho Camulos in present day Ventura County. Reginaldo Del Valle practiced law and was elected to the California State Senate. The marriage between Josefa Del Valle and John F. Forster joined these two prominent families together.

    Collection Scope and Content Summary

    The collection contains handwritten correspondences, telegrams, family photographs, and religious ephemera complied by the Del Valle and Forster families between 1804 and 1931. The majority of the material was written by or addressed to Reginaldo Del Valle (1854-1938), Josefa Del Valle Forster (1861-1943), or John F. Forster (1945-1901) between 1870 and 1931. The letters address family visits, weddings, deaths, religious ceremonies, and business transactions. Additionally there are several letters between Josefa Del Valle-Forster and various Catholic religious leaders. Included in the collection of religious ephemera are the funeral notices of several prominent religious figures and the Polish actress Helena Modjeska.

    Collection Arrangement

    This collection is arranged in 4 series:
    • Series 1. Clippings and family records, 1877-1975 and undated
    • Series 2. Correspondence, 1804-1931 and undated
    • Series 3. Photographic materials, ca. 1880s-1940s
    • Series 4. Religious ephemera, ca. 1840s-1970s

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Christian life -- United States -- California -- 19th century
    Prayer books
    Photographic prints -- California -- 20th century.
    Photographic prints -- California -- 19th century.
    Devotional images
    California -- History -- 19th centrury -- Sources
    Bible cards
    Del Valle, Reginaldo F. (Reginaldo Francisco) -- Archives
    Forster, John -- Archives