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Forster-del Valle family papers
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Clippings and family records Series 1 1877-1975 and undated

Series Arrangement

This series is arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content Summary

This series comprises newspaper articles and family documents including correspondence and financial documentation pertaining to the Del Valle and Forster family history. The material includes original documents as well as reproductions. Most articles focus on Forster and Del Valles family members, there are also records of the social events and family history of various Orange County pioneer families.
box 1, folder 1

Artifacts, undated

box 1, folder 2-11

Clippings and family records, 1877-1975 and undated

Arrangement note

The clippings and family records are arranged chronologically.
box 1, folder 12

Reginaldo Del Valle, 1913 and undated


Correspondence Series 2 1804-1931 and undated

Scope and Content Summary

This series includes letters, telegrams, and postcards written between 1804 and 1931. The bulk of the material is written in Spanish. Highlights of the collection include several letters between John F. Foster and his wife Josefa Forster-del Valle, correspondences between Josefa del Valle and religious leaders, as well as Reginaldo del Valle's letters home while studying at the University of Santa Clara.

Series Arrangement

This series is arranged alphabetically.
box 1, folder 13-25, box 2, folder 1-23, box 3, folder 1

Letters 1804-1931 and undated 1871-1898

Arrangement note

The letters are arranged chronologically.
box 3, folder 2-4

Postcards, circa 1880-1925 and undated


Photographic material Series 3 ca. 1880s-1940s

Series Arrangement

This series is arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content Summary

Collection includes several images of religious leaders and various original and photocopies of Del Valle and Forster family members. The following individuals have been identified in the photographs: Mother Bonaventure Fox, Father de Prada, Margarita Schneider, General A. Cardenas, Ynez Kirby, Lucretia Del Valle, Josefa Del Valle, Reginaldo F. Del Valle, John F. Forster, Jr. Ysabel Del Valle, Ygnacio Del Valle, and Ygnacio F. Forster, Jr. The collection includes photographs from Edward Curtis's Biltmore studio.

Original photographs, circa 1880s-1940s

box 3, folder 5-6, box FB-064, folder 8


box 3, folder 7-8


box 3, folder 9, box FB-064, folder 8

Religious figures

box 3, folder 10

Photocopies, circa 1880s-1940s


Religious ephemera Series 4 circa 1840s-1970s and undated

Scope and Content Summary

This series includes small religious cards with Christian imagery and prayers. The collections earliest dated image is from 1860; however, the majority of the series is undated. There are cards in English, Spanish, French, German, and a few containing Latin phrases. Three folders contain the funeral notices of Forster family members, family friends, and religious leaders. One folder contains calling cards from various individuals.

Series Arrangement

This series is arranged alphabetically.
box 3, folder 11

Calling cards, undated

box 3, folder 12-14

Funeral cards, circa 1880-1975

box 3, folder 15

Prayer books and other materials, circa 1840s-1880s

box 3, folder 16

Prayer and holiday cards, undated

box 3, folder 17-21

Prayer cards, undated

box 3, folder 22

Religious images, undated