The collection comprises a research
paper by Anita E. Tapia documenting the life and family recollections of Lorenita Forster
Weisenberg, a direct descendant of two prominent early Californio families, the Forsters and
Del Valles. The two families owned numerous estates ranging from San Juan Capistrano to
Rancho Camulos (from Orange to Ventura County). The research paper in this collection
includes a family history of the two families, including family trees and a bibliography; a
transcript of an interview conducted in 2002 by Anita Tapia with Ms. Lorenita Forster
Weisenberg at her home in Nevada City, California; and photocopied family photographs and
correspondence (mostly between John Fernando Forster and his siblings) along with English
translations of the correspondence by Tapia.
Anita E. Tapia utilized the Forster-Del Valle Correspondence (MS-R48) in Special
Collections and Archives at UCI as her inspiration for her senior research project, which
led her to Ms. Forster Weisenberg, the donor of the collection of correspondence and
ephemera. Her course, an independent study in Chicano Studies, was supervised by Professor
Vicki Ruiz of the UCI History Department.
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Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by
the creators of the records and their heirs. For permissions to reproduce or to publish,
please contact the Head of Special Collections and University Archives.
Collection open for research.