This collection comprises the personal
papers of Christine Shirley, a former resident of Crystal Cove, California and member of the
Crystal Cove Residents' Association Executive Committee. The collection includes records
from the Crystal Cove Residents' Association. Materials reflect Shirley's involvement in the
association's efforts to add Crystal Cove to the National Register of Historic Places and
its legal struggles with the State of California over tenancy of the Crystal Cove
No Subnote ContentChristine F. Shirley was a resident of Crystal Cove, California from 1967 until 2001 and a
long-time activist for preserving its 46 rustic cottages and the surrounding natural
environment. Shirley first began to visit Crystal Cove in the 1930s with her cousin and
fellow Cove resident Ruthie Van Wyck. She purchased the lease to cottage 23 in 1967 and
spent most weekends thereafter at Crystal Cove with her children. At the time, she lived
with her family in the Hollywood Hills and taught at Los Angeles High School. She married
Jack Shirley in 1970 after they met at Crystal Cove.
7.3 Linear Feet
(8 boxes and 1 oversized folder)
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 Archives.
The collection is open for research.