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Guide to the Kenyon, Stanley, and Crellin Families Papers MS.R.049
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  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing History
  • Historical Background
  • Collection Scope and Content Summary
  • Collection Arrangement
  • Separation Note

  • Title: Kenyon, Stanley, and Crellin families papers
    Identifier/Call Number: MS.R.049
    Contributing Institution: Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine Libraries
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 1.2 linear feet (2 boxes, 1 XOS folder, 1 OS folder)
    Date (inclusive): 1889-1955
    Language of Collection Materials: Collection materials are in English.
    Abstract: This collection consists of papers and photographs of the Kenyon, Stanley, and Crellin families. The Kenyon and Crellin families lived in Iowa in the late 19th century and moved west to Tustin, California at the turn of the 20th century, where Alta Kenyon married Harry Stanley. The Stanleys, including Mr. S.W. Stanley, were involved in citrus farming in Tustin. This collection includes programs, newspaper clippings, farming records, ledgers, brochures, postcards, school materials, and photographs from Southern California and Iowa.
    Creator: Crellin family
    Creator: Kenyon family
    Creator: Smith, Helen
    Creator: Stanley family


    The collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    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.

    Preferred Citation

    Kenyon, Stanley, and Crellin families papers. MS-R049. 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 Helen Stanley Smith, 1971, 1972, 1974, and 1978.

    Processing History

    Processed by Alix Norton, 2012.

    Historical Background

    The Kenyon, Stanley, and Crellin families were citrus farmers who lived in Tustin, California in the early 20th century. Miss Alta Kenyon was born in 1889 in Iowa to John Kenyon and Franc Hunt. In 1899, Alta, her cousins Chester and Perry Kenyon, and her uncle, E.M. Crellin, moved to California and settled in the city of Tustin. Alta graduated from Santa Ana High School in 1909 and attended the California School of Artistic Whistling before marrying Harry B. Stanley in 1913 in Tustin. Together they grew citrus trees and were members of the Tustin Hills Citrus Association.
    S.W. Stanley was the secretary for the Tustin Chamber of Commerce and kept minutes of their meetings from 1915 to 1917. He and his wife were active members of the American and California Farm Bureau Federations. Their daughter, Helen Stanley, was born in 1905 in Arkansas before they relocated to California. Helen later married William Smith and became a major Orange County historian.

    Collection Scope and Content Summary

    This collection consists of papers and photographs from the Kenyon, Stanley, and Crellin families, compiled and donated by Helen Stanley Smith. Most of the materials are from the Orange County area in the early 20th century. The papers include report cards, diplomas, commencement programs, and other school materials; as well as magazines, postcards, newspaper clippings, brochures, records, and ledgers. The American and California Farm Bureau Federation and the Tustin Hills Citrus Association records show the families’ interest in farming and growing citrus trees. Also included are the meeting minutes and reports from the Tustin Chamber of Commerce when Mr. S.W. Stanley was its secretary in the early 20th century.
    The majority of the photographs in this collection show Orange County and other Southern California locales in the early 1900s, as well as Iowa at the turn of the 20th century. Orange County photographs include the city of Tustin, where the family lived and worked; Laguna Beach; San Juan Capistrano; and the Orange County Fair in the 1920s. Other locations represented in the photographs are Los Angeles County, San Diego County, Mexico, and Iowa.

    Collection Arrangement

    This collection is arranged in 2 series:
    • Series 1. Papers, 1883-1964, 0.6 linear feet
    • Series 2. Photographs, 1900-1959 and undated, 0.6 linear feet

    Separation Note

    The following materials were removed from this collection and cataloged separately in Special Collections and Archives:
    MS-R038: Orange County School Yearbook Collection The Audion, Tustin Union High School. Annuals for 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935. Del ano, Associated Students of Santa Ana Junior College. Annuals for 1936, 1937. The Ariel, Santa Ana High School. Student publication from December, 1908.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Santa Ana High School (Santa Ana, Calif.).
    California, Southern -- Photographs.
    Citrus fruit industry -- California -- Orange County -- History -- Sources
    Fruit growers -- California -- Orange County -- 20th century
    High schools -- California -- Orange County
    Orange County (Calif.) -- Archives.
    Orange County (Calif.) -- History.
    Tustin (Calif.) -- Archives.
    Tustin (Calif.) -- Photographs.