Guide to the Donald C. Meadows Collection

Russell Michalak
Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library, Claremont University Consortium 2008
Libraries of The Claremont Colleges
800 N. Dartmouth Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711
Phone: (909) 607-3977
Fax: (909) 621-8681
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Claremont University Consortium. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Donald C. Meadows Collection
creator: Meadows, Donald C.
Dates: 1880-1981
Abstract: Historical account books of mining companies and businesses (1861-cira 1900), photograph album (circa 1890s-1940s, diary, correspondence, Meadows miscellany (1960s-1980s), Honnold Library Society (1973-1979).
Extent: 4 feet4 boxes and 1 large envelope
Repository: Claremont Colleges. Honnold/Mudd Library.
800 N. Dartmouth Avenue
Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library
Claremont University Consortium
Claremont, California 91711
Collection Number: H1985.5
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English
Physical Location: Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library. Claremont University Consortium.

Information for Researchers

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact Special Collections Library staff.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Donald C. Meadows Collection. Special Collections, Honnold Mudd Library, Clareomont University Consortium.

Acquisition Information

Acquired from a gift by Donald C. Meadows in 1985.

Processing Information

Arranged and Processed by Russell Michalak


No addition to the collection is anticipated.

Biography of Don Meadows

Don Meadows was born in Indiana in the late 1800s. His family moved to Southen California in 1903. He graduated from Pomona College in 1921. Don Meadows was an avid book collector. His library is housed at the University of California, Irvine Collection.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Historical account books of mining companies and businesses (1861-cira 1900), photograph album (circa 1890s-1940s, diary, correspondence, Meadows miscellany (1960s-1980s), Honnold Library Society (1973-1979).

Series Arrangement

Series 1. Account Books
Series 2. Photograph Albums
Series 3. Manuscripts and photographs

Subject Headings

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection
Meadows, Don
California Missions
Southern California History -- 1900 -1950
Western Americana -- 1850-1980
Claremont, California.
account books
photograph albums

Detailed Description of the Collection


Series 1: Account Books, 1861-1949

box 1, folder 1

Book of account of the Pacific and Atlantic Consolidated Gold and Silver Mining Company,Silver Mountain, October 1861-1881


On spine: "Journal" Some pages missing, mutilated, or stuck together.
box 1, folder 2

"Journal, J. H. Martin. Account Book, 1876-1879, from Carson, Nevada, 1876-1880

box 1, folder 3

Account Book. List of names and expenses. Douglas County, Nevada, 1882

box 1, folder 4

Financial Condition of the Treasury of Ormsby County, Nevada, 1883-1884

box 1, folder 5

Sale of Logs from El Dorado Timber, Lake Valley, 1889

box 1, folder 6

By-laws and minutes. J. H. Martin Land and Orchard Company Incorporated, September 12, 1912 - November 4, 1914

box 2, folder 1

A. K. Small, Olive California, financial accounts, January 1891 - May 1891

box 2, folder 2

A. K. Small, Olive California, financial accounts, October 1891 - April 1892


Series 2: Photograph Albums and Diary, 1890-1981

box 2, folder 3

Diary and Memoranda notebook,"Los Angeles. That Little Book, October 1891 - April 1892

Scope and Content Note

Manuscript entries include diary entry for March 25, 1879; essays; some descriptions of Los Angeles; Los Angeles clubs and meetings and officers; poems; advertisements.
box 2, folder 4

Photograph album, ca. 1890 - 1910

Scope and Content Note

Several photos of San Juan Capistrano Mission; Southern California coast, mountains, towns, and people.


Purchased for Dawson's bookstore 1951
box 2, folder 5

Photograph of the Gilberts, ca. 1909 - 1949

Scope and Content Note

Includes photos of South Dakota, Florida, and Southern California.

Series 3: Manuscripts and photographs, 1910-1949

box 3, folder 1

Baja California - Symposium and bibliographies, 1966

box 3, folder 2

Conference of California Historical Societies - Santa Ana, California, June 20-22 1968

box 3, folder 3

Historical Society of Southern California, June 28, 1969

Scope and Content Note

Don Meadows talk and handouts of San Juan Capistrano Mission, Las Flores Adobe, Rancho Santa Margarita.
box 3, folder 4

Correspondence and writings, 1960 - 1979

box 3, folder 5

Correspondence -- Fear - Desborough, Christene, 1973

box 3, folder 6

Wedding invitation, 1931

box 3, folder 7

Desert Hot Springs, California, Cabots Old Indian Pueblo, 1969

box 3, folder 8

Photographs -- Santa Anita Mountains, 1949

box 3, folder 9

Railroad - Amtrak - Sam Diego to Los Angeles, 1978

box 3, folder 10

Don Bernardo's Hacienda of Hospitality by Raymond M. Holt and 2 photographs of Yorba buildings, 1978

box 3, folder 11-18

Honnold Library Society, 1973-1981

box 3, folder 19-21

California History - clippings, Undated

box 3, folder 22

Photographs of Trabuca Adobe, 1971

box 3, folder 23

Photographs of Pio Pico, Yorba family, Antonio Jose Rocha II; Benjamin D. Wilson -- Don Benito Wilson, Undated

box 3, folder 24

Photocopies of advertisements, broadsides, paper money, lottery tickets, stationery, stock certificates, Undated

box 4, folder 1

Leaf from baptismal Register of Indians at Mission San Carlos de Monterey, Undated

box 4, folder 2

Academy of Pacific Coast History in 4 parts, 1910-1914

box 4, folder 3

Receipt book, 1881-1883

Scope and Content Note

J. Henry Martin, Andrew S. Bryant. Wood Camp, Markleeville, Alpine County, California; Carson City, Nevada.
box 5, folder 1

Broadside: "Scientific and Historic Explorations" , 1910-1914


A recreation of the 1861 Reconnaissance Boundary Survey done in 1982 with camels.