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Guide to the Vallejo Family Papers
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The Vallejo Family Papers can be divided into 5 main categories of documents: correspondence, manuscripts and other writings, financial and legal documents, periodicals and publications, and a variety of miscellaneous documents. The collection includes facsimiles of original documents in addition to original documents, as well as research materials and specialized groupings, such as the memorabilia from Luisa Vallejo Emparan’s 1932 voyage to Panama as hostess on the S.S. Santa Rosa.
A prominent early native Californian, Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo (1807-1890) was born in Monterey in 1807. In 1834, with the title Military Commander and Director of Colonization of the Northern Frontier, the Mexican Army sent him to take charge of secularization of Mission San Francisco Solano at what is now Sonoma. On June 24, 1835, he founded the Pueblo of Sonoma, laying out the 8-acre plaza and structures facing the plaza such as the soldiers’ barracks and his first home Casa Grande. A portion of the site of Casa Grande, the barracks, and the Mission are now on the site of the Sonoma State Historic Park. General Vallejo’s private rancho in Petaluma was a highly productive agricultural empire. The Petaluma Adobe is one of the largest adobe structures still standing in California, and is also a State Historic Park.
5 cubic feet
Property rights reside with the California State Parks. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permission to reproduce or to publish, please contact California State Parks.
The collection is open for research.