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  • Title: John A. Sanborn papers
    Collection number: 0027
    Contributing Institution: USC Libraries Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Container: 1
    Physical Description: 1.25 Linear feet 1 box
    Date (inclusive): 1909-1942
    Abstract: This collection contains the diaries kept by John A. Sanborn (1850-1942) between 1909 and 1942. Sanborn was a farmer who lived in Covina and Compton, California.
    creator: Sanborn, John A., 1850-1942

    Biographical Note

    John A. Sanborn was born in Illinois on January 21, 1850 and died in Southern California on July 24, 1942. He grew oranges and other produce in Covina, California, until 1922, when he moved to Compton.


    The John A. Sanborn papers were donated to USC in 1967 by Edith Sanborn, the daughter of the collection's creator.

    Scope and Content

    This collection contains the diaries kept by John A. Sanborn, a farmer and resident of Covina and Compton, California, for the years 1909-1942. For every day from January 1, 1909, until his death on July 24, 1942, Sanborn kept a brief record of his cash account, the weather and his activities. Most of the clippings and other ephemera found in the diaries have been separated into subject files and annotated with the date by which they were found. Included in the collection are clippings about the March 10, 1933, Long Beach earthquake and photographs documenting the collapse of buildings in Compton.

    Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder# or item name], John A. Sanborn papers, Collection no. 0027, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The collection contains published articles; researchers are reminded of the copyright restrictions imposed by publishers on reusing their articles and parts of books. It is the responsibility of researchers to acquire permission from publishers when reusing such materials. The copyright to unpublished materials belongs to the heirs of the writers. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

    Conditions Governing Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SIT.: Advance notice required for access. Consult finding aid for additional information.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Sanborn, John A., 1850-1942 -- Archives
    California, Southern--History--Archival resources
    Compton (Calif.)--Archival resources
    Compton (Calif.)--Photographs
    Covina (Calif.)--Archival resources
    Earthquake damage--California, Southern--20th century--Archival resources
    Earthquakes--California--Long Beach--1933--Archival resources
    Farm life--California, Southern--Archival resources
    Long Beach (Calif.)--Archival resources