Finding aid of the John A. Sanborn papers 0027

Finding aid prepared by Rebecca Hirsch and Mandeep Condle
The processing of this collection and the creation of this finding aid was funded by the generous support of the National Historic Publications and Records Commission.
USC Libraries Special Collections
Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, California, 90089-0189

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 The copyright to unpublished materials belongs to the heirs of the writers.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

Box 1

Diaries 1909-1942

Scope and Content

34 bound volumes
Box 1, Folder 1

Photographs of Compton in the aftermath of the 1933 Long Beach, California, earthquake, 1933 March 10

Scope and Content

23 items.

Newspaper Clippings

Box 1, Folder 2

Letters to the Editor

Scope and Content

Clippings of Letters to the Editor written by John A. Sanborn and published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram. Clippings deal primarily with Long Beach civic issues, including sewage drainage and the build-up of the Port of Long Beach. (25 items.)
Box 1, Folder 3

Articles about health and religion

Scope and Content

Clippings about health and religion. Many of the clippings were taken from Sanborn's diaries and are marked on the back with the day from which they were taken.
Box 1, Folder 4

Articles about the 1933 earthquake

Scope and Content

Clippings of the coverage of the 1933 Long Beach earthquake. (10 items)
Box 1, Folder 5

Articles about state and national affairs

Scope and Content

Clippings about state and national affairs. (27 items)
Box 1, Folder 6

Articles about people and places of Southern California, primarily Compton and Covina, California and inspirational and poetry columns.

Scope and Content

Clippings about people and places of Southern California, primarily Compton and Covina, California and of inspirational and poetry columns. (49 items)


Box 1, Folder 7

Ticket to Los Angeles Olympic Games, 1932 August 4

Box 1, Folder 7

Birthday Postcard

Box 1, Folder 7

Father's Day card

Box 1, Folder 7

Ink blotter with advertisement

Box 1, Folder 7

Christmas postcard

Box 1, Folder 7


Box 1, Folder 7


Box 1, Folder 7

Daily calendar page

Box 1, Folder 7

Christmas gift tag