Primarily the writings of Clara Jane Cheney-Minard, the collection includes her journals, correspondence poems, and re-copied
essays, among other things. Most of her writing focuses on personal and family-related matters such as her descriptions of
nature, descriptions of school, thoughts and reflections conveyed to family members about life in San Jose, weather, health,
and friends. There are some passing references to famous issues and events of the Civil War era, for example, mentions of
Emancipation, Gettysburg, surrender of Lee, and the Lincoln assassination.
(The following is derived from a memorandum written by Mrs. John P. Franklin, great-great niece of Clara Cheney, for the Goleta
Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or
quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given
on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply
permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.