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Peveril Meigs Baja California Research Materials
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Scope and Content of Series

Series 1) CORRESPONDENCE: Letters from other Baja California historians, geographers, and anthropologists, as well as editors, booksellers, and family members. Notable correspondents include Carl Sauer, A.L. Kroeber, Homer Aschmann, and Peter Gerhard. Arranged alphabetically by correspondent.
Box 1, Folder 1

A-Z Miscellaneous

Box 1, Folder 2

Antigua Libreria Robredo 1949

Box 1, Folder 3

Aschmann, Homer 1954

General note

Includes Baja California climatic data charts.
Box 1, Folder 4

Brand, Donald D. 1939

Box 1, Folder 5

Dawson's Book Shop 1979

General note

Glen Dawson.
Box 1, Folder 6

Gerhard, Peter 1943 - 1951

Box 1, Folder 7

Kelly, William 1940 - 1949

Box 1, Folder 8

Kroeber, A.L. 1932 - 1939

Box 1, Folder 9

Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery 1935

Box 1, Folder 10

Meigs, Loren (brother) 1925 - 1932

Box 1, Folder 11

Sauer, Carl 1927 - 1931

Box 1, Folder 12

Smith, Helen 1970 - 1971

Box 1, Folder 13

West, Robert 1979



Scope and Content of Series

Series 2) WRITINGS BY MEIGS: Drafts summarizing field notes, typescripts, notes on bibliographic sources, and reprints of Meigs's work related to Baja California, including research notes for his published works on the Kiliwa Indians and several reprints of articles published in Pacific Coast Archaeological Society Quarterly. Of interest is Meigs's translation of Padre Luis de Sales's "Noticias de la Provincia de Californias en Tres Cartas," an important account on Dominican activity in Baja California. Materials are arranged alphabetically.
Box 1, Folder 14

Baja California bibliographies 1952 - 1961

Box 1, Folder 15

Baja California climatic data 1919 - 1967

General note

Notes and charts.
Box 1, Folder 16

Capes of Human Hair from Baja California and Outside 1970

General note

Reprint and negative of illustration. Published in Pacific Coast Archaeological Society Quarterly, Vol. 6, No. 1, January 1970.
Box 1, Folder 17

Creation Myth and Other Recollections of the Niji Mishkwish 1971

General note

Reprint, draft, photograph, drawing, and map. Published in Pacific Coast Archaeological Society Quarterly, Vol. 7, No. 1, January 1971.
Box 1, Folder 18

Crespi diary notes

Box 1, Folder 19

Dominican Mission Frontier of Lower California 1935

General note

Box 1, Folder 20

Kiliwa Indians - Dialects

Box 1, Folder 21

Kiliwa Indians - Notes 1917 - 1977

Box 1, Folder 22

Kiliwa Indians - Valle Trinidad notes 1929

Box 1, Folder 23

Kiliwa Indians of Lower California 1932 - 1969

General note

Correspondence and manuscript draft.
Box 1, Folder 24

Miscellaneous notes

Box 1, Folder 25

Notes on the Paipai of San Isidoro, Baja California 1977

General note

Reprint. Published in Pacific Coast Archeological Society Quarterly, Vol. 13, No. 1, January 1977.
Box 1, Folder 26

Noticias de la Provincia de Californias en Tres Cartas, by Luis Sales. Translated by Meigs

General note

Box 1, Folder 27

Noticias de la Provincia de Californias en Tres Cartas, by Luis Sales. Translated by Meigs

General note

Box 1, Folder 28

Rains and hurricanes in southern Baja California 1966

General note

Draft and notes.
Box 1, Folder 29

Some Pictographs in Northern Baja California 1976

General note

Reprint. Published in Pacific Coast Archeological Society Quarterly, Vol. 12, No. 1, January 1976.


Scope and Content of Series

Series 3) WRITINGS BY OTHERS: Baja California-related publications by other authors that have been heavily annotated by Meigs. Arranged in alphabetical order.
Box 1, Folder 30

Diary of Junipero Serra; Mch. 28 - June 30, 1769. Part III 1902

General note

Published in OUTWEST, vol. 16, no. 5.
Box 1, Folder 31

Gifford, E.W. "The Kamia of Imperial Valley" 1931

General note

Smithsonian Institution, Bureau of American Ethnology, Bulletin 97.
Box 2, Folder 1

Gifford, E.W. and R.H. Lowie. "Notes on the Akwa'ala Indians of Lower California" 1929

General note

University of California Publications in American Archaeology and Ethnology, Vol. 23, No. 7, pp. 339-352. 2 copies, both annotated by Meigs.
Box 2, Folder 2

Hastings, James Rodney, ed. Climatological Data For Baja California 1964

General note

University of Arizona. Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Technical Reports on the Meteorology and Climatology of Arid Regions, No. 14.
Box 2, Folder 3

Hendry, George W. "Francisco Palou's Boundary Marker" 1926

General note

California Historical Society, San Francisco, 1926.
Box 2, Folder 4

Mexico. Secretaria de Agricultura y Ganaderia. Servicio Meteorologico Mexicano 1924 - 1954

General note

Manuscript meteorological data charts recording temperature, rainfall, dominant wind direction, number of days of fog, and number of cloudy days for reporting stations in Baja California and Sonora from the 1920s to the 1950s. Completeness of the data varies for each station
Box 2, Folder 5

Nelson, Edward W. Lower California And Its Natural Resources 1921

General note

Published in Memoirs of the National Academy of Sciences, Vol. XVI.
Box 2, Folder 6

North Mexican Center for Anthropology 1953

General note

Box 2, Folder 7

Rogers, Malcolm J. "The Stone Art of the San Dieguito Plateau" 1929

General note

Reprinted from American Anthropologist, Vol. 31, No. 3, July-September 1929.
Box 2, Folder 8

Shreve, Forest. "A Desert by the Sea" 1935

General note

Carnegie Institution of Washington, News Service Bulletin, School Edition. Vol. 3, No. 26, Release Date Sunday, September 29, 1935.
Box 2, Folder 9

Shreve, Forest and R.D. Mallery. "Desert Investigations" 1934

General note

Annual Report of the Division of Plant Biology, Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1933-1934. Issued December 14, 1934.


Scope and Content of Series

Series 4) JOURNALS: Meigs's field notes from his annual summer expeditions to Baja California, 1925-1929. Notably absent from the series are his notes from 1936. While the journals mostly contain daily accounts of his field work, including land measurements, sketch maps, photograph captions, and interviews with subjects, the 1925 journal begins six months before he enters the field, offering a glimpse of Meigs's life as an undergraduate at UC Berkeley. The final entry in the series is a copy of Dr. Oscar Schmieder's study of the Russian colony at Guadalupe Valley, heavily annotated by Meigs while he studied the Kiliwa Indians in 1929. The journals were numbered by Meigs and are arranged chronologically.
Box 2, Folder 10

Outlined account of Baja California explorations 1926 - 1928

General note

Contains references to journal page numbers and photographs. Probably created in preparation for a publication for the Baja California Travel Series.
Box 2, Folder 11

Journal 1 1925 January 1-August 3


Journal 1, 1925 January 1 - August 3

Box 2, Folder 12

Journal 1A 1925 June 25-July 26

General note

June 25 - July 26. Baja California. Notes before going and measurements of elevation.

Journal 1A, 1925

Box 2, Folder 13

Journal 2 1926 May-June

General note

May - June. Baja California. Sauer's trip 1.

Journal 2, 1926

Box 2, Folder 14

Journal 3 1926 June-July

General note

June - July. Baja California. Sauer's trip 2.

Journal 3, 1926

Box 2, Folder 15

Journal 4 1926 July-August

General note

July - August. Baja California. Sauer's trip 3.

Journal 4, 1926

Box 3, Folder 1

Journal 5 1927 May-June

General note

May - June. Baja California. Field notes 1.

Journal 5, 1927

Box 3, Folder 2

Journal 5A 1927 May

General note

Meteorological data. Includes newspaper articles about Meig's 1926 and 1927 explorations.

Journal 5A, 1927

Box 3, Folder 3

Lower California Day Book 1927 May 14

General note

One entry, dated May 14.

Lower California Day Book, 1927

Box 3, Folder 4

Journal 6 1927 June-July

General note

June - July. Field notes 2.

Journal 6, 1927

Box 3, Folder 5

Journal 7, 8, and 9 1927 July

General note

Volume contains "1927, July - August, Field notes 3"; "1927-1928, Winter"; and "1928, Summer, 2 weeks, includes Kiliwa study."

Journal 7, 8, and 9, 1927

Box 3, Folder 6

Journal 10 1928 May-July

General note

Kiliwa study, first summer, with Yvonne, 1.

Journal 10, 1928

Box 3, Folder 7

Journal 11 1928 May-July

General note

Kiliwa study, first summer, with Yvonne, 2.

Journal 11, 1928

Box 3, Folder 8

Journal 12 1928 May-July

General note


Journal 12, 1928

Box 3, Folder 9

Journal 13 1929 May-June

General note

Santa Catalina Mission. Geography of Kiliwas.

Journal 13, 1929

Box 3, Folder 10

Journal 14 1929 June

General note

Schmieder, Oscar. "Lower Californian Studies. II. The Russian colony of Guadalupe Valley." University of California Publications in Geography 2, no. 14 (1928). 409-434. Heavily annotated by Meigs while in the field in 1929.

Journal 14, 1929



Scope and Content of Series

Series 5) PHOTOGRAPHS. Arranged in two subseries: A) Photograph Albums and B) Lantern Slides.
The collection originally contained several hundred nitrate negatives. Due to their deteriorating condition, the negatives were scanned and destroyed. All photographic images in this series can be found on the UC San Diego Library Digital Collections website, where they are individually scanned, described and, where possible, linked to the journal entry that describes the day the image was captured.
A) Photograph Albums: Meigs assembled an album of his first field trip to Baja California in 1925, containing original prints and his own captions. Negatives largely do not exist for this album, and some prints are missing. Following the example of the 1925 album, in 2007 the nitrate negatives were scanned and new prints were collated into modern albums along with original prints, using caption titles supplied by information in Meigs's journals. During this process, Meigs's own numbering system for matching prints, negatives, and captions was maintained. In some cases, descriptions in the albums have been supplemented with additional notations found on his negative envelopes. Several gaps remain in the photograph series where negative envelopes were empty or missing. In most cases, the numbers and captions of absent photographs have been noted and designated as "Missing" within each album.
B) Lantern Slides: 63 glass slides used in presentations by Meigs. The slides are largely copies of images originally captured on nitrate negatives; these images have been scanned from the negative and are available on the Library's Digital Collections website.

Photograph Albums

Oversize FB-350, Folder 1

Album 1925

General note

From Tijuana to El Rosario. Includes images of the Santo Tomas valley, Johnson's Ranch at San Antonio del Mar, the San Telmo valley, the Hamilton Ranch in Santo Domingo, the San Quintin flour mill and saltworks, and the town of El Rosario.

Album, 1925

Oversize FB-350, Folder 2

Album 1926

General note

San Fernando Velicata to Santo Tomas. Includes images of the missions of San Fernando Velicata, Nuestra Senora del Rosario, San Vicente Ferrer, Santo Domingo de la Frontera, and Santo Tomas.
Oversize FB-351, Folder 1

Album 1927

General note

Tijuana to El Marmol. Includes images of Japanese abalone fisherman, the onyx mine at El Marmol, the rancho at Santa Catarina, the San Fernando mine, and the saltworks at San Quintin.
Oversize FB-351, Folder 2

Album 1928

General note

Valle Trinidad to Tijuana. Includes images of Kiliwa Indians around Arroyo Leon, street scenes in Ensenada, and panoramic views of Tijuana from the hill above the port of entry on the US side.
Oversize FB-351, Folder 3

Album 1929

General note

Arroyo Leon to Neji. Includes images from the Guadalupe valley, the town of Santa Catarina, and the village of Neji.
Oversize FB-351, Folder 4

Album 1936

General note

Includes images of Mission San Miguel and Indians at Manteca.
Box 3, Folder 17

Unidentified prints


Lantern Slides

Box 4

Lantern slides 1925 - 1936



Scope and Content of Series

SeriesES 6) MAPS: Maps created by Meigs, either as copies of existing maps or as field sketches, as well as a "Baja California Sketch Map" containing C.W. Thornthwaite's signature on each leaf. The maps created by Meigs have been identified using the title he attributed to them. Untitled maps have been identified by geographic region or landmarks. The Thornthwaite map appears to be an enlarged and segmented copy of Carl H. Beal's "Reconnaissance geologic map and structure sections of Baja California, Mexico." The twelve leaves of the map are accompanied by reduced-sized photocopies exhibiting numerous annotations by Meigs. Arranged in alphabetical order.
Oversize MC-154-01

Diagrammatic sketch from Cape Colnett to San Felipe Bay

General note

Traced from sketch by J. van der Gracht. Pencil and colored pencil on tracing paper.
Oversize MC-154-01, Box 

Diagrammatic sketch from El Rosario to the Gulf of California at 30 degrees N. Latitude

General note

Traced from sketch by J. van der Gracht. Pencil and colored pencil on tracing paper.
Oversize MC-154-01

Diagrammatic sketch from Santo Tomás to south of San Quintín

General note

Pencil and colored pencil on tracing paper.
Oversize MC-154-01

[Distribution of coastal rock formations from Tijuana to Santa Catarina]

General note

Ink, pencil, and colored pencil on tracing paper.
Box 5, Folder 5

Geological profile, Todos Santos Bay to Gulf 1926

General note

"Geol. Profile, Todos S. Bay to Gulf. Direction N. 71 Degrees E., Lindgren." Pencil on paper.
Oversize MC-154-01

Lluvia annual. Baja California Sur

General note

Unidentified publication.
Oversize MC-154-01

Maps published in The Dominican Mission Frontier Of Lower California 1935

General note

"General Map emphasizing the Dominican area of Lower California" and "Physical Regions and Explorations."
Box 5, Folder 8

Northwest Mexico. Coastal Sectors

General note

Unidentified publication.
Oversize MC-154-01

[Sketch map of area surrounding Mission Santa Catarina]

General note

Pencil on tracing paper.
Oversize MC-154-01

Sketch map of San Quintín Bay

General note

Tracing from a blueprint by "C.J. Young (engineer), 1889, for the Compania Mexicana Internacional. Elevations from U.S. Steamship 'Ranger,' 1888. Blueprint loaned by David Goldbaum." Pencil on tracing paper.
Oversize MC-154-01

Sketch map of the San Telmo River mouth

General note

Pencil on tracing paper.
Oversize MC-154-01

Sketch map of the lands of Mission Santa Catarina

General note

Traced from "Terrenos de la ex-mision de Sta. Catalina. Wm. Denton, Fernando Lantern(?), 1895(?)." Pencil on tracing paper.
Box 5, Folder 13

Sketch maps of El Rosario 1926

General note

Pencil on paper.
Oversize MC-154-02

Thornthwaite, C.W. Baja California Sketch Map 1925

General note

Based on the work of Carl H. Beal for the Marland Oil Company. Segmented into 12 quadrangles; quadrangle 10 missing. Includes set of reduced-size photocopies with annotations by Meigs.
Box 5, Folder 15

Vila, Vicente. Puerto de San Diego situado por 32 grados 32 minutos de latitud septent 1769

General note

Photocopy of a manuscript map in Archivo General de Indias, Seville.


Scope and Content of Series

Series 7) MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS: Newspaper clippings, pressed plants, and a postcard from Ensenada.
Box 5, Folder 16

Newspaper clippings 1925 - 1962

Box 5, Folder 17

Ensenada postcard 1928

Box 5, Folder 18

Pressed plants 1926

Box 5, Folder 19

Principal publications by Peveril Meigs 1974

Box 5, Folder 20

Telegram from William A. Saathoff (foreman) to Eulogio Romero

General note

April 5, 1908.


Box 5, Folder 21

Originals of preservation photocopies