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Guide to the J.J. Martin Papers, 1880-1972, bulk 1885-1936
BANC MSS C-B 363  
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Series 1 KAWEAH COLONY 1885-1972

Physical Description: Box 1-3, v. 1-3


Arranged hierarchically.

Scope and Content Note

Contains official documents of the colony, correspondence, documents related to the case between the colony and the U.S. Government, scrapbook and clippings and writings on the history of the Kaweah Colony including Curse of Capitalism, by J.J. Martin and Kaweah: a Saga of the Old Colony, by Will Purdy. Official documents include a state school land grant, taxes, an annual report and stocks. Correspondence includes correspondence of J.J. Martin concerning the colony after its demise. The documents relating to the court case include correspondence, legal documents, clippings and a map of the area where the colony was located.
Box 1, Folder 1

Official documents 1887-1889



Box 1, Folder 2

General 1890-1893

Box 1, Folder 3

To J.J. Martin 1889-1903

Box 1, Folder 4-5

Concerning the Kaweah Colony 1889-1938


Kaweah Colony vs. United States Government

Box 1, Folder 7

Correspondence 1885-1886

Box 1, Folder 8

Legal documents 1891-1898

Box 1, Folder 9

Map [ca. 1890]

Box 1, Folder 10

Clippings 1891-1902

Volume 1

Scrapbook 1885-1916

Box 1, Folder 11

Clippings 1954-1972




Curse of Capitalism, by J.J. Martin

Volume 2

Typescript, final [ca. 1930's]

Box 1, Folder 12-14

Typescript, draft [ca. 1930's]

Box 2, Folder 1-6

Manuscript [ca. 1930's]

Box 3, Folder 1-5

Drafts [ca. 1930's]


Kaweah: a Saga of the Old Colony, by Will Purdy

Volume 3

Typescript, final undated

Box 1, Folder 15

Typescript, draft undated

Box 1, Folder 16

Other writings on Kaweah, by various authors [ca. 1890-1928]



Physical Description: Box 4, folders 1-4


Arranged hierarchically.

Scope and Content Note

Contains official documents, resolutions, accounts and a map of the location of the company. Official documents include a prospectus, legal agreements, articles of association, meeting minutes, land documents and stocks.
Box 4, Folder 1

Official documents 1906-1911

Box 4, Folder 2

Resolutions 1906-1909

Box 4, Folder 3

Accounts 1906-1910

Box 4, Folder 4

Map undated


Series 3 TASMANIA COLONY 1910-1916

Physical Description: Box 4, folders 5-8, v. 4


Arranged hierarchically.

Scope and Content Note

Contains official documents, correspondence, scrapbook, clippings and photographs. Photographs include pictures of individuals in the colony and of their arrival. Official documents include articles of association and other legal documents.
Box 4, Folder 5

Official documents 1910-1915

Box 4, Folder 6

Correspondence 1914-1916

Volume 4

Scrapbook 1914-1915

Box 4, Folder 7

Clippings 1914-1915

Box 4, Folder 8

Photographs 1915


Series 4 OTHER COOPERATIVES 1890-1916

Physical Description: Box 4, folders 9-11


Arranged alphabetically by cooperative.

Scope and Content Note

Contains information on the Bucklands Settlement near Douglas, South Africa, the Credit Foncier Company in Sinaloa, Mexico and the Huapai Estate in New Zealand. The Bucklands Settlement documents include maps and floor plans of the colony and of Alby's Farm. The Credit Foncier Company documents include a photograph of members.
Box 4, Folder 9

Bucklands Settlement, near Douglas, South Africa [ca. 1910]

Box 4, Folder 10

Credit Foncier Company, Sinaloa, Mexico [ca. 1890]

Box 4, Folder 11

Huapai Estate, New Zealand 1916



Physical Description: Box 4, folders 12-19, Box 5


Arranged hierarchically.

Scope and Content Note

Contains correspondence, legal documents, clippings, photographs and writings. Correspondence includes family letters and letters to Martin during his tenure at the Hotel Del Monte. Photographs include pictures of Martin's home in Vancouver, B.C., some photographs of Nora [Martin's] trip around Cape of Good Hope and other family photographs. Martin's writings include the unpublished manuscript to Religion and Socialism. See other series for more of Martin's writings.


Box 4, Folder 12

Family 1897-1930

Box 4, Folder 13

Incoming 1899-1942

Box 4, Folder 14

Outgoing 1903

Box 4, Folder 15

Hotel Del Monte 1911-1919

Box 4, Folder 16

Martin, A.C. concerning employment in South Africa 1893-1897

Box 4, Folder 17

Legal documents [ca. 1880-1938]

Box 4, Folder 18

Clippings on J. J. Martin 1936

Box 4, Folder 19

Photographs [ca. 1907-1936]




Religion and Socialism

Box 5, Folders 1-2

Manuscript, draft undated

Box 5, Folders 3-4

Typescript undated

Box 5, Folder 5

Other manuscripts undated

Box 5, Folder 6

Published 1902-1912

Box 5, Folder 7

Quotes, notes, poems undated

Box 5, Folder 8

Miscellaneous clippings [ca. 1900-1935]