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Register of the Smith/Bacon Family Collection, 1821-1947
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Smith/Bacon Family Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1821-1947
    Collection number: Mss20
    Creator: Julian Smith Bacon
    Extent: 1 linear ft.
    Repository: University of the Pacific. Library. Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
    Stockton, CA 95211
    Shelf location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Smith/Bacon Family Collection, Mss20, Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library


    Julian Smith Bacon gathered the materials of this collection, which is primarily associated with his grandfather, Peter Smith, younger brother Jedediah Strong Smith, during the 1920s. Peter Smith was a trader on the Santa Fe Trail with his brother when the latter was killed by Comanches (1831). Later, Peter was one of the Executors of Jedediah Smith's will.
    Using these family oral and written histories and traditions, Julian Smith Bacon sparked renewed interest in Jedediah Smith and the fur trade era through speeches, pageants and the dedication of historic markers. Julian Smith Bacon, Jr., son of Julian Smith Bacon, gave the materials to Holt-Atherton Special Collections in 1975.

    Scope and Content

    Although consisting primarily of newspaper and magazine clippings, this collection also contains copies of Smith Family wills, accounts, correspondence and other materials including several pictures of family members and friends.