Guide to the Allan Ottley papers, ca. 1955-1979

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Guide to the Allan Ottley Papers, ca. 1955-1979

California State Library

Sacramento, California

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  • California History Room
  • California State Library
  • Library and Courts Building II
  • 900 N. Street, Room 200
  • P.O. Box 942837
  • Sacramento, California 94237-0001
  • Phone: (916) 654-0176
  • Fax: (916) 654-8777
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Processed by:
The California State Library staff
Encoded by:
Xiuzhi Zhou
© 1999 California State Library. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Allan Ottley Papers,
Date (inclusive): ca. 1955-1979
Box Number: 2212-2219
Creator: Ottley, Allan R.
Repository: California State Library
Sacramento, California
Language: English.

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Access Points

Ottley, Allan R.--Correspondence
Ottley, Allan R. John A. Sutter, Jr.: statement regarding early California experiences
Goodman, John B. (John Bartlett), 1901-1991--Correspondence
Hutchinson, W. H. (William Henry), 1910-1990--Correspondence
Sutter, John Augustus, 1826-1897
Shipping--California--History --Sources
Inland water transportation--California--History--Sources


The collection is organized into four series: Personal papers, including correspondence focusing on Ottley's literary and political interests; Articles and speeches, comprised of approximately thirty typescripts; Publications, documenting all phases of the production of John A. Sutter, Jr.: statement regarding early California experiences; and Research materials, consisting of notes and documents accumulated for an unpublished work on California water transportation.


Allan Ottley was born in Vancouver, B.C. in 1909 but has been a resident of Califonia since he was 13. He graduated from Santa Barbara High School and Santa Barbara State College and completed library school in Riverside. He worked in the Humboldt County Library and the Sacramento City Library and, after serving with the Navy in the South pacific, began his long association with the California Section of the California State Library. Mr. Ottley has been active in many professional, cultural and civic organizations throughout his life. He served on several committees of the California Library Association; is a founding member and past-president of both the Sacramento Book Collectors Club and the Sacramento County Historical Society; and was appointed by Governor Pat Brown to serve on the Civil War Centennial Commission, the California History Commission and the California Heritage Preservation Commission. His publications include: John A. Sutter, Jr.: statement regarding early California experiences, John A. Sutter's last days, and other publications for the Sacramento Book Collectors Club; and Sidewalk history: pioneer sites of Old Sacramento for the Sacramento City Historic Landmarks Commission, as well as numerous articles for such journals as the California historian, Steamboat bill of facts, Proceedings of the Conference of California Historical Societies, the Far Westerner of the Stockton Corral of Westerners, the National republic, and the quarterly newsletter of the Book Club of California. A noted speaker, Ottley has made many appearnaces at local historical groups and has lectured at several California universities.


Major Correspondents

  • Goodman, John B. (John Bartlett), 1901-1991.
  • Hutchinson, W. H. (William Henry), 1910-1990.

Other Correspondents

  • Birmingham, Alma.
  • Bly, Anita.
  • Bowler, Larry.
  • Cranston, Alan MacGregor.
  • Evans, Elliot.
  • Gramm, Phil.
  • Harlow, Neal.
  • Hatch, Orrin, 1934-
  • Hayakawa, S. I. (Samuel Ichiye), 1906-
  • Heckman, Marlin L.
  • Heintz, William F.
  • Kuchel, Thomas H.
  • McMurtrie, Douglas C. (Douglas Crawford), 1888-1994.
  • Mills, James.
  • Paul, Rodman W. (Rodman Wilson), 1912-
  • Price, Glenn W.
  • Reynolds, Jack, 1935-
  • Rodda, Albert.
  • Shumate, Albert.
  • Simon, Paul.
  • Simpson, Edmund E.
  • Sperry, Baxter .
  • Sutter, Dolores Kason.
  • Weber, Francis J.
  • Wood, R. Coke (Reginald Coke)


Personal papers

Box Box 2212

Correspondence: John B. Goodman; William Henry Hutchinson


Literary: Alma Birmingham, Anita Bly, Elliot Evans, Neal Harlow, Marlin Heckman, William Heintz, Douglas McMurtrie, James Mills, Rodman Paul, Glenn Price, Jack Reynolds, Albert Shumate, M.D., Edmund Simpson, Baxter Sperry (Mrs.), Dolores Kason Sutter, Francis Weber, Msgr., R. Coke Wood


Political: Larry Bowler, Alan Cranston, Phil Gramm, Orrin Hatch, S.I. Hayakawa, Thomas Kuchel, James Mills, Albert Rodda, Paul Simon


Articles and Speeches

Box Box 2213

Untitled; Untitled: 1973; Cabbage Halts Steamboat; California; California Section; California's Pioneer Railroad; Collecting Californiana; Collecting Free and Inexpensive Pamphlets; Early Sonora; Few Favorite California Books; Gold in Them Thar Files; Great Calaveras Skull Controversy; Jedediah Strong Smith; Latrobe; Library: Gold Mine for Research; Local History and the Local Library; Mesick vs. Sunderland and Brannan vs. Mesick Litigation

Box Box 2214

Olla Podrina; Pathfinder in the Wilderness; Pioneers of the Sacramento Valley; Private Papers in the California State Library; Sacramento: Its Earliest Years; Sacramento's King Cabbage; Ship Indexes in the California State Library; Some Books on California; Some Curious Anecdotes of Books and Book Collecting; Some Notes on Early Yolo County and Davisville; Some Notes on Yolo County, Davisville, and the Great Yolo Gold Rush of 1894; Sources for Geneology in the California State Library; State Library and a Few By-roads of History; State Library and Its California Section; Statement Regarding Early California Experiences; Two Pioneer California Humorists



Box Box 2215

John A. Sutter, Jr.-Correspondence and research materials.

Box Box 2216

John A. Sutter, Jr.-drafts, typescripts and proofs.


Research materials

Box Box 2217

California water transportation

Box Box 2218

California water transportation

Box Box 2219

California water transportation; California National Guard Museum; Misc., William Muldrow.