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Finding Aid for the Bandini Family Papers, ca. 1834-1927
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  • Administrative Information
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  • Organization and Arrangement
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Bandini Family Papers,
    Date (inclusive): ca. 1834-1927
    Collection number: 101
    Creator: Bandini Family
    Extent: 3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.) 1 oversize box
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: Juan Bandini (1800-59) was one of the most prominent men of his time in Southern California. He amassed a fortune through merchandising, farming, and stockraising. One of his daughters married the biggest land owner and rancher in Southern California at the time. The collection consists of correspondence, legal papers, and business records of members of the Bandini family.
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

    Additional Physical Form Available

    A copy of the original version of this online finding aid is available at the UCLA Library Special Collections for in-house consultation and may be obtained for a fee. Please contact:
    • Public Services Division
    • UCLA Library Special Collections
    • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
    • Box 951575
    • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
    • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
    • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Margaret Gaffey Kilroy, 1942.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Bandini Family Papers (Collection 101). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 462285 


    Juan Bandini (1800-59) was one of the most prominent men of his time in Southern California, amassing a fortune through merchandising, farming, and stockraising; his landholdings eventually included fifty thousand acres extending from Rincon to Agua Manse; one of his daughters, Arcadia Bandini (1825-12), married Abel Stearns (1798-1871), a Yankee merchant who later became the biggest land owner and rancher in Southern California another of Bandini's daughters, Isidora, married Colonel Cave J. Couts; Bandini's son, Juan B. Bandini (b. 1833) managed his father's ranch, worked at Abel Stearns's store, and later operated a cattle business at Last Chance ranch.

    Bandini family

    Juan Bandini, 1800-1859.
    • Daughter - Arcadia Bandini, 1823-1912.
    • -Married Abel Stearns in 1837 (Stearns was in business with Bandini). Stearns died 1871.
    • -Married Colonel Robert S. Baker, 1874.
    • -Arcadia had no children.
    • Daughter - Ysidora Bandini
    • -Married Cave Johnson Couts, also in business with Stearns.
    • Son - Juan B. Bandini, d. 1906.
    • -Married a Sepulveda.
    • -Daughter - Arcadia Bandini, married John T. Gaffey. their daughter is Margaret Gaffey Kilroy, donor of this collection.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of correspondence, legal papers, and business records of members of the Bandini family, including Juan Bandini (1834-59), Juan B. Bandini (1860-89), Abel Stearns (1837-68), and John T. Gaffey (1885-1910). Correspondence includes 93 letters from Cave J. Couts to Abel Stearns, 1851-70. In addition to the business records, there are several documents related to various ranches and land holdings of the Bandini family. Also includes historical reminiscences of Mariano Ruiz.
    Portions of this collection are in Spanish.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Juan Bandini.
    2. Abel Stearns and Mariano Ruiz.
    3. Mariano Ruiz typescripts, 1926-27.
    4. Rancho San Rafael account book, 1843-56 (oversize box).

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Bandini, Juan, 1800-1859--Archives.
    Bandini, Juan B., b. 1833--Archives.
    Couts, Cave Johnson, 1821-1874--Correspondence.
    Ruiz, Mariano.
    Stearns, Abel, 1798-1871.
    Bandini family--Archives.
    Ranchers--California, Southern--Archival resources.
    Land settlement--California, Southern.
    Family papers.
    Business records.