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Register of the Drury Papers on 19th c. California Parochial Colleges & Academies, 1865-1968
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    Title: Drury Papers on 19th c. California Parochial Colleges & Academies,
    Date (inclusive): 1865-1968
    Collection number: Mss182
    Creator: Clifford Merrill Drury
    Extent: 0.3 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], Drury Papers on 19th c. California Parochial Colleges & Academies, Mss182, Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library


    Clifford Merrill Drury (1897-) earned an M.A. (1928) from the San Francisco Theological Seminary and a PhD from the University of Edinburgh (1932). He was an assistant pastor at the First Presbyterian Church in Berkeley, California (1921-1923) and at the American Community Church, Shanghai, China (1923-1927). He was subsequently a pastor at the First Presbyterian Church, Moscow, Idaho (1928-1938). He then began a teaching career, serving as professor of Church History at the San Francisco Theological Seminary (1938-1964). Author of over 24 books and numerous articles, Drury is well-known for: First White Woman Over the Rockies (1963-1966); Marcus and Narcissa Whitman and the Opening of Old Oregon (1973); Nine Years With the Spokane Indians (1976); Diary of Elkanah Walker (1976); and, Chief Lawyer of the Nez Perce Indians (1978).

    Scope and Content

    The collection includes notes on early California academic institutions and clippings, pamphlets, papers on Mills College, Mount Tamalpais Military Academy, and the College of California. These were used to prepare an article "Church Sponsored Schools in Early California" in the Pacific Historian, vol. 20, no. 2 Summer 1976, pp. 158-166. The notes and class paper of Bob Richards, a student in Drury's class, History of Christianity on the Pacific Slope, are also included in the collection. Richards class paper is titled, "A Report of California Schools, Academies, Seminaries, Institutes, Colleges and Universities, as Recorded in the Occident Between the Years 1868-1873, March 1958." The collection also includes some original flyers and announcements from California schools and correspondence (1959-1976), primarily between Dr. Clifford Drury and Dr. R. Coke Wood, regarding publishing articles by Drury in the Pacific Historian, or the Stockton Corral of Westerners Far-Westerner, or Valley Trails. The correspondence also mentions a published debate between Don Chase and Drury prompted by Drury's article on Jedediah Smith. (See Pacific Historian article " Another Myth Answered" vol. 17, no. 1, Spring 1973, pp. 43-48, passim, pp. 49-51.)