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Register of the Kaufman (Mary) Collection, 1979-1991
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Access Points
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Kaufman (Mary) Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1979-1991
    Collection number: Mss26
    Creator: Mary Kaufman
    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], Kaufman (Mary) Collection, Mss26, Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library

    Access Points

    personal name

    Schuller family
    Kaufman family
    Kaufman, Mary Louise Schuller Marconi (b. 1899)
    Marconi, John Alva (b. 1925)
    Kaufman, Kenneth

    corporate name

    Pacific Pea Packing Company (Oakdale, Calif.)


    Women ranchers -California -Oakdale
    Women cannery workers -California -Oakdale
    German Americans -California -Valley Home
    Dairy farmers -California -Oakdale
    Sheep ranchers -California -Oakdale
    Baseball for children
    Earthquakes -California -Loma Prieta -October 17, 1989
    Thalheim (Calif.) -History -Sources
    Valley Home (Calif.) -History -Sources
    Oakdale (Calif.) -History -Sources


    Mary Kaufman (b. 1899) is the daughter of Austrian immigrant Frederick Schuller (b. 1866) and Rose Schmidt. Schuller first farmed in Ohio, then came to California (1907), where he bought fifty acres of land in Talheim, Stanislaus County. Due to World War I era anti-German feeling, this community soon changed its name to Valley Home. Mary was the second of eight children. She first married Oakdale cattle, sheep and dairyman, John Marconi (1919), and they had one son, also named John (b. 1925), before Marconi died from an accidental gunshot wound (1932), leaving his wife to operate their dairy alone. John Marconi Jr. served in the Navy during World War II. After the War Mary Marconi married Oakdale canner, Kenneth Kaufman (1947). Kaufman's company canned peas, spinach and peaches under the Pacific Pea Packing label. Mary Kaufman worked at the cannery until her retirement.

    Scope and Content

    The Kaufman Collection consists of: Daryl Morrison's taped interviews with Mary Kaufman (1990-1991) in which the latter discusses her childhood home at Valley Home, her roles as rancher's wife, mother and cannery employee; a "Valley Home Cookbook" with historical notes about the settlement and its inhabitants; and, a few clippings and photographs of the Valley Home area.