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Register of the Williams (Earle E.) Tracy/Westside History Collection, 1881-1981
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Access Points
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Williams (Earle E.) Tracy/Westside History Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1881-1981
    Collection number: Ms50
    Creator: Earle E. Williams
    Extent: 0.5 linear ft.
    Repository: San Joaquin County Museum.
    Lodi, CA 95241
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research by appointment only.

    Publication Rights

    The library can only claim physical ownership of the collection. Users are responsible for satisfying any claimants of literary property.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Williams (Earle E.) Tracy/Westside History Collection, Ms50, San Joaquin County Historical Society and Museum.

    Access Points

    personal name

    Williams, Earle E.
    DeWelt, Marie Cornelia Stewart
    Smith, Amber

    corporate name

    El Rancho Pescadero (Tracy, Calif.)
    Carnegie (Calif.) Brick & Pottery Company


    El Camino Viejo Trail (Calif.)
    Pottery - California - San Joaquin County
    Agriculture - California - Tracy
    Land tenure - California - Tracy
    Coal mines and mining - California - Corral Hollow
    Brickmaking - California - San Joaquin County

    geographic name

    Corral Hollow (Calif.) - History
    San Joaquin City (Calif.) - History
    Carnegie (Calif.) - History
    Tracy (Calif.) - History


    Earle E. Williams was an educator, civic leader and amateur historian who lived in Tracy (Calif.) for much of his adult life. Following his retirement (c1960), Williams devoted himself to historical research and writing relating to the Tracy area, a region of southwestern San Joaquin County that includes both hilly and river delta terrain and that has seen coal mining and pottery production in addition to farming and stock raising. A Tracy middle school was named for Williams (1990).

    Scope and Content

    The Williams Collection consists principally of essays and photographs by Mr. Williams on various Tracy area topics, including: Corral Hollow, El Camino Viejo Trail, El Rancho Pescadero and San Joaquin City. The collection also contains land records pertaining to El Rancho Pescadero, a transcript of the first issue of the first Tracy newspaper (1881), an itinerary for a walking tour of 19th c. Tracy by Amber Smith and a reminiscence of life in Corral Hollow by Marie Stewart DeWelt (1965).