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Guide to the Paul Percy Parker Collection, 1782-1936
Special Collections M066  
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    Title: Paul Percy Parker Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1782-1936
    Collection number: Special Collections M066
    Collector: Parker, Paul Percy
    Extent: .75 linear ft.
    Repository: Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

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    Publication Rights:

    Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections.


    Gift of Paul P. Parker, 1963.

    Preferred Citation:

    [Identification of item] Paul Percy Parker Collection, M066, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.


    Paul Percy Parker was a newspaperman in California'a Salinas Valley.


    The Parker Collection of Californiana contains official documents (many in Spanish), legal and financial papers, manuscripts of narratives and memoirs, printed material and clippings relative to California history. The major bulk of the papers are dated prior to 1900 and the total span is from 1782-1936. They deal primarily with the Monterey area, the Salinas Valley, Salinas, San Jose, and the lower Peninsula area.
    The Spanish and Mexican California documents are of special interest and include the signatures of José de Zuñiga, José Figueroa, Simeon Castro, David Spence, Luis del Castillo Negrete and an unsigned letter by Manuel Micheltorena. The William S. Johnson material contains a number of papers concerning land grant property and there are some other title papers and transfers on this subject. There are a few documents by Walter Colton and a lot of material on the Salinas Lettuce Strike of 1936.


    Books were placed in Special Collections and Stanfordiana was placed in the Stanford Collection.