Guide to the Paul Percy Parker Collection on Monterey County History M0066

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Department of Special Collections and University Archives
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Language of Material: Multiple languages
Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Title: Paul Percy Parker Collection on Monterey County History
Creator: Parker, Paul Percy
Identifier/Call Number: M0066
Identifier/Call Number: 1463
Physical Description: 0.75 Linear Feet (2 boxes)
Date (inclusive): 1782-1936

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research. Note that material must be requested at least 36 hours in advance of intended use.

Biographical / Historical

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

Custodial History

Gift of Paul P. Parker, 1963.


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Preferred Citation

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

Scope and Contents

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 to 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.

Separated Materials

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

Conditions Governing Use

While Special Collections is the owner of the physical and digital items, permission to examine collection materials is not an authorization to publish. These materials are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. Any transmission or reproduction beyond that allowed by fair use requires permission from the owners of rights, heir(s) or assigns. Much of these materials are believed to be in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use of public domain materials.

Separated Materials

Photographs recieved from Parker were cataloged under MISC 1329

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Monterey County (Calif.) -- History.

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1. Signed by José de Zuñiga, official under Gov. Felipe de Neve. re: supplies from San Blas. 2 pp. 447743 1782.


2. Signed by José de Zuñiga. 2 pp. 447741 1783.


3. Signers: Salvador Espinosa, José Estrada, Santiago Moreno, José Castro, José Antonio [Gaxiola), José Joaquin Gomez, Bonifacio de Madriaga. Certified by [Luis] del Castillo Negrete, and Dav[id] Spence. 3 PP, 447739 1832, Dec. Feb. 23, 1835


4. Signed by José Figueroa. 2 pp. 447737 1833, Jul. 16.


5. Outline of sword. Evidence in murder trial. 447735 1833.


6. re: David Espensa (Spence), Estevan Munras, Feodoro Gonzales, José Ramon Estrada, José Joaquin Gomez. Signed (docketed 1836) by Simeon Castro. 3 pp. 447733 1836, Dec. 28. Nov. 29, 1838


7. Signed Juan de Castro. 1 P. 447731 [1834 or 39], Feb. 28.


8. Signed (Tomas] Pacheco - Juan de Castro, official at San Jose. 1 p. 447729 1841.


9. Seal or initial unidentified. at San Juan. 1 p. 447727 1841, Jan. 8.


10. Seal or initial unidentified. Name of Manuel Larios appears. 1 p. 447725 1841, Jan. 8.


11. Seal or initial unidentified. at San Jose, name of [Juan Bautista] Alvarado appears. 1 p. 447723 1841, Apr. 23.


12. Schooner :Nymph" to James Robenson . bill. 2 pp. 447721 1841, Oct. 16.


13. Signed Rafael Pinta. 1 p. 447719 1844, May 2.


14. General [Manuel Micheltorena] to Estevan de la Torre. Mentions Feliciano Soberanes. 2 pp. 447717 1846.


15. Signed J. S. Escamilla, Manuel Dias Y Garcia. 2 ppe 447715 1846, Jan 24.


16. Signed Antonio Mendez. 1 p. 447713 1846, Apr. 10.


17. John Townsend (Monterey Council) to Thomas Kittleman (Sheriff) - orders to summon grand jury. 2 pp. 447711 1846, Apr. 19.

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Scope and Contents note

Recent, typed account by unknown author. Includes information on murder of Padre Andres Quintana. 2 pp.
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Scope and Contents note

Translation Ms by William S. Johnson in 1851,note by Parker.
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Container Summary: Photostats from Vallejo Documents at Bancroft Library.
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WILLIAM S. JOHNSON PAPERS [copy] 447677 1840-188_

Scope and Contents

Hartnell Census of California Ranchos (1836) is a photocopy; the original is in the Bancroft Library, University of California at Berkeley. See Bancroft, IV, 694.

1. Goodwin, Thomas I. to John P. Flagg. 3 pp. 447701 1840, Dec. 30.


2. Conveyance of pueblo San Juan Bautista. Signed [Hilario] Ortez, José [Maria] Sanchez, Nicolas Butron, Miguel Castro, and Antonio Lima. Certified by W. S. J. 3 pp. 447699 1852, Jun. 24.


3. Decree of Confirmation. Certified on by Sherman Day. 2 pp. 447697 1856, Jan. 22. Jul. 9, 1869


4. Transfer. Signed Cirilo Basso, José A. Sepulveda. José Bernal. 1 p. in Spanish. 447695 1859, May 22.


5. Newspaper clippings, 447693 1864, Aug. 20.


6. Agreement at Natividad. Johnson, W. S. and Francisco Rico. Witness: Manuel A. Castro. 4 pp. 447691 1865, May 10.


7. Indenture (mining and water rights). Woodside, P. K. to William Wiggins. Certified by John Gorman, Nevada Mining Commissioner on same date; Warren T. Lockhart, Lauder County, Nevada Recorder, on seal dated 6 pp. 447689 1869, Apr. 2. May 6, 1869; Jun. 10, 1869.


8. Indenture (land lease). Soberanes, [Paufilo] to Manuel Lorenzo Martinez (part of Rancho Soledad). Recorded and sealed by W. S. J. and Ed. W. Mills. 4 pp. 447687 1869, Aug. 13.


9. [Soto], J. M. to Murphy, Grant & Co. Sight draft. 1 p, 447685 1869, Nov. 30.


10. Agreement. Murphy, John M, and P. H. Sheridan. Recorded by W. S. J. 4 pp. 447683 1871, Jun. 22.


11. Johnson, F. P. to Johnson & Browne. Financial note. 1 p. 447681 188_, Nov. 27.


12. Bodie Lodge No. 279 I.O.O.F., Bodie, Calif. Bill. 1 p. 447679 188-, Apr. 2,

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Scope and Contents note

Typed transcript of herb list by Parker.
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Scope and Contents note

Recent, typed copy of a letter or article and note by J. D. Ackerman, Jr. 3 pp.
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Biographical/Historical note

"Wrote his Memoirs and other articles after he became station agent at Soledad in May, 1876, at that time the end of the Southern Pacific system. He was born in Mexico and came to California via 'carreta' before the discovery of gold. He was related to Don Francisco Pacheco and lived with them at the San Felipe rancho in San Benito County. A very bright boy, he soon spoke English and talked with miners and immigrants. He wrote about everything he saw and described life on the ranchos." - Parker

1. Memoirs from before 1849. Typed with Mss corrections. (May have been published). 30 pp. 447671


2. Fictional Romance. "containing information that could not be put in Memoirs". Typed with Mss corrections. 45 pp. Duplicates 4 pp. Parker notes 1 p. 447669

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WALTER COLTON 447657 1846-1847

Container Summary: "in Colton's hand"

1. Monterey Municipal Regulation. 1 P. 447665 1846, Sept. 24.


2. I.O.U. Soto, Joaquin to Ricardo Forcado. Witness: William R. Gardner. 447663 1846, Oct. 10.


3. Police Ordinance. 1 p. 447661 1847, Jun. 18.


4. Magistrative Ordinance in Spanish and English. 2 pp. 447659 1847, Sept. 24.

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Biographical/Historical note

"In 1853, Juan Miguel Anzar died. He held title to land grants "Aromas", 13,218 acres; "Quien Sabe", 17,636 acres; and "Real de Los Aquilas", 30,856 acres. Dr. MacDougal (sic) was appointed guardian of the three minor children. His guardianship papers give a very accurate account of running three large ranches up to 1869: the buying and selling of live stock, wages paid for all kinds of help, when the fence law went into effect, the surveying, pickets, nails, lumber, etc., here in detail; education of the boys, clothing them and the food they ate; medicines, taxes." -Parker
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Scope and Contents note

Incidents in and about Monterey for an article in Parker's Historical Column in the "Salinas Jounnal" or the "Salinas Post". 6 pp.
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MONTEREY UNION LEAGUE AND HOME GUARD 447649 Apr. 21, 1863-Dec., 1864

Biographical/Historical note

"The Monterey Home Guards were organized to protect Monterey from the Confederates at the start of the Civil War. Constitution and By Laws, interesting meetings, roster of members which comprised the leading citizens of the city, including David Jacks." -Parker

1. Minute book and notes by Parker 447651

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Typed lists and outline, perhaps for a book or long article. 8 pp. 447647

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LAND GRANTS, TITLES, ETC. 447629 1868-1886


1. Cambuston, Henry - land grant case. Printed with Mss corrections. Seal and certification by George E. Whitney on 18 pp. 447643 Jul. 7, 1868.


2. Butron, Ramona and Jeremiah McMahon - Petition re: Natividad Rancho. certified by E. F. Beale. 8 pp. 447641 Apr. 2, 1864,


3. Rancho San Joaquin or Rosa Morada - Abstract of Title of James McMahon. Certified by W. S. Johnson 13 pp. 447639 May 26, 1868.


4. Rancho San Felipe y Ansaymia - Draft of Abstract of Title of John W. Metcalf, 11 pp. 447637 Jul. 2, 1868.


5. City Lands of Monterey - Field Notes. 447635 Oct. 1868

Biographical/Historical note

"David Jacks bought 29,698 acres from the City of Monterey for $1,002 in 1856. In 1896 the City of Monterey brought suit to recover, claiming fraud but lost case. The lands extended from Cypress Point along Monterey Bay shore line to mouth of Salinas river, thence east up river to within a mile of the now Salinas River bridge, thence south to Laguna Seca and west to Monterey Presidio". -Parker

6. Rancho La Sagrada Familia or Bolsa del Potrero y Moro Cojo - Official translation of title papers and transfers to establish title by J. Alexander Forbes, 12 pp. 447633 Nov. 26, 1886.


7. Delgado, Christina - Petition of rights to Rincon de las Salinas, official copy and translation, certified by J. Alexander Forbes, 22 pp. 447631 Nov. 26, 1886.

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1. Green, William, President of A. F. of L. "Communist Activities in the United States". Reprint from Congressional Record of of a report to the President of the U.S. 447627 Jun. 27, 1934


2. Merriam, Frank F. - Speech, 447625 Aug., 1934


3. The American Plan, Published by the Industrial Association of San Francisco. 447623 Jun., 1936.


4. Fruit & Vegetable Workers Union Bulletin, Salinas, 447621 Aug. 15, 1936


5. Special Bulletin 447619 Sept. 8, 1936


6. Monterey Peninsula Herald 447617 Sept. 16, 1936


7. Monterey Peninsula Herald 447615 Sept. 17, 1936


8. Pacific Weekly, Carmel 447613 Sept. 21, 1936


9. The American Citizen, San Francisco 447611 Sept. 26, 1936


10. Canete, Rufo C., President of Filipino Labor Union. Broadside 447609 Sept. 28, 1936


11. [Strike Official Bulletin], typed article dated 447607 Sept. 29, 1936


12. The Literary Digest, New York 447605 Oct. 10, 1936


13. The American Citizen, San Francisco 447603 Oct. 16, 1936


14. Monterey County Section - Communist Party of U.S.A. Broadside 447601


15. Fruit & Vegetable Workers Union of California Circular 447599


16. Industrial Association of San Francisco Bulletin "copy of circular by District Committee of Cannery and Agricultural Workers (a Communist Unit)" 447597


17. Sinclair, Upton - typed excerpt from the "The Goslings". n.d. 447595

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1. Republican State Ticket, California 447589 Sept, 6, 1872


2. I.W.W. Song Book, I.W.W. Publishing Bureau, Cleveland, Ohio. Jun., 1914, 7th edition 447587


3. "Feliz Navidad, Amigos" Poem (by Parker?) 447585

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SCRAPBOOK OF CLIPPINGS - articles on California history 447581

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Biographical/Historical note

First general merchandise store in Salinas opened 1872.

Daily sales record, etc. 447579 Jun. 8, 1872-May 9, 1873