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Guide to the Oscar Stansbury Papers
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Oscar Stansbury--Correspondence. 1878-1926

Additional Note

12 Fds.
Box Bx 1 , Folder Fd. 1

By Oscar Stansbury. 1883-1910.


To his father-in-law, John Manlove, announcing Angeline's birth.


Letters of introduction for Middleton.


To Arthur Fletcher, requesting plans of hospital in New York.


To W. H. Carlin about medical condition of a patient.


To Diamond Match Company about condition of M. Berg, injured in Stirling City.

Folder Fd. 2

From his parents, Emily Ayers and Washington Middleton Stansbury. 1878-1900.


Topics include the yellow fever epidemic in Mississippi, sales of Baltimore property and Mississippi plantation, family portraits, family finances, John Parrott.

Folder Fd. 3

From his sister, Lelia Stansbury Horne. 1901-1925.


Letters about financial and household problems, deaths in the family, health of family members. Discusses Baltimore property and value and possible sale of family portraits.

Folder Fd. 4

From his son, Middleton Pemberton Stansbury and his grandson, Middleton P. Stansbury, Jr. 1894-1926.


Letters from school, mentioning Oscar's mother's death, and from S.F. after 1906 earthquake.


Letters about Panama--Pacific International Exhibition, auto trip in Oregon.

Folder Fd. 5

From relatives and friends. 1880-1925.


Chinese cook writes from Canton after his return to China, Wm. F. Stansbury discusses claims against Wm. Stansbury estate and sale of factory in Carrollton, Mississippi.


Family portraits and Stansbury Bible mentioned.

Folder Fd. 6

Medical Matters. 1881-1922.


C. F. Belding concerning claim against estate of Matthias Bader; Dr. Wm. Ellery Briggs about eye condition of F. M. Clough; Dr. Wm. Fitch Cheney concerning death of Miss Burke; F. M. Clough re: Stirling City Hospital; F. W. Hotele, Superintendent of State Commission in lunacy, desiring conditions of commitment for lunacy; H. H. Johnson, secretary, Medical Society of California about insurance coverage and Indemnity Defense Fund; S. B. Nourse of Barber and Stirling City Hospital concerning compliment about nurse by C. L. Wilson; S. B. Nourse re: Ryan operation and funding same; Dr. W. Ophiils seeking cooperation in study of infection, photos attached; Dr. Emmet Rixford about Miss Burke's cause of death; Sweeney about train accident. Also letters from patients about their bills.

Folder Fd. 7

Oscar Stansbury and State Board of Health. 1903-1914.


Three letters from N. K. Foster, Secretary, State Board of Health: requesting information on TB, help in organizing Health Officers Association for Sacramento Valley, and discussing swab tests.


Oscar's report to Foster on sanitation conditions of State Normal School, Chico.


Letter of commendation from Gov. J. M. Gillette.


John F. Leimen, Assistant Secretary, concerning expenditures and regulations for Board members.


Two letters from W. A. Sawyer, Director, Bureau of the Hygienic Laboratory, California State Board of Health, concerning tests of water for bacteriological content. Includes report by G. Geiser to Gilbert H. Taylor about Chico test results.


Wm. F. Snow, Secretary, Board of Health, introducing Oscar to Col. Gorgus of the Canal Zone.

Folder Fd. 8

Society of the Cincinnati. 1897-1926.


Seven letters from Henry Hobart Bellas, Secretary, Delaware State Society of the Cincinnati discussing Oscar's membership in that society, the family portrait of Reuben Gilder, and the original certificate of Reuben Gilder in the society.


Two letters from Dr. David Culbreth, establishing his relation to Reuben Gilder and discussing Gilder and Stansbury family history.


Six letters from Richard Watson Gilder, editor, Century Magazine, telling how he came to own Reuben Gilder's certificate of the Society of the Cincinnati and discussing return of certificate to Oscar. Thomas Peters, nephew of Rebecca Peters, third wife of Wm. Stansbury, discussing ownership of Tuscarora, family disputes, Gilder papers and portraits.

Folder Fd. 9

Family finances. 1904-1919.


Ed Harkness, cashier, Butte County National Bank regarding stockholder's tax.


R. C. Horne concerning funeral expenses for Oscar's mother.


D. J. Murphy, Superintendent, Phelan Ranch, re: payment for wood.


Thomas H. Somerville writes several letters concerning Eudora and Emily Somerville's share of their grandmother's estate. (Oscar's nieces.)

Folder Fd. 10

Oscar and Angeline Stansbury about the Warfield Ranch. 1914-1929.


Letters from California Peach Growers, California Prune and Apricot Growers, Northern California Olive Corporation concerning crop contracts and payments, liquidation of Prune and Apricot Association, government olive oil embargo.


Two letters from pump companies listing prices.


Pacific Bone Coal and Fertilizing Company about railroad car of fertilizer.

Folder Fd. 11

Baltimore, Maryland, properties. 1882-1926.


Long series by E. Brady and Alexander Hardcastle concerning taxes on Baltimore property and possibilities of selling same.

Folder Fd. 12

Carrollton, Mississippi properties. 1885-1901.


Several items from W. C. George concerning sale of property in Leflore and Carroll counties.


R. C. Horne describing trip to Carrollton and the auction of Stansbury properties.


W. B. Marshall, plantation foreman, detailing accounts and noting repairs needed on various properties.


Percy Somerville describing state of property and advising sale.


Wm. Frisby Stansbury on plantation affairs.


Libbie Manlove Stansbury--Correspondence. 1856-1923

Additional Note

9 Fds.
Box Bx 2 , Folder Fd. 1

By Libbie Manlove Stansbury. 1857-[ca. 1880].


Two poems written by Libbie as a child and a letter written to her sister while traveling to California on her honeymoon.

Folder Fd. 2

Oscar Stansbury. [1881]-1917.


Letters written to Libbie while Oscar was attending medical society meetings in San Francisco and while she was writing friends in Santa Cruz and relatives in Maryland. Mentions confinement cases, Chico fair, offers for Mississippi factory. Also mentions telling Mrs. Bidwell about Libbie's father's death and helping woman on train who was in premature labor.

Folder Fd. 3

John P. Manlove. 1882-1888.


Several letters thanking Libbie for birthday presents.

Folder Fd. 4

From her mother, Amanda Hardcastle Manlove. 1880-1881.


Conveying family news, settling of old differences, death of Dr. Griffiths. Worried about Libbie and family after reading accounts of Sacramento Valley flooding.

Folder Fd. 5

Emily Ayers Stansbury. 1881-1901.


One letter written while babysitting in Chico mentions a problem with a Chinese cook. Other letters contain family news.

Folder Fd. 6

Anne Manlove, Wm. P. Manlove, Angeline Manlove Mutchler. 1856-1923.


Letters concerning family affairs--primarily Libbie's mother's death, and stroke and death of Libbie's sister, Carrie Manlove Roe.

Folder Fd. 7

Angeline Hardcastle Goldsborough. 1881-1923.


Libbie's favorite "Grandma Goldsborough" writes about family affairs: Dr. George Griffith's death, Libbie's pregnancy, Angeline's birth, Carrie's death.


Comments on severe weather of winter of 1918 and San Diego flooding of 1921. Also Thomas Hardcastle and the Revolutionary War.

Folder Fd. 8

Angeline H. Stansbury, Middleton P. Stansbury, and Middleton P. Stansbury, Jr. 1892-1923.


Several letters from her son, cautioning Libbie to follow her diet (she was diabetic), telling about some medical cases and about his memories of Chinese New Year celebrations in Chico.

Folder Fd. 9

Others. 1876-1923.


Friends and relations write about personal and family affairs, deaths, health, presents, trips, weather. Correspondence with a Chico connection: Emmy B. (Mrs. C. V. Hobart), Mrs. M. B. Hollingsworth, Rev. E. A. and Maud Osborn, Emma Offerall Kifer, Mary Satterfield Witherbee.


Angeline Hardcastle Stansbury--Correspondence. 1893-1974

Additional Note

6 Fds.
Box Bx 3 , Folder Fd. 1

Writings of Angeline Stansbury. 1944-1963.


Including sales history of Warfield ranch. Stansbury family portraits and history of Oscar and Libbie Stansbury

Folder Fd. 2

Oscar Stansbury. 1893-1894.


Several letters written to her when she was ten years old.

Folder Fd. 3

Frederick Stansbury Clough (Bob). 1943-1974.


Series of letters reminiscing about the Stansbury House, describing his trips to Maryland and Mississippi while researching Stansbury family history.

Folder Fd. 4

Middleton P. Stansbury, Jr. 1964-1969.


Letters discussing family portraits, executor for H. H. Stansbury's estate, Stansbury medical equipment in Smithsonian, Stansbury Bible, Society of the Cincinnati.

Folder Fd. 5

Family members. 1889-1973.


Letters of sympathy after deaths of Oscar and Libbie Stansbury.

Folder Fd. 6

Others. 1902-1972.


Hugo Froehlich concerning publication of magazine article; Guy Kennedy re: assessment of Warfield Ranch; Isabel MacKenzie about her travel and work in post-war Germany; Wanda Muir concerning sorority convention; Alexis Pencovri about plans to join Navy; Bess Rothermell re: San Francisco earthquake and fire; C. C. Van Liew recommending A. Stansbury as a teacher.


Takeo "Edward" Terada about his painting on S.F. War Memorial and Coit Tower.


Records of Family Members. 1793-1978

Additional Note

9 Fds.
Box Bx 4 , Folder Fd. 1

Writings of Ellen Stansbury Clough and Middleton P. Stansbury. 1884-[ca. 1896].


Items written by them as children.

Folder Fd. 2

To Washington M. Stansbury, Oscar's father. 1842-1858.


Several letters from his father, Wm. M. Stansbury, concerning reconciliation between them and expressing sorrow upon hearing of deaths of Ellen and Willie, Oscar's sister and brother.

Folder Fd. 3

To Emily Ayres Stansbury, Oscar's mother. 1846-1897.


Husband writes of trip back to Mississippi, a new servant, trips to Little Rock, Niagra Falls, and Baltimore.


Sister-in-law, Eugenia Daniels Stansbury writes of life in Tchula, Mississippi, and her husband's business.

Folder Fd. 4

To Middleton P. Stansbury. 1882-1903.


Letters from relatives written to him as a child, concerning gifts, playmates, health, school. Henry Gibbons of Cooper Medical College, S.F. refusing him admittance in mid-term. Perc Gardiner about student life in Boston.

Folder Fd. 5

By and to Middleton P. Stansbury, Jr. 1963-1969.


Letters between Stansbury and a relative, Richard C. Horne, Jr., concerning research into Stansbury family history and the society of the Cincinnati.

Folder Fd. 6

By and to F. S. Clough (Bob). [1882-1978].


Letters providing him with information about Stansbury family history.


Ellen Stansbury Clough's memories of early Chico.


Eugenia Calvert Holland about family portraits.


Wm. F. Stansbury to Oscar Stansbury resale of factory in Carrollton, Mississippi.


Anne Roe Saulsbury's memories of a visit to Chico in 1920.


Wm. D. Simmons concerning minutes of State Board of Health meetings.


Angeline H. Stansbury tells of her study of early American portrait painters, discusses Carrollton, Mississippi.


Elizabeth Clough Worthington (Betty) about disposition of Stansbury house.

Folder Fd. 7

To F. S. Clough (Bob) from Middleton P. Stansbury, Jr. 1963-1976.


Cousin writes about Stansbury family history, family portraits Society of the Cincinnati certificate, Civil War events near Carrollton, Mississippi, S.F. earthquake of 1906. Mention's other persons researching Stansbury history.

Folder Fd. 8

To F. S. Clough (Bob) from Ethel Marshall Bibus. [1916]-1975.


Information about the Stansbury family and about the property owned by the family.

Folder Fd. 9

Other family members. [1793]-1976.


Reuben Gilder to wife, Mary Gilder and daughter, Ellen Kent Gilder. 1793. Asks her to send him some money; his cure is taking longer than expected.


Angeline H. Stansbury to her aunt, Anne Manlove, concerning Stansbury family experiences of the S.F. earthquake. Also trip to Oroville on new electric railroad.


Medical account books. 1870-1925

Additional Note

6 bks.
Box Bx 5

Visitation record book. 1870-1875. Includes medical notes and account of Mississippi saw mill.


Cash ledgers: 1879-1882. 1882-1889. 1900-1905. 1906-1925.


Receipt book. 1911-1916.


Medical Records. 1871-1926

Additional Note

26 bks.
Box Bx 6

Medical School notebook. 1871. Includes expense accounts kept by Emily Ayres Stansbury in 1880.


Physicians call lists. 1898-1926.


Pocket notebooks (2) with medical notes and personal accounts. Day book. 1905-1908. Patients' names and illnesses. Billfold of business and membership cards. Birth certificate record book. 1908-1921.


Physician's record of prescriptions. 1921-1926.


Medical Records. 1888-1926

Additional Note

4 Fds.
Box Bx 7 , Folder Fd. 1

Medical invoices, receipts and promissory notes.

Folder Fd. 2

Report to Barber and Stirling City Hospital Association. 1909.

Folder Fd. 3

Vaccination certificates and list. 1912-1925.

Folder Fd. 4

Brochure: Instruments for the analysis of urine.


Family Financial Records. 1876-1929

Additional Note

6 bks.
Box Bx 8

O. Stansbury's personal expense book. 1876-1878.


Stansbury family cash ledger. 1894-1902.


Cash books. 1913-1918. 1921-1224. (Includes income from medical practice, 1922, 1923.) 1924-1930. (Continued by Angeline Stansbury, includes 1926 ranch accounts, details on stocks, distribution of estate, and inheritance taxes.)


O. Stansbury's account book. 1921.


Banking items. 1875-1929

Additional Note

6 bks. and 4 packets.
Box Bx 9

Bank books. 1875-1886. 1901-1907.


Angeline Stansbury's bank book giving information on taxes, stock holdings, dividends, amount of shares held by family members.


Checkbooks. 1909. 1913-1915. 1915-1916.


Cancelled checks. 1914-1918.


Family Personal Finances. 1879-1926

Additional Note

6 Fds.
Box Bx 10 , Folder Fd. 1

Promissory notes 1886-1926.

Folder Fd. 2

Estate of Emily Ayres Stansbury. 1879-1904.

Folder Fd. 3

Bills, receipts, accounts. 1880-1926.

Folder Fd. 4

Household bills, accounts, receipts. 1898-1923.

Folder Fd. 5

Automotive and transportation. 1911-1928.

Folder Fd. 6

Utility bills. 1910-1914.


Tax receipts and deeds. 1863-1976

Additional Note

6 Fds.
Box Bx 11 , Folder Fd. 1



Concerning purchase of Stansbury House by city of Chico. 1976.

Folder Fd. 2

Deeds and bills of Stansbury House. 1863-1912.


John Bidwell was original owner of lots bought by O. Stansbury.


Includes lists of construction costs of Stansbury House.

Folder Fd. 3

Tax bills and receipts. City of Chico and Butte County. 1913-1944.

Folder Fd. 4

Tax receipts and bills. Carrollton, Mississippi. 1882-1907.

Folder Fd. 5

Deeds. Baltimore, Maryland. 1914-1925.

Folder Fd. 6

Tax bills. Baltimore, Maryland. 1881-1924.


Warfield Ranch records. 1888-1929

Additional Note

3 bks. 6 Fds.
Box Bx 12

Ledger of Gilder Hospital, 1900-1901, and Warfield Ranch, 1906-1925.


Record book. 1925-1929. Kept by Angeline Stansbury, concerning finances of Warfield Ranch and information about estate of O. Stansbury.


"Handy Farm Account Book." 1926-1928. Kept by Middleton P. Stansbury, Jr. Includes map of the ranch.

Folder Fd. 1

Warfield ranch accounts. 1888-1929.


Includes receipts on the purchase of Warfield Ranch, labor and expense accounts.

Folder Fd. 2

Warfield ranch deeds and lease agreements. 1907-1918.


Stansbury buys Hubbard's and Earll's shares of Warfield Ranch.

Folder Fd. 3

Warfield Ranch inventories. 1915-1916.

Folder Fd. 4

Warfield Ranch mortgages. 1906-1907.

Folder Fd. 5

Warfield Ranch receipts for agricultural supplies and equipment. 1902-1915.

Folder Fd. 6

Warfield Ranch tax receipts. 1913-1926.


Legal documents and certificates. (1663)-1926

Additional Note

3 Fds.
Box Bx 13 , Folder Fd. 1

Certificates. Medical and professional. 1899-1919.

Folder Fd. 2

Certificates. California State Board of Health. 1903-1910.

Folder Fd. 3

Certificates, documents and family papers. 1663-1926.


Includes baptismal certificates for Oscar, Lelia, Middleton, Angeline and Ellen Stansbury. Also marriage certificate for Oscar and Libbie Stansbury and Oscar's membership certificate in the Society of the Cincinnati.


Scrapbook. 1854-1870

Box Bx 14

Store ledger from Greensboro, Maryland, with newsclipping from the 1860's and 1870's posted over the pages. (Possibly done by Libbie before her marriage.)


Invitations, cards, biographical and historical notes. 1856-1976

Additional Note

5 Fds.
Box Bx 15 , Folder Fd. 1

Invitations and announcements. 1870-1973.

Folder Fd. 2

Business and calling cards.

Folder Fd. 3

Greeting cards. 1856-1922.

Folder Fd. 4

Biographical and historical notes about the Stansbury family. 1966-1976. Gathered by F. S. Clough (Bob) in preparation for writing The House at Fifth and Salem.

Folder Fd. 6

Papers about John Bidwell and the Northgrave House. Essays by students.


Society of the Cincinnati. 1903-1968

Additional Note

Printed material. 30 items.
Box Bx 16

Includes membership rolls, lists of offices, rules of the Society, proceedings of meetings, by-laws, texts of speeches, newsclippings about the Society.


Miscellaneous printed material. 1853-1972

Additional Note

3 Fds.
Box Bx 17 , Folder Fd. 1

Chico and the Stansbury House. 1972.

Folder Fd. 2

To Libbie Manlove Stansbury. 1853-1922.


Catechism, wedding anniversary booklet, Sunday school lectures, synopsis of Passion Play of Ober-Ammergan, poem about Castle Hall, prayerbook.

Folder Fd. 3

Other printed material. 1910-1969.


Catalogue of Charles R. Knight exhibition, tourist booklets from Hawaii, Cuba and Carrol and Leflore Counties, Mississippi.


Newsclippings and obituaries. 1868-1976

Additional Note

6 Fds. Photocopies.
Box Bx 18 , Folder Fd. 1

Newsclippings mentioning Stansbury's and the Stansbury House. 1873-1976.

Folder Fd. 2

Newsclippings mentioning Greensboro, Maryland and Carrollton, Mississippi.

Folder Fd. 3

Newsclippings kept by Angeline Stansbury about John and Annie Bidwell, Bidwell Mansion, Bidwell Park, Fiesta Rancho Chico. 1968-1974.

Folder Fd. 4

Newsclippings about Llano Seco Rancho (Parrott Grant). 1961.

Folder Fd. 5

Newsclippings kept by Angeline Stansbury about Chico, Butte County and California. 1923-1974.

Folder Fd. 6

Obituary notices. 1868-1975.


Architectural drawings and map

Map-case Map Case 1, Drawer 5

1. Front elevation and section for Stansbury house. Architect: A. A. Cook of Sacramento.


2. Front elevation and section for house. Architect: George F. Barbor of Marysville.


3. Front elevation and section for house. Architect: AN. Bryan of Chico.


4. Floor plan for house. Architect: A. J. Bryan of Chico.


5. Floor plan of bungalow. Architect: [A. J. Bryan of Chico].


6. Floor plan, front elevation and section of farm bungalow. Blueprint. Architect: AN. Bryan of Chico.


7a. Floor plan of addition to house. 1st floor. Architect: [A. J. Bryan].


7b. Floor plan of addition to house. 2nd floor. Includes operating room. Architect: [A. J. Bryan].


8a. Floor plan of addition to house. 1st floor. Architect: [A. J. Bryan].


8b. Floor plan of addition to house. 2nd floor. Includes operating rout. Architect: [A. J. Bryan].


9. Floor plan of house with operating room. Architect: [A. J. Bryan].


10. Floor plan of first floor of hospital. Architect: [A. J. Bryan].


11. Map of Warfield Ranch. April, 1906. P. J. Simmen, draftsman.