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Register of the Waring (Richard) Miller & Lux Collection, 1900-1986
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Waring (Richard) Miller & Lux Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1900-1986
    Collection number: mss228
    Creator: Richard Waring
    Extent: 1.75 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], Waring (Richard) Miller & Lux Collection, mss228, Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library

    Access Points

    personal name

    Lux family

    personal name

    Lux, Charles (1823-1887)

    personal name

    Miller, Henry (1827-1916)

    corporate name

    Miller & Lux


    Land titles -California -Registation and transfer


    California -History -Sources


    San Joaquin Valley (Calif.) -History -Sources


    Richard Waring served as Stanislaus (Calif.) County Recorder (1931-1965). In this post, Waring was able to study at first hand documents relating to the land acquisitions of 19th c. cattle barons, Charles Lux (1823-1887) and Henry Miller (1827-1916). Miller was the last surviving partner in the firm of Miller & Lux, which once owned the greater part of the San Joaquin Valley, as well as lands in Oregon and Nevada. Lux and Miller were German immigrants who first worked together as San Francisco butchers during the 1850s. For many years the two purchased cattle lands in the Central Valley, acquiring many of these acres from U.S. Army veterans and others who preferred cash to land options, until, with 1.4 million acres, they had become the state's largest landowners. After the firm was dissolved (1900), attorneys for the estate had the record of the distribution of the firm's property published in a single volume and distributed to county recorders throughout California. Richard Waring had this volume microfilmed and gave the original hardcopy to the University of the Pacific. Waring also donated materials he had gathered on Henry Miller and Charles Lux.

    Scope and Content

    The Waring Miller & Lux Collection consists of Stanislaus County Recorder, Richard Waring's notes on Henry Miller and Charles Lux together with a copy of the Decree of Distribution of their estate (1900).