Jump to Content

Collection Guide
Collection Title:
Collection Number:
Get Items:
Register of the Derby (Howard ) Collection, 1845-1955
View entire collection guide What's This?
Search this collection
Collection Details
Table of contents What's This?
  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Access Points
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Derby (Howard ) Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1845-1955
    Collection number: Mss265
    Creator: Vera Derby Miller
    Extent: 2 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], Derby (Howard ) Collection, Mss265, Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library

    Access Points

    personal name

    Derby, Howard (1894-1966)

    personal name

    Owen, Isaac (1809-1866)

    personal name

    Taylor, William (1821-1902)

    personal name

    Roberts, William (1812-1888)

    corporate name

    United Methodist Church -California -History


    California -Politics and government -1850-1950


    California -Church history


    Oregon -Church history


    United States. Army -World War, 1914-1918 -History -Anecdotes


    Pan Americanism


    Geography -California


    Howard W. Derby (1894-1966) was the son of California Methodist minister, George Derby (1863-1922). A member of the California National Guard, he served in Mexico and in France from 1916 through 1918. In 1933, he married Vera Mae Reaume and settled in San Francisco, where he was employed as an insect and rodent exterminator. Derby occasionally penned local history articles---notably on the Arcata area where he spent a part of his childhood. An active Methodist layman and member of the Parkside Church, Derby worked as research assistant to Northern California-Nevada Conference Historian, Leon L. Loofbourow, author of In Search of God's Gold (1950), a history of the Methodist Church in California, and Cross in the Sunset (1956), a history of the Northern California-Nevada Conference.

    Scope and Content

    The Derby Collection consists principally of notes and transcriptions of materials on early Pacific Coast Methodism (1845-1875) compiled by Derby for historian Leon Loofbourow from nineteenth century Methodist publications. Other materials include clippings files on California government, politics and geography (1936-1956), Inter-American Relations and papers relating to Derby's National Guard unit (1916-18).