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Guide to the Ruth Horel Caskey Collection, 1890-1977
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Series Description



Physical Description: About 1500 prints and about 300 negatives

Scope and Content Note

Major Categories:
  • Families - Horel, O'Brien, Caskey (portraits and family activities)
  • Arcata
  • Northwest California
  • Schools
  • Logging and lumbering
  • Yosemite trip (there is an accompanying journal)
  • Locations outside Northwest California (Oklahoma, Wisconsin)
  • Portraits - identified persons (Fountain, Bull, Seely family members), unidentified persons
The photographs have been cataloged at the item level on work sheets held in 3-ring binders.


Physical Description: 1.1 cu. ft.

Scope and Content Note

Ruth's diaries 1911 - 1969 with a few gaps

Lois Horel's journal of the 1902 family trip to Yosemite Valley.

Horel Family Mementos and Ephemera

Physical Description: .5 cu. ft.

Scope and Content Note

Dr. Horel's office forms, and some prescription and billing records, canceled checks, stock certificate, correspondence, calling cards, theater program, membership cards, school mementos and report cards, hand drawn map of timberland holdings (in Oregon).

Humboldt County Ephemera

Physical Description: .25 cu. ft.

Scope and Content Note

Billheads from businesses

County tax records including Road District Tax information

Arcata Union - records of transactions with this newspaper

Organizations - Arcata Women's Club, Clarke Memorial Museum, Humboldt County Historical Society, Historical Sites Society of Arcata.

Ruth Horel Caskey's Career

Physical Description: .9 cu. ft.

Scope and Content Note

Piano teaching, published article on dentistry, social work - Motion Picture Relief Fund, LA County Hospital and Welfare Division
The materials from Ruth Caskey's association with David Seabury's professional activities are part and parcel of the materials generated by his school and private practice so they are part of the David Seabury Materials series.

Ruth Horel Caskey's Mementos

Physical Description: .3 cu. ft.

Scope and Content Note

Blue prints for site in Los Angeles, house guest book, sheet music (a few selected pieces), personal items.

Correspondence - Received

Physical Description: 5.5 cu. ft.

Scope and Content Note

Most of the correspondence received remains unsorted. Good portions of the correspondence from Lois Horel Knight (sister), C. Rice Caskey (husband) and from Humboldt County friends (Susie Baker Fountain, Beatrice Bull, Effie Vance Morgan) has been sorted.

Financial and Business

Physical Description: 2 cu. ft.

Scope and Content Note

Information regarding timberland holdings and other investments, sales slips, canceled checks.


Physical Description: 1 cu. ft.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence - Drafts of Ruth's outgoing correspondence

C. Rice Caskey's Career and Ephemera

Caskey Family Genealogy

Medical (pertaining to Ruth)

Linn Hull - Correspondence he sent to Ruth and materials related to his short story writing and publications

Personalogy Foundation

Divorces Anonymous

Clippings - from the Arcata Union and other Humboldt County newspapers


Physical Description: 2.5 cu ft.

Scope and Content Note

Notes about every aspect of Ruth's life including lists, phone messages, preliminary drafts of correspondence; the essence of her everyday life.

David Seabury Materials

Physical Description: 4 cu. ft.

Scope and Content Note

Professional materials from David Seabury's career as a psychologist and from his Centralist School of Psychology, which was later called the David Seabury School of Psychology. Includes manuscripts for books, radio shows, and lectures, and correspondence. A small amount of biographical material about Mr. Seabury is here also.
It appears that the school's office became Ruth Caskey's responsibility after David Seabury's death in 1960. Ruth continued to work for the school and went on editing Mr. Seabury's books and articles until 1967.

Health, Religion, Spirituality, Self-Help, Etc. Materials

Physical Description: 3 cu. ft.

Scope and Content Note

Very wide selection of booklets, book notices, newsletters, programs.


Physical Description: 2 cu. ft.

(1 cu. ft. from California, 1 cu. ft. from elsewhere)

Scope and Content Note

The bulk of this material dates from 1940s - 1970s. Much of this is from southern California, significant portions from Arizona, Oregon, and Washington; and tidbits from other states. Consists of travel related items (maps, brochures, postcards, time tables), theater programs, business cards, political campaign literature, and promotional materials for Los Angeles' bids for water from elsewhere.

Travel Materials

Physical Description: 2 cu. ft.

Scope and Content Note

From major trips that Ruth took in the 1920s and 1930s

Europe - 1928 (includes brochures, travel literature, receipts, bill heads and other ephemera)
Mexico, Central America, and Columbia - 1936 (includes the same types of materials listed above)
One could nearly reconstruct Ruth's entire trips from these materials.