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Register of the Inez Henderson Pond Collection, 1827-1962
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In addition to Henderson/Drown family documents and Pond/McHenry family correspondence and photographs, the Inez Pond Collection consist of Inez Henderson Pond's research notes, drafts and published articles on Stockton, San Joaquin County, the Mother Lode and California, with particular emphasis on the Gold Rush period. Another prominent element in the collection is a group of writings, clippings and documents pertaining to William Keith and his family. These materials were probably collected by Mrs. Mary McHenry Keith and Miss Elizabeth Keith Pond, Mrs. Keith's niece and IHP's sister-in-law. Many photographs in the collection represent Henderson/Drown and Pond/McHenry family members. There is a large group of photographs of Admiral Pond in many of the locations in which he served, notably in China, Alaska, and Guam, as well as in the laying the Trans-Pacific Cable off Midway (1903), and, in the clean-up work following the San Francisco Earthquake and Fire (1906). Another important group of photographs is identified as having been taken by William Keith---rare snapshots of his wife, dog, and portrait subjects, as well as of landscape motifs.
Inez Henderson Pond was the granddaughter of R.W. Henderson who came to Stockton (Calif.) in 1860. Henderson practised dentistry there until his death in 1911. Her father, Walter R. Henderson, also practised dentistry in Stockton. He died in 1918. Her mother, Elizabeth Drown, was a descendant of Shem Drowne, the coppersmith who created the brass grasshopper atop Faneuil Hall in Boston. One of her cousins, W. Moran Drown, a well-known academic painter of the late 19th c., exhibited works at the Paris Exposition of 1900.
Collection is open for research.