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Eddie C. Bateson papers 1987-2002
MANUSCRIPT 2500-2510
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Eddie C. Bateson papers 1987-2002


Bateson, Eddie C., 1933-2003, creator


The bulk of this collection consists of correspondence, notes, maps, photographs, and video tapes relating to Bateson's outings along the Pony Express and Oregon-California Trails 1987-1993, plus genealogies and documents pertaining to J. A. "Snowshoe" Thompson. The collection is divided into eight series: Journals and Correspondence, Oregon-California Trails Association (OCTA), Pony Express, J.A. ""Snowshoe" Thompson, Miscellaneous Historical Societies, Photographs, Video and Audio Tapes, and Realia.
JOURNALS AND CORRESPONDENCE: is based on six volumes,each in a three-split-ring-binder, covering the period 1988-1993, as organized by Bateson, containing OCTA outing schedules, correspondence, maps, and field notes concerning those outings. They also included similar materials regarding a 1989 family reunion in Wisconsin and a 1993 reunion of USS Mansfield personnel in Long Beach, California. Pre-1988 and Post-1993 volumes were compiled from similar material scattered throughout the collection. The latter volume primarily involves Bateson's activities with the Sacramento Book Collectors Club and with retired employees of the Bureau of Reclamation.
OREGON-CALIFORNIA TRAILS ASSOCIATION: is divided into two sub-series: Historical overviews of the trails, and Census of Overland Emigrant Documents (COED), a OCTA project Bateson participated in. PONY EXPRESS: is divided into three sub-series, Route tours, Research material and notes, and Correspondence and newsletters. Route tours consists of correspondence, maps and other research materials, and receipts pertaining to a 1987 tour of the Pony Express trail. Research material and notes pertains to the history of the Pony Express and its principals. Correspondence and newsletters document Bateson's interactions with individuals and groups involved in the history of the Pony Express.
JOHN A. THOMPSON: is divided into two sub-series, Genealogy and Biographical. The former contains an extensive amount of material on the Thompson-Rue families. The latter contains numerous copies of primary documents pertaining to Thompson from various counties in California and Nevada, copies of secondary sources involving Thompson, and notes pertaining to Bateson's field trips to archives and historic sites.
MISCELLANEOUS HISTORICAL SOCIETIES: consists of newsletters and correspondence with three mid-west historical societies Bateson was involved with 1989-1994, primarily in relation to his family's genealogy. PHOTOGRAPHS: is divided into two sub-series, Subject and Period. The former consists of photographs of Bateson and photographs pertaining to John A. Thompson. The latter consists of usually unidentified prints and negatives in the processor's envelops, arranged chronologically, of OCTA and other outings, 1986-1993. VIDEO & AUDIO TAPES: consists of twenty video tapes, most of Bateson's outings in 1987, and seven audio tapes recorded earlier. REALIA: consists of approximately forty-three mementos Bateson acquired on OCTA and other outings. Most are small rocks from the Oregon-California Trail.


1987 (issued)


Box 2500: Journals and Correspondence, Pre-1988 - 1991 -- Box 2501: Journals and Correspondence, 1992 - Post-1993; Oregon-California Trails Association -- Box 2502: Pony Express, Route tours and Research material -- Box 2503: Pony Express, Research material; John A. Thompson, Genealogical -- Box 2504: John A. Thompson, Biographical; Miscellaneous Historical Societies -- Box 2505: Photographs, Subject-1993 (part) -- Box 2506: Photographs, 1993; Video tapes T1-T3 -- Box 2507: Video tapes T4-T10 -- Box 2508: Video tapes T11-T16 -- Box 2509: Video tapes T17-T18, miscellaneous video tapes 1988-1992, audio tapes -- Box 2510: Realia.


Bateson, Eddie C -- 1931-2003
Mansfield (Destroyer : DD-728)
Oregon-California Trails Association.
Pony Express National Historical Trail
Pony express
Thompson, Snowshoe -- 1827-1876


Eddie C. Bateson, 6 April 1931 to 2 May 2003. Little is known about Bateson. His ancestors lived in Norway, about thirty miles from J.A. "Snowsho" Thompson, and immigrated to Wisconsin in 1843. Bateson served on the USS Mansfield, and subsequently worked for the Bureau of Reclamation 195-1986. He was interested in travel, hiking, and kayaking. Upon retirement he developed an interest in western history, especially trails. He was active in the Oregon California Trails Association 1987-1993, National Pony Express Association 1987-1990, and the Sacramento Book Collectors Club 1990-2002.
Eddie C. Bateson papers, 1987-2002
Unrestricted. Please credit California State Library

Physical Description:

11 boxes : maps, photographs, videos, audiotapes, realia




MANUSCRIPT 2500-2510



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Unrestricted. Please credit California State Library