Guide to the MAH General Collection

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This collection was assembled by multiple people.  It was donated to the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History on multiple dates.


Number of Containers:  One (1) Box
Linear Feet:  0.5 Linear Feet


Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, Archives
705 Front Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060


This collection consists of different items related to Santa Cruz County.  It includes the donation of individual items to the museum archives.  Also included in this section are the transcribed diaries of various individuals related to Santa Cruz County history.  The items in this collection may be transferred to other collections if appropriate.


The Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, Santa Cruz, CA

Preferred Citation

The MAH General Collection, The Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, Santa Cruz, CA

Publication Rights

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the head of Archives at MAH.  Researchers may be responsible for obtaining copyright permission to use material not produced by museum personnel.

Process By

G. Gardner

Date Completed


Heritage Days +


One (1) Box

Scope and Content

A bound blue book/folder with “Heritage Days Production for 1965” typed on the front.  It is a chronological collection of Santa Cruz newspaper clippings, flyers and other memorabilia pertaining to Santa Cruz’s 1965 Heritage Day.  The book is 9” x 11 1/2 “.  The front cover page lists the Heritage Days Committee – Clint Parks, Bob Petersen, Rex Wiggins, Butch Castro, Steve Traylon, Phil Egner, Frank Gill, Jerry Walters, Joan Holdener, Warren Pentiman, Mrs. Everly, Mrs. Garis, and Miss Roberts.  There are also the schedules for the various events and parades.

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World War II +


One (1) Box

Scope and Content

A collection of material from World War II.  This collection includes ration books, a training manual, and various magazines from and about World War II period.


The following is an Honor Roll collected from various sources. World War II Gold Star Honor Roll (.pdf)  – 16 August 2016

The following is a list of Medal Awardees from various sources.  World War II Medal Awardees (.pdf) – 24 November 2016

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Envelope: Photos of various World War II aircraft.
Envelope: World War II Ration Books
Envelope: Letter to Elvira del Porto from the Office of Alien Evacuation dated 11 September 1942.
Envelope:  The New Yorker Overseas Edition for Armed Forces dated 13 October 1945 and 20 October 1945.
Folder: World War II Paper Airplane Models from Reed and Associates
Folder: Miscellaneous pamphlets including a one with instructions for knitting and crocheting items for soldiers and sailors.  There is also an ‘Honor Emblem’ for a liberty loan subscriber.
Magazine: ‘The Helm’ a pictorial guide to the United States Maritime Service Training Station at Sheepshead Bay, NY.
Magazine: “MacArthur: Hero of Destiny” WRITTEN BY Captain Wm. Kelley.
Magazine: ‘The Mast’ the United States Maritime Service
Magazine: ‘The Mast’ April 1944, The United States Maritime Service (Accession # 2001H.14-1-35ab)
Magazine: ‘History of the Second World War’
Magazine: ‘Mission Accomplished: Africa, Sicily, and Italy’
Magazine: ‘US Navy War Photographs’
Magazine “WINS, Women in National Service”, Wartime Homemaking Manual
Handbook: ‘Officer Candidates Handbook’ for Alameda, CA
Handbook: ‘Battery Detail’ the field artillery manual for the 75mm Gun dated 1939
Certificate awarded to William Franks for purchasing war bond
Flyer from Santa Cruz City Civilian Defense in case of air raid alarm

Miscellaneous +


One (1) Box

Scope and Content

A collection of various material including extracts of Soquel and Watsonville news and a copy of a journal for Sarah Gourley.

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Folder: Soquel News transcribed from various articles of the Sentinel or Daily Surf.  There are also two poems by Margaret Hayes that earned prizes from the ‘Poets of the Vineyard Contest’ in 1980.  There is also a CD with the transcribed Soquel News and Watsonville Remembered.  Soquel News from Early Newspapers (.pdf)   Watsonville Remembered#7A29 (.pdf)

Folder: Copy of a journal for Sarah Gourley.  In 1856, with her family, she moved to California taking a steamer from New York to Panama and crossing the Isthmus.  She relates the adventures her family had in crossing the Isthmus.  She finally arrived in Santa Cruz on July 4th, 1856.

Folder: Envelopes containing various items from a Dr. J.A. Walker of Ben Lomond.

Hard-covered Sketch Book with several drawings of local sites including Scotts Valley and the Beach.  There is no annotation of who owned this book.  On one of the drawings is dated 6-16-19 and appears to have the initials ‘P or F’ and ‘H or W.’

Hard-covered Blue Financial Ledger, however there is no clear identification of what entity this ledger is for.

SERIES IV.  Calendar Collection

One (1) Box

Scope and Content

A collection of calendars of people and places in Santa Cruz County.  Included are a 1984 calendar titled “Remarkable Women of Santa Cruz County”, a 1999 calendar titled “A Look Back Remembering Old Davenport”, and even a 1982 calendar titled “The Bare Grays”.

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SERIES V.  Miscellaneous Collection

One (1) Box

Scope and Content

A collection of various material including certificates and other items for the county hospital, booklets on the Saturday Afternoon Club, a scrapbook from Mangels Ranch, a letter and map for the Hartman-Perry Lumber Company, plus several other items.

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5 & 6

Box 5

Envelope: County Hospital Materials (certificates from 1949 to 1972, Resolution 643-60 establishing the Russell S. Ferguson Memorial Rehabilitation Center, newspaper clippings, and blueprints for the hospital)

Folder: Lands of Hartman-Perry Lumber Company (letter and map dated 3 October 1937 providing location and capacity of lumber mills to a Mr. Chas A. Kaar)

Envelope: a wedding pamphlet for the Dal Porto’s, a marriage certificate for Charles Hall and Mildred Nidever, and some sheet music titled “Sweet Velzoe Brown” from 2007 by Norman Walker.

Envelope:  Pamphlets for the “Saturday Afternoon Club of Santa Cruz, California.”  The club was organized in 1907.  These pamphlets span a period from 1919 to 1927

Box 6

Scrapbook from Mangels Ranch, assembled by Agnes Mangels.  Agnes Mangels (13 August 1867 – 10 March 1958) was the youngest of four children of Claus Mangels and Agnes Grosse.  Claus Mangels (12 September 1832 – 22 April 1891) was born near Hanover Germany.  He emigrated to the United States in 1851.  Together with his brother-in=law and partner, Claus Spreckles, they pioneered the sugar business in the west.  Agnes Grosse (25 February 1844 – 11 July 1875) was born in Westphalen Germany.  The scrapbook contains many cartoons of the day.  In the book of the book is a financial ledger but the entries are recorded by client or account number so currently unable to decipher the ledger.

Folder: Various Bond Certificates for 1912 to 1919.  The certificates include school bonds for the “High School District”, Hester Creek, Watsonville, Eureka, Larkin, Aptos, plus others.  There are also several certificates for the highway bond of 1919.