In an earlier post, we introduced our efforts to provide researchers with access to unprocessed collections. We will continue to share brief information about recently “exposed” collections here in the “New & Noteworthy Collections” blog. Below is information about a group of collections related to regional history. For additional information contact Special Collections and Archives at firstname.lastname@example.org, (949)824-3947.
Charles Sparks Thomas Papers (MS-R003) consists of the personal papers of Charles Sparks Thomas (1897-1983), who served as Secretary of the Navy (1954-1957), President of Trans World Airlines (1958-1960), and President of The Irvine Company (1960-1966). The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence as well as personal and business files for the years 1946 through 1966. Charles Sparks Thomas was born in Independence, Missouri and he attended the University of California, Berkeley and Cornell University. Thomas was President of Foreman & Clark, Inc., a men’s clothing chain, between 1937 and 1953. During World War II, he served in the administration of the Navy Department. In 1954 Thomas became undersecretary of the Navy, then secretary of the Navy between 1954 and 1957. He returned to business as president of TWA in 1958 and became president of The Irvine Company in 1960. Thomas has been active in Republican politics at the state and national levels. His interviews focus on his management of Foreman & Clark, building a material organization during the war, becoming secretary of the Navy, his friendship with Howard Hughes, involvement with TWA, the plight of scheduled airlines, and organization of The Irvine Company for land development in Orange County.
Extent 34.6 linear feet (19 record cartons, 42 document boxes, 2 flat boxes, 6 OS flat boxes)
Walker Family Papers (MS-R005) comprises the personal papers of James E. Walker (d. May 1972), an attorney in Santa Ana who had offices in the Spurgeon Building and ran for the California Assembly and the U.S. Congress as a Democrat from Orange County in the early 1950s. Also included are some papers of his father, Sharpless Walker, who also had been an attorney in the Spurgeon Building. The bulk of materials are from the 1950s and 1960s.
Extent 10.0 Linear feet (15 boxes).
McPherson Family Papers (MS-R006) consists of the personal papers of Stephen, William, and Robert McPherson and families. Included are correspondence, photographs (including tintypes), legal and business documents, account books, diaries, and unsorted ephemera.
Extent 11.1 linear feet (13 boxes).
Leland Frederick Cooley and Lee Morrison Cooley Papers (MS-R018) consists of papers of Leland Cooley’s literary activities, including his fiction as well as his non-fiction books on retirement and land issues in Southern California. Included are manuscripts, galleys, reviews, promotional material, research files correspondence, and photographs. There are also papers from his wife Lee Morrison Cooley, consisting chiefly of black and white photographic prints and clippings documenting her career as a dancer and choreographer in theater, television, and movies.
Extent 16.2 linear feet (37 boxes).
Bessie Coulter Collection (MS-R019) consists of materials documenting Bessie Coulter’s activities as Curator of the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana and her research notes and chronologies relating to the Bernardo Yorba family. In Coulter’s papers there are photographs and other miscellaneous materials including photographs of exhibits (religious, doll show, etc.), receptions, and of Coulter herself.
Extent 1.1 linear feet (2 document boxes, 1 XOS folder).