The Northern California Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists has scheduled their quarterly field trip for Thursday January 5th, 2012. This time it will be right here in Stockton at the Holt-Atherton Special Collections of University of the Pacific Library.
Archivist Michael Wurtz will take us on a tour of their holdings and give a presentation on the Stockton State Hospital. Constructed in 1853, it was first known as the Stockton Insane Asylum. The state legislature at the time felt that existing hospitals were incapable of caring for the large number of people who suffered from mental and emotional conditions as a result of the Gold Rush and so they authorized the creation of the first public mental health hospital in the State of California.
Just a few holdings of the special collections:
Japanese-American Internment Collection which includes oral histories of Japanese-Americans who had been relocated during WWII
The archives of jazz Legend Dave Brubeck
The John Muir Papers - the world's largest collection of Muir documents. The furniture in the special collections reading room is from John Muir's study.
Western Americana is comprised of over 400 collections of unique primary sources and a specialized book collection - over 22,000 volumes on the American West
Spooner Collection - This collection consists of stereographs taken by John Pitcher Spooner in California between approximately 1875 and 1905.
University of the Pacific was established by pioneer Methodist ministers in Santa Clara in 1851 as California's first chartered institution of higher learning. Initially named California Wesleyan College, it petitioned the state to change its name to University of the Pacific one month after it was chartered. The University provided the West Coast with its first medical school in 1858 (which later became part of Stanford, and today is California Pacific Medical Center), its first coeducational graduating class in 1858, and its first conservatory of music in 1878. In 1871, Pacific moved to San Jose and in 1896, it merged with Napa College. Its final move was from San Jose to Stockton in 1924.
Are you a member of APG? Are you thinking about becoming a member? Are you a Northern California Genealogist?
All are welcome to join us for the tour, presentation and lunch afterward at a nearby restaurant. There is no cost for the tour and presentation, however we all go dutch at lunch. I will need a headcount no later than December 31, 2011 so the good people at UOP can accommodate us comfortably. Please email me, Sheri Fenley, to RSVP : firstname.lastname@example.org
DATE: Thursday - January 15, 2012
TIME: 10:30 am until 12:00 pm
Please plan on arriving at 10:15am inside the library in the cafe.
PLACE: University of the Pacific
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, California 95211