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Irvine family letters and newspapers, 1807-1980

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 9207 Series 2

Scope and Contents

Materials include personal histories of the Irvine family, including letters about daily life, newspaper clippings about the Irvine Ranch and family obituaries, and passages written about the success of the Irvine business. Materials were mainly written in Mokelumne Hill, Calaveras County, California. Dated approximately 1807-1980.


  • 1807-1980


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publush material from the Irvine family papers collection must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical History

Edith Irvine (1884-1949) was a teacher and photographer in Calaveras County, California.

Lizzie Edith Irvine was born January 7, 1884 in Sheep Ranch, California to Thomas Hanna Irvine and Mary Irene Hill. Edith was hired by the Standard Electric Company of California to photograph construction of the Electra Power Plant as a teeenager. Her photographs largely concentrate on her community, including local schools, community events, and portraits of friends and neighbors; however, she is most famous for her 1906 San Francisco Earthquake photos. She was also a teacher who served as a Board of Education member as well as the principal of Moke Hill High School. Edith retired from education in the early 1930s due to health concerns. In her later years, she edited and contributed to Mokelumne Hill's newspaper, the Calaveras Weekly. Edith Irvine died in Calaveras County, California on August 14, 1949.

Biographical History

Mary Irene Irvine (1857-1952) was a homemaker and lived in Mokelumne Hill, California.

Mary Irene Irvine was born on July 2, 1857 in Stab Town near Altaville, California to John Piersoll Bartley Hill and Ann Eliza Reddick. She married Thomas Hanna Irvine on November 25, 1880 in Fourth Crossing, California. her family lived in various locations in California, including Carson Hill, Sheep Ranch, and Mokelumne Hill. She enjoyed gardening and tending to her flowerbeds. She also was the Matron of the Eastern Star Chapter in 1919, and she busied her time with church and lodge work. She died on August 8, 1952 in Calaveras County, California.

Biographical History

Mary Jane Hill rnold (1842-1936) was a writing teacher at a school in Calaveras, California.

Mary Jane Hill was born on April 18, 1843 in Ohio to Joseph Hill and Iley Lawson. She married William Arnold in 1871 in California. She was an advocate for education, and was a writing teacher in the 1860s for a school in Calaveras County, California. She died on January 9, 1936 in Lakeport, California.


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