The Pierce Family Papers (1841-1940) were created or collected by this prominent, pioneering Davisville, California (Davis)
family. The collection is divided into 8 series: George W. Pierce,Sr.; Eunice Pierce; George W. Pierce, Jr.; Susan Gilmore
Pierce; George Gardner Pierce; Dixwell Lloyd Pierce; The Pierce Family; and Photographs. Series named for individuals contain
items created or collected by that individual family member. The series titled, The Pierce Family, is made up of items not
attributed to just one family member or items that cannot be identified as belonging to any certain family member. The Photographs
series consists of photographs (1878-1929) of the Pierce Family; Yolo County and Sacramento Valley sites; agricultural activities
on the Pierce Ranch near Davisville and other Yolo County locations; the California Almond Growers' Exchange; the University
of California; and other topics. The bulk of the records in this collection are those of George W. Pierce, Jr. He is especially
known for playing a significant role in the founding of the University of California, Davis by energetically campaigning to
have the University Farm located in his hometown of Davisville. Records relating to the selection of Davis as the site for
the University Farm as well as records relating to the purchase of land and water rights for the farm can be found in this
collection. Many types of materials make up the Pierce Family Papers including correspondence, legal documents, financial
records, diaries, printed material, artifacts, creative works, notes, travel guides and brochures, and photographs. The numerous
diaries included in the Pierce Family Papers are a particularly rich source of information for researchers of any number of
topics such as late nineteenth and early twentieth century agriculture; labor issues; Yolo County and California history;
the almond growing industry; and the history of the University of California.
Members of the Pierce Family were prominent, pioneering citizens of Davisville (Davis), California.
10 linear feet, 2060 items, 9 archives boxes, 2 folio boxes, 1 wrapped volume, and 1 document case
The Library can only claim physical ownership of the Pierce Family Papers. The literary rights to the works of Pierce Family
Papers are protected by the copyright law, chapter 17, of the U.S. Code. Unpublished manuscript materials including journals
may not be copied without express permission from the copyright holders. It is impossible for us to determine the identity
of other possible claimants of literary property. Responsibility for identifying and satisfying such claimants must be assumed
by users wishing to publish the materials.
Collection is open for research.