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Register of the McGee Family Papers, 1893-1972
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Description
The McGee Collection contains: family scrapbooks (1915-1952); family expense ledgers (1946-1971); and, numerous diaries, including: Clair Horton McGee's 1920 diary of a trip east to visit family; and, the 21 retirement years diaries of Russell C. McGee(1954-1972). During those years McGee and his wife traveled throughout the western states. Other family materials include: Clair's social notes; family correspondence (1890-1946); memorabilia (1922-1974); and, photographs (1890-1970). The collection also contains: Russell McGee's business correspondence (1950-1953)and newspaper clippings concerning the City of Stockton (1948-1953).
Background
Russell C. McGee(1881-1974), a Stockton city engineer and City Manager, attended schools in the North Bay Area and worked at various surveying and engineering jobs in Marin County, San Joaquin County and other regions in northern California, before accepting an engineer's job with the City of Stockton (1914). By 1922 he was first assistant to City Engineer, Walter B. Hogan. He advanced from Office Engineer to Assistant City Engineer to Assistant City Manager and ended his career with a two year term as City Manager (1951-1953). McGee retired December 31, 1953. Clair Horton married Russell McGee in 1922. Mrs. McGee was stenographer and bookkeeper for the offices of Commissioner O'Keefe, Stockton City Electrician. She was an active member of the Caliz de Oro Parlor of the Native Daughters and the Alpha Omega Birthday Club. The McGees had two children, Frances Marie McGee Atwood (b.1923) and Russell Charles McGee, Jr. (b.1926). Frances McGee married Burton J. Atwood (1947). Russell Charles McGee, Jr. served as a cryptographer during World War II. He later graduated in Physics from the University of California (after 1948).
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Collection is open for research.