The James Carson Needham papers cover a span of years from 1893 to 1936, the bulk of the material being between 1898 and 1908,
in the 1920s and early 1930s. The subject matter contains very little of any personal nature.
James Carson Needham was born on September 17, 1864, in an emigrant wagon along the Carson River in Nevada. His parents were
on their way to California. He spent his early life on a farm and in Santa Clara where he attended the public schools. In
1886, Needham graduated from the University of the Pacific, and in 1889, from the Law Department of the University of Michigan.
He took a year away from law school, from September 1887 to September 1888, to work as a clerk in the Adjutant General's office
of the War Department in Washington, D. C.
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