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San Diego Corral of the Westerners Records, 1921-2013 | Special Collections & University Archives

By Kira Hall

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Collection Overview

Title: San Diego Corral of the Westerners Records, 1921-2013Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1967-2012

Primary Creator: San Diego Corral of the Westerners (1967-2012)

Extent: 12.74 Linear Feet

Arrangement:

I. Administrative

    1. Official Documents

    2. Correspondence

    3. Meeting Notices and Minutes

    4. Memberships

    5. Financial

II. Brand Book Production

III. The Wrangler Newsletter

IV. Events

V. Lauren Post Files

VI. Associated Corrals

Date Acquired: 02/24/2014

Subjects: American Western Life, California--History, Publishers' bindings, Publishers and publishing--United States--History, Publishers and publishing--United States--Periodicals, San Diego (Calif.)--Pictorial works

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The San Diego Corral of the Westerners Records document the publishing history and administrative organization of this non-profit entity dedicated to preserving the history of the American West.  These records include correspondence, meeting notices and minutes, event information, membership rosters, financial statements, and documentation of the Corral’s creative output such as newsletters, book production materials, and sample book artwork.  Although the collection dates from 1921-2013, the bulk of the materials primarily date from 1967-2012.  The San Diego Corral of the Westerners Records is divided into six series: Administrative, Brand Book Production, The Wrangler Newsletter, Events, Lauren Post Files, and Associated Corrals.

The Administrative (1967-2013) series documents the operation of the Corral.  The series is further divided into five sub-series: Official Documents, Correspondence, Meeting Notices and Minutes, Memberships, and FinancialOfficial Documents (1967-2009), arranged chronologically, includes bylaws and amendments, articles of incorporation, and tax documents.  Correspondence (1967-2012), arranged chronologically, includes membership, Brand Book and newsletter correspondence, as well as the correspondence between key figures in the Corral, such as John Mason Jeffrey, the first Sheriff; Dr. Ray Brandes, the first Brand Book editor; Robert Long, and Horace Dodd.  A highlight of this sub-series is extensive correspondence relating to the founding of the Corral and the vision for the group.  Meeting Notices and Minutes (1968-2010), arranged chronologically, include meeting minutes of the Trail Bosses (Board of Directors), Publication Committee, and Active Members.  Memberships (1967-2012), arranged alphabetically by subject, includes membership applications, registers, rosters, and member biographies.  Of note are the early membership applications, which include descriptions of members’ areas of interest in Western lore and any publications they have written.  Financial (1968-2013), arranged chronologically, includes budget and income reports, financial statements, and tax documents.

The Brand Book Production (1921-2007) is the largest series of the collection, comprising records of the nine Brand Books that the Corral produced during its forty-five year history.  This series is arranged alphabetically by subject.  Providing insight into the creation of the Brand Books, this series includes extensive editor’s notes, correspondence, budgets, manuscripts, and artist information and samples.  Of particular note is the step-by-step documentation for the material production of the books, including examples of binding in different stages of production and draft copies.  The records for Brand Books 7 and 9 are the most comprehensive.  The series also includes an unpublished manuscript by Joe Flynn, a journalist who later became a State Representative in Iowa.  The manuscript spans forty-one years, from 1921-1962, and includes his commentaries on political events, personal anecdotes, and travelogues.

The Wrangler Newsletter (1968-2007) series includes the entire thirty-nine year run of the newsletter, arranged chronologically by issue date.  The newsletters featured articles on various aspects of the West, a Sheriff’s message, a recap of past group events, letters to the editor, book reviews, photographs, and artwork.  The series also includes subject files, such as correspondence, design specifications, and meeting notes.  Some of the issues also include draft copies, as noted on the folder list.

The Events (1970-2012) series is arranged chronologically.  Of particular interest is documentation of the Corral’s monthly roundup meetings.  The meetings featured a guest speaker, a dinner, and an accompanying exhibit. The Corral also held annual Ladies Night celebrations, which invited the wives of the primarily male members to participate in art shows and listen to guest speakers. Additionally, the series documents the annual auctions that helped raise money for their publications.  The series includes notices, invitations, auction catalogs, and keepsake artwork from the auctions.  A highlight of the series is a 1998 proclamation from Mayor Susan Golding, honoring the Corral’s significant contribution in preserving the heritage of the American West.   In the same year, the Corral received a Congress of History award for outstanding work in the “The Frontier of American Culture” exhibit.

The Lauren Post Files (1933-1976) document research and various writings of Lauren Post.  Lauren Post was involved in the Corral in many capacities, including Sheriff.  Post was professor of geography at San Diego State from 1937-1969.  The series is arranged alphabetically by subject.  This series features Post’s unpublished and published writing on various subjects of the West, including agriculture, California, cattle, and horses. The series includes articles, an acceptance speech, and book reviews.

The Associated Corrals (1962-2013) series documents the activities and administration of other Corrals, both national and international, and is arranged alphabetically by the name of the Corral.  Most of the records for the various Corrals are sparse and include items such as newsletters, events, photographs, and rosters. More extensive documentation exists for the Ranchos Del Norte Corral.  Many members of the San Diego Corral were also members of Ranchos Del Norte.  This file contains Range Rules, bylaws, correspondence, and monthly meeting invitations.

Biographical Note

The San Diego Corral of the Westerners is part of the Westerners non-profit organization, which began in 1944 and has both national and international membership.  Chartered in 1967, the San Diego Corral of the Westerners was formed by people invested in sharing their love and knowledge of various facets of the American West.  Additionally, the Corral was affiliated with Westerners International, a non-profit foundation first established in 1959 to facilitate communication and cooperation between the various Corrals and assist in the organization of new Corrals.

According to the San Diego Corral’s Articles of Incorporation, “The specific and primary purpose for which this corporation is formed is to enable men with the common interest to exchange information and knowledge relative to the cultural and historical background of what is commonly termed the West, and to record in permanent form the historical material which the members have and will assemble by diligent research, thus preserving items of Western Americana.”  The group accomplished this goal in three ways: through monthly meetings, publication of a quarterly newsletter called The Wrangler, and publication of Brand Books.

Although the Corral was an exclusively male organization during its formative years, women became progressively more involved, at first through participating in the annual Ladies Night celebrations that featured art shows and guest speakers, and later through membership.  Members gathered monthly to share their knowledge of the West.  Meetings included guest speakers and exhibits.  The Corral also held annual auctions to raise funds for their publications, The Wrangler newsletter and their Brand Books.

The Wrangler newsletter, published from 1968-2007, provided a forum for history buffs and scholars of Western lore to share their knowledge.  According to the Corral’s stated goals, The Wrangler aimed to increase membership, promote the reputation of the Corral through excellence in publication, and provide articles of interest to its members.  In addition to the newsletter, the Corral published nine Brand Books from 1968 to 1996.  The limited edition, hard bound Brand Books represent the highest standards of scholarship and presentation that the Corral had to offer.  The Brand Books were published as a significant part of their contribution to preserving an accurate and well researched history of the West.  Brand Books included themed articles, illustrated art, maps, historic photographs, and archival materials.

Founding members of the Corral included Ray Brandes, Registrar of Marks and Brands (Secretary) and Brand Book Number One editor;  Alfred JaCoby, Keeper of the Chips (Treasurer);  John Jeffrey, Sheriff (President); Gerald MacMullen, Librarian; and Richard Yale, Deputy Sheriff (Editor of The Wrangler).  Several active members held many positions over the years, including Horace Dodd, whose contributions included acting as Sheriff, Registrar of Marks and Brands, Keeper of the Chips, and editor of several Brand Books.  In the last decade prior to dissolution, a core group of active members, such as Ken Cilch, Richard Lay, Robert Welch, Russell Litchfield, Bob Michaelis, and George Ellis, kept the Corral running by contributing in many capacities.

After many years of declining membership, the San Diego Corral of the Westerners dissolved in the first quarter of 2014.

Subject/Index Terms

American Western Life
California--History
Publishers' bindings
Publishers and publishing--United States--History
Publishers and publishing--United States--Periodicals
San Diego (Calif.)--Pictorial works

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & University Archives

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: The copyright interests in some of these materials have been transferred to or belong to San Diego State University. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections means that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. Permissions is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish.  Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

Acquisition Source: Kenneth Cilch II / Corral of the Westerners

Related Materials: Lauren C. Post Papers, 1917-1977

Related Publications: For access to copies of the Corral's nine Brand Books, click on the catalog link: http://libpac.sdsu.edu/search?/tBrand+book+%28Westerners.+San+Diego+Corral%29/tbrand+book+westerners+san+diego+corral/-3,-1,0,B/browse

Preferred Citation: Identification of item, folder title, box number, San Diego Corral of the Westerners Records, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.


Box and Folder Listing


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[Series 1: Administrative, 1967-2013],
[Series 2: Brand Book Production, 1968-2007],
[Series 3: The Wrangler Newsletter, 1968-2007],
[Series 4: Events, 1970-2012],
[Series 5: Lauren Post Files, 1933-1976],
[Series 6: Associated Corrals, 1962-2013],
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Series 2: Brand Book Production, 1968-2007Add to your cart.
Box 9Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Brand Book Number One: Arts and Crafts Press Documents, 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Brand Book Number One: Correspondence, 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Brand Book Number One: Development of Specifications, 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Brand Book Number One: Editor's Notes and Correspondence, 1968-1969Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Brand Book Number One: Editor's Notes and Correspondence, 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Brand Book Number One: Insurance Releases for Copy and Illustrations, 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Brand Book Number One: Mailing List and Distribution Information, 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Brand Book Number One: Olaf Wieghorst, Artist File, 1968-1970Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Brand Book Number One: Promotional Materials, 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Brand Book Number One: Publication Fun and Exemption Application, 1968Add to your cart.
Box 10Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Brand Book Number Two: Correspondence, 1969-1971Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Brand Book Number Two: Correspondence, 1969-1971Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Brand Book Number Two: Order Status Reports, 1970-1971Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Brand Book Number Two: Production Notes, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Brand Book Number Two: Promotional Materials, 1970-1972Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Brand Book Number Two: Publication Fund Reports, 1970-1971Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Brand Book Number Two: Table of Contents, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Brand Book Number Two: Text Block, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Brand Book Number Three: Agreements, 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Brand Book Number Three: Correspondence, 1970-1975Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Brand Book Number Three: Production Notes, 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Brand Book Number Three: Promotional Materials, 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Brand Book Number Three: Sales Records and Inventory, 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Brand Book Number Three: Table of Contents, 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Brand Book Number Four: Correspondence, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Brand Book Number Four: Promotional Materials, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Brand Book Number Four: Purchase List, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Brand Book Number Five: Correspondence, 1977-1978Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Brand Book Number Five: Financial Analysis and Estimates, 1977-1979Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Brand Book Number Five: Meeting Minutes and Production Schedule, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Brand Book Number Five: Promotional Materials, 1978Add to your cart.
Box 11Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Brand Book Number Six: Art Prints and Printer Information, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Brand Book Number Six: Correspondence, 1978-1980Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Brand Book Number Six: Inventory, 1979-1980Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Brand Book Number Six: Production Binder, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Brand Book Number Six: Promotional Materials, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Brand Book Number Seven: Blue Line Proof, 1983Add to your cart.
Box 12Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Brand Book Number Seven: Collector's Edition Portfolio and Artist Sketches, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Brand Book Number Seven: Correspondence, 1981-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Brand Book Number Seven: Draft Layout, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Brand Book Number Seven: Draft Layout, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Brand Book Number Seven: Dummy Block Paste Up, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Brand Book Number Seven: Dummy Layout, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Brand Book Number Seven: Inventory, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Brand Book Number Seven: Manuscripts, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Brand Book Number Seven: Manuscript Binder, 1983Add to your cart.
Box 13Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Brand Book Number Seven: Manuscript Binder, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Brand Book Number Seven: Manuscript Binder, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Brand Book Number Seven: Manuscript Binder, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Brand Book Number Seven: Manuscript Binder, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Brand Book Number Seven: Promotional Materials, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Brand Book Number Seven: Proof 1, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Brand Book Number Seven: Proof 2, 1983Add to your cart.
Box 14Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Brand Book Number Seven: Proposal, Plan, and Specifications, 1980-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Brand Book Number Seven: Text Block and Sample Board, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Brand Book Number Eight: Book Art, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Brand Book Number Eight: Correspondence, 1986-1987Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Brand Book Number Eight: Estimates and Expenditures, 1986-1987Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Brand Book Number Eight: Manuscript Binder, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Brand Book Number Eight: Manuscript Binder, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Brand Book Number Eight: Manuscript Binder, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Brand Book Number Eight: Manuscript Binder, 1987Add to your cart.
Box 15Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Brand Book Number Eight: Meeting Minutes and Notices, 1986-1987Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Brand Book Number Eight: Promotional Materials, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Brand Book Number Eight: Sales Information, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Brand Book Number Nine: Book Artist Torzeski, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Brand Book Number Nine: Budgets and Expenditures, 1995-1996Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Brand Book Number Nine: Committee Minutes, Notes, and Notices, 1994-1996Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Brand Book Number Nine: Correspondence, 1994-1996Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Brand Book Number Nine: Floppy Disks and Computer Directory, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Brand Book Number Nine: Inventory and Sales Lists, 1996-1998Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Brand Book Number Nine: Press Kit, Sig 1-1 and 2, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Brand Book Number Nine: Press Kit, Sig 2-1 and 2, 1996Add to your cart.
Box 16Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Brand Book Number Nine: Press Kit, Sig 3-1 and 2, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Brand Book Number Nine: Press Kit, Sig 4-1 and 2, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Brand Book Number Nine: Press Kit, Sig 5-1 and 2, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Brand Book Number Nine: Press Kit, Sig 6-1 and 2, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Brand Book Number Nine: Press Kit, Sig 7-1 and 2, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Brand Book Number Nine: Press Kit, Sig 8-1 and 2, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Brand Book Number Nine: Press Kit, Sig 9-1 and 2, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Brand Book Number Nine: Press Kit, Sig 10-1 and 2, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Brand Book Number Nine: Press Kit, Sig 11-1 and 2, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Brand Book Number Nine: Press Kit, Sig 12-1 and 2, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Brand Book Number Nine: Press Kit, Sig 13-1 and 2, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Brand Book Number Nine: Press Kit, Sig 14-1 and 2, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Brand Book Number Nine: Press Kit, Sig 15-1 and 2, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Brand Book Number Nine: Press Kit, Sig 16-1 and 2, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Brand Book Number Nine: Press Kit, Sig 17-1 and 2, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Brand Book Number Nine: Promotional Materials, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Brand Book Artists, 1970, 1980-2007Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Graphics, Illustrations, and Cartoons for Captions, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Inventory Lists, 1980-1998Add to your cart.
Box 17Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Joe Flynn Manuscript, 1921-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Joe Flynn Manuscript, 1921-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Joe Flynn Manuscript, 1921-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Joe Flynn Manuscript, 1921-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Joe Flynn Manuscript, 1921-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Joe Flynn Manuscript, 1921-1962Add to your cart.
Box 18-OVRZAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Map of Lower California, Republic of Mexico, n.d.Add to your cart.
Item 2: Brand Book Number Seven Map Plate III: Lower California, 1983Add to your cart.
Item 3: Brand Book Number Nine Art Proofs, 1996Add to your cart.
Item 4: Brand Book Number Nine Art Plates, 1996Add to your cart.
Item 5: Brand Book Number Nine Negatives for Plates, 1996Add to your cart.
Item 6: Keepsake Artwork, n.d.Add to your cart.
Item 7: Grabstake Brand Book Certificate, n.d.Add to your cart.
Item 8: Original Art for Presentations and Awards, n.d.Add to your cart.
Item 9: Book Covers and Spine Proofs, n.d.Add to your cart.
Item 10: Erratums, n.d.Add to your cart.
Item 11: Brand Book Order Forms, n.d.Add to your cart.
Item 12: Ladies Night Programs, n.d.Add to your cart.
Flat File 1: Brand Book Number Seven Map PlatesAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Map Plate I: Final Routes Traveled by Sylvester Pattie, 1983Add to your cart.
Item 2: Map Plate II: Coronado Delta Region, 1983Add to your cart.
Box 19Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Paper Samples, 1979, 1987, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Publicity Binder, 1974-1990Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Standing Orders, 1978-1985Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Submissions, 1993-1999Add to your cart.

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[Series 5: Lauren Post Files, 1933-1976],
[Series 6: Associated Corrals, 1962-2013],
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