This collection comprises the personal papers of J.E. Pleasants and
his first and second wives, Mary Refugio Carpenter Pleasants and Adelina Pleasants, and
includes diaries, correspondence, manuscripts, negatives, and photographic prints. J.E.
Pleasants' long association with the Santa Ana Mountains and Santiago Canyon, cattle
ranching, and beekeeping are all documented. The diaries and correspondence of Mary Refugio
Carpenter Pleasants provide a glimpse into life in Southern California in the 1860s. Adelina
Pleasants' work as a writer of Southern California and Orange County history in the early
20th century is also represented. The collection contains some tintypes, cabinet cards, and
a carte-de-visite album documenting a number of Southern California pioneers, including
members of the Carpenter and Wolfskill families.
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