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Personal papers, 1876-1956


Scope and Contents

The personal papers series contains files on Charles C. Chapman's business enterprises including the citrus industry, his various business cards and his involvement with the Bank of America, a vice-presidential nomination, genealogical and biographical information, his calling cards, obituaries, information on his sister, Dolla Harris' Mary Louise Tea Room in Los Angeles, and correspondence to his maternal grandfather, David C. Clarke. Unique to this series is a political cartoon drawn and inscribed for Charles C. Chapman by the artist, Manual Rosenberg of the Cincinnati Post, dated June 13/14, 1924. The cartoon depicts Charles C. Chapman as California's "dark horse" for the Vice President nomination, and features drawings of Sen. C.C. Dill, Mrs. Wm. Mason, Sen. Richard Ernst, and Maurice Galvin.

The letter written to David C. Clarke and dated March 28th, 1876 to "the Editor Clarke" is a four page document that reflects on the writer's forty years in McDonough county, provides information about the struggle of the people in the county, and relates that in 1844 he was elected Sergeant under Captain Hagins and went to Nauvoo of June 1844 where he served eight days, most likely as a part of the McDonough County militia, assigned to guard Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum. The author recounts that he saw Joseph Smith and Hyrum during the "Mormon War" of 1844.

The letter written by C.C. Chapman to his grandson, Stanley Chapman, Jr., on Janurary 3, 1941 encourages Stanley Chapman, Jr. to attend Church. C.C. also shares his outlook on life and the possibilities of a "young man". C.C. also states that having faith will provide guidance through life's obstacles.

Additional materials from [2021-018-a] added in June 2022:
  • 1 partial newsletter clipping from the Bethesda Bulletin “A Doctor Takes His Own Medicine” with an inset photo of the Nantung Christian Hospital before its destruction by Japanese bombs on August 17, water damage, 1937
  • 1 23"x10.5" piece of tissue paper with Chinese characters, states in English “copy of the inscription on the cornerstone of the hospital in Nantungchow, China”, c. 1912
  • 1 Member Pro Shops Coupon


  • 1876-1956

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.


0.4 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials




These files consist mostly of ephemera belonging to Charles C. Chapman with the exception of some biographical notes and the newspaper obituaries deposited by family. This small collection contains Mr. Chapman's business cards and calling cards, a small amount of business ephemera from Chapman Brothers publishing in Chicago and his citrus business in California. Biographical and genealogical information is reprinted from various sources. Records also include a ephemera related to the Nantung Christian Hospital in China, which Chapman helped establish.


Files are arranged alphabetically by subject, ranging from Biographical Information to Correspondence.

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives, Frank Mt. Pleasant Library of Special Collections & Archives Repository

Chapman University
One University Drive
Orange CA 92866 USA US