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C. Stanley Chapman, Sr. papers

Identifier: 2011-117-s-r

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of the personal papers and artifacts of Charles Stanley Chapman, Sr., son of C.C. Chapman. The majority of the material deals with his involvement with the Shriners and the Scottish Rite masonic organizations, as well as correspondence and records from his time in the army during the First World War.


  • Creation: 1902-1970s
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1910 - 1960

Language of Materials

The materials in this collection are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this material except where previously copyrighted material is concerned. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all permissions.

Biographical / Historical

Charles Stanley Chapman (1889-1984) was the son of Charles C. Chapman, the first mayor of Fullerton and the namesake of Chapman University. He and his sister Ethel were born in Chicago, Illinois. His mother Elizabeth (Lizzie) developed tuberculosis and the doctor advised a drier climate. The family moved first to Texas and then west to California, arriving in Fullerton 1894, and became established in the citrus industry. C. Stanley Chapman attended Fullerton High School (Class of 1910), Pomona College and Yale University, starting in his junior year. After graduation he returned to Fullerton and joined his father in the orange growing business. He enlisted in the army during World War One. He trained at the Presidio Training Camp before being sent to France in 1917 as a first lieutenant with Battery B of the 5th Field Artillery assigned to the 1st Infantry Division of the American Expeditionary Force. He was discharged in 1919. Stanley succeeded his father as president of the Placentia Orchard Company and Chapman Building Company. One project was the construction of the Fox Fullerton Theatre in 1924 (originally named the Alician Court Theatre). He worked extensively with the Royal Arch Masons and the Shriners. He died in 1984, five years after his wife Alice. In 1989 the Chapman family donated the C. S. Chapman residence, El Dorado Ranch to California State University Fullerton under condition it would be used as residence for the CSUF president.


5.91 Linear feet (11 containers)


This collection pertains to C. Stanley Chapman, son of C.C. Chapman, and predominantly includes personal correspondence from his time deployed in World War One, and his involvement with various masonic orders.


The papers are arranged in three series: Personal, Business, and Fraternal organizations.

Processing Information

Processed in 2014 by Special Collections & Archives staff. Major reorganization of the collection was conducted in November 2019 by Annie Tang and Rosemarie Williams.

Finding aid for C. Stanley Chapman, Sr. papers
Chapman, C. Stanley, Sr. (papers)
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Repository Details

Part of the Frank Mt. Pleasant Library of Special Collections and Archives, Leatherby Libraries Repository

Chapman University
One University Drive
Orange CA 92866 USA US