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Onnolee Elliott collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2016-038-s-r

Content Description

This collection documents the activities of Onnolee Elliott, who was a member of the Chapman University President's cabinet, a Chapman College alumna, and lifelong resident of Santa Ana, California. The collection contains correspondence, certificates and degrees, photographs, assorted realia (school athletic lettering, animal figurines, etc.), Orange County newspaper clippings, cookbooks, Orange County history, Chapman College/University events materials, and various publications.


  • 1927-2016
  • Majority of material found within 1980 - 2015


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

There is no restrictions on the use of this material except where previously copyrighted materials is concerned. It is the respobsiblity of the researcher to obtain all permissions. For further copyright information,please contact the archivist.

Biographical / Historical

Onnalee Elliott, born to Josephine Winters Elliott on September 25, 1927, was a member of the Chapman University Presidents cabinet and lifelong resident of Santa Ana, California known for her generous donations to Chapman University during her later years. Elliott attended USC where she graduated with a B.S. in Medical Technology, after which she attended Chapman College and received an M.S. in Chemistry. During which time she also worked for Coulter laboratories and helped to advance blood analysis. After retiring, Onnolee took it upon herself to travel the world and indulge in her love of botany and biology. Onnolee was also heavily invested in her family history, as well as early California history. Her love of history led to the creation of the book "Family life in the Early Orange," and "12 Flags Over California;" the latter of which was the title of her Doctoral dissertation at Columbia Pacific University. Onnolee's generous donations to Chapman University’s Leatherby Libraries resulted in the Onnolee B. Elliott, Ph.D. Library of Science and Technology. She passed away on August 20 2016.


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The Onolee Elliott collection contains materials related to the life of Chapman College alumna, donor, and Orange County resident, Onnolee Elliott.


Materials arranged by material type and date.

Physical Location

Leatherby Libraries, Special Collections

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Pending information

Condition Description

Fair condition

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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 92866 USA US