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Guide to the Knight Family Collection, [1854-1984]

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This collection was assembled by Helen Roberts and Dorothy Stipovich, granddaughters of Benjamin K. Knight.  It was donated to the Santa Cruz Historical Trust on August 23, 1990.


Number of Containers:  Eleven (11) Boxes
Linear Feet:  6.2 Linear Feet


Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, Archives
705 Front Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060


This collection consists of the Knight family papers, including photographs, correspondence, and journals. The Knights first came to Santa Cruz in 1869 and quickly became a prominent family in the area, involved in both state and local politics. Four generations of the family produced a doctor, a state senator, two district attorneys, and a judge. The majority of this collection consists of personal and family records, dating from 1854 to 1984, with the bulk of the material falling between the 1880s and 1940s.


The Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, Santa Cruz, CA

Preferred Citation

The Knight Family Collection, The Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, Santa Cruz, CA

Publication Rights

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the head of Archives at MAH.  Researchers may be responsible for obtaining copyright permission to use material not produced by museum personnel.

Process By

Hannah Whitman Clement- Intern

Date Completed