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About the Card Database


About the Card Database

This project had its genesis at the Tenth Anniversary meeting of Researchers Anonymous, on October 11, 2003.

Researchers Anonymous is a participatory and voluntary group of local history enthusiasts that meet on the second Saturday of each month in the auditorium of the Museum of Art and History @ the McPherson Center, in Santa Cruz, California.

At that meeting, more than eight years ago, a panel discussion included Christine Bunting, Head of Special Collections, at the UCSC University Library, myself, and other local history researchers.

Toward the end of the discussion, the moderator, Rachel McKay, asked the panelists “what resources don’t we have that we need.” My reply was that we needed the Leon Rowland card files in Special Collections transcribed, indexed and made available on the Internet.  Christine Bunting thought that was a great idea and encouraged us with her cooperation during the next eight years. Louisa Orlando Haddad, Special Collections staff, assisted and supported us throughout the process.

When I made the suggestion at that meeting, I had no idea it was anything more than a hollow wish.  To my surprise and delight, Joan Gilbert Martin approached me after the meeting and volunteered to help.  Little did she know that it would require such a lengthy commitment. Rowland’s cards, housed in ten file boxes, had to be sorted in alphabetical order and numbered. Then they had to be transcribed. And then they had to be indexed.   

- Stanley D. Stevens   March 2012


The Transcriptions

The full text of all ten boxes of cards in the Rowland card collection were transcribed and indexed between 2004 and 2012 by Joan Gilbert Martin and Stanley D. Stevens. The transcriptions are stored in a searchable FileMaker database. The index to the database is in pdf format.

Each database record has three header fields: a Box # Field that contains a box number, such as A-1, B-1, C, and so forth; a Card # Field that contains the sequential number of the record within the box; and a Card Category Field identifying the category of the record, which could be a range of people's last names or a subject such as Schools.

For example:

Box # = A-1     Card # = 1     Card Category = People- Abarr to Adama

These header fields are followed by a large box, the Text Field, which contains the transcribed text.

You may search by keyword in the Text Field, or you may refer to the index for a specific box and card number, which you may then enter in the appropriate fields. You may also retrieve the cards for an entire category by entering that category in the Card Category Field. To search the database, go to: Search the Card Database

Detailed search instructions are provided on each record through a link to: Search Tips

The text has been faithfully transcribed, but the exact format is not necessarily reproduced due to the limitations of type font and the size of the original cards.


Fonts and Other Notations

The cards are mainly typewritten with occasional hand-written additions and corrections. Conventions of font and notation used by the transcribers are described here:


font used by the transcribers to simulate a typewriter.

1166font used by the transcribers to indicate hand-written notations in ink or pencil. (Most of these notations were made by Leon Rowland or his wife, Jeannette. Other notations may include the initials of a contributor, such as MP for Marion Pokriots or SS or sds for Stanley D. Stevens.)

1167font used by the transcribers to indicate a newspaper article pasted onto  the card. (Frequently, the article was from the Riptide, in which a series  of biographies are attributed to Thomas L. McHugh.)

[-Ed.] =  text within square brackets supplied by the transcribers.

[sic] =  transcribers’ note to indicate entry appears exactly as in the original.


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Index to Cards

A comprehensive index to all the cards in the Rowland Card Files is available to help search the database. The index provides the box number and card number for any person or subject referred to in the database. To access the index go to: Index to Cards

This link is available separately or at the top of each record in the database. The Index provides links to a single file for the entire Index, or to separate sections of the alphabet.