Guide to the Howard E. Roper Collection, 1937-2011

Collection processed and description prepared by:

Tayler Terrill, Intern, Napa, CA, July 1, 2014

Descriptive Summary

Collection Title
Howard E. Roper Collection, 1937-2011
Span Dates
1877-1925; 1922-1925; 1933-1944
Bulk Dates
Collection Number
Ropert, Howard E.
This collection takes up one archival box containing 32 folders, one shelf containing 43 bound volumes, 7 posters, 4 scrapbooks located in one archival box, 21 loose photographs and 6 mounted photographs located.
The earliest records show Howard Ellis Roper living in Napa in 1888 at the age of 21. While living in Napa, Roper served as president of the Napa Building and Loan Association, Secretary of the School Board of Trustees, and other positions that involved the school district and the building of the Napa State Hospital. The collection consists of the papers, letters, books, and photographs that reflect his work with the school district and the State Hospital. There are a very small amount of personal items such as photographs and yearbooks.
The photographs and scrapbooks are available digitally through the Past Perfect system. Use caution when opening the bound volumes located on the shelf as there are loose papers inside them.

Administrative & Access Information

Napa County Historical Society
Goodman Library
1219 First Street
Napa, California 9455

Howard E. Roper Collection, 1937-2011, [Box/Series #, Folder #], Napa County Historical Society.
Acquisition Information
Donated by Jerry Olson & Linda Watts, 2013

Access Restrictions
Collection is open for research. Some folders in this collection may be restricted. See container list for more information.

Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.Researchers are advised that violations of the copyright law may have legal ramifications for whichNapa County HistoricalSociety assumes no responsibility.

Collections may also contain sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications for whichNapa County Historical Society assumes no responsibility.

Usage Restrictions
Appointments are not required for accessing collections, but are strongly encouraged so as to ascertain availability of materials.

Duplication of materials is on a case-by-case basis, and permission can only be given by the Research Librarian. Charges may apply.

The donor may have placed additional access/usage restrictions on this collection. The user is responsible for adhering to those restrictions; NCHS is not liable for any misuse.

Approval must be explicitly given by NCHS or copyright holder for publication.

Finding Aid prepared by
Taylor Terrill

Biography / History

Biographical / Historical Note

Howard Ellis Roper was born on September 24, 1866 in Massachusetts. The earliest records show him in Napa at age 21, in the year 1888. He was married to a Julie M and which shows up in records starting in 1930 and one child listed named Edwin E. Roper. Howard Roper died in Napa on September 1, 1953.

Scope & Content

Scope & Contents Note
This collection contains letter, notes, newspaper clippings, yearbooks, scrapbooks, published reports, monetary ledgers, work ledgers, construction notes, and photographs. The content of these materials focuses on the work that Howard E. Roper did in Napa County while working on the county school board and the Napa Building & Loan Association. The main focus of these materials is on the Napa State Hospital, Shearer Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, and Napa Union High School. Each series is the general content while each subseries focuses on a certain subject within that content.

Container List

Series 1: Bills & Receipts

Subseries 1: Teachers Receipts, 1924

Subseries 2: Transportation Bills


Series 2: Booklets

Subseries 1: Petitions for Eugene Storm

Subseries 2: Deeds & Leases

Subseries 3: Title Certificates

Subseries 4: Workers Compensation Policy

Subseries 5: Miscellaneous


Series 3: Bound Volumes

Subseries 1: Napa State Asylum Reports

Subseries 2: Napa Union High School Yearbooks

Subseries 3: Napa County School Board Meeting Minutes

***Loose documents within book***

Subseries 4: Napa State Hospital Work Records

***Loose documents within book***

Subseries 5: Ledgers

***Loose documents within book***

Subseries 6: “Index of Registrations”

Subseries 7: “Kitchen Kapers”

Subseries 8: “My Trip” Journal


Series 4: Correspondence

Subseries 1: Teacher Applications

Subseries 1A: Shearer, Lincoln, & General Elementary Schools

Subseries 1B: Napa Union High School

Subseries 1C: Photos Attached to Letters

Subseries 1D: General Inquiries

Subseries 2: Construction

Subseries 2A: Napa Union High School

Subseries 2B: Lincoln Elementary School

Subseries 2C: Shearer Elementary School

Subseries 3: Miscellaneous

Series 5: Elections

Subseries 1: Official Poll Lists, from 1908, 1922, & 1924

Subseries 2: Official Ballots for School Trustee, 1922

Series 6: Ephemera, Newspaper Clippings

Series 7: Napa Building & Loan Association Due Books

Series 8: Napa Building & Loan Association By-Law Books

Series 9: Photographs (PF00224)

Series 10: Ration Books

Series 11: Reports

Subseries 1: School District/General

Subseries 2: “Notices of Employment” Forms

Subseries 3: Napa Union High School

Subseries 4: Lincoln Elementary School

Subseries 5: Intermediate School

Subseries 6: Shearer Elementary School

Subseries 7: “Auditors Office” Forms

Subseries 8: School Bulletins

Series 12: Small Scrapbooks

2013.15.22: Scrapbook

2013.15.23: Foster H. Roper Reading a Book

2013.15.24: Scrapbook

Series 13: Howard E. Roper Scrapbook

2013.15.25: Scrapbook

***Newspaper clippings within book***

Series 14: Miscellaneous

Subseries 1: Assorted Original Folders

Subseries 2: Ephemera

Subseries 3: General School District

Table of Contents

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