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Fae Lenaire Sutton papers (Collection)

Identifier: LH-2016-06

Scope and Contents

The Fae Lenaire Sutton Collection is composed mostly of documents regarding the ownership, transfer, and sale of property in Southern California. This collection also includes personal family photos, and family documents that trace back to the late 19th century. Items include deeds, contracts, legal correspondence, and photographs.

The strength of this collection is found within the real estate documents, and highlights the complexity of managing property in the 20th century. On a biographical note, the photographs highlight a woman (Fae Lenaire Sutton), her friends, and family, and offer a glimpse into middle-class life of the mid-20th century.


  • 1880 - 1990

Biographical / Historical

Fae Lenaire Sutton was born May 3rd, 1919 and died December 15th, 1997. She graduated high school in 1937 in Garden Grove, and attended La Salle Extension University. La Salle University was located in Chicago, but specialized in “distance learning”. Sutton studied accounting through them at her home in Orange County. She died in Orange, California and is buried at Santa Ana cemetery.

Sutton’s father (Walter A. Sutton) was born in California and worked as a contractor. He was also a Civil Defense medical volunteer. Her mother’s parents came from Arkansas and Missouri, and has an ancestor who fought for the Union’s 14th Kansas Cavalry in the Civil War.

She spent a good portion of her life managing properties owned and inherited by her and her family members. Photographs show that she traveled to places including Alaska and Washington D.C.


3 boxes (2 document boxes, 1 photo album)

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Physical Location

Aisle 13A--Shelf 11

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Repository Details

Part of the CSUF University Archives & Special Collections Repository

University Archives & Special Collections
Pollak Library South Room 352 (PLS 352)
Fullerton CA 92831-3599 USA
(657) 278-4751