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Moses F. Little papers

 Collection
Call Number: WA MSS S-1028

Scope and Contents

A collection of fifty-eight journals recording seventy-two years of Moses Little's life. He spent 1844-1848 aboard the whaler Arnolda, commanded by Captain D. U. Coffin out of New Bedford, Massachusetts. In 1849, Little joined the Sagamore Mining and Trading Company of Lynn, Massachusetts, and traveled to California over the plains and Rockies to Sacramento, returning in 1851. Making a second trip to California in 1852 via the Isthmus to Panama City, he sailed on the Tennessee. He staked a claim in Sandy Gulch, Calaveras County, and returned to New York via Nicaragua in 1853. Except for his trips to Chicago in 1869 visiting the stockyards and 1893 for the World's Fair, the remaining journals concern Little's life in Hill, New Hampshire, where he ran a general store, and became interested in local politics.

Dates

  • 1841-1916

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm.

Conditions Governing Use

The Moses F. Little Papers is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Goodspeed's Book Shop, Inc.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Extent

3.43 Linear Feet (58 volumes in 8 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/beinecke.littlemoses

Overview

A collection of 58 journals recording 72 years of Moses Little's life. He spent 1844-1848 aboard the whaler Arnolda, commanded by Captain D. U. Coffin out of New Bedford, Massachusetts. In 1849, Little joined the Sagamore Mining and Trading Company of Lynn, Massachusetts, and traveled to California, returning in 1851. Making a second trip to California in 1852 via the Isthmus to Panama City, he sailed on the Tennessee. He staked a claim in Sandy Gulch, Calaveras County, and returned to New York in 1853. Except for his trips to Chicago in 1869 visiting the stockyards and 1893 for the World's Fair, the remaining journals concern Little's life in Hill, New Hampshire, where he ran a general store and became interested in local politics.

Moses F. Little

Moses F. Little was born on August 31, 1823, in Boscawen, New Hampshire, and lived most of his life in the small town of Hill nearby. After graduating from an academy in Salisbury, New Hampshire, and receiving a certificate to teach in district schools, he spent the years 1844 to 1848 on a whaling voyage, and 1849 to 1853 mining for gold in California. Following his return to Hill, he became a shopkeeper, and served as town clerk and justice of the peace.

Processing Information

The information in this finding aid was derived from a description and list prepared by Goodspeed's Book Shop, Inc.
Title
Guide to the Moses F. Little Papers
Author
by Beinecke Staff
Date
2009
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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