Gold Rush Collection
Scope and Contents
This collection encompasses accessions of single letters and small groups of letters and other manuscripts, pertaining to the California Gold Rush, which the library has chosen to group and list as an artificial collection. Letters discuss voyages to the Pacific coast, including journeys through Panama; mining life in California; the inhabitants of California, including Mormons; vigilance committees in San Francisco; and the establishment of a police force in Nevada City, California.
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
The Gold Rush Collection 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
Collection of documents acquired by gift and purchase from various sources. Source information is recorded in the finding aid or on the folders. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.
The collection is arranged alphabetically by creator.
0.42 Linear Feet (1 box)
Language of Materials
A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog
This collection encompasses accessions of single letters and small groups of letters and other manuscripts, pertaining to the California Gold Rush, which the library has chosen to group and list as an artificial collection. Letters discuss voyages to the Pacific coast, including journeys through Panama; mining life in California; the inhabitants of California, including Mormons; vigilance committees in San Francisco; and the establishment of a police force in Nevada City, California. Some letters include pictorial letterheads.
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- Baird, Samuel, active 1849
- Bullock, J. J.
- California -- Description and travel
- California -- Economic conditions
- California -- Emigration and immigration
- California -- Gold discoveries
- California -- History -- 1846-1850
- California -- Religious life and customs
- California -- Social life and customs -- 19th century
- Colburn, Adeline N.
- Edmunds, A. C.
- Edmunds, Cynthia
- Field, Edward G.
- Field, Henry B.
- Fox, P. V., 1821-
- Frontier and pioneer life -- California
- Gold mines and mining -- California
- Gregory, D. S., active 1852
- Guthrie, James, active 1856
- Haight, Henry H., 1825-1878
- Hammond, John Henry, 1833-1890
- Hyde, C. C.
- Indians of North America -- Religion -- 19th century
- Jones, George Warren
- Kendall, George A.
- Kerr, Hetty Ann
- Kerr, James, active 1850-1853
- Latimer, L. D.
- Leibee, Daniel
- Lewis, Joseph E.
- Lippincott, Benjamin S.
- Lott, Charles F.
- Marcy, William L. (William Learned), 1786-1857
- Mathews, L. M.
- McDougall, Walter
- McElroy, R. M.
- McHenry, John, 1809-1880
- McLellan, Josiah
- McRay, Thomas
- Merrow, William H.
- Miners -- California
- Miners -- California -- 19th century
- Mormons -- California
- Morris, William P., active 1849
- Morrison, John H.
- Murphys (Calif.) -- Description and travel
- Nevada City (Calif.) -- Politics and government
- Overland journeys to the Pacific
- Overland journeys to the Pacific -- 1851
- Panama -- Description and travel
- Parker, Manuel
- Pictorial lettersheets -- West (U.S.) -- 19th century
- Pond, Benjamin Franklin
- Sacramento (Calif.) -- Description and travel
- San Francisco (Calif.) -- Description and travel
- San Francisco (Calif.) -- Politics and government
- Scranton, Joel G.
- Shumway, S. A.
- Smith, H. A. P.
- Smith, James J., active 1850
- Southwick, Benjamin, active 1851-1863
- Southwick, Lawson
- Stanley, Benjamin Moors
- Steele, William, active 1849
- Thorndike, A.
- Vigilance committees -- California -- San Francisco
- Vincent, Achmet
- Voyages to the Pacific coast
- West (U.S.) -- Description and travel
- Wetmore, E.
- Yosemite -- Description and travel
- Yuba County (Calif.) -- Politics and government
- Guide to the Gold Rush Collection
- by Alison Clemens
- 2013, last updated 2019 May
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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