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Gold mines and mining -- California

 Subject
Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings

Found in 15 Collections and/or Records:

California Letters

 Collection
Call Number: WA MSS S-1337
Abstract:

Letters written to friends and family by people in California. Most of the letters are written from mining camps, but some are from San Francisco. The letters describe mining, business enterprises, sea voyages, and trips across the plains.

Dates: 1849-1885

Samuel Ryan Curtis Papers

 Collection
Call Number: WA MSS 122-125
Abstract:

The collection contains correspondence between Gen. S. R. Curtis and his family while in military service or on engineering jobs, his official correspondence with copies of orders, telegrams, and other military papers while serving in the Mexican and Civil Wars, as Indian Commissioner to make treaties with the Sioux in Montana and Dakota and while working on the Union Pacific Railroad. Family letters also record Samuel Stephen Curtis's experiences prospecting in California, 1858-60.

Dates: 1846-1866

John J. Cushing Correspondence

 Collection
Call Number: Ms Coll 35
Abstract:

John J. Cushing was an early homeopathic physician in San Francisco. The collection consists of letters to his family.

Dates: 1853-1873, bulk 1853-1857

George M. Davidson papers

 Collection
Call Number: WA MSS S-1452
Abstract:

George M. Davidson's diary and correspondence describe an 1849 overland trip to California. This material records the hardships of the journey, encounters with Indians, life in the California gold mines, and his establishment of a general store in Pine Grove. There are business records such as store inventories, bills from suppliers, a mining work ledger, bullion receipts, and informal certificates for mining shares in Butte County and Sierra counties, California.

Dates: 1848-1866

David G. Ferson correspondence

 Collection
Call Number: WA MSS S-1315
Abstract:

The papers contain letters from David G. Ferson in California to his sister Ann A. Ferson in Massachusetts, describing life in the gold fields during the 1850s.

Dates: 1850-1858

Gold Rush Collection

 Collection
Call Number: WA MSS S-2865
Abstract: 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...
Dates: 1847-1882

Gove family papers

 Collection
Call Number: WA MSS S-1302
Abstract:

The papers contain correspondence and other papers documenting Gove family life and the experiences of Josiah E. Gove in gold rush California.

Dates: 1788-1870, 1842-1859, bulk 1842-1859

Alonzo A. Hill papers

 Collection
Call Number: WA MSS S-1297
Abstract:

The papers contain correspondence and other papers documenting Alonzo Hill's voyage to California, experiences in the gold fields, San Francisco, and Sacramento.

Dates: 1849-1857

Ernest Howe papers

 Collection
Call Number: WA MSS S-1326
Abstract: The Ernest Howe Papers document his association with California mining and in particular the North Star Mines Company. The papers contain Howe's correspondence with North Star and other companies, some of their corporate records, and material on the geology and mining of northern California. The papers also document Howe's geological survey of the Panama Canal Zone, his work with the United States Geological Survey, his participation on the Hamilton Rice Amazon expedition, and other work as...
Dates: 1881-1932

Kenaga family papers

 Collection
Call Number: WA MSS S-1310
Abstract:

The papers contain correspondence and printed material documenting the lives of several Kenagas, Baers, and Reists of New York, California, and several midwest states.

Dates: 1851-1908

Moses F. Little papers

 Collection
Call Number: WA MSS S-1028
Abstract: 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...
Dates: 1841-1916

Schieffelin family papers

 Collection
Call Number: WA MSS S-1401
Abstract: The papers document the Jacob Schieffelin family of New York and Pennsylvania, and their involvment with land development and real estate in Tioga and Lycoming counties, Pennsylvania, mining in the West, and the founding of Tombstone, Arizona. The papers of Clinton Schieffelin contain information on mining in California and Oregon as well as in Indian affairs in the Rogue River Valley. Edward L. Schieffelin's papers describe silver mining in Arizona, and gold prospecting in Alaska. The...
Dates: 1779-1992

William Sherwood papers

 Collection
Call Number: WA MSS S-1324
Abstract:

The papers consist of correspondence, diaries, genealogical research materials and other papers concerning Sherwood's unsuccessful mining ventures in California and Australia, his journey to England 1846-48 to research the descendants of Joshua Jennings, and Sherwood family life.

Dates: 1808-1906, bulk 1840-1880

Thomas J. Van Dorn papers

 Collection
Call Number: WA MSS S-1319
Abstract: The papers consist of Thomas J. Van Dorn's letters to his wife, Henrietta Frances Wilbur Van Dorn, and his diary of an 1849 journey of a Jerseyville company from St. Joseph to California. This material describes the landscape, rigors of travel, encounters with Indians, communities on route, and life in mining camps at Bear Creek, Sacramento, and Weaverville Dry Diggings. Letters to his wife dating from 1865-1869 describe his business in Yazoo City, Mississippi. There are business contracts...
Dates: 1847-1869, 1847-1856, bulk 1847-1856

Samuel Smith Wood papers

 Collection
Call Number: MS 1083
Abstract: The papers consist of correspondence relating to the life of the Samuel Smith Wood family in Greytown, Nicaragua, the bombardment of the city by the American ship, Cyane, in July, 1854, and claims rising out of that incident. A particularly long account is given in a letter (July 15, 1854) by Wood's son, Alexander McCready Wood. Also in the papers are letters (1849) by Samuel S. Wood to his wife describing a trip through the gold regions of San Juan and San Francisco, California and a family...
Dates: 1849-1920