Sam Brannan papers
Scope and Contents note
One binder containing autographed letter transcripts, 1837-1890; articles and pictures (illustrations) of San Francisco, Sacramento, Sutter’s Mill, Calistoga, and various people, including James Marshall at Sutter’s Mill, circa 1849-1879; songs about Sam Brannan; advertisement copies regarding lands for sale; post cards of Escondido & surrounding area, no date.
- Brannan, Sam, 1819-1889 (Person)
Conditions Governing Access note
Open for public research.
Conditions Governing Use note
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Sam Brannan papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Samuel Brannan (1819-1889) was a California pioneer, a colonizer in Mexico, and a Mormon Church leader for a time.
Samuel Brannan (1819-1889) was a California pioneer, a colonizer in Mexico, and a Mormon Church leader for a time. He took the first group of Mormons to California on the ship Brooklyn in 1845. Brannan then set up a general store on John Sutter’s settlement in Sacramento and after widely publicizing the find of gold, became the first millionaire in California after selling his goods to incomers looking for gold. He set up multiple banks, telegraph, and railroad companies, and he was the founder of Calistoga.
1 half box (0.25 linear ft.)
Language of Materials
One binder containing letters of Sam Brannan's, articles, illustrations, advertisements and post cards relating to San Francisco, 1819-1890.
Custodial History note
Purchase from Sam Weller, Zion’s Book Store, September 1988. Was part of the Auerbach Collection.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note
Purchased; Sam Weller, Zion’s Book Store; 1988.
19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts.
Processing Information note
Processed; Melissa Cowles; 14 September 2007.
- Register of Sam Brannan papers
- Melissa Cowles and Karen Glenn, student processors and John Murphy, curator
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English in Latin script.