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Gold mines and mining -- California -- History

Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings

Found in 12 Collections and/or Records:

Charles Atmore letter

 Item — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 582
Scope and Contents

Handwritten letter dated March 22, 1853, addressed to "Brother and Sister," and written in Mud Springs, California. Atmore writes about leaving his home in Michigan and going to California in search of gold and becoming a farmer there. He also describes California and the problems in looking for gold there.

Dates: 1853 March 22

William Coruth letters

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230346709]
Identifier: MSS 861
Scope and Contents

Handwritten and signed letters addressed to family members. Coruth writes about his mining activities in Merced County, California, and about family matters. William forcefully admonishes his son, Robert, not to enlist in the army at the outset of the American Civil War. He also advises Robert not to come to California because of low wages and harsh living conditions.

Dates: 1854-1861

Henry Decamp letter

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230308576]
Identifier: MSS SC 1070
Scope and Contents

Holograph letter and typewritten copy. The item was written by Henry Decamp, in Sacramento, California, to his wife, Anne Mariah DeCamp, on 19 Aug. 1850. Henry arrived at the mines of Hang Town on 16 July and worked in the mines there "four days and made from 2 to 9 dollars per day." He later worked "getting timber." Henry expressed sorrow in now receiving a letter from his wife and indicated that he was homesick and wanted to return home soon.

Dates: 1850 August 19; 1850 August 19

John Charles Frémont letter to Susan B. Ferrell

 Item — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197233287769]
Identifier: Vault MSS 232
Scope and Contents

Handwritten and signed letter, dated September 7, 1850, and addressed to Susan B. Ferrell. Fremont writes concerning the gold mines in California and the best time of the year to go to that state.

Dates: 1850 September 7

George W. Hadden correspondence

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197232488798]
Identifier: MSS 866
Scope and Contents

Handwritten and signed correspondence. The items were written by Hadden and others who were probably family members. The materials relate activities in the gold fields of California and also tell about activities during the Civil War. Also included is a printed poem about the Battle of the Wilderness in 1864.

Dates: 1852-1879

Erastus Hartford letters

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197232490992]
Identifier: MSS 853
Scope and Contents

Handwritten and signed letters. Hartford was originally from Boston, Massachusetts, and later went to the gold fields of California. He writes to his family from various towns and mining camps in California and describes his life and activities there.

Dates: 1854-1862

H. Heiman letter

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230323229]
Identifier: MSS SC 2420
Scope and Contents

Handwritten letter dated 26 Dec. 1850. The item was written in Legards Bar, California and was addressed to D. M. Woodin in Lapeer, Michigan. Heiman writes about life at the gold mines. He states that working in the mines is for people willing to "work hard and live like a dog."

Dates: 1850 December 26

Samuel Millikan letters

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 944
Scope and Contents

Eleven typewritten copies and one holograph. In letters to his wife, Rhoda, Millikan describes the difficulties and fears of a man travelling over the plains to Salt Lake Valley, Utah, and on to the California gold fields. His letters, while descriptive of the terrain and events encountered, are full of love and yearning for home and family.

Dates: 1850

George and John Newell letters to Elizabeth C. Marr

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197232488806]
Identifier: MSS 867
Scope and Contents

Handwritten and signed letters from John and George Newell to their sister, Elizabeth C. Marr. The Newell brothers write about their lives and various activities in different mining camps in California.

Dates: 1855-1857

T. S. Reed diary

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230335983]
Identifier: MSS 1048
Scope and Contents

Photocopy of a handwritten diary. Reed writes about his journey to the gold fields in California in 1850 and his return to Illinois the following year. He returned by way of ship to Panama and also by ship to New York City. The account is detailed and includes financial records.

Dates: 1850-1851