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Gold mines and mining -- California -- History -- 19th century

Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings

Found in 5 Collections and/or Records:

Sam Brannan papers

 Collection — Box 1: [Barcode: 31197230231455]
Identifier: MSS 5920

One binder containing letters of Sam Brannan's, articles, illustrations, advertisements and post cards relating to San Francisco, 1819-1890.

Dates: 1837-1890

William Henry Hart diaries

 Collection — Box 1: [Barcode: 31197232483005]
Identifier: MSS 1411
Scope and Contents Handwritten diaries with typescripts in four volumes. Volume 1 concerns Hart's overland journey by ox team from Quincy, Illinois to the Humboldt Valley, Nevada, in 1852. Hart is an insightful and descriptive diarist. He writes about cooking and commerce on the plains, encounters with Indians, and dissatisfaction in his company. Hart mentions a handful of deaths from cholera and includes a moving description of one funeral. He also gives a festive account of his company's celebration of the...
Dates: 1852-1888

John H. Purdy letter to James L. Purdy

 Item — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197232578986]
Identifier: MSS 9028
Scope and Contents

Color copy of a handwritten letter from John H. Purdy, living in San Francisco, to his brother James L. in Mansfield, Ohio. Purdy mentions his role in surveying a city, which became Humboldt City, located on Humboldt Bay, California, as well as his mining ventures in the region. Dated April 30, 1850.

Dates: 1850 April 30

Shoemaker overland diary

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 160
Scope and Contents Handwritten diary. Shoemaker describes his overland journey from Porter, Cass County, Michigan to Hangtown (later Placerville), California, in 1850. Upon arrival, he "bought a shovel & a pick the gold dust for to dig." Daily entries are moderately descriptive and mention camping locations, travelling conditions, encounters with Indians, and daily mileage. The diary's author is believed to have been a man named Shoemaker, but more information is unavailable. Apparently, he later became a...
Dates: 1850

Tolles family papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1576
Scope and Contents Collection contains correspondence of the Tolles family and James Tolles' overland diary from Rushville, Illinois, to California in 1849. Also included is a handwritten copy of the diary made by Tolles' granddaughter, Doris Beard, in 1933. Tolles traveled to California by ox team with his father and brother, Abraham and William Tolles. Daily entries are detailed and describe the nature of the journey and distances traveled. Tolles' company of 40-odd men traded with a group of 2,000 Dakota...
Dates: 1849-1875