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Gold miners -- California -- Correspondence (12)
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Ocean travel (8)
Diaries United States (7)
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Mines and mineral resources -- California (7)
Mining camps -- California (7)
West (U.S.) -- Description and travel (7)
Panama -- Description and travel (6)
San Francisco (Calif.) -- Description and travel (6)
San Francisco (Calif.) -- History -- 19th century -- Sources (6)
California, Northern -- History -- 19th century -- Sources (5)
Frontier and pioneer life -- California (5)
Voyages to the Pacific coast -- Personal narratives (5)
Gold miners -- California (4)
Mines and mineral resources -- California -- History -- 19th century -- Sources (4)
Overland journeys to the Pacific -- Personal narratives (4)
Overland journeys to the Pacific 1850 (4)
Sacramento (Calif.) (4)
Sacramento (Calif.) -- Description and travel (4)
California -- Social life and customs -- 19th century (3)
Fires -- California -- San Francisco (3)
Gold miners -- California -- Diaries (3)
Hydraulic mining -- California (3)
Indians of North America -- California (3)
Letters (correspondence) California San Francisco 19th century (3)
Mines and mineral resources -- California -- El Dorado County (3)
Mines and mineral resources -- California -- Placer County (3)
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 (3)
Vigilance committees -- California -- San Francisco -- History -- Sources (3)
Blanchard, Hannah G (2)
Business records California (2)
California -- History -- Sources (2)
California -- Politics and government -- 1850-1950 (2)
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Copper mines and mining -- California -- History -- 19th century -- Sources (2)
Cox, George W (2)
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Family papers California (2)
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Gold mines and mining -- California -- El Dorado County (2)
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1Title:  My trip to California   
 Creator:  Carpenter, John B. (John Bishop), 1830-1903 
 Publication:  New Mexico Highlands University Press, Las Vegas, N.M, 1958. 
 Notes:  "Reprint by Offset Process"--P. [4] of cover. 
 Extent:  [26] p. ; 20 cm. 
 Subjects:  Voyages to the Pacific coast | California -- Gold discoveries -- Personal narratives

 
Collection:  Yale University 
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2Title:  From Ohio to California in 1849: the gold rush journal of Elijah Bryan Farnham   
 Creator:  Farnham, Elijah Bryan, 1825-1898 | Mattes, Merrill J. | Kirk, Esley J. 
 Publication:  s.n, Bloomington, Ind, 1950?] 
 Notes:  Offprint from the Indiana Magazine of History. 
 Extent:  [297]-318 p. ; 26 cm. 
 Subjects:  California -- Gold discoveries -- Personal narratives | Farnham, Elijah Bryan, -- 1825-1898

 
Collection:  Yale University 
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3Title:  How we get gold in California   
 Creator:  Wells, William V. (William Vincent), 1826-1876 | Miner of the year '49. 
 Notes:  In Harper's magazine. -- Vol. 20, no. 119 (Apr. 1860) Caption title. In Beinecke copy, a note ascribes authorship to William V. Wells. 
 Extent:  p. 598-616 : ill. ;27 cm. 
 Subjects:  Gold mines and mining -- California | California -- Gold discoveries -- Personal narratives

 
Collection:  Yale University 
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4Title:  The autobiography of Charles Camden: being a synopsis of main occurrences in his life from August, eighteen hundred and thirty-four up to May nineteen hundred   
 Creator:  Camden, Charles, 1817-1912 
 Publication:  His family, San Francisco, 1916. 
 Notes:  One of 50 copies privately printed by the Philopolis Press, San Francisco. 
 Extent:  173 p., [6] leaves of plates : 6 ill. ; 22 cm. 
 Subjects:  Camden, Charles, -- 1817-1912 | Voyages to the Pacific coast | Gold miners -- Peru -- Biography | California -- Gold discoveries -- Personal narratives

 
Collection:  Yale University 
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5Title:  The gold region, and scenes by the way: being the journal of a tour by the overland route and south pass of the Rocky Mountains, across the Great Basin and through California, with incidents and scenes of the homeward voyage, in the years 1850 and 1851   
 Creator:  Brown, A. M. (Adam Mercer) 
 Publication:  Purviance & Co., Printers, Alleghency, Pa, 1851. 
 Notes:  Cover title. 
 Extent:  136 p. ; 18 cm. 
 Subjects:  Mormons -- Utah -- Salt Lake City | West (U.S.) -- Description and travel | California -- Description and travel | California -- Gold discoveries -- Personal narratives

 
Collection:  Yale University 
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6Title:  J. D. Hall letters to Hannah G. Blanchard, 1866-1868   
 Creator:  Hall, J. D. (John D.) 
 Notes:  12 ALS written to Miss Hannah G. Blanchard, Madison Center, Maine, the sister of a fellow gold miner, and whom he has never met. Hall mentions his mining work, damage to his flume caused by a snowstorm, and dwells upon the death of a mutual acquaintance in California, and deaths of family at his home from typhoid. He also refers to his racist views about blacks, his plans to return home, and his concerns that others may consider their correspondence improper. Letters of March 30, 1866, May 28 1867 and Feb 21 1868 incomplete. 
 Extent:  13 
 Subjects:  Hall, J.D. -- (John D.) | Blanchard, Hannah G | California -- Gold discoveries -- Personal narratives | Gold mines and mining -- California | Typhoid fever -- New York (State)

 
Collection:  Yale University 
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7Title:  George F. Kent letters to "My Dear John," and "My Dear Cousin," 1850 Dec. 7-8 and Dec. 8-11   
 Creator:  Kent, George F. 
 Notes:  In the first letter to John R. French, George Kent discusses his admiration for the democratic spirit of the mining camps and comments on various social phenomena, expressing his distaste for gambling and his revulsion toward the recently passed fugitive slave law Kent's second letter to Frances F. French focuses upon more personal matters, although he also refers to aspects of his life in California 
 Extent:  2 
 Subjects:  Antislavery movements -- United States | Gambling -- California | Mining camps -- California | California -- Gold discoveries -- Personal narratives | California -- Social life and customs -- 19th century | Letters (correspondence) California 19th century

 
Collection:  Huntington Library 
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8Title:  Walter R. Spooner letters, after 1850   
 Creator:  Spooner, Walter R., active 1850 
 Notes:  This small group of three letters addressed to Walter R. Spooner from his uncle, Sam[ue]l, in Gibsonville, California, discuss hydraulic mining 
 Extent:  3 
 Subjects:  Gold mines and mining -- California, Northern | Hydraulic mining -- California, Northern | California -- Gold discoveries -- Personal narratives | Letters (correspondence) California Gibsonville 19th century

 
Collection:  Huntington Library 
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9Title:  John U. Hartman letter to "My Dear Sister Margrit," 1862 May 8   
 Creator:  Hartman, John U. 
 Notes:  Written on pictorial lettersheet, "Inundation of the state capitol, city of Sacramento, 1862" (Baird 115). The letter discusses Hartman's financial struggles and desire to send money home to his family. 
 Extent:  2 
 Subjects:  Hartman, John U | California -- Gold discoveries -- Personal narratives | San Francisco (Calif.) | Letters (correspondence) California San Francisco 19th century | Pictorial lettersheets

 
Collection:  Huntington Library 
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10Title:  Theron Blanchard letters to his family in Maine and a related letter, 1859-1874   
 Creator:  Blanchard, Theron. 
 Notes:  17 ALS from Theron Blanchard reacting to news from home and describing his life in the mines. He describes a robbery of four Chinese men nearby, a man shot Christmas Eve, blasting rock on his claim, a smallpox epidemic, debates over the "Southern question" in early 1861, and rainy years, good for hydraulic mining, in 1862 and 1866. Accompanied by an ALS from Theron's brother Watson to their sister Hannah dated May 17 1864. 
 Extent:  18 
 Subjects:  Blanchard, Hannah G | Blanchard, Theron | Blanchard, Watson | Gold mines and mining -- California | California -- Gold discoveries -- Personal narratives | Hydraulic mining -- California | Skowhegan (Me.) -- Social life and customs | Madison (Me.) -- Social life and customs | Chinese Americans -- California | Smallpox -- California

 
Collection:  Yale University 
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11Title:  William Wilson Cowan letters, 1849-1850   
 Creator:  Cowan, William Wilson. 
 Notes:  In the letters, which Cowan wrote to his wife, daughter and father, he describes his eight-month overland journey from Indiana to California. He includes details regarding the hardships of the trip including disease and the death of several of his traveling companions, problems with the captain of the company, lack of provisions along the way, and delays due to bad weather. In the one letter he wrote from California, he describes California and his life in Weaverville, the conditions in the city, the high prices of food and supplies, the behavior of his fellow gold miners, and the difficulty of mining for gold. Included with the nine letters is a poem, written by Cowan, entitled "A Memento on Leaving for Calafornia [sic]," and a manuscript, written by an unknown person, which gives details about Cowan's life and his sudden death from typhoid fever in December 1849. Also included are negative photostats of all eleven items. 
 Extent:  11 
 Subjects:  Gold miners -- California -- Correspondence | Gold mines and mining -- California -- History -- 19th century -- Sources | Mines and mineral resources -- California -- History -- 19th century | Overland journeys to the Pacific | California -- Gold discoveries -- Personal narratives | Weaverville (Calif.) | Letters (correspondence) California 19th century | Poems 19th century

 
Collection:  Huntington Library 
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12Title:  Starkweather family correspondence, 1836-1888 (bulk 1849-1859)   
 Creator:  Starkweather (Family) | Breck, Elizabeth Starkweather. | Nowell, Roxana Starkweather. | Starkweather, Alfred. | Starkweather, Almira. | Starkweather, Almira L. Merrick. | Starkweather, Charles Graves, 1819-1906 | Starkweather, Frances Loomis. | Starkweather, Frederick Merrick. | Starkweather, Haynes Kingsley, 1788-1866 | Starkweather, Haynes Kingsley, 1822-1895 | Starkweather, Martha Phelps. 
 Notes:  The collection consists of correspondence between Starkweather family members at home in Northampton, Mass., and the four who came to California during the Gold Rush era. Topics discussed in the letters include ocean voyages to California, agriculture and ranching in Stockton, and Starkweather family news. Persons represented in the collection by five or more pieces include: Elizabeth Starkweather Breck, Roxana Starkweather Nowell, Alfred Starkweather, Almira Starkweather, Almira L. Merrick Starkweather, Charles Graves Starkweather, Frances Loomis Starkweather, Frederick Merrick Starkweather, Haynes Kingsley Starkweather (1788-1866), Haynes Kingsley Starkweather (1822-1895), and Martha Phelps Starkweather. 
 Extent:  242 
 Subjects:  Starkweather family | Ocean travel | Ranches -- California -- Stockton | Voyages to the Pacific coast | California -- Agriculture | California -- Gold discoveries -- Personal narratives | Northampton (Mass.) -- History -- 19th century -- Sources | Stockton (Calif.) -- History -- 19th century -- Sources | Family papers California 19th century | Letters (correspondence) California 19th century

 
Collection:  Huntington Library 
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13Title:  A. M. Bell letter and T. E. Bell, 1853 July 14   
 Creator:  Martin, J. C. | Bell, A. M. | Bell, T. E. 
 Notes:  Martin's letter, written from Elk Hill, California, discusses various gold mining claims and the current mining efforts in his area 
 Extent:  1 
 Subjects:  Martin, J. C | Miners -- California -- Correspondence | Mines and mineral resources -- California -- Elk Hills | California -- Gold discoveries -- Personal narratives | Elk Hill (Calif.) -- History -- 19th century -- Sources | Letters (correspondence) California Elk Hill

 
Collection:  Huntington Library 
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14Title:  Maria F. Noatts letters to Alfred G. Gray, 1852-1853   
 Creator:  Noatts, Maria F. | Gray, Alfred G., active 1852-1853 
 Notes:  These two San Francisco letters from Maria F. Noatts to her friend, Alfred G. Gray, dated July 2, 1852 and July 28, 1853, describe her work running a boardinghouse and convey news of gold mining and miners in the city of Columbia, California 
 Extent:  2 
 Subjects:  Noatts, Maria F | Mines and mineral resources -- California -- Columbia | Women -- California -- San Francisco -- Correspondence | California -- Gold discoveries -- Personal narratives | San Francisco (Calif.) -- History -- 19th century -- Sources | Letters (correspondence) California San Francisco 19th century

 
Collection:  Huntington Library 
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15Title:  John H. Eagle letters, 1852-1855   
 Creator:  Eagle, John H., active 1850 
 Notes:  The collection contains letters from John H. Eagle to his wife, Margaret H. Drum Eagle (addressed as "Kate"), and other members of his family. The letters describe his life as a miner in Placer County, CA, in the town of Auburn and a few miles south in Gold Hill. The letters include details of the prices of food and other commodities, living conditions, and a description of the community. A few letters describe Eagle's voyage to California via the Isthmus of Panama. There is also one folder containing 8 pieces of ephemera in the collection 
 Extent:  1 
 Subjects:  Eagle, John H., active 1850s | Gold mines and mining -- California -- Placer County | Auburn (Calif.) -- Social life and customs -- 19th century | California -- Gold discoveries -- Personal narratives | California, Northern -- History -- 19th century -- Sources | Panama -- Description and travel | Letters (correspondence) California, Northern 19th century

 
Collection:  Huntington Library 
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16Title:  Samuel Nichols papers, 1753-1897   
 Creator:  Nichols, Samuel, -1850 | Hodge, Benjamin. | Nichols, Sarah A. 
 Notes:  The collection contains letters from Samuel Nichols to family discussing his 1849 overland journey and 1850 ocean voyage to San Francisco via Panama. There are also four letters from his wife, Sarah Ann Taylor Nichols. Among other family papers, there is a diary (1821-1822) and autobiography (1821) by Benjamin Hodge, a relative of the Nichols family 
 Extent:  57 
 Subjects:  Hodge, Benjamin | Nichols, Samuel, -1850 | Nichols, Sarah A | Gold mines and mining -- California | Ocean travel | Overland journeys to the Pacific -- Personal narratives | California -- Gold discoveries -- Personal narratives | Panama -- Description and travel | Letters (correspondence) United States

 
Collection:  Huntington Library 
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17Title:  Overland journey: from St. Joseph to California / 1849-1854   
 Creator:  Lewis, John F. 
 Notes:  Lewis's journal, written as a letter to his sister Sarah, covers his 1849 trip from Huntsville, Randolph County, Missouri to California by way of St. Joseph, the Platte, the Sweetwater, Fort Bridger, Salt Lake City, the Mormon Route, Goose Creek, the Humboldt, the Truckee, Donner Pass, Yuba River, and Deer Creek. The journal records life in the mines until December 1849. A "Continuation" dating from 1852-54 describes life on his farm near Glasgow, Howard County, Missouri. Journal, typed transcript, and carbon typed transcript stored in 2 boxes. 
 Extent:  91 34 cm. 
 Subjects:  Lewis, John F | Agriculture -- Missouri | Mines and mineral resources -- California | Overland journeys to the Pacific | California -- Gold discoveries -- Personal narratives | Glasgow (Mo.) | Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail | West (U.S.) -- Description and travel | Diaries United States | Overland journeys to the Pacific 1849

 
Collection:  Yale University 
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18Title:  Diary and letters, 1850-1853   
 Creator:  Wilson, William. 
 Notes:  The diary (WA MSS 529) and letters (WA MSS 530), record an 1850 trip from Iowa to the California gold mines, starting when Wilson crossed the Missouri. He describes his life at the mines and his 1851 trip home on the bark Philena to Panama, the ship North America to New Orleans, and up the Mississippi to St. Louis. Wilson continued his journal for an 1853 trip to Oregon, over the Oregon Trail as far as Albany and Marysville. The diary records the weather, conditions of the roads, camps, distances, and graves. 
 Extent:  9 
 Subjects:  Wilson, Lovina | Wilson, William | North America (Ship) | Philena (Bark) | Ocean travel | Overland journeys to the Pacific | Oregon National Historic Trail | California -- Gold discoveries -- Personal narratives | West (U.S.) -- Description and travel | Diaries United States | Overland journeys to the Pacific 1850 | Overland journeys to the Pacific 1853

 
Collection:  Yale University 
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19Title:  Private journal of L. M. Schaeffer--: who does not write out in extenso as he would wish for he fears he might fill his book before his journey is accomplished, and because he cannot write as correctly and intelligibly as he would on land / 1849-1852   
 Creator:  Schaeffer, L. M. (Luther Melanchthon) 
 Notes:  The journal describes the weather and events of the voyage, stops at Rio de Janeiro and Valparaiso, the organization and constitution of the Fraternal Gold Seekers, and his arrival and stay in San Francisco during the winter of 1850. He records experiences at the mines on the Tuolumne River in 1849, at Nevada City in 1850, and Grass Valley, 1851-1852. Accompanied by L. M. Schaeffer, Sketches of Travels in South America, Mexico and California. New York: James Egbert, printer, 1860. 
 Extent:  1 
 Subjects:  California Mutual Benefit Association | Flavius (Ship) | Fraternal Gold Seekers | Mines and mineral resources -- California -- Nevada County | Voyages to the Pacific coast | California -- Gold discoveries -- Personal narratives | Grass Valley (Calif.) | Nevada City (Calif.) | San Francisco (Calif.) | Tuolumne River Valley (Calif.) | Diaries United States | Schaeffer, L. M. -- (Luther Melanchthon)

 
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20Title:  Richard E. Barnes letters to George Barnes, 1856-1857   
 Creator:  Barnes, Richard E., active 1856 
 Notes:  Six letters written by Richard E. Barnes from Diamond Springs, California (about 5 miles south of Placerville), to his brother George Barnes. The letters give an interesting flavor of life in a gold rush community in the late 1850s. Barnes talks about wages, prices, problems with mail and communications, hunting adventures including a friend getting shot accidentally, a friend's bear fight with a grizzly, the vigilance committee, and his longing for people to write him and to go back home. Barnes goes into some detail about the mines and mining in the area and money being earned and lost. 
 Extent:  6 
 Subjects:  Barnes, Richard E., active 1856 | Frontier and pioneer life -- California -- El Dorado County -- Sources | Gold mines and mining -- California -- El Dorado County | Mines and mineral resources -- California -- El Dorado County | Vigilance committees -- California -- History -- 19th century -- Sources | California -- Gold discoveries -- Personal narratives | Diamond Springs (Calif.) | Letters (correspondence) California 19th century

 
Collection:  Huntington Library 
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