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Voyages to the Pacific coast -- Personal narratives (50)
San Francisco (Calif.) -- Description and travel (21)
Gold miners -- California -- History -- 19th century -- Sources (19)
California -- Description and travel (16)
Gold mines and mining -- California -- History -- 19th century -- Sources (16)
Frontier and pioneer life -- California -- History -- 19th century -- Sources (14)
Letters (correspondence) California 19th century (14)
California -- History -- 19th century -- Sources (10)
Horn, Cape (Chile) -- Description and travel (9)
California -- History -- 1850-1950 -- Sources (8)
Panama -- Description and travel (8)
Frontier and pioneer life -- United States -- History -- 19th century -- Sources (6)
California -- Gold discoveries -- Personal narratives (5)
California -- Social life and customs -- 19th century -- Sources (5)
Diaries 19th century (5)
San Francisco (Calif.) -- History -- 19th century -- Sources (5)
Narratives (document heading) California 19th century (4)
Valparaâiso (Chile) -- Description and travel (4)
California -- History -- 1846-1850 -- Sources (3)
Cuba -- Description and travel (3)
French -- California -- History -- 19th century -- Sources (3)
Frâemont, John Charles, -- 1813-1890 (3)
Havana (Cuba) -- Description and travel (3)
Letters (correspondence) New Mexico 19th century (3)
Narratives (document heading) United States 19th century (3)
New York (State) -- History -- 1775-1865 -- Sources (3)
Ocean travel (3)
Ocean travel -- History -- 19th century (3)
Sacramento (Calif.) -- Description and travel (3)
San Francisco (Calif.) -- History -- Sources (3)
California -- Social life and customs -- 19th century (2)
Chile -- Description and travel (2)
Chinese -- California -- History -- 19th century -- Sources (2)
Concepciâon (Chile) -- Description and travel (2)
Diaries (2)
Forby, George (2)
Frontier and pioneer life -- California (2)
Frontier and pioneer life -- New Mexico -- History -- 19th century -- Sources (2)
Hovey, John (2)
Kern, Edward Meyer, -- 1823-1863 (2)
Lima (Peru) -- Description and travel (2)
Los Angeles (Calif.) -- History -- 19th century -- Sources (2)
Mexico -- Description and travel (2)
Mexico -- History -- 19th century -- Sources (2)
Mokelumne Hill (Calif.) -- Description and travel (2)
Narratives United States 19th century (2)
New Mexico -- Description and travel (2)
New York (State) -- Description and travel (2)
Northwest, Pacific -- Description and travel (2)
Oregon -- Description and travel (2)
1Title:  123 W. longitude, 38 N. latitude: Anne W. Booth's 1849 journal; an account of the events occurring onboard the ship Andalusia while on route from Baltimore to San Francisco   
 Creator:  Booth, Anne Willson. | Salazar, Theresa. 
 Publication:  The Bancroft Library Press, Berkeley, Cal, 2005. 
 Notes:  "Thirty-five copies ... were hand set in California Old Style types and printed on the Berkeley Albion press ... under the direction of Peter Koch." -- Colophon. Introduction by Theresa Salazar. 
 Extent:  [12] p. : ill. (col.) ; 34 cm. 
 Subjects:  Booth, Anne Willson -- Diaries | Andalusia (Ship) | Women pioneers -- California -- History | Voyages to the Pacific coast Personal narratives | San Francisco (Calif.) -- Description and travel

 
Collection:  American Philosophical Society 
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2Title:  William H.N. Smith letter to Thomas A. Marsh, 1856, May 19   
 Creator:  Smith, William H. N. | Marsh, Thomas A. 
 Notes:  Smith informs Marsh that he has finally reached San Francisco, California, after eight and a half months at sea, during which he had to change ships after the first one "was condemned." He also tells the sad tale of the drowning of a young man named "Frankey" during the voyage, and the devastating effect on Frankey's mother. 
 Extent:  1 21 cm., 4 pages, A.L.S. 
 Subjects:  Smith, William H. N | Sailors -- United States -- History -- 19th century -- Sources | Voyages to the Pacific coast -- Personal narratives | California -- History -- 1850-1950 -- Sources | San Francisco (Calif.) -- History -- 19th century -- Sources | Letters (correspondence) California 19th century

 
Collection:  Huntington Library 
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3Title:  J. I. Stickney letter to his family, 1850, April 30   
 Creator:  Stickney, J. I. 
 Notes:  In this letter to his wife and daughters, J.I. Stickney writes of his at the busy port of San Francisco after five months at sea. He is particularly taken with the variety and number of people in the city. 
 Extent:  1 24 cm., 4 pages, A.L.S. 
 Subjects:  Stickney, J.I | Frontier and pioneer life -- California -- History -- 19th century -- Sources | Voyages to the Pacific coast -- Personal narratives | California -- History -- 1846-1850 -- Sources | San Francisco (Calif.) -- Description and travel | Letters (correspondence) California 19th century

 
Collection:  Huntington Library 
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4Title:  John Hovey journal of sketches, 1850   
 Creator:  Hovey, John. 
 Notes:  This is a collection of thirteen sketches done by John Hovey during his journey to California. Also included is a one-page description of four of the drawings, in Hovey's hand. One of the drawings appears to be a facsimile. All of this content has been removed from HM 322, Hovey's journal of his voyage, and the drawings here have been replicated in the journal by Hovey, and in color. 
 Extent:  1 30 cm., 14 pages, A.D. 
 Subjects:  Hovey, John | Frontier and pioneer life -- California -- History -- 19th century -- Sources | Voyages to the Pacific coast -- Personal narratives | California -- Description and travel | Mokelumne Hill (Calif.) -- Description and travel | Drawing (image-making) California 19th century

 
Collection:  Huntington Library 
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5Title:  Merchant ship Beaver captain letters to his wife, 1819-1820   
 Creator:  Cleveland, Richard J. (Richard Jeffry), 1773-1860 
 Notes:  These lengthy letters provide details of an American merchant ship's voyage along the west coast of South America (Chile and Peru) from 1817 to 1820. Written by the captain, the letters describe trade, ports of call, and some information on the wars for independence. The letters contain detailed descriptions of Concepciâon, Chile; Lima, Peru; and Santiago, and Valparaâiso, Chile. First letter is 28 pages and the second letter is 52 pages. 
 Extent:  2 plus map showing the voyage route. 
 Subjects:  Ocean travel -- History -- 19th century | Voyages to the Pacific coast -- Personal narratives | Concepciâon (Chile) -- Description and travel | Lima (Peru) -- Description and travel | Santiago (Chile) -- Description and travel | Valparaâiso (Chile) -- Description and travel | Letters (correspondence) 19th century

 
Collection:  Huntington Library 
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6Title:  An account of voyage on S.S. "Eurydamus" as surgeon from Liverpool to Seattle, 1923, March 17-July 7   
 Creator:   
 Notes:  Beginning with the departure of the S. S. Eurydamus from Liverpool in March 1923, this journal recounts the experiences of an unnamed individual who is employed as the doctor aboard this freighter. It includes substantial descriptions of the passage through the Panama Canal as well as the doctor's experiences and observations while ashore in Los Angeles, Hollywood, San Francisco, Victoria BC, Vancouver BC, and Seattle and Tacoma. The doctor also writes about prohibition, Chinese people in California, and anti-Asian immigration laws. 
 Extent:  1 25 cm., 161 pages, with an additional 9 pages placed in the volume. 
 Subjects:  Chinese -- California -- History | Physicians -- Diaries | Prohibition -- United States | Voyages to the Pacific coast -- Personal narratives | California -- Description and travel | Northwest, Pacific -- Description and travel | Panama Canal (Panama) -- Description and travel | Diaries 20th century

 
Collection:  Huntington Library 
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7Title:  Good ship Magnolia: journal of S.M. Collins 1849   
 Creator:  Collins, S. Mortimer. 
 Publication:  S.M. Collins, San Francisco?, 1892?] 
 Notes:  Cover title. Caption title on p. [1]: Journal of a voyage around Cape Horn in 1849, on board ted good ship "Magnolia", B. Frank Simmons, Master. "This journal is printed by the writer ... [signed] S.M. Collins, San Francisco, June, 1892"--P. [1]-[2]. "List of passengers, officers and crew of the ship Magnolia on her voyage from New Bedford to San Francisco in 1849, as derived from various unoffical sources": 23 p. at end. Reproduction of Collins' ms. notebook. 
 Extent:  98, 23 p., [2] leaves of plates : 1 ill., 2 ports ; 30 cm. 
 Subjects:  Collins, S. M. -- (S. Mortimer) | Collins, S. M. (S. Mortimer) Autograph | Magnolia (Ship) | Voyages to the Pacific coast -- Personal narratives | Photographs 19th century

 
Collection:  Yale University 
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8Title:  Voyage of the bark Sylph from Panama to San Francisco, and List of Passengers, 1849   
 Creator:   
 Notes:  This unattributed manuscript documents the journal of the Sylph to California via Panama. The ship was commanded by Captain Francis M. Gardner, and carried passengers from many states. The journal is two pages, and is mainly composed of weather-related details. The passenger list composes the final three pages. Dated 1849, May 9-July 26. Facsimile from original bearing handwritten note: "The original document was destroyed in the fire of 1906." There are two copies of the facsimile in the folder. 
 Extent:  1 30 cm., 5 pages, A.D. 
 Subjects:  Gardner, Francis Macy | Sylph (Ship) | Voyages to the Pacific coast -- Personal narratives | California -- History -- 19th century -- Sources | Panama -- Description and travel | United States -- History, Naval -- To 1900 -- Sources | Narratives (document genres) United States 19th century

 
Collection:  Huntington Library 
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9Title:  Journal for the year 1854   
 Creator:  A. P. 
 Notes:  This diary contains daily descriptions of an ocean voyage on the barque Auckland, which left Melbourne, Australia, on Jan. 12, 1854 and arrived in San Francisco, CA, on May 7th of the same year. The author daily describes the ship's position and the wind conditions but the poor condition of the food on board the ship and subsequent fighting on the ship dominates many of the author's entries. There are also descriptions of stops in Tahiti, the Hawaiian Islands and Sydney, Australia 
 Extent:  1 
 Subjects:  Auckland (Barque) | Food spoilage | Ocean travel | Voyages to the Pacific coast -- Personal narratives | Hawaii -- Description and travel | Sydney (N.S.W.) -- Description and travel | Tahiti (French Polynesia : Island) -- Description and travel | Diaries 19th century

 
Collection:  Huntington Library 
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10Title:  Anonymous autograph diary written aboard the ship Herculean and in California, 1850 Nov. 27-June 18   
 Creator:   
 Notes:  The diary contains 122 pages, 109 of which have writing on them. Most of the entries are in blue ink but there are also some in pencil. The ship "Herculean" left Boston in November 1849 filled with gold-seekers for California, traveled around Cape Horn, and arrived in San Francisco in May 1850. The volume begins with a list of the names of the crew and passengers on board the Herculean and is filled with tales of the ocean journey and shipboard entertainment, including a description of a stop in Valparaiso, Chile. The entries between May 6 and June 18, 1850 describe the city of San Francisco and also the towns of Stockton and Benicia, discuss prices in California for labor and lumber, and contain an account of his tent being robbed 
 Extent:  1 
 Subjects:  Herculean (ship) | Voyages to the Pacific coast -- Personal narratives | Ocean travel | San Francisco (Calif.) -- Description and travel | California, Northern -- Description and travel | Horn, Cape (Chile) -- Description and travel | Valparaâiso (Chile) -- Description and travel | Diaries 19th century

 
Collection:  Huntington Library 
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11Title:  Memoranda of my voyage to Lower California : holograph, 1864-1865   
 Creator:   
 Notes:  Incomplete ms daily journal, unsigned, and edited in pencil. Journal begins on board the steamer Champion in New York Bay, Dec. 3, 1864, ending in El Triunfo, Baja California, on Jan. 9, 1865. The author describes in detail life aboard ship, the places he visits, flora and fauna, and the people he meets. There is a particularly long description of a Captain Richie in Cabo San Lucas, who lives with his family in isolation. The journal ends at the point of his arrival at El Triunfo. Includes partial typescript. 
 Extent:  1 14 cm. 
 Subjects:  Champion (Steamer) | Triunfo Gold and Silver Mining Company, San Francisco | Voyages to the Pacific coast -- Personal narratives | Cabo San Lucas (Baja California Sur, Mexico) | Baja California (Mexico : Peninsula) -- Description and travel | El Triunfo (Baja California Sur, Mexico) | San Francisco (Calif.) -- Description and travel | Diaries

 
Collection:  Yale University 
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12Title:  Mary Jane Brooks letters to Thomas and Priscilla Marsh, 1853-1886   
 Creator:  Brooks, Mary Jane. | Marsh, Priscilla | Marsh, Thomas 
 Notes:  In this first letter (HM 19797, dated 1853, September 14), Mary Jane Brooks describes her journey to California "according to agreement" to her sister Priscilla and her husband Thomas Marsh. Much of this letter contains Brooks' description of Kingston, Jamaica, where she stopped en route to California. She laments that she has not yet found a man to run away with her. HM 19798, written August 12, 1886, and includes an envelope. Brooks is still in San Francisco, and writes of people she is seeing and letters written and received. The last letter in this sequence was written 1886, September 2. Brooks writes that she has reached her sixtieth birthday, but feels "old beyond my years." She discusses the possibility of getting her share of the farmstead left by her father, and hopes her sister will cooperate. 
 Extent:  3 25 cm., 17 pages total, A.L.S. 
 Subjects:  Brooks, Mary Jane | Frontier and pioneer life -- California -- History -- 19th century -- Sources | Voyages to the Pacific coast -- Personal narratives | Women -- California -- History -- 19th century -- Sources | California -- History -- 1850-1950 -- Sources | California -- Social life and customs -- 19th century -- Sources | Kingston (Jamaica) -- Description and travel | San Francisco (Calif.) -- History -- 19th century -- Sources | Letters (correspondence) California 19th century

 
Collection:  Huntington Library 
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13Title:  Edward S. Swan letter to Fanny P. Clark, 1854, January 12   
 Creator:  Swan, Edward S. | Clark, Fanny P. 
 Notes:  In this letter to his cousin, Edward Swan describes his journey to San Francisco. He endured "a very unpleasant passage" and was "detained in Panama for 12 days waiting for a steamer." Once he finally arrives in San Francisco, he finds it "a much nicer place here than expected." 
 Extent:  1 25 cm., 3 pages, A.L.S. 
 Subjects:  Swan, Edward S | Chinese -- California -- History -- 19th century -- Sources | French -- California -- History -- 19th century -- Sources | Frontier and pioneer life -- California -- History -- 19th century -- Sources | Voyages to the Pacific coast -- Personal narratives | California -- History -- 1850-1950 -- Sources | Panama -- History -- 19th century -- Sources | San Francisco (Calif.) -- Description and travel | Letters (correspondence) California 19th century

 
Collection:  Huntington Library 
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14Title:  Memoranda and account book, 1852   
 Creator:  Hurlbut, Hiram L. 
 Notes:  In this diary, Hurlbut describes his journey from Vermont to California via steamboat. He landed at Sacramento in April, 1852, and set to work making a land claim and searching for gold. The bulk of the volume contains notations concerning financial accounts and related details. Volume has pre-printed pages, dated January 1 through December 31, 1852. 
 Extent:  1 11 cm, A.D. 
 Subjects:  Hurlbut, Hiram L | Frontier and pioneer life -- California -- History -- Sources | Gold miners -- California -- History -- 19th century -- Sources | Gold mines and mining -- California -- History -- 19th century -- Sources | Voyages to the Pacific coast -- Personal narratives | California -- Description and travel | California -- Gold discoveries | California -- History -- 1850-1950 -- Sources | Narratives (document heading) California 19th century

 
Collection:  Huntington Library 
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15Title:  William H. Dougal journal of a voyage from New York to San Francisco, 1849   
 Creator:  Dougal, William H., 1822-1895 
 Notes:  This manuscript describes the journey of William H. Dougal, an engraver and artist, who traveled from New York to San Francisco via Cape Horn in 1849, as a passenger aboard the ship "Galindo." Much of the seabound content concerns the weather. Dougal goes ashore in Chile on November 17 and describes the land and its people. He is particularly impressed with the horsemanship of the Chileans. The final date listed is November 22, where Dougal reports the ship is eight miles from San Francisco. Published as "Off for California" (RB 277286), of which this manuscript appears to be a printer's copy. Typescript from original held by San Mateo Historical Society. Includes 20 photographs of drawings by the author, some with typewritten captions on verso, and a seven-page typescript likely intended to be included in the published version. 
 Extent:  1 28 cm., 56 pages total, A.D. 
 Subjects:  Dougal, William H., -- 1822-1895 | Galindo (Ship) | Frontier and pioneer life -- United States -- History -- 19th century -- Sources | Voyages to the Pacific coast -- Personal narratives | California -- History -- 1846-1850 -- Sources | Horn, Cape (Chile) -- Description and travel | New York (N.Y.) -- Description and travel | San Francisco (Calif.) -- Description and travel | Narratives (document heading) United States 19th century

 
Collection:  Huntington Library 
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16Title:  David S. Maynard diary of an overland journey from Ohio to Puget Sound, 1850   
 Creator:  Maynard, David S. (David Swinson), 1808-1873 
 Notes:  In this journal, David Maynard relates details of his journey such as supplies purchased, medical treatment sought, as well as brief details regarding progress in his travels. Pre-printed diary filled in by hand; many blank pages. Diary bound in black limp leather, and dated 1850, January 1 - December 30. Also included is printed receipt for a $200 loan from the Banking House of Ben E. Snipes & Co., Ellensburgh, Washington, signed by Maynard. 
 Extent:  1 15 cm., 132 pages, A.D. 
 Subjects:  Maynard, David S. -- (David Swinson), -- 1808-1873 | Voyages to the Pacific coast -- Personal narratives | Ohio -- Description and travel | Puget Sound (Wash.) -- Description and travel | Seattle (Wash.) -- Description and travel | Washington (State) -- Description and travel | Personal narratives (document heading) United States 19th century

 
Collection:  Huntington Library 
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17Title:  Danforth H. Medbery memoir, 1919   
 Creator:  Medbery, Danforth H., 1839-1927 
 Notes:  Medbery wrote this memoir of his time in California in 1919 at the age of 80. It begins with his voyage to California on the "Northern Star." He arrives in San Francisco 24 days later. He talks about his work in a mill, the machinery he uses there, looking for gold and the equipment he builds; he also talks about his other jobs selling fruit and vegetables and copper mining in Copperopolis, California. He also talks about politics, violence, attending church and teaching Sunday school, and social life in general. While in California, his wife, Mary, was often in California too, but she would eventually move back East before him. 
 Extent:  1 18 cm., 82 pages. 
 Subjects:  Medbery, Danforth H., 1839-1927 | Copper mines and mining -- California -- History -- 19th century -- Sources | Frontier and pioneer life -- California -- 19th century -- Sources | Gold mines and mining -- California -- History -- 19th century -- Sources | Voyages to the Pacific coast -- Personal narratives | California -- Gold discoveries -- Personal narratives | California -- History -- 19th century -- Sources | Memoirs United States 20th century

 
Collection:  Huntington Library 
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18Title:  Edward Meyer Kern letter to "Mary", 1849, February 10   
 Creator:  Kern, Edward Meyer, 1823-1863 
 Notes:  In this letter to the otherwise unidentified "Mary", Kern writes of his journey to and arrival at Taos, New Mexico, as part of an expedition led by John C. Frâemont. The party nearly starved crossing the mountains, and suffered much from the frozen conditions; ten of the thirty-three men died from hunger and exposure. The letter is signed "Ned." "Mary" may be Mary Kern Wolfe. 
 Extent:  1 25 cm., 7 pages, A.L.S. 
 Subjects:  Frâemont, John Charles, -- 1813-1890 | Kern, Edward Meyer, -- 1823-1863 | Frontier and pioneer life -- New Mexico -- History -- 19th century -- Sources | Voyages to the Pacific coast -- Personal narratives | New Mexico -- Description and travel | Taos (N.M.) -- Description and travel | Letters (correspondence) New Mexico 19th century

 
Collection:  Huntington Library 
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19Title:  Benjamin Jordan Kern letter to "Joe," 1849, February 20   
 Creator:  Kern, Benjamin Jordan, 1818-1849 
 Notes:  In this letter to the otherwise unidentified "Joe", Benjamin Kern describes his treacherous journey with an unknown number of military companions through the wilderness of New Mexico. This was part of Colonel John C. Frâemont's fourth expedition, searching for a route to the Pacific coast. Unfortunately, Kern lost his life during the expedition, as he was killed by Indians. 
 Extent:  1 31 cm., 4 pages, A.L. 
 Subjects:  Frâemont, John Charles, -- 1813-1890 | Kern, Benjamin Jordan, -- 1818-1849 | Frontier and pioneer life -- New Mexico -- History -- 19th century -- Sources | Soldiers -- New Mexico -- History -- 19th century -- Sources | Voyages to the Pacific coast -- Personal narratives | New Mexico -- Description and travel | Letters (correspondence) New Mexico 19th century

 
Collection:  Huntington Library 
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20Title:  Edward Meyer Kern letter to "Mary", 1849   
 Creator:  Kern, Edward Meyer, 1823-1863 
 Notes:  In this letter to "Mary", Kern reports that Frâemont has moved on, leaving Kern in Taos, New Mexico. As Kern writes, "...he has broken faith with all of us.....he left us with no good wishes." However, he has been treated well in Taos since Frâemont's departure, and is regaining the strength lost during the crossing of the mountains. Includes illustration by the author. One of his companions has attempted to retrieve some of the property they abandoned during their perilous journey through the mountains. Kern is hoping to soon begin traveling home by train. Signed "Ned." "Mary" may be Mary Kern Wolfe. 
 Extent:  1 26 cm., 4 pages, A.L.S. 
 Subjects:  Frâemont, John Charles, -- 1813-1890 | Kern, Edward Meyer, -- 1823-1863 | Frontier and pioneer life -- New Mexico -- Sources | Soldiers -- United States -- History -- 19th century -- Sources | Voyages to the Pacific coast -- Personal narratives | New Mexico -- History -- 19th century -- Sources | Taos (N.M.) -- Description and travel | Letters (correspondence) New Mexico 19th century

 
Collection:  Huntington Library 
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