Gold Rush Era Letters

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Gold Rush Era Letters
Letters written by various people during the Gold Rush era 1848-1855. Please note that historical materials in the Gold Rush Collections may include viewpoints and values that are not consistent with the values of the California State Library or the State of California and may be considered offensive. Materials must be viewed in the context of the relevant time period but views are in no way endorsed by the State Library. The California State Library’s mission is to provide credible information services to all Californians and, as such, the content of historical materials should be transcribed as it appears in the original document.
Edwin Fitzgerald

Edwin Fitzgerald

Seven letters from Edwin Fitzgerald in California to his wife, Frank (Frances), in Thomaston, Maine. All written in 1859. ** Please note that historical materials in the Gold Rush Collections may include viewpoints and values that are not consistent with the values of the California State...

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23 pages: 26% complete (22% indexed, 83% transcribed, 57% needs review)
John Ryerson

John Ryerson

Correspondence discusses family matters and details of Sacramento business. In addition, there is a letter, unsigned, dated Jan. 7, 1849, from Panama, describing a voyage to California. **Please note that historical materials in the Gold Rush Collections may include viewpoints and values that...

120 pages: 53% complete (45% indexed, 99% transcribed, 46% needs review)
Joseph A. Benton Journal

Joseph A. Benton Journal

Joseph A. Benton came to California in 1849, during the gold rush. He first settled in Sacramento, where he founded the First Congregation Church in 1851. He was a pastor for many years as well as a professor of Biblical literature at Pacific Theological Seminary. This collection consists of a...

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87 pages: 0% complete (0% indexed, 45% transcribed, 45% needs review)
Josephine J. Crawford

Josephine J. Crawford

Letters are addressed to Josephine's aunt, Calista. Early letters describe Marysville, Strawberry Valley and San Jose in some detail. Later letters concentrate on the family, giving news of her sister, Alphonsine Saunders (Mrs. Charles Saunders) who lived nearby, her brothers, Durlin and Julian...

72 pages: 5% complete (1% indexed, 50% transcribed, 44% needs review)
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