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.
Benjamin A. Watson, Gold Rush Letters, 1849-1851

Benjamin A. Watson, Gold Rush Letters, 1849-1851

This collection consists of letters written between Benjamin and his wife, Emily while Benjamin was in California mining for gold. 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...

73 pages: 77% indexed, 100% transcribed
Francis Hanford Russel Collection

Francis Hanford Russel Collection

The Francis Hanford Russel Collection consists of four letters and a diary-type notebook. One of the letters is a letter of introduction to General Persifor F. Smith and signed by then ex-president, James Buchanan. The other letters are dated from 1849, and describe Russel’s journey to California...

31 pages: 77% indexed, 100% transcribed
Gold Rush Letters of Henry A. Parker

Gold Rush Letters of Henry A. Parker

Henry A. Parker (1832-1916) was just twenty when he came to California seeking wealth. From February 1852 through March 1856, he wrote 100 letters to his family in Pepperell, Massachusetts. During most of this period, Henry tried to send a letter on each mail steamer that left San Francisco,...

331 pages: 93% indexed, 100% transcribed
John Cornock, Gold Rush Letters, 1850-1855

John Cornock, Gold Rush Letters, 1850-1855

This collection consists of 18 letters written by John Cornock to his sister in Albany, NY. The letters were written from California, or while enroute to California, during the Gold Rush era. Please note that historical materials in the Gold Rush Collections may include viewpoints and values...

64 pages: 69% indexed, 100% transcribed
Joseph A. Benton Collection

Joseph A. Benton Collection

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...

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866 pages: 3% indexed, 58% transcribed, 2% needs review
Journal Palmetto Mining Company Voyage

Journal Palmetto Mining Company Voyage

This journal is a record of the journey from Charleston, South Carolina to Coloma, California, and covers the period of March 3, 1849 to October 12, 1849. The journal belonged to Edward Keegan, but it is not known if Keegan is the actual author. The Palmetto Mining Company members traveled...

63 pages: 67% indexed, 100% transcribed
R. J. Boylan, Gold Rush Letters, 1850-1853

R. J. Boylan, Gold Rush Letters, 1850-1853

This collection consists letters written by RJ Boylan to his family back in Illinois, and document his stay in California during the gold rush period, 1850-1853. Boylan describes his attempts at gold mining, life as a miner, and the relations between miners and early residents of California. A...

49 pages: 94% indexed, 100% transcribed
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