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California Gold Rush, 1848-1852

Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings

Found in 16 Collections and/or Records:

Alexis Coquillard papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S0298
Scope and Contents This collection includes original and photocopied documents from Alexis Coquillard (1795-1855) in South Bend, Indiana ranging from 1795-1840 regarding business matters, contracts and lists of merchandise, an original diary from Alexis Coquillard (1825-1890) in 1849 written on a journey to California in 1849, and typed stories as told to Mary C. Coquillard regarding pioneers.
Dates: 1795-1911

Allen Varner letters

 Collection — Folder S2442
Identifier: S2442
Scope and Contents This collection contains copies of letters written by Allen Varner during the California Gold Rush, including an April 29, 1849 letter he wrote to his family in Indianapolis, Indiana from Independence, Missouri on his way to the gold fields; a November 12, 1849 letter written from "Rectors Bar, north branch of the middle fork of the Sacramento" to his brother and friends; a March 5, 1850 letter written from "Rector's Bar, Middle branch of American fork of the Sacramento"; and a December 15,...
Dates: 1849-1852

Charles W. Coffin collection

 Collection — Folder S274
Identifier: S0274
Scope and Contents The oldest item is a letter written on one folded paper making four pages. Mr. A. Cochel wrote the letter in ink on May 26, 1851, from Diamond Springs, California, to Mrs. C. W. Coffin, to tell her about the death of her husband on May 25. He wrote: "10 days ago, he complained of a griping in his bowels but did not think of anything dangerous until the 2nd day he commenced discharging blood and his bowels very sore and painful at which time he left camp and went to town which is 1/2 or 3/4th of...
Dates: 1851, 1964, 1966

Ewing family collection

Identifier: L323
Scope and Contents This collection comprises personal and business papers from the Ewing family, particulraly the brothers William Griffith (W.G.) and George Washington (G.W.) Ewing and their companies in Fort Wayne, Indiana and numerous other locations in the Midwest, ranging from 1818-1887, regarding land speculation; the fur trade; trade and relations with Native Americans and Hoosier pioneers; the settlement of Indiana and the Old Northwest; the development of Fort Wayne; state and national politics; and...
Dates: 1818-1889

Henry J. Shombre collection

 Collection — Folder S1180
Identifier: S1180
Scope and Contents This collection contains photostatic copies made in 1947 of a diary kept by Henry J. Shombre while traveling to the gold fields of California in 1849. The diary entries range from March 29 to June 17th and relate Shombre's experiences traveling from Hagerstown, Indiana to Fort Laramie in Wyoming Territory by canal boat, steamboat, and wagon train. The copies were made from the original diary housed at the Kansas Historical Society. The collection also includes two photostatic copies...
Dates: 1849-1934

Henry W. Starr diary

 Collection — Folder S1241
Identifier: S1241
Scope and Contents This collection comprises 63 typed pages of the diary of Henry W. Starr, written in 1850, which details Starr's experiences travelling across country to join the Calilfornia Gold Rush. His entries include his observations of animals, terrain, camps, weather, food, and people.
Dates: 1850

James A. Seaton, California Gold Rush articles

 Collection — Folder S1797
Identifier: S1797
Scope and Contents This collection includes copies of a newspaper’s reprint of a diary kept in 1850 by James A. Seaton traveling from Indiana to California to participate in the California Gold Rush. The newspaper only includes excerpts from the diary with minimal annotations. The folder contains 11 documents and the publications from August 1, 1942 until August 6, 1942.
Dates: 1942

James C. Riggin letters

 Collection — Folder S1742
Identifier: S1742
Scope and Contents This collection includes typewritten transcriptions of letters written by James C. Riggin and sent to his wife, Rebecca Jane, when he went to the California gold fields. Riggin's original letters were in the possession of Mrs. Henry C. Gray of Allendale, Indiana when they were transcribed. His letters range from June 12, 1850 to April 7, 1851 and were written from different locations, including Fort Laramie, Sacramento, California, and Oregon House, Yuba County, California. He wrote about his...
Dates: 1850-1851

John Elder papers

 Collection — Folder S417
Identifier: S0417
Scope and Contents This collection includes newspaper excerpts from letters and diaries from Governor James Whitcomb, John Elder and James Elder in Indiana and California ranging from 1845/01/01 to 1850 regarding building construction, daily life and California during the Gold Rush.
Dates: 1845/01/01-1850 December

John Ferris Riker journal

 Collection — Folder S1117
Identifier: S1117
Scope and Contents This is a typed transcript of John Ferris Riker's 1852 journal about his overland trip from Cincinnati to California to participate in the Gold Rush. A copy of the publication, which is 62 pages, is located at the Beinecke Library, Yale University. On the day of their departure, April 5, 1852, John Riker was 23 years old. His relative Aaron Riker was 22 years old, and his friend David Lichliter was 21 or 22. On page 3, John lists the three messes with six men in each. In the second...
Dates: 1852