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Collection Manuscript/Mixed Material California Gold Rush collection,

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  • California Gold Rush collection,


  • Correspondence, travel journal, and typescripts of notes by various individuals who participated in the California Gold Rush. Correspondence chiefly of miners and individuals working in mining camps to family members and friends documenting their experiences. Subjects include the hardships of mining, methods of mining, homesickness, and impressions of mining camps and cities. California towns and camps represented are Downieville, Foster's Bar, Georgetown, Log City, Mariposa, Nevada City, Placerville, Rose's Bar, Rough and Ready, and Sacramento. Also features Saint Joseph, Mo., the starting point for many miners. Includes a letter (1852 February 5) by Ogden Ellery Edwards accompanied by a lithograph illustrating mining techniques and life in mining camps and typescripts of his anecdotes, circa 1900, about his experiences in California. Correspondence also concerns women's rights, California politics, and the Mariposa Indian War. Also includes a journal of Lyman P. Wason, kept while sailing around Cape Horn, Chile, to San Francisco in 1849 and while mining for gold in at the Georgetown mining camp in El Dorado County, Calif., 1850-1852.


  • Wason, Lyman P.


  • -  Edwards, Ogden Ellery--Correspondence
  • -  Gold mines and mining--California
  • -  Gold miners--Correspondence
  • -  Indians of North America--Wars--California
  • -  Mines and mineral resources--California
  • -  Mining camps--California
  • -  Pacific Coast Indians, Wars with, 1847-1865
  • -  Voyages and travels
  • -  Voyages to the Pacific coast
  • -  Women's rights
  • -  California--Description and travel
  • -  California--Discovery and exploration
  • -  California--Gold discoveries
  • -  California--History--19th century
  • -  California--Politics and government--19th century
  • -  California--Social life and customs--19th century
  • -  Downieville (Calif.)--Description and travel
  • -  El Dorado County (Calif.)--Description and travel
  • -  Georgetown (Calif.)--Description and travel
  • -  Horn, Cape (Chile)--Description and travel
  • -  Mariposa (Calif.)--Description and travel
  • -  Nevada City (Calif.)--Description and travel
  • -  Placerville (Calif.)--Description and travel
  • -  Sacramento (Calif.)--Description and travel
  • -  Saint Joseph (Mo.)--Description and travel
  • -  San Francisco (Calif.)--Description and travel
  • -  Foster's Bar (Calif.)--Description and travel
  • -  Log City (Calif.)--Description and travel
  • -  Rose's Bar (Calif.)--Description and travel
  • -  Rough and Ready (Calif.)--Description and travel


  • -  Arranged alphabetically by type of material and therein alphabetically by name of person.
  • -  Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Container number, California Gold Rush Collection, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
  • -  Purchase, 2011.
  • -  Collection material in English.
  • -  Finding aid available in the Library of Congress Manuscript Reading Room and at


  • 30 items.
  • 1 container.
  • 0.2 linear feet.


Library of Congress Control Number

  • mm2011085598

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  • Open to research.

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