The collection contains six letters (ALS) from Seth H. Tyson, a young man from Philadelphia, mostly to his mother, concerning
his California Gold Rush experiences in Calaveras County, 1853, 1855. Early 1853 letters talk about working in San Francisco
and on farms, but later ones mainly concern Tyson's prospecting ups and downs, the hard work, problems with lack of water
in the rivers, difficult financial dealings, and general uncertainty of life in the gold fields.
Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or
quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given
on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply
permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.