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Finding Aid to the Samuel W. Brown Diary and Letters, 1848-1850, 1859 MS 236
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  • Collection Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Scope and Contents
  • Arrangement
  • Biography of Samuel W. Brown
  • Index to Letters
  • Indexing Terms

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Samuel W. Brown diary and letters
    Date (inclusive): 1848-1859,
    Date (bulk): 1849-1850
    Collection Number: MS 236
    Creator: Brown, Samuel W., 1802-1862
    Physical Description:
    Extent: 2 folders
    (0.2 Linear feet)
    Repository: California Historical Society
    678 Mission Street
    San Francisco, CA, 94105
    415-357-1848
    reference@calhist.org
    URL: http://www.californiahistoricalsociety.org/
    Physical Location: Collection is stored onsite.
    Language of Materials: Collection materials are in English.
    Abstract: Diary (181 p.) handbound in six sections, describing Brown's voyage from New York to San Francisco via Cape Horn aboard the bark Selma with the Fremont Mining and Trading Company, of which he served as chairman of the board; and letters to family and friends, also detailing his trip. The diary focuses on daily shipboard life and problems with crew members, while the letters also include descriptions of Rio de Janeiro and Chile; San Francisco housing, population statistics, lynch law, and prices; and a squatters riot in Sacramento in 1850. Includes a printed notice (May 25, 1859) to Brown from John Ferguson, indicating that Brown was Postmaster in Petaluma. Letters include a pictorial lettersheet with view of San Francisco.
    Physical Location: Collection is stored onsite.

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to The North Baker Research Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Library Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The North Baker Research Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Samuel W. Brown Papers, MS 236, The California Historical Society.

    Scope and Contents

    Diary (181 p.) handbound in six sections, describing Brown's voyage from New York to San Francisco via Cape Horn aboard the bark Selma with the Fremont Mining and Trading Company, of which he served as chairman of the board; and letters to family and friends, also detailing his trip. The diary focuses on daily shipboard life and problems with crew members, while the letters also include descriptions of Rio de Janeiro and Chile; San Francisco housing, population statistics, lynch law, and prices; and a squatters riot in Sacramento in 1850. Includes a printed notice (May 25, 1859) to Brown from John Ferguson, indicating that Brown was Postmaster in Petaluma. Letters include a pictorial lettersheet with view of San Francisco.

    Arrangement

    Arranged in two folders: Diary in Folder 1; Letters in Folder 2.

    Biography of Samuel W. Brown

    Brown was a California forty-niner and physician from Connecticut.

    Index to Letters

    Benicia (Calif.)--Description and travel 1849 October 20
    Indians of North America--California 1849 November 29
    Prices--California--San Francisco 1849 October 18
    Riots--California--Sacramento 1850 August 14
    Sacramento (Calif.)--Flood, 1850 1850 January 8
    Sailors--Discipline 1849 October 1
    San Francisco (Calif.)--Description and travel 1849 October 7, November 11

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Fremont Mining & Trading Company.
    Selma (Bark).
    Diaries.
    Gold miners--California--Correspondence.
    Gold miners--California--Diaries.
    Pictorial lettersheets.
    Voyages to the Pacific coast.