The collection consists of J. Ross Browne's
correspondence, biographical material, and published reports on mining,
irrigation, Native American affairs, railroads and California history.
J. Ross Browne (1821-1875) was born near Dublin, Ireland and immigrated
with his family to America in 1833. He was a nineteenth century author,
adventurer, artist, and government agent. Browne was considered to be one of
the most widely traveled and versatile writers of his time. He also illustrated
many of his own works. It is said he influenced the work of Mark Twain. In
1849, Browne came to California to report the proceedings of California's
Constitutional Convention. He became an agent for the Treasury Department and
surveyed custom houses and mints, reporting on irregularities. He also looked
into Indian and Land Office affairs.
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