Martha J. Lewis Collection

Processed by Michelle Atkinson and Larry Bishop. Machine-readable finding aid created by Larry Bishop.
California State Parks
Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park
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Guide to the Martha J. (Patty) Reed Lewis Collection

Collection number: Consult repository

California State Parks

Sacramento, California
Processed by:
Michelle Atkinson and Larry Bishop
Date Completed:
August 2005
Encoded by:
Larry Bishop
© 2005 California State Parks. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Martha J. Lewis collection
Dates: 1826-1951
Bulk Dates: 1846-1926
Collection number: Consult repository
Creator: Lewis, Martha Jayne
Collection Size: 4 cubic feet
Repository: California. Department of Parks and Recreation
Sacramento, CA 95814
Abstract: On April 15, 1846 the families of James Fraser Reed and George and Jacob Donner, comprising 31 people in 9 wagons, left Springfield, Illinois for California. On May 19 the party joined a larger wagon train captained by William Russell about 100 miles west of Independence, Missouri. Other families and individuals joined the wagon train as the party traveled westward and by the time the party departed Fort Bridger in southwestern Wyoming the total number of people had grown to 74 and the total number of wagons to 20. By early August, as the party entered Utah, 87 people and 23 wagons were bound for California. Following inaccurate advice they received en route, the ill-fated party, now captained by George Donner, opted to take an untried cut-off to the west. This “shortcut” put them weeks behind schedule, and by the time they had crossed Nevada and began their ascent of the Sierra Nevada it was too late in the fall season. Heavy snowfall stranded them in the mountains and for five months the group was trapped on the eastern side of the Sierra. Of the 87 men, women and children in the Donner Party, only 46 survived.



In 1946 the descendents of Martha J. Lewis, a survivor of the tragedy, donated her collection of memorabilia, manuscripts, and archival material to Sutter’s Fort. The great majority of her collection concerns the affairs of her father, James Frazier Reed, who she clearly admired and respected immensely. Many of her original writings are either laudatory accolades to her father or energetic defenses of his character. The material in this collection was gathered from various storage locations at Sutter’s Fort in the early 1990s by student interns, given an initial arrangement by volunteer archivist H. Alan Sims and registrar Marylou Lentz, and transferred first to the California State Parks Archives in Sacramento and then to the Historic Sites Sector Office in West Sacramento for final processing. It is hoped that this guide will provide research functionality to this historic collection that documents the struggles of the Donner Party, the efforts to rescue them, and the cultural and historic impact their tragic tale has had on western lore. This archival finding guide is one element in the Guide to the Sutter’s Fort Collection of Donner Party Material. Contact Sutter's Fort State Historic Park for more information on this guide.
Physical location: Sutters Fort State Historical Park, Sacramento, California
Languages: Languages represented in the collection:

EnglishSpanish

Administrative Information

Access

The collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Property rights reside with the California State Parks. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permission to reproduce or to publish, please contact California State Parks.

Preferred citation

[item], Martha J. Lewis Collection, Sutter's Fort State Historic Park, Sacramento, California.

Related materials

The collection described in this finding aid represents those materials that are archival in nature and specifically assembled to create this collection. Artifacts that have also been identified as belonging to the Martha J. Lewis Collection are not included in this guide. For information on these items contact California State Parks. Consult The Researcher's Guide to Sutter’s Fort's Collections of Donner Party Material.   for details of related collections at the Fort.
The Charles E. Davis Overland Trail Project Collection at the archives in Sutter’s Fort documents the efforts in 1927 to re-trace the Donner route from Independence Missouri to Sacramento by Charles E. Davis, an amateur historian and explorer. He recorded his expedition in a journal and through regular correspondence with Harry C. Peterson, the curator at the Fort. This collection’s photographs, which number more than a thousand, may be of particular interest to researchers interested in the Interstate Highway system and the development of modern roadways in the western states. Davis’ photos show much of the western trails as they appeared before the highways and the resulting communities covered them over. The finding guide for this collection is another element in The Researcher's Guide to Sutter’s Fort's Collections of Donner Party Material.  
Other items at the Fort include the Marriage Register of Justice John Sinclair, which contains the names of several Donner survivors who where married at the Fort in the year 1847 and John Bidwell’s Ledger of November – December 1846, which contains the names of several members of the relief parties that bravely climbed into the Sierras to rescue the stranded emigrants.
For many years the archives at Sutter’s Fort has maintained a collection of historic material in its General Files. Donner-related material in these files include biographical information on members of the ill-fated party and the various rescue parties and their descendants, the trails they followed, and the places designated to memorialize the events. Also in these files are photographs of people and landmarks, news clippings, artwork and correspondence. Consult The Researcher's Guide to Sutter’s Fort's Collections of Donner Party Material.   for a listing of these files and their locations.
Carroll D. Hall, the curator at the Fort from 1944 to 1964, took a special interest in one of the items included in the Lewis Collection, the Miller-Reed diary of April to October, 1846. The diary, originally assumed to be that of Hiram O. Miller, contained variations in handwriting that puzzled Hall to such an extent that he enlisted the aid of a handwriting analyst of the State Department of Justice. The analyst confirmed what Hall had assumed; most of the diary was in fact written by James Frazier Reed. Hall then transcribed the entire diary, along with other documents from the collection, added his own analysis and commentary and published the work as Donner Miscellany: 41 Diaries and Documents, Edited by Carroll D. Hall through the Book Club Of California in 1947. Only 350 copies were printed, but the Fort’s archives has a photocopy of the entire volume for use by researchers. A copy of the original publication is available at the California State Library in Sacramento, California.
Also at the California State Library is The James Frazier Reed Collection 1843-1851, containing selected correspondence and business papers transferred from the Fort’s Reed-Lewis collection to the State Library in 1967. Consult the Library’s catalog for information on and access to this manuscript collection. The Martha J. (Patty) Reed Lewis Collection herein contains a 1910 reprint of Patrick Breen’s diary of November 20, 1846 - March 1, 1847. The Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley, has the original Breen Diary and has published digitized images of the entire work on the Online Archive of California available at http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/ebind2html/2/breen?cap.
The Bancroft Library also houses the C.F. McGlashan Papers 1847-1931, which include correspondence and research materials he used for his book, The History of the Donner Party first published in 1879. McGlashan was a friend of Patty Lewis and besides this book he wrote many articles on the subject, and was instrumental in the creation of the Donner Memorial near Truckee, California.
The Huntington Library in San Marino, California holds the Eliza Poor Donner Houghton Papers, 1820-1978, the majority of which deals with the Donner Party. Eliza and nine other Donner Party surviving members are represented in this collection, both in correspondence and photographs. Contact the Huntington Library at (626) 405-2191 or online at http://catalog.huntington.org/screens/libinfo_02.html.
Lastly, scrapbooks created by Fort curators Peterson and Hall contain many news clippings relating to the Donner Party, efforts to re-construct the tragedy and memorialize it, the discovery of artifacts and their acquisition by the Fort, and biographies and obituaries of Donner survivors and rescuers and their descendants. These clippings from various newspapers and magazines span the period from c.1900 to the 1960s. A listing of the specific pages in each of the 21 scrapbooks that have Donner-related clippings is available in The Researcher's Guide to Sutter’s Fort's Collections of Donner Party Material.  

Acquisition Information

In 1946 the estate of Martha Jayne Lewis, daughter of Martha J. (Patty) Reed Lewis donated her mother’s collection of memorabilia, manuscripts, and archival material to Sutter’s Fort. Unfortunately, in the ensuing years other Donner-related donations may have been subsequently intermixed with no concerted effort to maintain the provenance of the Lewis collection and some items donated by the Lewis estate have been transferred to or scattered among other park units and state agencies. In 1947 Carroll D. Hall, curator of Sutter’s Fort, noted that other donors may have included Stanley Houghton, grandson of George Donner, Virginia Eddy, granddaughter of Donner Party survivor W.H. Eddy, and Emelie Williamson, grand-niece of William Graves, another survivor. The collection, as it exists today, has been artificially assembled to best reflect what is believed to have been material collected by Patty Reed Lewis before her death in 1923 and donated to Sutter’s Fort following the death of her daughter in 1946, as well as documents and items created or received after these dates that were relevant to the collection.

Processing History

This collection was processed by Michelle Atkinson and Larry Bishop, with assistance from Megan Landreth and Kirk Nelson, June 2005. The finding aid was written by and encoded by Larry Bishop.

Biography

James Frazier Reed was born in County Annagh, Ireland November 14, 1800. He was of Polish descent; the last name originally being Reedowsky or Reednoskia and subsequently anglicized. While still a small child he traveled with his Scotch-born mother to the United States after his father’s death, where they settled in Philadelphia. At the age of eight or nine he went to live with his maternal uncle in Virginia. By age twenty he had moved to Illinois, and found work as a miner. By 1831 he had established himself as a furniture maker in Springfield, Illinois. In 1832 he joined the Illinois Militia with Jacob Earby’s Mounted Volunteers to fight in the Black Hawk War. Black Hawk was a Sauk Indian chief who led 300 to 500 warriors and 500 to 700 women and children into northern Illinois to reclaim land he believed had been illegally appropriated by the U.S. Government. Black Hawk and his people were pursued, massacred, and driven from Illinois by the combined force of the Illinois Militia and U.S. Army troops. Reed and Abraham Lincoln served together in Earby’s Volunteers.
After his service in the war Reed returned to Springfield to engage in mercantile pursuits and farming. In 1834 he married Margaret W. Keyes Backenstoe, a widow with a daughter from her previous marriage, Virginia Backenstoe. The couple eventually had six children together, one dying in infancy. The other five were Martha (also known as Patty) born in 1938, James Jr., born in 1841, Thomas, born in 1843, Charles, born in 1848, and Willianoski, born in 1850. In 1845 he was appointed to be Illinois’ agent for U.S. pensions, though he served in this capacity for less than a year.
By the time Reed connected his new family to those of George and Jacob Donner for the trip to California on April 14, 1846, he had amassed considerable wealth as the owner of several businesses including a general store, a starch factory, a sawmill, and a cabinet making company that employed a large number of men. Reed may have spent a full year preparing for the journey. He built a larger than usual wagon for the comfort of his family and especially for the convenience of his ailing mother-in-law, Sarah Keyes, 70. In addition to this wagon, Reed loaded two others with supplies and provisions. Along with the oxen teams for the wagons they took extra cattle and horses and Reed hired three teamsters and two servants to help. The Reed family wagon train was generally described by others in the party as the most affluent.
On May 19 the Donners and Reeds joined a much larger wagon train captained by William H. Russell. In mid-June Russell resigned as captain and another member of his original train, William Boggs, assumed the position. About the middle of July, while camping at the Little Sandy River in present-day Wyoming a group of the emigrants decided to take a promising, but as yet untried shortcut known as the Hastings Cut-Off. George Donner became the captain of this new group, which included the Reeds and several other families that had joined them en route, and which became what is now generally known as the Donner Party. The Boggs company elected to take a more customary route northward. The Hastings Cut-off proved difficult and demanding and the Donner party lost not only precious time but cattle, oxen and wagons while crossing through Utah. By the time they had passed the Great Salt Desert Reed had lost almost all of his cattle and was forced to abandon two of his three wagons.
In early September, recognizing the implications of their costly delays, the party sent Charles Stanton and William McCutchen ahead to Sutter’s Fort to fetch supplies. In late September the bedraggled train reached the end of the Hastings route and rejoined the California Trail at what is today the city of Elko, Nevada. Then they began traveling along the Humboldt River. It was there on October 5 that Reed became involved in a dispute between one of his teamsters and John Snyder, a teamster for another family. In the scuffle Reed stabbed and killed Snyder, whether in self-defense or out of malice is still a matter of dispute, but his actions resulted in his departure from the party. Reed traveled ahead to Sutter’s Fort to bring back supplies.
On October 28 Reed reached the Fort and found McCutchen still there, recovering from an illness. Stanton had since made his return to the mountains with supplies, having reached the emigrants, now stranded by heavy snow on the east side of the summit with little or no food left, about a week earlier. In November Reed and McCutchen made an attempt to return to their families but were driven back by heavy snow. They returned to Sutter’s Fort where Sutter advised them to go to Yerba Buena, modern-day San Francisco, to make his needs known to the U.S. naval officer in command, J.B. Hull. He reached San Jose, and as an able-bodied American, he joined a group of volunteers to clear the way from there to Yerba Buena. On January 2, 1847, he was involved in a small skirmish known as the Battle of Santa Clara, the only campaign in the Northern District of California between the Californios and the United States forces during the Mexican-American war. When he reached Yerba Buena he was able to secure $1300 in donations from residents and sailors at the port. In all Reed spent a few weeks in the area, where he eventually secured land for himself and his family around San Jose.
The supplies purchased in Yerba Buena were sent by schooner to the mouth of the Feather River, where Reed spent the next two weeks securing men and horses to aid him in an expedition to rescue the stranded emigrants in the mountains. On the way up the western slope Reed was met by an earlier relief party coming down the slope with women and children. He was reunited with his wife, his stepdaughter Virginia, and James Jr. His daughter Martha and son Thomas were unable to make the trip and still remained, in terrible physical condition, at one of the campsites above. On March 1 Reed arrived to rescue his two remaining family members and lead them and fifteen others back to safety. Within a week this group was trapped by a severe storm and Reed and his friend Hiram Miller carried Martha and Tommy while the rest stayed at what has become known as “Starved Camp.” This group was rescued four days later by the next relief party heading for the summit. This party brought several more of the starving exhausted emigrants out of the mountains. A fourth relief party reached the summit camps in mid April but only one man was left alive. He was safely returned to Sutter’s Fort on April 29, the last survivor brought out to safety.
Reed settled his family in San Jose, and although he was virtually penniless when he arrived, he eventually established himself as a community leader, a wealthy landholder and a successful businessman. He also served as Sheriff in the Sonoma District and Chief of the police force in the city of San Jose. In the mid 1850s squatters occupied much of Reed’s land in San Jose and he moved his family to the Santa Cruz area until his rightful claim to the property was declared legal in 1860. The following year his wife Margaret passed away. He tried unsuccessfully to establish quartz mining companies in Idaho and Nevada in the early to mid 1860s, even returning to the East Coast to secure investors during this time, but gave up and returned to San Jose where he spent the rest of his life surrounded by family and friends. Reed died on his Farm in San Jose on July 24, 1874 of complications resulting from a head injury that occurred when he was tossed from the back of one of his favorite mules. He left a substantial amount of wealth to his children and grandchildren.
Martha Jayne (Patty) Reed Lewis was born February 26, 1838 in Springfield, Illinois; the oldest child born to James Frazier Reed and Margaret Wilson Reed. She was only eight years old when her family joined those of George and Jacob Donner’s on the ill-fated trip to California. She was sometimes called “Mattie” but throughout her life was most commonly called “Patty.”
In early November, 1846 with her mother, older sister and two younger brothers, Patty was trapped in the snow at the east end of Truckee (now Donner) Lake after her father had departed the company for Sutter’s Fort. When the first relief party arrived in the third week of February she and her youngest brother Thomas were too weak from starvation to travel. Her mother left with her sister Virginia and her other brother James Jr, reluctantly leaving the two weaker children at the lake in the care of the Graves family. As they separated Patty calmly and bravely told her mother "Well, Ma, if you never see me again, do the best you can." In a little more than a week her father arrived with the second party of rescuers and she and Thomas along with fifteen others were then led back away from the dilapidated, abandoned cabins that had been their desperate homes during the frigid winter. Along the way this group was again trapped in blinding snow. James Reed with help from his friend Hiram Miller carried Patty and Thomas to safety while the rest, unable to proceed, made a makeshift camp. More than half of the emigrants at this camp perished before another relief party arrived.
Patty Reed married Frank Lewis in Santa Cruz, California on Christmas day in1856 at the age of eighteen. The couple had eight children together; Kate, Margaret, Frank Reed, Martha Jane, James Frazier, Carrie E., Susan Augusta, and one other child who died as a baby. They settled in San Jose and Patty remained there until Frank’s death in 1876. Her youngest child was only three years old at the time and Patty began supporting herself as a proprietor of boarding houses and hotels in Santa Cruz and Capitola. Throughout her life Patty was involved with the Donner Party story; she preserved her father’s letters and family artifacts, advised authors and scholars of her time who were chronicling the tragedy, corresponded with other survivors, and along with Eliza Donner was a star at the opening of the Donner Memorial in 1918. Having survived the grueling passage across the western plains and that horrific winter of 1846 as a mere girl she symbolized the indomitable spirit of those remarkable pioneer women who helped settle California. Patty Reed Lewis died July 4, 1923 in Santa Cruz, leaving her collection of Donner Party material to her daughter Margaret with instructions that it be donated to Sutter’s Fort on the centennial of the tragedy. Margaret did not live to carry out the request, but her son faithfully donated the material to the Fort in 1946.

Chronolgy

1846
April 14 The families of James F. Reed and George and Jacob Donner, 31 people in nine wagons, leave Springfield, Illinois.
May 19 The party joins a large wagon train captained by Col. William H. Russell.
June 18 William Russell resigns as captain of the wagon train, which is now led by William M. Boggs.
June 27 The Boggs Party arrives at Fort Laramie, Wyoming and meet James Clyman, an acquaintance of Reed’s. They discuss a new route, the Hastings Cutoff.
July 19 The Boggs Party and several others camp at the Little Sandy River in present-day Wyoming. A group of emigrants decides to take Hastings Cutoff. They elect George Donner as their captain. The other emigrants take the established northerly route by way of Fort Hall.
July 28 The Donner Party reaches Fort Bridger. Jim Bridger assures the Donner Party that the Hastings Cutoff is a good route.
July 31 They leave Fort Bridger. The group now numbers 74 people in twenty wagons.
Aug. 28 The emigrants begin the dry drive across the Great Salt Lake Desert.
Sept. 4-9 After a torturous crossing of the desert, Reed has lost almost all of his cattle and he abandons two of his wagons. George Donner and Louis Keseberg abandon one wagon each. Food is getting low and the party sends Charles Stanton and William McCutchen ahead to Sutter’s Fort to bring back supplies.
Sept. 26 The party reaches the junction with the California Trail about 7 miles west of modern Elko, Nevada. They travel along Humboldt River for the next two weeks.
Oct. 5 Reed kills John Snyder, a teamster for one of the other families, in a dispute and is banished from the train; he goes ahead to Sutter’s Fort to bring back supplies.
Oct. 15-30 The party reaches the Truckee River. After a rest at Truckee Meadows (present-day Reno), they begin their ascent of the Sierras. Charles Stanton returns from Sutter’s Fort with seven mules packed with supplies and two Indian vaqueros who worked for Sutter. Snow begins to fall. The Donners are held up in the Alder Creek Valley by a broken axle. The other emigrants go on ahead to Truckee Lake. Reed meets McCutchen at Sutter’s Fort and the two men begin preparations to go back for their families.
Oct. 30-Nov.4 The larger group of emigrants reach Truckee (now Donner) Lake. Snow thwarts their efforts and they retreat to the eastern end of the lake, where there is an existing cabin. They quickly build two more makeshift cabins. Fifty-nine people huddle in the three cabins.
Nov. 5-Dec.5 Reed and McCutchen attempt to reach their stranded companions but are forced back by the snow.
Dec. 16 Charles Stanton and Williamm Eddy set out with fifteen men, women, and children to cross the mountains on snowshoes. They are weak from hunger and have few provisions. The group is later called the “Forlorn Hope.”
Dec. 21 Jacob Donner, and three others die at the Alder Creek camp.
Dec. 25-29 A blizzard catches the Forlorn Hope in the open. Four of their number die, and with nothing left to eat the survivors tearfully resort to cannibalism.
1847
Jan. 18-20 Seven survivors of the Forlorn Hope reach safety at Johnson's Ranch in Wheatland, California.
Feb. 18 The first relief party, led by R.P. Tucker and Aquila Glover, reaches the lake. Eleven emigrants have died, and the others are in bad shape physically and emotionally. They evacuate those strong enough to travel, including Reed’s wife Margaret and two of their four children.
Mar. 1 The second relief party led by James Reed arrives at the lake camp. The rescuers find evidence of cannibalism.
Mar. 3 Reed leaves the camps with 17 emigrants including his children Patty and Tommy Reed.
Mar. 5-7 A blizzard traps Reed’s party in Summit Valley. Reed and his friend Hiram Miller carry Patty and Tommy Reed, but the rest of the refugees are too weak to travel and stay at what is later called "Starved Camp."
Mar. 12 The third relief party, led by William Eddy and William Foster, reach Starved Camp. Mrs. Graves and her son Franklin have died. They and Isaac Donner have been cannibalized. One of the rescuers, John Stark, stays to help the Breens and others out of the mountains while the others continue up to the camps.
Mar. 13 Eddy and Foster’s party arrive at the lake camp. They find their sons are dead.
Mar. 14 At the Alder Creek camp, George Donner has died from infection an injury he suffered months before. The Third Relief departs with Frances, Georgia, and Eliza Donner and Simon Murphy. Elizabeth and Lewis Donner have died. Samuel Donner, Levinah Murphy, and Louis Keseberg are too weak to travel
April 17 William Fallon and the Fourth Relief party reach the camps, finding only Louis Keseberg alive among the mutilated remains of his former companions.
April 29 The last member of the Donner Party, Louis Keseberg, arrives at Sutter's Fort.
Source: New Light on the Donner Party, by Kristin Johnson, copyright 2005, http://www.utahcrossroads.org/DonnerParty/

Collection Scope and Content Summary

The largest portion of the material in this collection was collected by Martha J. “Patty” Reed Lewis (1838-1923), a survivor of the Donner Party tragedy, and was donated to Sutter’s Fort by her daughter’s estate in 1946. Most of the material collected by Reed-Lewis concerns the business affairs and personal experiences of her father, James Frazier Reed (1800-1874) and the events of the Donner Party tragedy. The Patty Reed Lewis Material, as described in this guide, contains material related to her, her family, and the other members of the Donner Party, but may not have been contained within the material originally donated to the Fort by her daughter’s estate. Other pieces from her collection have likely been scattered or lost. This collection contains additional accruals of Reed or Donner-related material collected by Sutter’s Fort staff over a period of about fifty years for which clear provenance has not been established.
This material in this collection spans the period from 1826 to 1951. Types of material in this collection include correspondence; business records such as ledgers, receipts, invoices, stock certificates, requests for goods or services, agreements and promissory notes; legal documents such as petitions, deeds, titles, depositions, and summons; certificates, announcements and minutes pertaining to James Reed’s membership in the Masonic Order; and correspondence, ledgers and lists relating to his role as the agent for U.S. Pensions for the State of Illinois prior to his departure for California. Also included in this collection are recollections, notes, journals, scrapbooks, printed material, ephemera, artwork, publications, photographs, tintypes, ambrotypes, daguerreotypes, news clippings, maps, and drawings.
The material in this collection has been arranged into the following series:
  • Series 1. Correspondence
  • Series 2. Legal Documents
  • Series 3. Financial Documents
  • Series 4. Masonic Documents
  • Series 5. Pension Agent’s Documents
  • Series 6. Recollections, Notes, Journals and Scrapbooks
  • Series 7. Ephemera and News Clippings
  • Series 8. Books and Booklets
  • Series 9. Photographic Material
  • Series 10. Separated Items

Indexing Terms

Personal Names
  • Breen, Patrick
  • Donner, Eliza
  • Donner, George
  • Donner, Jacob
  • Eddy, William H.
  • Hull. K.B.
  • Kern, E. M.
  • Keseburg, Lewis
  • Lewis, Martha J.
  • McCutchen, William
  • McGlashan, C.F.
  • Miller, Hiram
  • Reed, James Frazier
  • Reed, Margaret
  • Reed, Martha J.
  • Reed, Patty
  • Stanton, Charles
  • Stocton, R.F.
  • Sutter, John Augustus
Subjects
  • California--History--1846-1850
  • California--Pioneers
  • Donner Party
  • Historic sites--California


Collection Contents

 

Series 1. Correspondence 1831-1951 and undated

Physical Description: 2 boxes, 137 folders.

Series Scope and Content Summary

The bulk of this series is comprised of correspondence to and from Martha J. Reed Lewis and of correspondence to and from her father James Frazier Reed that was collected by her. The remainder of the series is third-party correspondence also collected by her. Material in this series covers the range 1831 to 1951 but the bulk of the letters date from 1846 to 1923. Material dated after Martha’s death in 1923 primarily concerns Sutter’s Fort’s involvement with the Donner material. This series includes a number of handwritten transcriptions of original letters done by Edwin Sherman, an employee of Sutter’s Fort, that were made at the request of Carroll Hall, the curator of Sutter’s Fort from 1944 to 1964. Significant correspondents represented in this series include fellow survivors Patrick Breen and Jacob Donner, R.F. Stockton, Mariano Vallejo, Thomas O. Larkin, E.M. Kern, J.B. Hull, and John A. Sutter.
This series is divided into four groups: incoming correspondence to Martha Reed Lewis, outgoing correspondence from Martha Reed Lewis, incoming correspondence to James Frazier Reed, outgoing correspondence from James Frazier Reed., and collected correspondence between third parties. Groups are arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent and then chronologically.
 

Incoming correspondence to Martha J. Lewis April 18, 1879 to April 5, 1921.

Box 8-3-308, Folders 1-2

Chapman, C.W. May 3, 1918 and April 5, 1921

Box 8-3-308, Folders 3-5

McGlashan, C.F. Apr. 18, 1879 to Feb. 12, 1912

Box 8-3-308, Folders 6-7

Sherman, Edwin A. Jan. 11, 1910 and Apr. 19, 1913

Box 8-3-308, Folder 8

Thomas, H.J. Dec. 6, 1918

Box 8-3-308, Folder 9

Women's Board, Panama Pacific International Exposition Oct. 14, 1915

 

Outgoing correspondence from Martha Reed Lewis Feb. 2, 1909 to Jun. 26, 1923

Box 8-3-308, Folder 10

Colton, John B. May 3, 1915

Box 8-3-308, Folders 11-13

Chapman, Dr., Mr. and Mrs. Mar. 5, 1912 to Mar. 4, 1922

Box 8-3-308, Folder 14

Historic Landmark Committee, Native Sons of the Golden West Jun. 26, 1923

Box 8-3-308, Folder 15

Houghton, Eliza Donner Mar. 6, 1912

Box 8-3-308, Folder 16

Lee, Harriet L. 1912

Box 8-3-308, Folder 17

McGlashan, Mr. undated

Box 8-3-308, Folder 18

Teggert, Frederick Mar. 19, 1912

Box 8-3-308, Folder 19

“Sorrowing friend” Feb. 2, 1909

Box 8-3-308, Folder 20

“Our dearest friends” Apr. 12, 1912

 

Incoming correspondence to James Frazier Reed Mar. 14, 1841 to Sept. 20, 1857

Box 8-3-308, Folder 21

Bannister, Edward Aug 23, 1851

Box 8-3-308, Folder 22

Beard, E.S. May 4, 1853

Box 8-3-308, Folder 23

Boggs, Liburn W. Jun, Jul, 1847

Physical Description: (Handwritten copy)
Box 8-3-308, Folder 24

Branham, P.A. Feb 28, 1853 and Mar 9, 1853

Box 8-3-308, Folder 25

Buchanan, K.C. undated

Physical Description: (Handwritten copy)
Box 8-3-308, Folder 26

Buchanan, John C. Apr. 17, 1848

Box 8-3-308, Folder 27

Francis, A.G. undated

Box 8-3-308, Folder 28

“Haights and Geary” Nov. 1, 1855

Box 8-3-308, Folder 29

Hart, Wm. Aug. 13, 1851

Box 8-3-308, Folder 30

Hesley(?), N. Apr. 5, 1850

Box 8-3-308, Folders 31-35

Hoppe, J.D. Apr. 21, 1847 to Sept. 10, 1849

Box 8-3-308, Folder 36

Howard, W.H. Mar. 18, 1856

Oversized item moved to Map Drawer 15-16, Cabinet E-4
Box 8-3-308, Folder 37

Hull, J.B. Feb. 6, 1847

Box 8-3-308, Folder 38

Huntington, G.S. Dec 30, 1848

Physical Description: (Handwritten copy)
Box 8-3-308, Folder 39

Huntington, G.S. Dec 30, 1848

Box 8-3-308, Folder 40

Keyes, J.W. undated

Oversized item moved to Map Drawer 15-16, Cabinet E-4
Box 8-3-308, Folders 41-42

Keyes, J. W. Mar. 24, 1848 and Dec. 22, 1848

Box 8-3-308, Folders 43-44

Keyes, K.C. Mar. 31, 1847 and Aug. 28, 1847

Box 8-3-308, Folders 45-47

Maxey, James M. Nov. 10, 1845 and Mar. 9, 1846

Box 8-3-308, Folders 48-51

McCutchen, William Jan. 25, 1847 to Sept. 1848

Box 8-3-308, Folder 52

McRoberts, Sam Mar. 14, 1841

Box 8-3-308, Folder 53

Meeks, James Sept. 10, 1848

Box 8-3-308, Folder 54

Miller, Hiram O. Jan. 23, 1851

Box 8-3-308, Folder 55

Peckman, R.F. May 20, 1850

Box 8-3-308, Folder 56

Pico, Antonio Oct. 23, 1849

Box 8-3-308, Folder 57

Preston, King and Co. Feb. 18, 1851

Box 8-3-308, Folder 58

Reed, “Mother” Martha Oct. 22, 1838

Box 8-3-308, Folder 59

Reed, Patty Nov. 11, 1854

Box 8-3-308, Folder 60

Ruckel, J.L. Mar. 18, 1848

Box 8-3-308, Folders 61-64

Sinclair, John Jun 23, 1847 to Apr. 5, 1848

Box 8-3-308, Folder 65

Skinner, Mark Feb. 13, 1845

Box 8-3-308, Folder 66

Sutter, John Apr. 7, 1847

Box 8-3-308, Folder 67

Stowell, L. Oct. 5, 1850

Box 8-3-308, Folder 68

Waldo, G. B. Apr. 19, 1846

Box 8-3-308, Folder 69

Waldo, G. B. Apr. 19, 1846

Physical Description: (Handwritten copy)
Box 8-3-308, Folder 70

Weber, Charles Jan. 25, 1847

Box 8-3-308, Folder 71

Weber, Charles Jan. 25, 1847

Physical Description: (Handwritten copy)
Box 8-3-308, Folders 72-75

Winchester, J. Apr. 1, 1851 to Aug. 8, 1851

Box 8-3-308, Folder 76

Woodworth, J. E. June 11, 1847

Box 8-3-308, Folder 77

Zwister, James Sept. 20, 1857

Box 8-3-308, Folder 78

Unknown July 25, 1850

 

Outgoing correspondence from James Frazier Reed June 10, 1845 to Aug. 27, 1864 and undated

Box 8-4-308, Folder 79

Conness, John Jan. 24, 1866

Box 8-4-308, Folder 80

Dye, Mr. June 30, 1847

Box 8-4-308, Folder 81

Dye, Mr. June 30, 1847

Physical Description: (Handwritten copy)
Box 8-4-308, Folders 82-83

House Committee on Public Buildings Jan 16, 1850

Box 8-4-308, Folder 84

Keyes, James W. Aug. 27, 1864

Box 8-4-308, Folder 85

Lippincott, Crosby and Delaquin January 26, 1850

Box 8-4-308, Folders 86-88

Reed, Margaret Sept. 20, 1849 to July 6, 1859

Box 8-4-308, Folder 89

Shields, Hon. James June 10, 1845

Box 8-4-308, Folder 90

Shields, General Jan. 12, 1852.

Box 8-4-308, Folder 91

“To whom it may concern” Jan. 20, 1847

Box 8-4-308, Folder 92

“To whom it may concern” Jan. 20, 1847

Physical Description: (Handwritten copy)
Box 8-4-308, Folder 93

Vallejo, M. G. Jan. 12, 1848

Box 8-4-308, Folder 94

Incomplete letter possibly in handwriting of James Reed 1847

Box 8-4-308, Folder 95

Scrap of paper with the words "J.F. Reed's letter to Capt. Sutter after the battle was over Jan. 2, 1847."

 

Collected Correspondence Nov. 1, 1831 to Sept. 8, 1951 and undated

Box 8-4-308, Folder 96

Barret, Edward to Carroll D. Hall Feb. 4, 1947

Box 8-4-308, Folder 97

Breen, Patrick to "Mr. Marshall" Feb. 9, 1848

Box 8-4-308, Folder 98

Breese, Sidney to “My Dear” (James Reed?) Feb. 20, 1846

Box 8-4-308, Folder 99

California Dept of Justice Division of Criminal Identification to Carroll D. Hall Feb. 13, 1947

Box 8-4-308, Folder 100

Datsere(?), John B. to "Mr. Reed" Mar. 25, 1840

Box 8-4-308, Folder 101

Donner, Jacob to Charles Berger Nov 11, 1846 (copy)

Box 8-4-308, Folder 102

Donner, Jacob to Milt Elliot 1846

Box 8-4-308, Folder 103

Douglas, J.A. and Robert Smith to Hon. Wm. L. Marcy June 10, 1845 (copies)

Box 8-4-308, Folder 104

Graves, Florence to Carroll D. Hall Sept. 8, 1951

Box 8-4-308, Folder 105

Hook, S.E., to ? Mar 6, 1853

Box 8-4-308, Folder 106

Kern, E.M, to Greenwood undated

Box 8-4-308, Folder 107

Kern, E.M, to Keyser undated

Box 8-4-308, Folders 108-109

Keyes, C. A. to to Robert Keyes June 28, 1849 and Dec. 9, 1849

Box 8-4-308, Folder 110

Larkin, Thomas to Mr. Wisman July 6, 1847

Physical Description: (Handwritten copy)
Box 8-4-308, Folder 111

Matthews, T. V., to C. D. Hall Aug. 23, 1945

Box 8-4-308, Folders 112-115

Morgan, Dale L., to Carroll D. Hall June 3, 1949 to May 3, 1951

Box 8-4-308, Folder 116

Nelson, Mary L. to Lloyd C. Backenstoe (?) Nov. 1, 1831

Oversized item moved to Map Drawer 15-16, Cabinet E-4
Box 8-4-308, Folders 117-118

Paden, Irene to Carroll D. Hall Oct. 4, 1947 and July 16, 1947

Box 8-4-308, Folder 119

Patterson, Wm. F., to Wm. M. Patterson Aug. 20, 1863

Box 8-4-308, Folder 120

Pickett, Chas. E. to Judge Ried July 26, 1851

Physical Description: (Handwritten copy)
Box 8-4-308, Folder 121

Reed, James F. II to Postmaster of Santa Cruz Mar. 18, 1901

Box 8-4-308, Folder 122

Reed, Virginia to “her cousins in Springfield” May 16, 1847

Box 8-4-308, Folders 123-128

Ryker, H. C. to Carroll D. Hall Nov. 19, 1948 to Feb. 24, 1950

Box 8-4-308, Folder 129

Stanton, Almena to Charles Statnton Oct. 1845

Oversized item moved to Map Drawer 15-16, Cabinet E-4
Box 8-4-308, Folder 130

Stanton, C.T., to Messrs Donner Dec. 9, 1846

Box 8-4-308, Folder 131

Stewart, George R. to Carroll D. Hall Aug. 24, 1949

Box 8-4-308, Folder 132

Various citizens to R.F. Stockton Jan. 1847

Box 8-4-308, Folder 133

Waldo, G.B. to Giles Waldo Apr. 19, 1846

Box 8-4-308, Folder 134

Woodworth, J. C. to “Fallon” Nov. 1, 1847

Box 8-4-308, Folder 135

Unknown to Eliza Donner Houghton 1912

Box 8-4-308, Folder 136

Unknown to “Editor” undated

Box 8-4-308, Folder 137

Unknown, a poem undated

 

Series 2. Legal Documents 1839-1874 and undated

Physical Description: 2 boxes, 84 folders

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains agreements, deeds, estate inventories, indentures, petitions, and miscellaneous other legal or public documents such as depositions, powers of attorney, marriage certificates, appointments, city council minutes, summons, and letters of administration or guardianship. This series also includes the Last Will and Testament of James Frazier Reed, including his handwritten draft. Most of the material in this series pertains to the activities of Reed during and after the Donner tragedy or with the disposition of the estates of those lost to the tragedy. Others represented in this series include Milt Elliot, R.F. Stockton, George and Jacob Donner, Margaret Reed, Patty Reed Lewis, R.C. Keyes, and Charles Weber. Deeds and titles are generally concerned with Reed properties in or around San Jose California. Petitions may concern requests for public lands or appeals to local magistrates for actions or compensation. This series includes a small number of undated handwritten transcriptions of original documents done by Edwin Sherman c.1900, and photocopies arranged by the date of the originals.
Box 8-5-308 , Folders 1-6

Agreements, various, Oct 11, 1843 to Sep 18, 1851

Box 8-5-308 , Folders 7-19

Deeds and titles, Aug 1, 1847 to Mar 24, 1866 and undated

Box 8-5-308 , Folders 20-36

Estate inventories and dispositions, Aug 26, 1846 to Jan 5, 1858 and undated

Box 8-6-308 , Folders 1-12

Indentures, Jan 19, 1848 to 1865 and undated

Box 8-6-308 , Folders 13-27

Petitions, May 18, 1839 to Feb 15, 1849 and undated

Box 8-6-308 , Folders 27-48

Miscellaneous legal documents, Apr 15, 1846 to Aug 21, 1874 and undated

 

Series 3. Financial Documents 1840-1875 and undated

Physical Description: 2 boxes, 41 folders

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains photocopies, ledgers, receipts, invoices, stock certificates and various business papers including promissory notes, bills of sale, a prospectus, freight bills, and payroll requests. The ledgers describe real estate transactions and the sales and purchases of household goods and livestock. The bulk of the receipts describe the acquisition of provisions and supplies for the effort to rescue the emigrants trapped in the mountains during February, 1847, but also in this group are collected items not related to the Donner Party such as invoices requesting compensation to some of the police officers who assisted Reed in his role as Sheriff of the Pueblo San Jose in 1850. The stock certificates are primarily for the Miller Gold and Silver Mining Company, the Black Prince Gold and Silver Mining Company, and the Reed Gold and Silver Mining Company, ultimately unsuccessful businesses James F. Reed shared with Thomas K. Reed, Hiram O. Miller, and Jacob K. Miller. This series includes a small number of undated handwritten transcriptions of original documents done by Edwin Sherman c.1900.
Box 8-7-308, Folders 1-5

Ledgers, Sep 1849 to Feb 27, 1852 and undated

Box 8-7-308, Folders 6-41

Receipts and Invoices, Oct 29, 1846 to Jun 1851 and undated

Box 8-8-308, Folders 1-15

Stock Certificates, Jan 18, 1864 to Mar 24, 1864 and undated

Box 8-8-308, Folders 16-41

Various business papers, Mar 25, 1840 to Jun 21, 1875 and undated

 

Series 4. Masonic Documents 1840-1939 and undated

Physical Description: 1 box, 14 folders

Series Scope and Content Summary

This small series contains certificates, correspondence, announcements, notes, and proclamations, regarding James Frazier Reed’s membership in the Springfield, IL Masonic Lodge #4 and spans the period 1840-1939. This series includes handwritten transcriptions of original documents done by Edwin Sherman, c.1900.
This series is arranged chronologically.
Box 8-9-308, Folder 1

By-Laws of Springfield, IL Masonic Lodge #4, 1840

Box 8-9-308, Folders 2-5

Meeting announcements, May 3, 1845 to Mar. 14, 1846

Box 8-9-308, Folder 6

Masonic certificate establishing James F. Reed as a loyal and regular member of the Springfield Masonic Lodge, Apr. 10, 1846

Box 8-9-308, Folder 7

Masonic certificate stating that James F. Reed was "duly raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason," Apr. 15, 1846

Box 8-9-308, Folder 8

Notice, H.G. Melone, High Priest of Masonic Order, to James Reed, July 15, 1856

Box 8-9-308, Folder 9

Membership log for James F. Reed in the Masonic Veterans Association, c. 1910

Box 8-9-308, Folder 10

W.C. Arbuckle to Martha Jane Lewis regarding James Reed's Masonic regalia, Sept. 12, 1934

Box 8-9-308, Folder 11

Mark A. Sawrie to Martha Jane Lewis regarding James Reed's Masonic regalia, Oct. 14, 1939

Box 8-9-308, Folder 12

Handwritten copies of Masonic documents by E.A. Sherman, undated

Box 8-9-308, Folder 13

Typed extract of the 59th Annual Convocation of the Island Chapter of Royal Arch Masons in re James Reed, undated

Box 8-9-308, Folder 14

Note, author unknown, referring to James F. Reed as the first master mason to carry his credentials to California, undated.

 

Series 5. Pension Agent’s Documents c.1830-1846 and undated

Physical Description: 1 box, 19 folders

Series Scope and Content Summary

This small series contains correspondence, reports, and ledgers concerning James Frazier Reed’s appointment and duties as the agent for U.S. Pensions for the State of Illinois during the brief period from his appointment to the position in December 1845 to his resignation in the spring of 1846. Correspondents in this series include J. L. Edwards, Illinois Commissioner of Pensions, U.S. Senator Sidney Breese, Secretary of War, W. L. Marcy, and Robert Smith, U.S. Representative from Illinois.
This series is arranged chronologically.
Box 8-10-308, Folder 1

Blank semi-annual report for United States Pension Agency, c. 1830

Box 8-10-308 , Folders 2-5

Correspondence, Dec 18, 1844 to Feb 27, 1845

Box 8-10-308 , Folder 6

Estimate of funds needed, Sep 1845

Box 8-10-308 , Folders 7-17

Correspondence, Jul 30, 1845 to Apr 15, 1846

Box 8-10-308 , Folders 18-19

Ledgers, Mar 31, 1846 and Apr 15, 1846

 

Series 6. Recollections, Notes, Journals and Scrapbooks 1846-1946 and undated

Physical Description: 1 box, 46 folders

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains recollections, diaries, and notebooks about the Donner Party tragedy and the rescue efforts. The bulk of this series is comprised of undated pages with unknown authors or transcribers. Known authors include original Donner Party members and rescuers Martha J. Lewis, James F. Reed, Eliza Donner Houghton, William McCutchen, and M.D. Ritchie. The diary of Hiram O. Miller was completed by James Reed after Miller departed the party in early July, 1846. Reed recorded the party’s travels until October 4, when he also departed the party. Also in this series are brief biographies of Reed, handwritten lists of Donner Party members and survivors, journals and scrapbooks and notes and jottings regarding the efforts to rescue the Party and the supplies and provisions needed.
Dated items are arranged chronologically. Undated items are arranged alphabetically by material type and have been placed at the end of this series.
Box 8-11-308, Folder 1

Diary of Hiram O. Miller and James Reed, Apr 26 to Oct 4, 1846. Photocopies. Original item moved to Box 8-17-308

Box 8-11-308, Folder 2

Diary of Hiram O. Miller and James Reed, Apr 26 to Oct 4, 1846. Photocopies. Original item moved to Box 8-17-308

Box 8-11-308, Folder 3

Original note by Wm. Foster on small scrap of paper, Nov 1, 1846

Box 8-11-308, Folder 4

“Copy of a Journal Kept By a Suffering Immigrant on the California Mountains from October 31, 1846 to March, 1847,” by Geo. McKinstry, typescript, undated

Box 8-11-308, Folder 5

Original note by Jacob Donner on small scrap of paper, Nov 20, 1846

Box 8-11-308, Folder 6

Notes kept by M.D. Ritchie on the expedition to rescue the Donner Party, Feb 5, 1847

Box 8-11-308, Folder 7

James Reed’s journal of the rescue expedition of Feb-Mar 1847, original manuscript, 1847, with handwritten copy, undated

Box 8-11-308, Folder 8

“List of the names of emigrants which were brought over the mountains in distress and are transferred to Capt. Sutter [to attend to them],” signed by J. F. Reed, 1847

Box 8-11-308, Folder 9

“Recollections of Mary Warren Breckenridge,” by Mary Murphy, typescript, 1859

Box 8-11-308, Folder 10

“Statement by Mr. Reed, One of the Donner Company,” and “Statement of Wm. McCutchen,” typescript, source unknown, written for the Pacific Rural Press, Jan 21, 1871.

Box 8-11-308, Folder 11

Handwritten partial transcription of “Statement by Mr. Reed, One of the Donner Company,” response to article from Pacific Rural Press, Jan 21, 1871, source unknown, undated. 2 copies.

Box 8-11-308, Folder 12

Account of a mining expedition in 1862, draft manuscript, author unknown, c.1890s.

Box 8-11-308, Folder 13

Poem about the Pacific Ocean, Nov 7, 1899, source unknown, author unknown

Box 8-11-308, Folder 14

Notebook of Patty Reed Lewis, 1909. Oversized item. Moved to Box 8-136-308.

Box 8-11-308, Folder 15

Manuscript, “The Expedition to the Donner Party and its Tragic Fate, [by] Eliza Poor Donner Houghton,” draft manuscript, source unknown, Nov, 1911.

Box 8-11-308, Folder 16

Notebook of Patty Reed Lewis, 1912. Oversized item. Moved to Box 8-136-308.

Box 8-11-308, Folder 17

Recollections of Patty Reed, original manuscript, Feb 1, 1915.

Box 8-11-308, Folder 18

Recollections of Patty Reed, original manuscript, draft(?) Feb 1, 1915.

Box 8-11-308, Folder 19

Note, “Reed-Donner Party Relics loaned to S. J. Fiesta,” source unknown, Apr 26, 1927.

Box 8-11-308, Folder 20

Transcription of excerpt from notebook of Patty Reed Lewis, Jan, 1946

Box 8-11-308, Folder 21

Manuscript, biographical material on James Reed and Patty Reed Lewis, sources unknown, undated.

Box 8-11-308, Folder 22

Manuscript, “From the Recollections of Little Patty Reed,” addressed to the Native Sons of the Golden West, , undated.

Box 8-11-308, Folder 23

Manuscript, “Inventory of provisions and supplies…for the rescue of the people in the California Mountains...to J. F. Reed,” undated.

Box 8-11-308, Folder 24

Manuscript, “List of Police,” source unknown, undated.

Box 8-11-308, Folder 25

Manuscript, account of the Donner Party as related by Patty Reed Lewis, source unknown, undated.

Box 8-11-308, Folder 26

Manuscript, biography of Donner Party members, by Geo. McKinstry, manuscript, undated.

Box 8-11-308, Folder 27

Manuscript, copy of James Reed’s account of Donner Party, source unknown, undated. Copy 1 of 2.

Box 8-11-308, Folder 28

Manuscript, copy of James Reed’s account of Donner Party, source unknown, undated. Copy 2 of 2.

Box 8-11-308, Folder 29

Manuscript, copy of Wm. McCutchen’s account of rescue expedition, undated.

Box 8-11-308, Folder 30

Manuscript, list of members of Donner Party who died, source unknown, undated.

Box 8-11-308, Folder 31

Manuscript, notes and criticisms regarding an unnamed account of the Donner tragedy, author unknown, undated.

Box 8-11-308, Folder 32

Manuscript, partial accounts of Donner Party tragedy, source unknown, undated. 1 of 2.

Box 8-11-308, Folder 33

Manuscript, partial accounts of Donner Party tragedy, source unknown, undated. 2 of 2.

Box 8-11-308, Folder 34

Manuscript, recollections of Patty Reed, undated.

Box 8-11-308, Folder 35

Manuscript, transcribed copy of statements by Patty Reed Lewis concerning the dispute between James Reed and John Snyder, source unknown, undated.

Box 8-11-308, Folder 36

Scrapbook of clippings collected by Patty Reed, undated. Includes original manuscript of “Dolly’s Little History.” Oversized item moved to Box 8-17-308.

Box 8-11-308, Folder 37

Scrapbook of clippings source unknown, undated. Oversized item moved to Box 8-17-308.

Box 8-11-308, Folder 38

Scrapbook of clippings, “The Tragedy of Donner Lake, by Evelyn Wells,” undated. Oversized item moved to Box 8-17-308.

Box 8-11-308, Folder 39

Typescript “In the Beginning,” describing early California history through the Gold Rush with description of the Reed family’s travels, source unknown, undated.

Box 8-11-308, Folder 40

Typescript, “Dolly’s Little History, by Martha Jane Lewis” undated.

Box 8-11-308, Folder 41

Typescript, James Reed’s account of Donner Party, source unknown, undated.

Box 8-11-308, Folder 42-46

Various notes and jottings, undated.

 

Series 7. Ephemera and News Clippings, 1841-1905 and undated

Physical Description: 1 box, 42 folders

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains miscellaneous printed items including invitations, certificates, programs, greeting cards, flyers, business and calling cards, souvenir ribbons, and news clippings collected by Martha J. Lewis.
Box 8-12-308 , Folders 1-35

Ephemera, Mar 19, 1841 to Jan 25, 1908 and undated

Box 8-13-308 , Folders 1-42

News clippings, Oct 24, 1846 to Aug 21, 1857.

 

Series 8. Books and Booklets , 1829-1919 and undated

Physical Description: 1 box, 18 folders

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains books and booklets published between 1829 and 1919. The books are in very poor condition and have been relocated for preservation purposes
Box 8-14-308 , Folder 1

Book, Bible presented to Patty Reed in 1853 by a friend. Rare Book Room, Kyburz Annex, Sutter’s Fort.

Box 8-14-308 , Folder 2

Book, Comstock’s Philosophy, 1854. Moved to Rare Book Room, Kyburz Annex, Sutter’s Fort..

Box 8-14-308 , Folder 3

Book, Elements of Drawing, 1849. Stored at the State Museum Resource Center.

Box 8-14-308 , Folder 4

Book, English Grammar in Familiar Lectures , by Samuel Kirkham, 1845. Stored at the State Museum Resource Center.

Box 8-14-308 , Folder 5

Book, English Language Grammar , 1853. Moved to Rare Book Room, Kyburz Annex, Sutter’s Fort.

Box 8-14-308 , Folder 6

Book, Flock of Sheep, The undated. Stored at the State Museum Resource Center.

Box 8-14-308 , Folder 7

Book, Gradual Lessons in Grammar, by David Tower, 1848. Moved to Rare Book Room, Kyburz Annex, Sutter’s Fort.

Box 8-14-308 , Folder 8

Book, Key to Smith’s Practical and Mental Arithmetic , by Roswell Smith, 1847. Moved to Rare Book Room, Kyburz Annex, Sutter’s Fort.

Box 8-14-308 , Folder 9

Book, Oregon and California in 1848, Vol. 1, by J. Thornton, 1849. Moved to Rare Book Room, Kyburz Annex, Sutter’s Fort.

Box 8-14-308 , Folder 10

Book, Speller and Definer, The ; Classbook No. 2,” by E. Hazen, 1829. Moved to Rare Book Room, Kyburz Annex, Sutter’s Fort.

Box 8-14-308 , Folder 11

Book, Two Dolls, The, 1837. Stored at the State Museum Resource Center.

Box 8-14-308 , Folder 12

Booklet, American Home Dictionary , undated.

Box 8-14-308 , Folder 13

Booklet, Constitution and By-Laws of the Western Association of California Pioneers , 1890.

Box 8-14-308 , Folder 14

Booklet, Constitution of the State of California , printed at the office of the Alta California, 1849.

Box 8-14-308 , Folder 15

Booklet, Diary of Patrick Breen of the Donner Party , Frederick Teggert, ed. 1910.

Box 8-14-308 , Folder 16

Booklet, Grand Excursion to California of the Society of Pioneers of New England , 1890.

Box 8-14-308 , Folder 17

Booklet, Progression of Slavery in the United States, The , by George Weston, 1860.

Box 8-14-308 , Folder 18

Magazine, Grizzly Bear Magazine , with inscription, Dec 1919.

 

Series 9. Photographic Material c.1879, 1949 and undated

Physical Description: 1 Box, 26 folders

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series is primarily comprised of undated photographic prints, tintypes, and daguerreotypes of Reed, Breen, and Donner family members. Also in this series are photographs of Donner artifacts and documents, and photographs of selected locations along the Donner Party route through Utah and Nevada that are dated June, 1949.
Box 8-15-308 , Folder 1

Devil’s Gate, Utah, photographic print, undated

Box 8-15-308 , Folder 2

Eddy, Eleanor, photographic print of drawing, undated.

Box 8-15-308 , Folder 3

Eddy, William, photographic print of drawing, undated.

Box 8-15-308 , Folder 4

Foundation of stone house, photographic print, Jun 1949.

Box 8-15-308 , Folder 5

Gravelly Ford on the Humbolt, photographic print, Jun, 1949.

Box 8-15-308 , Folder 6

Graves at Gravelly Ford, photographic print, Jun, 1949.

Box 8-15-308 , Folder 7

Houghton, Eliza Donner, and Wilder, Francis Donner, with three unidentified people, photographic print plus copy, undated.

Box 8-15-308 , Folder 8

Humbolt River, panoramic composite photographic print, Oct 1949.

Box 8-15-308 , Folder 9

James Reed’s map from Sutter’s Fort to stranded emigrants, photographic print of, 1847. Original item is located in Map Drawer 1314, Cabinet E-4.

Box 8-15-308 , Folder 10

Keyes, James W. and Lydia, tintype, copy only, undated. Original item moved to Box 8-266-308.

Box 8-15-308 , Folder 11

Keyes, Sarah, framed photograph, copies only, undated. Original item moved to Box 17-1-308.

Box 8-15-308 , Folder 12

Lewis, Frank and Patty Reed, tintype plus copy, undated.

Box 8-15-308 , Folder 13

Lewis, Patty Reed with Eliza Donner Houghton, Francis Donner Wilder, and Governor Stephens at the Pioneer Monument at Donner Lake, photographic print plus copies, c.1920.

Box 8-15-308 , Folder 14

Lewis, Patty Reed with Eliza Donner Houghton, Francis Donner Wilder, and Governor Stephens at the Pioneer Monument at Donner Lake, photographic print plus copies, c.1920.

Box 8-15-308 , Folder 15

Lewis, Patty Reed with three unidentified males at the Pioneer Monument at Donner Lake, photographic print plus copy, c.1920.

Box 8-15-308 , Folder 16

Lewis, Patty Reed, and others, photographic print with annotations and some identifications on back, undated.

Box 8-15-308 , Folder 17

McGlashan, C.F., photographic print, c.1879.

Box 8-15-308 , Folder 18

Muster roll of Abraham Lincoln’s Company in Black Hawk War of 1832, photographic print of document showing J.F. Reed’s name, undated.

Box 8-15-308 , Folder 19

Patty Reed’s doll and mittens, photographic print of on cardboard, undated.

Box 8-15-308 , Folder 20

Patty Reed’s doll, photographic prints of (2), undated.

Box 8-15-308 , Folder 21

Reed family outside adobe home in San Jose, Ca., daguerreotype, copies only, undated. Original item moved to Box 1-10-308.

Box 8-15-308 , Folder 22

Reed, James F. and Margaret, photographic print mounted on cardboard plus copies, undated.

Box 8-15-308 , Folder 23

Reed, James F., photographic print mounted on cardboard, undated. Copies only. Original item moved to Box 8-266-308.

Box 8-15-308 , Folder 24

Reed, Margaret, ambrotype, undated. Copies only. Original item moved to Box 8-266-308.

Box 8-15-308 , Folder 25

Reed, Patty, tintype, undated. Copies only. Original item moved to Box 8-266-308.

Box 8-15-308 , Folder 26

Treaty Hill, Nevada, photographic print, Jun 1949.