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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administration Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Bodie (Calif.) Papers
    Dates: 1879-1963
    Bulk dates: 1879-1910
    Collection Number: Consult repository
    Extent: 61 items
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens Manuscripts Department
    The Huntington Library
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2203
    Fax: (626) 449-5720
    Email: manuscripts@huntington.org
    Abstract: The collection consists mainly of court and financial records from Bodie, California, as well as some later articles and notes with information on Bodie’s history.
    Language of Material: The records are in English.

    Administration Information


    Collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, please go to the following website .

    Publication Rights

    In order to quote from, publish, or reproduce any of the manuscripts or visual materials, researchers must obtain formal permission from the office of the Library Director. In most instances, permission is given by the Huntington as owner of the physical property rights only, and researchers must also obtain permission from the holder of the literary rights. In some instances, the Huntington owns the literary rights, as well as the physical property rights. Researchers may contact the appropriate curator for further information.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Bodie (Calif.) papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Acquisition Information

    Purchased from Dawson's Book Shop, December 26, 1937, and Roy P. McLaughlin, May 1963.


    Bodie, California, is named after William S. Bodey, who discovered placer gold there in 1859. The first mill was established in 1861 and the town that once consisted of 20 miners grew to an estimated 10,000 inhabitants by 1879. However, by 1882 the boom was over and the town started to decline as many of the mines paid out and the mining companies went bankrupt. Major fires in 1892 and 1932 destroyed much of the town’s business district and by the 1940s Bodie had become a ghost town. In 1964 Bodie was made into a California state park. .

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists mainly of court and financial records from Bodie, California, as well as some later articles and notes with information on Bodie’s history. Of particular interest are the minutes from meetings of the Degree of Honor of the Ancient Order of United Workmen.


    The collection is arranged in one box and six series, each arranged chronologically.
    A detailed container list is available through the Manuscripts Department.

    Indexing Terms

    Personal Names

    Osborne, Henry Zenas, 1848-1923.

    Corporate Names

    Ancient Order of United Workmen, Grand Lodge of California.
    Independent Order of Odd Fellows.


    Ghost towns--California--History.
    Mining camps--California.

    Geograhic Areas

    Bodie (Calif.)--History.