Finding Aid to the Frémont Family Papers, circa 1839-1927

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Finding Aid to the Frémont Family Papers, circa 1839-1927

Collection number: BANC MSS C-B 397

The Bancroft Library

University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-6481
Fax: (510) 642-7589
Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
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Collection Summary

Collection Title: Frémont Family Papers
Date (inclusive): circa 1839-1927
Collection Number: BANC MSS C-B 397
Creator: Frémont Family
Extent: Number of containers: 6 boxes, 1 oversize folder, 4 volumes; 3 linear feet.
Repository: The Bancroft Library.
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-6481
Fax: (510) 642-7589
Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
Abstract: Part I: papers of John C. Fremont, his wife, Jessie, and their children, Elizabeth, Francis and John, including correspondence, memoirs, clippings, scrapbooks and miscellaneous items. Part II: notes, clippings and transcripts of papers collected by Allan Nevins in preparing his biography of Fremont; and letters to Nevins from Francis P. Fremont.
Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Information for Researchers

Access

Collection is open to research.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Fremont Family papers, circa 1839-1927, BANC MSS C-B 397, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

Alternate Forms Available

  • Vol. 1 - Great Events ... ; Vol. 2 - Memoirs ... : also available on microfilm.
  • Manuscript papers concerning the Fourth Expedition, 1848; memoirs written by Jessie Benton Frémont, Section B, pp. 55-176 : also available on microfilm.
  • Pt. I v. 3 and box 4, folder 34 : also available on microfilm.
  • Pt. I v. 4. Agreements with Agua Fria Gold Mining Company : also available on microfilm.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog
Frémont, Elizabeth Benton, 1842-1919
Frémont, Francis Preston, 1854-1931
Frémont, Jessie Benton, 1824-1902
Frémont, John Charles, 1813-1890
Frémont, John Charles, 1849-1911
Nevins, Allan, 1890-1971
Norris, Thomas W. (Thomas Wayne). Thomas W. Norris collection
Frémont family
Frémont family--Archives
Gold mines and mining--California
Mexican War, 1846-1848
Arizona
California--Description and travel
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
United States--Politics and government
West (U.S.)--Discovery and exploration
Autobiographies
Clippings
Scrapbooks

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

The Frémont Family Papers contain some items from the T. W. Norris Collection.

Scope and Content

The collection consists primarily of the Frémont family papers used by Allan Nevins in writing his biography of John Charles Frémont and presented by the family to the Bancroft Library in 1927, through the courtesy of Mr. Nevins. Some additional Frémont material was acquired with the T. W. Norris Collection purchased in 1954, through the gift of John Rosekrans, May 1957 (Agua Fria Mining Company lease and contract), and through the gift of The Friends of the Bancroft Library in January 1962 (the letters written to Nelly H. Browne, intimate friend of the family). The material is integrated in arrangement, but provenance of the additional material is indicated on folders. Several items have been added by gift or purchase. Sources are noted on the folders. Mr. Nevins also gave, in 1927, the notes, clippings and transcripts of Papers relating to Frémont which he had gathered in preparing the biography. This collateral material was made Part II of the collection.
The papers in Part I include letters written to and by John C. Frémont, his wife, Jessie, and their children, Elizabeth, John and Francis; the General's unpublished memoirs; memoirs of Mrs. Frémont and Elizabeth; scrapbooks, clippings; and miscellaneous papers. Photographs in the collection were placed in the portrait files and bear the numbers 708-712 and 988-992.

Container Listing

 

Container Listing

 

Part I

 

Correspondence

box 1, folder 1

Letters written to John C. Frémont. ca. 1839-1886

box 1, folder 2

Letters written by John C. Frémont. 1847 undated

box 1, folder 3

Letters written to Jessie (Benton) Frémont. ca. 1878-1902

box 1, folder 4

Letters written by Jessie (Benton) Frémont. ca. 1862-1897

box 1, folder 5-6

Letters written by Jessie (Benton) Frémont to Nelly H. Browne. ca. 1862-1901 undated

Additional Note

Some written from Arizona while Frémont was Territorial Governor.
box 1, folder 7

Letter written by John C. Frémont, Jr., to Nelly H. Browne

box 1, folder 8-9

Letters written to Elizabeth Benton Frémont. ca. 1890-1917

box 2, folder 10

Letters written by Elizabeth Benton Frémont. 1909-1910

box 2, folder 11-13

Letters written by Elizabeth Benton Frémont to Nelly Haskell Browne. 1863-1914

Additional Note

Some written from Arizona while Frémont was Territorial Governor.
box 2, folder 14

Letters written to Francis Preston Frémont. ca. 1917-1918

box 2, folder 15

Letters written by Francis Preston Frémont

box 2, folder 16

Letter from Don Pratt? to [R. J. ?] Belford. concerning Frémont. Aug. 7, 1887,

 

Miscellaneous papers, scrapbooks and clippings

box 3, folder 17

Frémont, J. C. Account for certain disbursements made by him for the Ordnance Dept. in California. 1846-1847.

Physical Description: Draft.
box 3, folder 18

Claims against the U.S. for damage done by U.S. troops. 1847.

Physical Description: (4 items)

Additional Note

Certified by Eulogio de Celis, Abel Stearns and Charles W. Flügge. Approved by Frémont.
box 3, folder 19

Frémont, J. C. Notes on expedition of 1848.

Physical Description: (7 p. A. Ms.)
box 3, folder 20

Frémont, J. C. ... Condensed paper on California...

Physical Description: (14 p. A. Ms.)
box 3, folder 20A

Frémont's, J. C. Last will and testament. Aug. 19, 1854

box 3, folder 21

Frémont, J. C. Agreement with Joseph and William Phillips for construction of shaft at the Princeton Mine. Mt. Ophir, Mariposa, Calif. Mar. 14, 1860.

box 3, folder 22

Documents in the case: John C. Frémont vs. The Kansas Pacific Railway Company.

Physical Description: (2 items)
box 3, folder 23

Frémont, J. C. Miscellaneous notes, and items relating to him.

box 3, folder 24

Copies of the Articles of Capitulation at Cahuenga. 1847.

Physical Description: (photocopy and typed transcript)
box 3, folder 25

Frémont, Jessie B. Fragment of a poem.

Physical Description: (2 p. A. Ms.)
box 3, folder 26

Frémont, Jessie B. Anecdote concerning Francis P. Frémont and his father's sword.

Physical Description: (3 p. A. Ms.)
box 3, folder 26A

Frémont, Jessie B.: statement. re freeing slaves ca. Jan 1902

box 3, folder 27

Frémont, Jessie B. Miscellaneous notes.

Physical Description: (5 items)
box 3, folder 28

Frémont's, Jessie B. Will, with instructions for disposition of her personal property.

Physical Description: (3 p. A. Ms. S.)
box 3, folder 29

Papers concerning Mrs. Frémont's claim for compensation from the United States based on the Government's seizure of her property at Point San Jose (Black Point) in San Francisco in 1863.

box 3, folder 30

Notebook of clippings presented to Mrs. Frémont by George S. McWalters. Nov. 12, 1879.

Additional Note

From the New York Daily Tribune, Mar. 4, 1862.
box 3, folder 31

Scrapbook of clippings re John R. Howard's address, Memories of Frémont, delivered before the Outlook Club. Montclair, N.J. Feb. 25, 1898,

Additional Note

Presented to Mrs. Frémont by Mr. Howard.
box 3, folder 32

Clippings, including obituaries for Mrs. Frémont.

box 3, folder 33

Scrapbook of clippings, mainly concerning the Civil War.

box 4, folder 34

Frémont, Elizabeth B. Memoirs and related notes.

Additional Note

Containing recollections of 1856 presidential campaign, life on the Mariposa estate and in mining towns in California, trip to Yosemite, residence in San Francisco and visits from Bret Harte, and experiences during the Civil War. Written in a memoranda book and on several loose sheets.
box 4, folder 35

Frémont, Elizabeth B.

Physical Description: Miscellaneous greeting cards, bills, etc.
box 4, folder 36

Frémont, Elizabeth B.

Physical Description: Two scrapbooks of clippings.
box 4, folder 37

Miscellany

box 4, folder 38

Frémont, Dayton. Campaign ribbon. 1856.

box 6

Great Events During the Life of Major General John C. Frémont...and of Jessie Benton Frémont.

Physical Description: volume 6: five folders

Content/Description

(430 1. Typescript with revisions in manuscript). Written by his wife and his son, Francis, with Frémont's direct assistance and under his supervision. Intended as a sequel to the published autobiography, Memoirs of My Life, the manuscript begins with the period after the capitulation at Cahuenga and deals primarily with Frémont's military and political careers, the later exploring expeditions, and his land holdings in California. Related material includes Frémont's list of errors in the manuscript, notes and bibliographical material and pages not included in the final draft.

Additional Note

Box 6 (formally vol. 1).
volume 2

Manuscript of Jessie B. Frémont's memoirs.

Physical Description: volume 2: five folders

Content/Description

Two typescript copies, one incorporating revisions noted in an earlier draft. It deals primarily with recollections of her father, Thomas Hart Benton, her upbringing in Missouri and Washington, D.C., and her life with her husband. The narrative concludes prior to the Civil War. There are also, in separate folders, drafts of portions of the memoirs in Mrs. Frémont's hand, and pages not included in either version of the manuscript.
volume 3

In Memoriam: John C. Frémont.

Content/Description

Memorial volume containing biographical sketch of Frémont, compiled by the Society of California Pioneers. Read and adopted at a regular meeting of the Society, Jan. 5, 1891.
volume 4

Frémont's lease, with George W. Wright, to the Agua Fria Company for exclusive mining rights to a portion of the Mariposa Estate. Apr. 16, 1852,

Physical Description: volume 4: two folders

Content/Description

Both documents on vellum, certified by Thomas Aspinwall, U.S. consul, London.
oversize-folder 1

Tracing of the desino [deed] Mariposa Grand, certified by Samuel D. King, surveyor general for California. Feb. 6, 1853.

volume 5

Letter to Frémont. Nov. 24, 1846.

 

Part II

box 5

Material gathered by Allan Nevins during preparation of his biography of Frémont.

Content/Description

Included are some letters from Francis Preston Frémont, 1927, and notes, clippings and transcripts of papers concerning Frémont.
 

Partial List of Correspondents

 

Bancroft, George, 1800-1891

box 1, folder 1

Letter to John C. Frémont. Sept. 6, 1886.

Additional Note

Mounted photocopy.
 

Browne, Nelly (Haskell)

box 1, folder 8

9 letters to Elizabeth B. Frémont. 1916.

 

Frémont, Belle Andrews Crandall (Mrs. Francis P. Frémont)

box 1, folder 8

4 letters to Elizabeth B. Frémont. 1916.

 

Frémont, Elizabeth Benton, 1842-1919

box 2, folder 11-13

203 letters to Nelly H. Browne. 1863-1914 undated

 

Frémont, Francis Preston, 1854-1931

box 2, folder 15

Letter (draft) to R. J. Bedford. May 29, 1891.

Content/Description

Re H. H. Bancroft's treatment of Frémont's role in the conquest of California.
box 2, folder 8

14 letters to Elizabeth B. Frémont. 1908-1917.

box 5

3 letters to Allan Nevins. 1927.

 

Frémont, Jessie (Benton), 1824-1902

box 1, folder 1

3 letters to John C. Frémont. 1857.

box 1, folder 4

Letter to Dorothea Lynde Dix. ca. 1862.

box 1, folder 5-6

85 letters to Nelly H. Browne. ca. 1862-1899.

box 1, folder 8

Letter to Elizabeth B. Frémont. undated

box 1, folder 4

Letter to [Charles] Nordhoff. undated

 

Frémont, John Charles, 1813-1890

box 1, folder 2

Letter to William Workman. Mar. 20, 1847.

box 1, folder 3

Letter to Jessie B. Frémont. July 11, 1890.

box 1, folder 2

5 letters to Nelly H. Browne. undated

box 1, folder 2

Letter to Rodman Price. undated

Additional Note

From the Honeyman Collection.
box 1, folder 2

Letter to J. J. Dixivol. May 18, 1859

 

Frémont, John Charles, 1849-1911

box 1, folder 7

Letter to Nelly H. Browne. Jan. 20, [1884?]

box 1, folder 3

2 letters to Jessie B. Frémont. July-Aug. 1890.

box 1, folder 8

2 letters to Elizabeth B. Frémont. July 1890.

 

Gibbs, Mifflin Wistar, 1823-

box 1, folder 3

Letter to Jessie B. Frémont. Oct. 1, 1902.

 

Gody, F. W.

Additional Note

This is Ferdinand W. Gerdis (1808-1884) according to letter from Mary Lee Spence to B. L.
box 1, folder 1

Letter to John C. Frémont. Nov. 7, 1841.

Content/Description

Concerning Frémont's secret marriage to Jessie Benton.
 

Howard, John Raymond, 1837-1926

box 1, folder 3

Letter to Jessie B. Frémont. Mar. 25, 1898.

 

Johnson, Robert Underwood, 1853-1937

box 1, folder 3

Letter to Jessie B. Frémont. Mar. 1, 1890.

 

Lummis, Charles Fletcher, 1859-1928

box 1, folder 9

4 letters to Elizabeth B. Frémont. 1908-1916.

 

Morton, William James, 1845-1920

box 1, folder 3

Letter to Jessie B. Frémont. July 22, 1890.

 

New York Monuments Commission for the Battlefields of Gettysburg and Chattanooga.

box 1, folder 9

9 letters to Elizabeth B. Frémont. 1908-1910.

 

Schurz, Carl

box 1, folder 3

Letter to Jessie B. Frémont. Mar. 2, 1878.