Guide to the Mark Brumagim Collection

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Guide to the Mark Brumagim Collection

Collection number: MS 190

Special Collections



Meriam Library

Chico, California

Contact Information:

  • Special Collections
  • Meriam Library
  • California State University, Chico
  • Chico, California 95929-0295
  • Phone: (530) 898-5710
  • Fax: (530) 898-4443
  • Email: wjones@oavax.csuchico.edu
  • URL: http://www.csuchico.edu/lbib/spc/spbrochr.html
Processed by:
The Meriam Library Special Collections staff
Encoded by:
Xiuzhi Zhou
© 1999 California State University, Chico. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Mark Brumagim Collection
Collection number: MS 190
Creator: Brumagim, Mark
Extent: 4 boxes
Repository: Meriam Library

California State University, Chico
Chico, California 95929-0295
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

The library can only claim physical ownership of the collection. Users are responsible for satisfying any claimants of literary property.

Preferred Citation

[Name of Collection], Mark Brumagim Collection, MS 190, Special Collections, Meriam Library, California State University, Chico.

Biography

Mark Brumagim sailed out of New York Harbor on March 24, 1849, aboard the bark "Linda." The pioneer from New York's Montgomery County arrived in California in November of 1849. He opened a bank in Marysville in 1850, the first bank in California north of San Francisco. Eight years later, he and his brothers established the banking firm of Mark Brumagim and Company in San Francisco. Brumagim and his partners held investments as far away as Durango, Mexico, and later became creditors of John C. Fremont.
Brumagim played an active role in the Marysville community. Attempting to lower freight rates between San Francisco and Marysville, he became a trustee of the Citizen's Steam Navigation Company. He continued his involvement as the first treasurer of the Mutual Hook and Ladder Company, City treasurer and as a charter member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF). His wife, Mrs. Lillie Brumagim, had a great interest in music, poetry, and writing.
Brumagim, having changed his last name to Birmingham along with many of his relatives, spent his last several years residing in New York City. He died on December 23, 1914, in his eighty-eighth year. Mark's brother, the Reverend D.M.Birmingham, also a resident Northern California, died in 1915 at the age of 80.

Contents

The Brumagim Collection mainly consists of personal correspondence, including a number of letters from Brumagim to his family and friends in New York. Miscellaneous correspondence between Lillie Brumagim and her friends and relatives is a component of the collection, in addition to a number miscellaneous letters, photographs, pieces of music and publications written by both DM and Lillie Birmingham.

Container List

 

Correspondence from Mark Brumagim, 1849-1855

Box 1, Folder 1

March 25, 1849, the bark "Linda", New York Bay

 

To: David Brumagim

Folder 2

November 23, 1849, the bark "Linda", Sacramento River

 

To: David Brumagim

Folder 3

December 26, 1849, Eight miles from Sacramento City

 

To: David Brumagim

Folder 4

March-April 1850, Sacramento City

 

To: Daniel Brumagim

Folder 5

June 21, 1850, San Francisco

 

To: "Dear Friends"

Folder 6

June 23, 1850, Sacramento City

 

To: "Dear Friends"

Folder 7

September 27, 1850, Marysville

 

To: Daniel M. Brumagim, Montgomery Co., NY

Folder 8

October 11, 1850, Marysville

 

To: Jacob H. Brumagim

Folder 9

December 1850, San Francisco

 

To: "Father"/David Brumagim

Folder 10

March 1851, San Framcisco, Marysville

 

To: Daniel Brumagim

Folder 11

May 29, 1851, Marysville

 

To: DM Brumagim

Folder 12

July 13, 1851, Marysville

 

To: "Brother"

Folder 13

August 29, 1851, Marysville

 

To: J. Henry Brumagim, Coney Island, NY

Folder 14

October 1851, San Francisco

 

To Daniel M. Brumagim

Folder 15

December 29, 1851, Marysville

 

To: David Brumagim

Folder 16

February 13, 1852, Marysville

 

To: Daniel Brumagim

Folder 17

March 12, 1852, Marysville

 

To: Daniel M. Brumagim, Montgomery Co., NY

Folder 18

November 28, 1852, Marysville

 

To: Daniel M. Brumagim, Esq.

Folder 19

March-May 1853, Marysville

 

To: David Brumagim, Leathurville, Montgomery Co., NY

Folder 20

July 25, 1853, Marysville

 

To: DM Brumagim, Milbraham, MS

Folder 21

May-July 1853, Marysville

Additional Note

[A letter dated May 27, 1853, addressed to "Brothers" from Sister Charlotte, is attached to a letter from Mark Brumagim dated May 28, 1853]
 

To: "Friends"/"Brothers"

Folder 22

July 25, 1853, Marysville

 

To: John Vickery, Esq., Montgomery Co., NY

Folder 23

August-December 1853, Marysville

 

To: David Brumagim, Montgomery Co., NY

Folder 24

October-November 1853, Marysville

 

To: "Friends"

Folder 25

February 14, 1854, Marysville

 

To: Father, Brother

Folder 26

April 28, 1854, Marysville

 

To: "Friends"

Folder 27

April-May 1854, Marysville

 

To: David Brumagim, Esq., Leathurville, Ames: Montgomery Co., NY

Folder 28

July 13, 1854, Marysville

 

To: "Brother"

Folder 29

August 29, 1854, Marysville

 

To: DM Brumagim, Montgomery Co., NY

Folder 30

August 16, 1855, Marysville

 

To: "Father & Friends"

 

Miscelleneous Correspondence, 1834-1916

 

Reverend & Mrs. Silvas Kenney, M.J. Kenney, Sister N. Tucker, and Mary Jane (Jennie) Brumagim [Mrs. DM Brumagim], 1834-1871

Box 2, Folder 1

July 7, 1834, Silvas Kenney Factory Point, VT

 

To: "My Dear Wife"

Folder 2

November 16, 1848-May 31, 1853, M.J. Kenney Milbury, North Wilbraham

 

To: Reverand & Mrs. Silvas Kenney, Richmond, NH

Folder 3

December 7, 1854, Sister N. Tucker (M.J. Kenney?) Worcester

 

To: Brother & Sister

Folder 4

Pre-1868, Mary Jane (Jennie) Kenney [A.K.A Mrs. DM Brumagim]

 

To: Grandpa Kenney

Folder 5

January 1, 1868, Mary Jane (Jennie) Kenney [A.K.A Mrs. DM Brumagim] Oneida Conference Seminary Cazenovia, NY

 

To: "My Dear Father"

Folder 6

October 16, 1871, Mary Jane (Jennie) Kenney [A.K.A Mrs. DM Brumagim] Albany, NY

 

To: "Father"

 

Lilian (Lillie) Brumagim/Birmingham, Lottie F. Vickers, "Grandma" Brumagim, Lily W. Brumagim, Linda Brumagim, 1872-1916

Box 2, Folder 7

September 12, Linda Brumagim

 

To: Lilian Brumagim

Folder 8

January 1872-January 1874, Lottie F. Vickers Canajoharie, NY

 

To: Lilian Brumagim, Stapleton, Staten Island, NY

Folder 9

August 30, 1873, June 16, 1876, "Grandma Brumagim" Canajoharie, NY

 

To: Lillian

Folder 10

July 8, 1875, June 26, 1876,Lily W. Brumagim Newport, RI & Canajoharie

 

To: Lilian

Folder 11

July 23, 1876, Linda Brumagim

 

To: Lilian

Folder 12

August 24, 1877, September 7, 1877, Lily Brumagim Canajoharie

 

To: Lilian

Folder 13

August 29, 1877, Linda C. Brumagim Canajoharie

 

To: Lilian Fay Brumagim

Folder 14

November-December 1878,Lily Train near Chicago & Illinios/Iowa

 

To: Lilian Birmingham, New York

Folder 15

November 15, 1878, December 16, 1878, Linda Palace Hotel, San Francisco & Danville, CA

 

To: Lilian

Folder 16

December 1878, Lilian Clifton, S.I.

 

To: Lily

Folder 17

January-April 1879, Linda, 1296 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco

 

To: Lilian

Folder 18

March-June 1879, Lilian, Stapleton, NY; Oravilla, Clifton, S.I.

 

To: Lily W. Birmingham, 1296 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco

Folder 19

April 1879-September 1880, Linda & Lily, San Francisco

 

To: Lilian F., Brumagim/Birmingham, Staten Island, NY

Folder 20

August 1, 1880, Lilian, "Oravilla S.I."; Stapleton, NY

 

To: Lily W. Birmingham, San Francisco

Folder 21

February-May 1881, Linda, 1122 Pine Street, San Francisco

 

To: Lilian Brumagim

Folder 22

September 27, 1882, Lilian, "Oravilla", S.I; Stapleton, NY

 

To: Miss Lily W. Birmingham, Otsego Co., NY

Folder 23

September-October 1882, Linda & Lily, Middlefield Centre, NY & Canajoharie

 

To: Lilian Birmingham, Stapleton, Staten Island, NY

Folder 24

September 17, 1882, Lilian, "Oravilla", S.I.; Stapleton, NY

 

To: Lily W. Birmingham

Folder 25

June 24, 1883 & August 27, 1883, Lily/Lill, Canajoharie

 

To: Lilian F. Birmingham

Folder 26

July 25, 1883, "Rita", Middlefield Centre

 

To: Lilian F. Birmingham

Folder 27

July 23, 1883 & September 3, 1883, Le./Liliahmo, "Oravilla", S.I.

 

To: L.W. Birmingham

Folder 28

January 23, 1887, Linda, 1800 Laguna St., San Francisco

 

To: Lilian Brumagim, New York

Folder 29

May-June 1906, Mrs. Fred H. Grey/Lilian, Oroville, CA

 

To: "Muzzer"/Mrs. DM Birmingham, New York City

Folder 30

n/d, TLCB

 

To: Mrs. DM Birmingham

 

Miscellaneous Letters

Box 2, Folder 31

October 1916(?), Sister Ellen & Royalston

 

To: "Dear Sister"

Folder 32

Misc.

 

Mrs. Mark Brumagim

 

Photographs

Box 3, Folder 1

Mark Birmingham in Mexico City

Additional Note

As founder of a Masonic Lodge
Folder 2

Mark Birmingham

Additional Note

Portrait
Folder 3

Church Photos

Additional Note

Napa, California
Folder 4

Street Scenes

Additional Note

New York City
Folder 5

Church Altar

Additional Note

California
Folder 6

Postcard of "Parish House"

Additional Note

Addressed to: Mrs. DM Birmingham, New York City

Sent From: "L.", Oroville
 

Publications

Box 3, Folder 7

"To Prohibitionists" Pamphlet

Additional Note

Anonymous
Folder 8

Christian Activity in College

Additional Note

DM Brumagim
Folder 9

"She and He", 1900

Additional Note

Carol Chase [A.K.A Mrs. Mark Birmingham]
Folder 10

"Bright Star of the East", 1901

Additional Note

Carol Chase [A.K.A Mrs. Mark Birmingham]
Folder 11

"A Prayer for Justice"

Additional Note

Carol Chase [A.K.A Mrs. Mark Birmingham]
Folder 12

"Delpha," "Meryl's Dilemma," and "A Desperate Case"

Additional Note

Roldah/Isabel Clifton Nye [A.K.A Mrs. Mark Birmingham]
Folder 13

"Meryl's Dilemma"

 

Ephemeral Materials

Box 3, Folder 14

Library of Congress Certificate

Additional Note

Mrs. Mark Birmingham
Folder 15

"Mr. Stephens"

Additional Note

Early drafts of a letter sent by Mrs. Mark Birmingham

Biographical Information
Folder 16

Marysville Correspondence, February-August 1857

Additional Note

Published articles from the town
Folder 17

Brumagim Clippings

Additional Note

Newspaper Clippings regarding the Brumagim/Birmingham family
Folder 18

Historical Clippings

Additional Note

Newspaper Clippings of historical significance
Folder 19

Miscellaneous Notes/Clippings

Additional Note

Poems, home remedies, etc.
 

Oversize Materials

Box 4, Folder 1

"We'll Make California Dry", November 3, 1914

Additional Note

California Dry Freedom Official Campaign Song
Folder 2

"The Dewey Cheer"

Additional Note

Words and Music by Carol Chase [A.K.A Mrs. Mark Birmingham]
Folder 3

Brumagim/Birmingham Scrapbook

Additional Note

Newspaper Clippings