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    Collection Title: Geologial Survey of California Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1844-1873
    Collection Number: BANC MSS C-A 183
    Creator: Geological Survey of California
    Extent: Number of containers: 1 box and 3 volumes
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    Berkeley, California 94720-6000
    Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
    Abstract: Fieldnotes and memoranda; notebooks concerning geological data, fossils, meteorology, roads and surveys; sketches, diagrams and parts of maps bound together with some items; reprints of scientific reports and other materials related to the survey are also included.
    Languages Represented: English

    Information for Researchers

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Geological survey of Califorina papers, BANC MSS C-A 183, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Introduction

    The California State Geological Survey was begun, in effect, on February 2, 1860, when Senator Logan introduced a bill for "an Act to create the Office of State Geologist and define the duties thereof." (Senate Journal, 1860, page 243.) This bill was passed on April 13 of the same year, and was later amended slightly. Professor J. D. Whitney was appointed State Geologist, and on February 27, 1862, addressed the Legislature concerning the study of geology, and stressed the need for a Geological Survey of California. (Appendix to the Journals of the Senate and Assembly, 1862.) The Survey itself was apparently begun early in 1863, and a "Letter of, the State Geologist relative to the progress of the State Geological Survey during the years 1863-1864" was issued by Whitney in 1866. Annual reports stating further progress were issued annually through 1872-1873. In 1874, a Joint Committee on the Geological Survey, in its report to the Governor, recommended the continuation of the Survey, and appended a statement by Whitney which also asked that the Survey be allowed to complete its work. (Appendix to the Journals of the Senate and Assembly, vol. 5, 1874.)
    In spite of these recommendations, however, work on the Survey was apparently stopped in 1874, and its records and property were turned over to the University of California. According to John P. Ryan, who made an inventory of the remaining Papers at the time that they were given to Bancroft Library in October of 1952, "in the Annual Report of the University Secretary... for the year ending June 30, 1890, there is given a complete list of the books, maps and plates that were stored in the Library 12/23/89. In 1925 the Legislature authorized the University to dispose of this material in any way they saw fit. At a later date a trunk containing some of the maps was turned over to the Geology Department. In October 1952 this latter material was given to the Bancroft Library. The balance of the material has not been discovered. Inquiries have been made at the Geology, Palaeontology, Botany, Geography and Mining Departments of the University. The material in the basement of the Women's Building and on the 7 floors of the Bell Tower has been examined without results."
    A list of the papers and property of the Survey is also given at the end of the Report of the Joint Committee mentioned above. In addition to the materials published in the Journals of the Senate and Assembly and their appendices, an article concerning the progress of the Survey was published in the American Journal of Science and Arts, vol. XXXVIII, no. 113, September 1964 (cataloged in Bancroft Library as F 870 S2 W5.)

    Additional Information

    Index of Individuals Mentioned in the Papers and Maps

    The following list includes all individuals mentioned in the papers and maps of the California State Geological Survey, whether as author, cartographer, or other reference. In locating the map for which a particular individual is mentioned, refer first to the area in the alphabetical list of maps, and under the area heading, to the map number.
    AMERICAN RIVER AND NATOMA WATER AND MINING COMPANY Map no. 43 Natoma.
    ARROWSMITH Map no. 43 Natoma.
    ATKINS Map no. 71j Little York.
    BISHOP, F. A. Map no. 68 Amador County.

    Map no. 152 American River.

    Map no. 233 American River.

    Map no. 234 American River.

    Map no. 236 American River.
    BOWEN

    (These may not refer to the same individual.) Map no. 71x. Red Hill Placer Claim.

    Map no. 71gg. Powell Placer Claim.
    BOWERS Map no. 135. Sonoma County (Central).
    BOWMAN, AMOS

    Many other maps of these areas are probably by Bowman, although they are unsigned. Papers no. 2.

    Papers no. 10.

    Papers no. 11.

    Papers no. 12.

    Map no. 47. Birchville.

    Map no. 48. Nevada County (Northern).

    Map no. 49. Nevada County (Central).

    Map no. 71a-oo. Nevada County.

    Map no. 85. Nevada County (Eastern).

    Map no. 88. Gold Run

    Map no. 91a-g. Nevada County (Southern).

    Map no. 92. Nevada County (Western).

    Map no. 103. Nevada County.

    Map no. 104. Nevada County.

    Map no. 155. Nevada County Central).

    Maps nos. 157-159. Placer County (Eastern).

    Map no. 161. Nevada County (Eastern).

    Map no. 162. Placer County (Northern).

    Map no. 164. Little York.

    Map no. 167. Little York.

    Map no. 169. You Bet.

    Map no. 170. You Bet.

    Map no. 171. California.

    Map no. 172. Chalk Mountain.

    Map no. 173. Nevada County (Central).

    Map no. 176. Nevada County (Western).

    Map no. 177. Nevada City.

    Map no. 178. Placer County (Northern).

    Map no. 180. Chalk Mountain.

    Map no. 181. Sierra County.

    Maps nos. 182-183. Sierra County (Western).

    Map no. 184. Smartsville.

    Map no. 189. Yuba County (Western).

    Map no. 191. Sierra County (Western).

    Map no. 196. North Bloomfield.

    Map no. 197. Sierra County.

    Map no. 200a-v. Nevada County.

    Map no. 205. Yuba River.

    Map no. 237. California (North-central).

    Map no. 264. Smartsville.

    Map no. 265. North Bloomfield.
    BRADLEY, ELISHA L. Map no. 71f. Bradley Placer Mine.
    BRADLEY, S.

    In the case of several of the mining claim maps above, it is uncertain whether Bradley is to be considered as cartographer or as claimant. Papers no. 6.

    Map no. 71a. Quaker Hill.

    Map no. 71g. Lone Jack Quartz Mine.

    Map no. 71i. Keystone Placer Claim.

    Map no. 71n. Nevada County (Central).

    Map no. 71p. Manzanita Mining Company.

    Map no. 71q. South Yuba Canal Company.

    Map no. 71t. Dikemann Placer Mine.

    Map no. 71dd. Byrne and Mehan Placer Mine.

    Map no. 103. Nevada County.

    Map no. 104. Nevada County.
    BREWER, WILLIAM H. Papers no. 1.

    Map no. 244. California (South-central).
    BRITTON AND REY Map no. 242. Cañada de los Capitancillos.
    BROWN, ADAM Map no. 71mm. Sailor Placer Mine.
    C[ALIFORNIA] P[ACIFIC] RAILROAD Map no. 6. Placer County.

    Map no. 10. San Joaquin County (Southern).

    Map no. 12. Sacramento County.

    Map no. 13. Sacramento County.

    Map no. 14. Placer County (Western).

    Map no. 15. California (North-central).

    Map no. 16. Nevada County (Eastern).

    Map no. 123. Placer County (Central).

    Map no. 161. Nevada County (Eastern).

    Map no. 162. Placer County (Northern).

    Map no. 222. Placer County (Northern).
    CALIFORNIA STATE GEOLOGICAL SURVEY (Published maps) Map no. 238. California.

    Map no. 239. Contra Costa County (Central).
    CAMPBELL, WILLIAM Map no. 71cc. Norambagua Quartz Mine.
    CHALK MOUNTAIN GRAVEL COMPANY Map no. 172. Chalk Mountain.
    CHICO AND HUMBOLDT RAILROAD Map no. 312. Butte County.
    COLGRAVE, JOHN S. Map no. 71e. Dutch Flat.
    COOPER, J. G. Papers no. 3, 4, 5

    See also no 2 & 3
    COZZENS Map no. 71j. Little York.
    CRAVEN, ALFRED Map no. 69. Lake County (Southern).

    Map no. 188. Nevada City.

    Map no. 287. Tuolumne County (Southern).

    Map no. 309. Sweetwater Mountains.
    DANIELS, Mrs. Map no. 71s. Alison Ranch.
    DEETKIN, G. F. Map no. 215. Cosumnes and Michigan Bar Canal.
    DELANO, A. Map no. 71oo. New York Hill Quartz Mine.
    EDMAN, J. A. Map no. 4a-b. Spanish Peak.
    EUREKA LAKE WATER COMPANY Map no. 240. Nevada County (Eastern).
    FEAFF Map no. 71ff. Bear River.
    FOOTE, A. D. Papers no. 1.
    FRANKENBERG Map no. 143. Merced County.
    GABB Map no. 332. Lake County.
    GARB, WILLIAM M. Papers no. 4.
    GARDNER, M. S.

    (All three maps may not refer to the same Gardner; only one gives initials.) Map no. 53. Sierra Nevada.

    Map no. 71f. Bradley Placer Mine.

    Map no. 71ff. Bear River.
    GODDARD, G. R. Map no. 124. California (South-central).

    Map no. 125. Sonora Pass.

    Map no. 126. Sonora Pass.

    Map no. 127. Mokelumne Hill.

    Map no. 136. California (North-central).

    Map no. 213. California (North-central).

    Map no. 227. Alpine County (Northern).

    Map no. 256. California (South-central).

    Map no. 290. Sonora Pass.
    GOODYEAR Map no. 291. American River.
    GRANT, GEORGE Map no. 71ee. Rough and Ready Placer Mine.
    GREY, NICHOLAS Map no. 20. Primer Cañon Rancho.
    GRIFFITH, J. M. Map no. 62. Amador County.
    GUERRA, PABLO DE LA Map no. 21. Sacramento Valley.
    HEARST, GEORGE Map no. 24. Loyal Quartz Mine.
    HENNING, T. S. (J. S.?) Map no. 43. Butte County (Southern).

    Map no. 276. Butte County (Northern).
    HOCHHOLZER, HUGO Map no. 240. Nevada County (Eastern).
    HOFFMAN, CHARLES F. Map no. 44. Mariposa County.

    Map no. 214. Mono County.

    Map no. 221. Calaveras County.

    Map no. 223. Mono County (Southern).

    Map no. 244. California (South-central).
    HOVEY, N. Papers no. 1.
    JACOBS, GEORGE F. Map no. 71a. Quaker Hill.
    KEDDIE, A. W. Map no. 106. Feather River.

    Map no. 140. Plumas County (Southern).

    Map no. 294. Plumas County (Southern).
    KNOX Map no. 71j. Little York.
    LEWIS, M. F. Map no. 226. Real de los Aguilas Rancho.
    LEWIS, WILLIAM J. Map no. 242. Cañada de los Capitancillos.
    LINTEN, G. M. Map no. 90. Buckeye Mine.
    LÖHR Map no. 247. Mono County.

    Map no. 248. Mono County (Eastern).

    Map no. 290. Sonora Pass.
    LUTGE, F. C. Map no. 71z. Nevada County (Central).
    MCBRIDE

    (All three maps may not refer to the same McBride; no initials are given in any map.) Map no. 19. Pleasant Valley.

    Map no. 71x. Red Hill Placer Claim.

    Map no. 246. Mono County.
    MCKIM, W. L. Map no. 23. Loyal Quartz Mine.
    MALINE, F. S. Map no. 71s. Alison Ranch.
    MANZANITA MINING COMPANY Map no. 71p. Manzanita Mining Company.
    MATHER, J. G. Map no. 47. Birchville.
    MATHER, S.

    (Whether Mather is to be considered as cartographer or claimant is indefinite in the case of several of these maps.) Map no. 71b. Eureka Quartz Mine.

    Map no. 71c. Spring Hill Quartz Mine.

    Map no. 71d. Rising Sun Gold Quartz Mine.

    Map no. 71-1. Wisconsin Quartz Mine.

    Map no. 71m. Pillsbury Gold Quartz Mine.

    Map no. 71o. Sebastopol Quartz Mine.

    Map no. 71r. Providence Quartz Mine.

    Map no. 71v. Idaho Gold Quartz Mine.

    Map no. 71y. Empire Gold Quartz Mine.

    Map no. 7lhh. Baltic Grand Mining Company.

    Map no. 71jj. Auroral Star Quartz Mine.

    MICHELTORRENA, MANUEL Map no. 21. Sacramento Valley.
    MIDDLE YUBA CANAL COMPANY Map no. 240. Nevada County (Eastern).
    MINER, FRANKLIN Map no. 71-11. Franklin Miner Placer Claim.
    MOREHOUSE, ALPHONSO Map no. 71ii. Morehouse Quartz Mine.
    MOW Map no. 180. Chalk Mountain.
    NEVADA CITY WATER COMPANY Map no. 91a-g. Nevada County (Southern).

    Map no. 240. Nevada County (Eastern).
    O'BRIEN Papers no. 10.
    OSTROM, JOHN Map no. 211. Nevada County.
    PERRIN, GEORGE H. Map no. 24. Loyal Quartz Mine.
    PETTEE Map no. 164. Bear River.

    Maps nos. 165-166. Little York.
    POND AND COMPANY Map no. 71kk. Pond and Company Placer Claim.
    RANSOM, LEANDER Map no. 151. California (North-central).
    RYAN, JOHN P. Papers no. 1.
    SARGENT, A. A. Map no. 71a. Quaker Hill.
    SCAMMON, C. M. Map no. 144 Scammon's Lagoon.
    SCHOFIELD Map no. 71k. Schofield Gold Quartz Mine.
    SCHWARTZ, J. C. T. Map no. 71Z. Nevada County (Central).
    SCHWARTZER Map no. 71gg. Powell Placer Claim.
    SOUTH FORK COMPANY Map no. 68. Amador County.

    Map no. 236. American River.
    SOUTH YUBA CANAL COMPANY Map no. 71Q. South Yuba Canal Company Placer Mine.
    STEARNS, ROBERT E. C. Paper no. 8.
    STODDART, ALAN Map no. 71cc. Norambagua Quartz Mine.
    STRANAHAN Map no. 180. Chalk Mountain.
    STRATTON, S. Map no. 71u. Salatrol Gold Quartz Mine.

    Map no. 71 aa. Nomdegewock Gold Quartz Mine.
    STRAUBE, CHARLES E. Map no. 71h. Elsinore Hill Placer Mine.
    SWEATLAND Map no. 90. Buckeye Mine.
    TIDE LAND RECLAMATION COMPANY Map no. 194. California (North-central).
    U. S. COAST AND GEORDETIC SURVEY Map no. 190. Napa Creek.

    Map no. 305. Placer County (Southern).
    U. S. SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR Map no. 65. California (Northern).
    UREN, E. C. Maps nos. 88-89. Gold Run.
    WACKENROEDER, VITUS Map no. 125. Sonora Pass.

    Map no. 155. Nevada County (Central).

    Map no. 175. Nevada County (Central).

    Map no. 197. Sierra County.

    Map no. 242. Cañada de los Capitancillos.

    Map no. 289. Mono County (Central).

    Map no. 290. Sonora Pass.
    WATT, WILLIAM Map no. 71o. Sebastopol Quartz Mine.

    Map no. 71s. Alison Ranch.
    WESHE, ADOLPH L. Map no. 71nn. Weshe Placer Claim.
    WHEELER, C. T.

    (Both maps may not refer to the same individual.) Map no. 71g. Lone Jack Quartz Mine.

    Map no. 71k. Schofield Gold Quartz Mine.
    WHITE Map no. 71j. Little York.
    WHITNEY, J. D. Papers nos. 7 and 12.

    Map no. 238. California

    Map no. 241. San Francisco Bay Region.

    Map no. 244. California (South central).

    WIELAND, J. Map no. 71gg. Powell Placer Claim.
    WILLIAMSON, Col. Papers no. 10.
    WILSON, JOSEPH S.

    (The Joseph S. Wilson mentioned in map no. 65 may not be the same as the Wilson given as cartographer in the other two.) Map no. 65. California (Northern).

    Map no. 247. Mono County.

    Map no. 248. Mono County (Eastern).
    WOLCOTT, O. J. Map no. 71n. Nevada County (Central).
    For New series numbers 19, 22, 23, 24, 51, 56, 66, 70, 242, 269, 271, 286, 296, 298, and 304, there is no corresponding number in the Old series. Numbers 317-328 and 331 of the New series were in too fragmentary a condition to check for an Old series number.

    Correlation of Old and New Series Numbers

    Old series/ New series
      1a
      Papers no. 19
      1b
      Papers no. 20
      1c
      Papers no. 20
      1e
      Papers nos. 20 & 22
      1f
      Papers no. 17
      1h
      Papers no. 20
      1i
      Papers no. 14
      1j
      Papers no. 13
      1k
      Papers no. 18
      1l
      Papers no. 16
      1m
      Papers no. 22
      1n
      Papers no. 15
      2
      Papers no. 2
      3
      Map no. 17
      3
      Map no. 17
      3
      Map no. 20
      3
      Map no. 21
      3
      Map nos. 53-55
      3
      Map nos. 57-64
      3
      Map no. 107
      3
      Map no. 126?
      3
      Map no. 128
      3
      Map nos. 131-139
      3
      Map no. 217
      3
      Map no. 235
      3
      Map no. 245
      3
      Map no. 246
      3
      Map nos. 261-262
      3
      Map nos. 267-268
      3
      Map no. 270?
      3
      Map nos. 273-277
      3
      Map no. 276
      3
      Map nos. 279-285
      3
      Map nos. 287-288
      3
      Map no. 293
      3
      Map no. 297
      3
      Map no. 299
      3
      Map no. 302
      3
      Map no. 303 cop. 2
      3
      Map no. 316
      3
      Map no. 329?
      3
      Map no. 330 (1 of 7
      5
      Papers no. 3
      6
      Map no. 228
      7
      Papers no. 9

      (241 cop. 1 is also numbered 7 in the old series, but the description does not fit.)
      8
      Map no. 222
      9
      Map no. 193
      10
      Map no. 250 cop. 1
      11
      Map no. 306
      12
      Map no. 123
      13
      Map nos. 6-16
      14
      Map no. 250 cop. 2
      15
      Map no. 3
      17
      Map no. 84

      Missing in old inventory
      19
      Map no. 191
      20
      Map no. 71a-oo
      21
      Map no. 188
      22
      Map nos. 195, 198-200a-v
      23
      Map nos. 196-197
      24
      Map nos. 103-105
      25
      Map no. 223
      26
      Map no. 214
      27
      Map no. 69
      28
      Map no. 4a-b
      29
      Map no. 253
      30
      Map no. 52
      31
      Map nos. 145-148
      32
      Map nos. 47-50
      33
      Map nos. 155-162
      34
      Papers no. 7

      Missing in old inventory
      35
      Map no. 256
      36
      Map nos. 165-170
      37
      Map nos. 163-164
      37
      Map no. 189
      37
      Map no. 255
      38
      Map nos. 177-185
      38
      Map no. 300
      39
      Map nos. 201-204
      40
      Map nos. 205-210
      41
      Map nos. 85-94
      41
      Map nos. 262-266
      42
      Map nos. 171-176
      43
      Map no. 46
      43
      Map no. 72
      43
      Map nos. 14-80
      43
      Map nos. 121-122
      44
      Map nos. 109-117
      47
      Map no. 241 cop. 2

      The six fragments listed in the old inventory are missing
      48
      Map no. 18
      48
      Map nos. 25-44
      48
      Map nos. 95-102
      48
      Map no. 124
      48
      Map no. 249
      48
      Map no. 272
      48
      Map no. 278?
      48
      Map no. 289?
      48
      Map no. 290
      48
      Map no. 295
      48
      Map no. 303 cop. 1
      48
      Map no. 307
      48
      Map no. 314
      48
      Map no. 315
      48
      Map no. 329?
      49
      Map no. 312
      51
      Map no. 127

      Missing in old inventory
      53
      Map no. 65
      54
      Map no. 308
      54
      Map no. 330 (1 of 7)
      55
      Map no. 141
      55
      Map no. 144
      56
      Map no. 73
      56
      Map no. 190
      57
      Map nos. 232-234
      57
      Map no. 236
      57
      Map no. 258
      58
      Map no. 119
      59
      Map no. 227
      60
      Map no. 229
      61
      Map no. 2
      62
      Map no. 67
      63
      Map no. 215
      73
      Map no. Papers no. 4

      Missing in old inventory.
      74
      Map no. 126?
      74
      Map no. 150
      74
      Map no. 213
      74
      Map no. 220
      74
      Map no. 225
      75
      Map no. 221
      76
      Map nos. 211-212
      77
      Map no. 108
      80
      Map no. 149
      81
      Map no. 81-82
      81
      Map no. 329?
      82
      Map no. 118
      82
      Map nos. 129-130
      82
      Map no. 231
      83
      Map no. 332 (wrapper only)
      84
      Map no. 237
      85
      Map no. 257
      86
      Map no. 106
      87
      Map no. 254
      89
      Map no. 140
      89
      Map no. 294
      90
      Map no. 259
      91
      Map no. 252
      92
      Map no. 226
      93
      Map no. 45
      93
      Map nos. 291-292
      93
      Map no. 301
      93
      Map no. 305
      94
      Map no. 1
      95
      Map no. 216
      97
      Map no. 192
      99
      Map nos. 186-187

      Missing in old inventory.
      100
      Map no. 5a-d
      101
      Map no. 143
      101
      Map no. 313
      102
      Map no. 125
      104
      Map nos. 247-248
      105
      Map no. 243
      108
      Map no. 68
      110
      Map no. 251
      111
      Map no. 311
      112
      Map no. 120
      120
      Map no. 236

      Missing in old inventory.
      122
      Map no. 239 cop. 1

      Missing in old inventory.
      123
      Papers no. 8

      Missing in old inventory.
      127
      Map no. 244

      Missing in old inventory.
      133
      Map nos. 151-154
      135
      Map no. 309
      136
      Map no. 309
      137
      Map no. 218-219
      137
      Map no. 310
      140
      Map no. 240
      141
      Map no. 83

      Missing in old inventory.
      142
      Map no. 194
      143
      Map no. 260
      148
      Map no. 224
      150
      Map no. 142

    Material Cataloged Separately

    • Maps transferred to the map collection of the Bancroft Library (G9990.C3)
    • Notebooks compiled by William H. Brewer containing botanical, barometric and other information, have been removed for inclusion with other Brewer materials in The Bancroft Library (BANC MSS C-B 313-332)
    • The notebooks and papers of William H. Brewer formerly with this collection have been removed for separate cataloging: William H. Brewer papers, BANC MSS C-B 1069
    • Printed Reports of the Surveyor General have been removed from the collection but are available in the book collections of The Bancroft Library as appendices to the Journals of the Legislature of the State of California, 1859-1873 (F863.1.C17)