Guide to the John Augustus Sutter papers, 1846-1870

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Guide to the John Augustus Sutter Papers, 1846-1870

Collection number: BANC MSS C-B 631

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Date Completed:
Apr. 3, 1962
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Collection Summary

Collection Title: John Augustus Sutter Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1846-1870
Collection Number: BANC MSS C-B 631
Creator: Sutter, John Augustus, 1803-1880
Extent: Number of containers: 2 boxes and 1 oversize folder
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: Includes letters from Sutter, documents relating to property, and copy of inventory of Russian-American Company property at Fort Ross and Bodega.
Languages Represented: English

Information for Researchers

Access

Collection is open for research.
Permission to reproduce the letters from the Huntington Library in whole or in part must be obtained from the Huntington Library.

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], John Augustus Sutter papers, BANC MSS C-B 631, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Material Cataloged Separately

The following were removed from the collection for separate processing:
  • Watson, Douglas S.: Life of Johan August Sutter, 3 l.(?)
  • Portraits (3) and picture of Sutter's Fort
  • 4 newspaper clippings

Biographical Sketch

John Augustus Sutter, a colorful figure of Swiss parentage who came to the United States in 1834, first settled in Saint Louis, where he operated as a trader on the Santa Fe Trail. Then in 1838, he left for the West via the Oregon Trail with detours to Alaska and the Sandwich Islands before arriving in California in 1839. He obtained a land grant in what is now the Sacramento area, building a fort/trading/trapping post at New Helvetia in 1841 and acquiring property from the Russians at Fort Ross. The gold found in his property in 1848 led to his financial downfall. In 1849 he was one of the delegates to the state constitutional convention. He lived with his family at Hock Farm from 1850 until 1864 when his homestead was burned. He spent his last years in the east.

Scope and Content

The original material in this collection is mainly from the T. W. Norris Collection. Photocopy and transcripts of original Sutter letters in the Huntington Library and in the California State Library in Sacramento complete the collection. Permission to reproduce the letters from the Huntington Library in whole or in part must be obtained from the Huntington Library. Much of the photocopy and transcripts came from the Du Four material on Sutter, removed from the Bolton papers.

Container List

Box 1, volume v. 1

Sutter, John Augustus

 

Letters to William Worthington Chipman (June 16, 1862, Jan. 27, 1868), James William Denver (July 6, 1854), William Alexander Leidesdorff (Aug. 4, 1846), Orville C. Pratt (Dec. 29, 1855), Bennett Riley (Dec. 11, 1849), John F. Romie (May 12, 1848), Ad. Eggis, (May 12, 1880), A. Peri (Sept. 18, 1874), Jasper O'Farrell (July 27, 1857)

 

Documents concerning sale of land on Yuba River to Mr. Rose, Apr. 1850.

 

Deed of sale of land in Sacramento to Mayor R. P. Johnson, Apr. 28, 1854.

 

Statement about himself, 1854.

 

Order to pay a bill, July 17, 1857.

 

Power of attorney to Darius Ogden Mills and Co., June 4, 1864.

 

Roster of forces which left Sutter's Fort, Jan. 1, 1845.

 

Map of area along part of Sacramento and Plumas Rivers, known as Rancho de Flugge. Certified true copy by Sutter, n.d.

Additional Note

(For further materials relating to property, see also separate portfolio vol.)
 

Micheltorena, Manuel: Formal title to New Helvetia, Dec. 22, 1844. Copy.

 

Sutter, Emil Victor, d. 1883: Letter to A. Peri, Oct. 5, 1874.

 

Sutter, John Augustus (son ), 1826-1897

 

Letter to William Worthington Chipman, June 18, 1870

volume v. 2

Inventory of Russian-American Co. at Fort Ross and Bodega, 1841. In French. With agreement for terms of sale to Sutter. Copy of original. Original signed by Sutter, Jacob Leese, J. J. Vioget and Francisco Guerrero. With typescript translation and notes.

 

Photocopy and transcripts of Sutter's letters, grouped alphabetically according to addressee, and chronologically within each group. Partial list of contents follows:

 

To John Bidwell, 5 letters, 1851-1854. Originals in the California State Library.

 

To William Alexander Leidesdorff, 27 letters, 1844-1848. Originals in the Huntington Library.

 

To John Marsh, 22 letters, 1840-1846. From Bolton transcripts, and also 5 from originals in the California State Library.

 

To Pierson Barton Reading, 33 letters, 1844-1846. Originals in the California State Library.

Box 2

Photocopy and transcripts of Sutter letters, grouped alphabetically according to addressee, and chronologically within each group. Partial list of contents follows:

 

To Antonio Suñol, 46 letters, 1840-1846. Originals in the California State Library. (N. B. There are extracts of these letters in the H. H. Bancroft Collection, BANC MSS C-E 110)

 

To Mr. Struck, Apr. 14, 1854.

 

To Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo, 5 letters, Sept. 23-Dec. 21, 1844. Originals in the Huntington Library.

 

To Vital Ferdinand Vignes, 2 letters, 1852-1856. Originals in private possession.

 

Miscellaneous letters printed in newspapers and/or books.

portfolio Portfolio

Contains photocopy of miscellaneous documents, mainly relating to New Helvetia. Arranged chronologically insofar as size permits. Include:

 

Alvarado, Juan Bautista, 1809-1882

 

[Grant to Sutter of New Helvetia, June 18, 1841]. Translation only.

 

[Espediente promovido or Don Juan Agusto Sutter en solicitud de un terreno que se halla a las margenes del Rio Sacramento, June 19, 1841]

 

Sutter vs. U.S. no. 92

 

Re New Helvetia grant, May 15, 1855

 

U.S. Land Commissioners

 

[Evidence taken in case 192, John A. Sutter vs. The United States, 1854]

 

U.S. Supreme Court

 

[U.S. vs. Sutter, case no. 135 - argument for intervenors Nicolas Algier et al.]. Transcript only. 1864.

 

2 maps of New Helvetia, one undated, the other filed June 28, 1854.

 

Meyer, Albert Fr.: Stammbaum Sutter.

 

A Sutter genealogy prepared for Julian Dana. Gift of Warren Howell, July 26, 1949.