Guide to the Walsworth Family Papers, [ca. 1842-1906]

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Guide to the Walsworth Family Papers, [ca. 1842-1906]

Collection number: BANC MSS 70/131 c

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Date Completed:
ca. 1970
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Collection Summary

Collection Title: Walsworth Family Papers,
Date (inclusive): [ca. 1842-1906]
Collection Number: BANC MSS 70/131 c
Creator: Walsworth family
Extent: Number of containers: 2 boxes, 2 cartons 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: Correspondence, diaries, Mss., scrapbooks and clippings of Presbyterian minister Edward Brown Walsworth and his wife, relating to their voyage around the Horn in the Trade Wind, 1852; life in San Francisco, Marysville and Oakland; voyage to Hawaii, 1858; visit to Yosemite; association with the Oakland Female College. Also included: letters, accounts and papers of the Gibson and Pierson families, 1806-1874; and genealogical materials relating to the Pierson, Walsworth and Redington families.
Languages Represented: English

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Walsworth family papers, BANC MSS 70/131 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Material Cataloged Separately

  • Photograph of the First Presbyterian Church, Marysville, transferred to the Pictorial Collections of The Bancroft Library
    Identifier/Call Number: (BANC PIC 1970.050--CDV)
  • Portraits have been removed and cataloged as portraits no. 14063-14068.

Biography

Edward Brown Walsworth, who was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on September 29, 1819, moved with his family to New York State when he was fifteen years old. There he received his early education, and there he joined the Presbyterian Church. Having decided to become a minister, after graduating from Union College in 1844, he continued his studies at the Auburn Theological Seminary, and later at the Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Upon his graduation in 1848, he accepted his first call in East Avon, New York. Here he met Sarah A. Pierson who was to become his wife.
In 1852 Mr. Walsworth offered his services to the American Home Missionary Society, and left for California with Mrs. Walsworth on the Trade Wind, traveling around Cape Horn, arriving in San Francisco in February, 1853. In California he organized the First Presbyterian Church in Oakland, then went on to Marysville, returning to Oakland some ten years later. At this time, Walsworth founded a college for women, the Oakland Female College of the Pacific, thereby combining his love of church and education. He was also a trustee and one of the founders of the Oakland College School. In 1872 he returned to New York, settling in Albion, and later accepting the chancellorship of Ingham University at LeRoy for three years. He spent his last years as resident pastor in Livonia, where he died in 1891.

Scope and Content

The papers, a gift of Warren Howell, March 9, 1970, contain correspondence of both Mr. and Mrs. Walsworth from 1852 to 1890; a diary of Edward Brown Walsworth, 1853, describing the end of his voyage in the Trade Wind and his arrival in San Francisco; four volumes of diaries of Mrs. Walsworth,1852-1862, concerning the voyage to California, and life in San Francisco, Marysville and Oakland; papers relating to the Female College of the Pacific; scrapbooks of Edward Brown Walsworth relating to his ministerial career and to his interest in education; manuscripts of his writings and sermons, including the text for a Guide Book, New York to San Francisco via Panama, written in 1867; clippings; deeds for property in Marysville;and early family papers containing miscellaneous accounts and documents of the Gibson family, 1806-1842, and of the Pierson family, 1827-1874.
There is also genealogical material for the Pierson, Redington and Walsworth families.
A key to the arrangement of the papers and a list of major correspondents follow.

Key to Arrangement

Box 1

Walsworth, Edward Brown, 1819-1892:

 

Outgoing letters, 1852-1890

 

Letters to Walsworth, arranged alphabetically, A-Z.

Scope and Content Note

A partial list of correspondents may be consulted at the end of the report.
 

Diary, 1853, of end of voyage in the Trade Wind and arrival in San Francisco.

 

Miscellaneous papers, many of them announcements of lectures and sermons, 1842-1892.

 

Oakland, Calif Female College of the Pacific:

Scope and Content Note

Miscellaneous papers relating to the founding of the college, programs, etc.
Box 2

Walsworth, Sarah A. (Pierson), 1829- :

 

Outgoing letters, 1852-1890

 

Letters to Mrs. Walsworth, arranged alphabetically, A-Z.

Scope and Content Note

A partial list of correspondents may be consulted at the end of the report.
 

Diaries, 1852-1862 (4v.)

Scope and Content Note

1852-1853 diaries describe voyage around the Horn, arrival and life in San Francisco, Marysville and Oakland. 1862 diary was kept while living in Oakland and contains few entries. Also included is a transcript, made by Mrs. Walsworth, of voyage diaries.
 

Miscellaneous reminiscences, Mss. of writings and poems, clippings of articles and poems by Mrs.Walsworth; miscellaneous papers, programs, etc., 1845-1893.

Ctn. 1

Papers of Edward Brown Walsworth

 

Scrapbooks:

 

v. 1: Letters, marriage certificate, clippings, programs, receipts, certificates, relating to his ministerial career and including some materials on the Female College of the Pacific. Obituaries at end.

 

v. 2: Letters, clippings, and programs, pertaining mainly to Ingham University, LeRoy, New York.

 

v. 3: Clippings, announcements, programs, relating to the Female College of the Pacific and other educational institutions, primarily in California.

 

Mss of sermons, lectures and writings, arranged alphabetically by title. Some relate to California, including Yosemite, and to Hawaii.

 

Record of deaths, marriages, etc., 1847-1891

 

Record of sermons (2 v.)

 

Commonplace book

Ctn. 2

Guide Book, New York to San Francisco, via Panama. 1867.

Scope and Content Note

Mss., describing in detail such a voyage, including precautions to be taken and suggestions for rendering the voyage as comfortable as possible.
 

Summons in two law cases, 1868-1869

 

Deeds for property in Marysville and Oakland, 1853

 

Clippings re California

 

Clippings re the Walsworths

 

Gibson family papers:

Scope and Content Note

Miscellaneous accounts and papers of Kasson Gibson and Rodney R. Gibson, 1806-1842
 

Pierson family papers:

Scope and Content Note

Letters to Frederick B. and Frances Janette (Gibson) Pierson, miscellaneous accounts and papers, 1827-1874
 

Genealogical materials for the Pierson, Redington and Walsworth families

Partial List of Correspondence

 

Armstrong, Richard, 1805-1860

 

Letter, May 30, 1859. (Box 1)

 

Badger, Milton, 1800-1873

 

2 letters, 1852, in v. 1 of scrapbooks in Carton 1

 

Bishop, Charles R.

 

5 letters, 1859, from Honolulu re importing American birds. (Box 1)

See also letter of Feb. 9, 1860, in v. 1 of scrapbooks in Carton 1

 

Bonté, John Harmon C., d. 1896

See California. University. Regents

 

Brewer, William Henry, 1828-1910

 

Letter, Apr. 3, 1862, as recording secretary of the California Academy of Natural Sciences (Box 1)

 

Brooks, Noah, 1830-1903

 

Letter, Aug. 26, 1862. (Box 1)

 

Brown, George LeRoy

 

4 letters, 1891, re Walsworth and Southworth genealogies (Box 2)

 

California. University. President

 

2 letters, 1903, by Benjamin Ide Wheeler. One addressed to J. C. Rowell (Box 2)

 

California. University. Regents

 

3 letters, 1894-1903, by J. H. C. Bonté and W. A. McKowen (Box 2)

 

California. University, Berkeley. Library

 

6 letters, 1875-1903, by J. C. Rowell (Box 2)

 

California Academy of Natural Sciences

See Brewer, William Henry

 

Coyle, Robert Francis, 1850-

 

2 letters, 1893-1898. (Box 2)

 

Durant, Henry, 1802-1875

See Oakland. California Presbyterian Church

 

Franklin, Stephen, 1810-

 

Letter Mar. 12, 1881, written on behalf of the San Francisco Theological Seminary (Box 1)

 

Kelley, John W., d. 1864

 

2 letters, 1862, written from Panama and New York, and reflecting impressions of a U. S. Naval officer during the Civil War (Box 1)

 

Kenny, George L.

 

Letter, Dec. 6, 1869, re death of Mrs. H. H. Bancroft (Box 1)

 

King, Thomas Starr, 1824-1863

 

3 letters, 1860-1862. (Box 1)

 

Kinney, Selma (Schandorf) (Mrs. Henry A. Kinney)

 

5 letters, 1892-1906, written mainly from Hawaii (Box 2)

 

Low, Frederick Ferdinand, 1828-1894

 

Letter, Apr. 10, 1865. (Box 1)

 

McCosh, James, 1811-1894

 

Letter, Feb. 27, 1886. (Box 1)

 

Minton, Henry Collin, 1855-1924

 

Letter, Dec. 7, 1896. (Box 2)

 

Mooar, George

 

Letter, Nov. 6, 1862. (Box 1)

 

Morris, Ralph H.

 

2 letters, 1905, from Hawaii (Box 2)

 

Oakland, California-Presbyterian Church

 

2 letters, 1861, by Joseph B. Kelsey, Henry Durant, Samuel Percy and William K. Rowell (Box 1)

 

Pierson, Hamilton Wilcox, 1817-1888

 

Mar. 18, 1852. (Box 1)

 

Pierson, Lizzie B.

 

2 letters, 1902, re Pierson genealogy (Box 2)

 

Potter, Alonzo, 1800-1865

 

Letter, Oct. 5, 1842, in v. 1 of scrapbooks in Carton 1

 

Pruyn, Mary

 

Letter, July 6, 1872, re church in Japan (Box 1)

 

Rice, Alexander Hamilton, 1818-1895

 

Letter, Nov. 26, 1877. (Box 1)

See also letter, Oct. 26, 1843, in v. 1 of scrapbooks in Carton 1

 

Rich, Charles Ephraim, 1834-1909

 

2 letters, 1863, in v. 1 of scrapbooks in Carton 1

 

Rowell, Joseph Cummings, 1853-1938

See California. University, Berkeley. Library

 

Rowell, William Kimball, 1829-1887?

See Oakland, California, Presbyterian Church

 

Watson, John Crittenden, 1842-1923

 

2 letters, 1872-1873. (Box 1)

See also letter, Sept. 5, 1872, in v. 1 of scrapbooks in Carton 1

 

Wheeler, Benjamin Ide, 1854-1927

See California. University. President

 

Willey, Samuel Hopkins, 1821-1914

 

Letter, n. d. (Box 1)