Guide to the Abraham Darlington papers, 1846-1912
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Guide to the Abraham Darlington Papers, 1846-1912
Collection number: BANC MSS C-B 891
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Date (inclusive): Abraham Darlington Papers, 1846-1912.
Collection Number: BANC MSS C-B 891
Creator: Darlington, Abraham, 1820-1912
Number of Containers: 1 box, 105 v. in 5 cartons
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, 1852-1912; accounts, 1852-1890, relating mainly to farming and shopkeeping in El Dorado Co.
Include letters from James Patterson, John Dougherty and others re soapstone business and one letter from A.A. Sargent.
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[Identification of item], Abraham Darlington papers, BANC MSS C-B 891, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Scope and Content
The collection, purchased from Mr. Greenwood in July 1963, comprises diaries from 1852 until Darlington's death in 1912, account
books, 1852-1890, some correspondence and a few miscellaneous items. The diaries contain detailed descriptions of farming
and store-keeping. The account books include cash books, day books, order books, summaries of individual accounts. Correspondence
mainly relates to the sale of soapstone. A few letters from family and friends in the East are also included.
On Aug. 20, 1850 Abraham Darlington came to Hangtown, California. He later purchased a ranch in this area, about one and one-half
miles from the town of Weber on Weber Creek. Here he grew melons, tomatoes, planted fruit trees, started a vineyard, raised
horses and other livestock. He operated a store, first at his ranch, later in Placerville, catering to the needs of miners.
He also mined soapstone from a quarry on his ranch.
Key to Arrangement
Correspondence, arranged alphabetically, with single items in A-Z miscellany at the beginning. Include 6 letters, 1865-1866
from John Dougherty and 60 letters, 1865-1872 from James Patterson as agents for the sale of soapstone. There is also one
letter, dated March 18, 1872, from Aaron Augustus Sargent.
Accounts, 1857-1869, 10 items
Placerville American, 2 issues, Sept. 1855, containing articles re Darlington.
Death notices of members of the Darlington family, 2 items.
Miscellany: 6 items, 1846-1867, including certificate for Darlington as book-keeper, Jan. 30, 1846, and memoranda re soapstone,
Dealer's report on the collection.
volume v. 102-103
Tree planting books, 1861-1867