Guide to the John Bidwell Papers (Sutter's Fort Pioneer Collection), 1841-1902

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Guide to the John Bidwell Papers (Sutter's Fort Pioneer Collection), 1841-1902



California State Library

Sacramento, California

Contact Information:

  • California History Room
  • California State Library
  • Library and Courts Building II
  • 900 N. Street, Room 200
  • P.O. Box 942837
  • Sacramento, California 94237-0001
  • Phone: (916) 654-0176
  • Fax: (916) 654-8777
  • Email: cslcal@library.ca.gov
  • URL: http://www.library.ca.gov/
Processed by:
The California State Library staff
Encoded by:
Xiuzhi Zhou
© 1999 California State Library. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: John Bidwell Papers (Sutter's Fort Pioneer Collection),
Date (inclusive): 1841-1902
Box Number: 349-350
Creator: Bidwell, John, 1819-1900
Repository: California State Library
Sacramento, California
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access

Unrestricted.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], John Bidwell Papers (Sutter's Fort Pioneer Collection), California State Library.

Access Points

Pioneers--California
Sutter's Fort (Sacramento, Calif.)
Bidwell, John, 1819-1900
Frontier and pioneer life--California

Contents

Business and personal papers, correspondence, certificates, contracts, receipts.

Biography

John Bidwell was born in Chautauqua, N.Y., August 5, 1819. He came to California in 1841 with the Bartleson-Bidwell party. He was employed at Sutter's Fort in Sacramento and purchased Rancho del Arroyo Chico (now the city of Chico) in1849. An agriculturalist and philanthropist, he was a delegate to the California Constitutional Convention in 1849. He served as State Senator from 1849 to1850 and as California Representative to Congress in 1865/1867. He was a candidate for President in 1892. He died in Chico, April 4, 1900.

Correspondents

Major Correspondents

  • Sutter, John Augustus, 1803-1880

Other Correspondents

  • Larkin, Thomas Oliver, 1802-1858
  • McKinstry, George
  • Johnson, John Neely

Material Transferred from the Collection

  • Map (tracing copy) "Elachamac, or Alachamc, granted to J. Bidwell."
  • Typescripts and newspapers

Related Collections

Title: John Bidwell papers
Title: Annie E. K. Bidwell papers
Title: George McKinstry, Jr. papers

Container List

Box Box 349

1841-1855: Arranged chronologically

Box Box 350

1856-1902: Arranged chronologically