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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Access
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms

  • Overview of the Collection

    Title: H. H. Markham Papers
    Dates (inclusive): 1867-1899
    Collection Number: mssMarkham
    Creator: Markham, H. H., 1840-1923.
    Extent: Approximately 2,494 pieces in 24 boxes
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2129
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: This collection consists of letters and documents related to the life and interests of California governor Henry Harrison Markham (1867-1899). Subjects include: political trends in California, the California gubernatorial campaign of 1890, the 1896 election of President McKinley, and mining in California and Arizona (including some deeds of mining claims and reports).
    Language: English.

    Access

    Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.

    Administrative Information

    Publication Rights

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. H. H. Markham Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Provenance

    Gift of Hildreth Markham West, February 25, 1936.

    Biographical Note

    Henry Harrison Markham (1840-1923) was born in Wilmington, Essex County, New York, on November 16, 1840. He received his education in his native town, and in Wheeler's Academy, in Vermont. In 1861 he entered the army and served in the infantry throughout the Civil War, being honorably discharged after he was seriously wounded in the battle of River's Bridge in 1865. He practised law in Wisconsin from 1867 until 1879, when he moved to California. He settled in Pasadena and soon became a prominent and influential citizen of the county. In 1884 he was elected representative to Congress from the Sixth District and was successful in securing passage of several important measures, such as the establishment of a national soldiers' home in Santa Monica, and the securing of appropriations for improving various harbors on the California coast. He was elected governor of the state in 1890, and served for one term.
    His business enterprises were rather varied, but his chief interests were in gold and silver mining.
    He died October 9, 1923, and was survived by his wife, Mary Adams (Dana), of Waukesha, Wis., and four daughters.

    Scope and Content

    This collection consists of letters and documents related to the life and interests of Henry H. Markham. These papers deal mainly with the politics of the late 1800s, but include many from his files, dealing with mining and his other business interests. Subjects include: political trends in California, the California gubernatorial campaign of 1890, the 1896 election of President McKinley, and mining in California and Arizona (including some deeds of mining claims and reports). Persons represented in the collection include: Charles Frederick Holder (6 pieces), Henry Harrison Markham (84 pieces), Harrison Gray Otis (20 pieces) and Lorenzo Sawyer (1 piece).
    Some notable items include:
    • Davis, John F. Letters concerning presidential election of 1896. April 2 - Nov. 5, 1896.
    • Dougherty, O. R. Letter to Markham concerning possible change in location of Pasadena Post Office. Dec. 9, 1885.
    • Fording, T. J. Letter regarding the silver question. Jan. 11, 1886.
    • Jones, John W. Letter to H. H. Markham commenting on and enclosing a clipping relating to the part Senator Stanford took in the California campaign of 1890. Nov. 10, 1890.
    • Otis, Harrison Gray. Letters to H. H. Markham relating to political conditions and current affairs. Jan. 6, 1885 to April 13, 1897.
    • Sawyer, Lorenzo. Letter concerning bill to create U. S. Court known as Southern District of California. Jan 24, 1886.
    • Smith, George Hugh. Letter also concerning above-mentioned bill. Jan. 14, 1886.
    • Letters of the following concerning Railroad Strike of 1894.
      • California. Adjutant-General's Office. Sept. 8, 1894
      • Dickinson. John H. Aug. 30, 1894
      • Dimond, William H. Aug. 29, 1894
      • Sheehan, T. W. Aug. 30, 1894
      • Smedberg, W. R. c. 1894
    • Mining matters:
      • Clancy, William. Dec. 6, 1881 - June 19, 1882. (8 pcs.)
      • Smith, Gardner H. Jan. 16 - Dec. 23, 1897. (7 pcs.)
      • Thompson, M. J. Mar. 25 - May 25, 1897. (4 pcs.)

    Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series: 1. Correspondence (Boxes 1-19); 2. Misc. personal and business papers (Box 20); 3. Legal and business papers (Box 21).

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  

    Subjects

    Holder, Charles Frederick, 1851-1915.
    Markham, H. H., 1840-1923.
    McKinley, William, 1843-1901.
    Otis, Harrison Gray, 1837-1917.
    Sawyer, Lorenzo, 1820-1891.
    United States. President -- Elections, 1896.
    Mines and mineral resources -- Arizona.
    Mines and mineral resources -- California.
    Governors -- California -- Archives.
    California -- Politics and government -- 1850-1950.

    Forms/Genres

    Letters (correspondence) -- California -- 19th century.
    Personal papers -- California -- 19th century.

    Alternate Authors

    Holder, Charles Frederick, 1851-1915.
    Otis, Harrison Gray, 1837-1917.
    Sawyer, Lorenzo, 1820-1891.