Guide to the San Francisco Committee of Vigilance of 1851 Papers, 1851-1852

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Guide to the San Francisco Committee of Vigilance of 1851 Papers, 1851-1852

Collection number: BANC MSS C-A 77

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Collection Summary

Collection Title: San Francisco Committee of Vigilance of 1851 Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1851-1852
Collection Number: BANC MSS C-A 77
Creator: San Francisco Committee of Vigilance of 1851
Extent: Number of containers: 8 boxes, 1 volume, 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: Include constitution, name book, minutes of meetings, accounts, and other records. Also police reports, statements and depositions in criminal cases, especially those involving James Stuart and John Jenkins. Some correspondence and clippings.
Languages Represented: English

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Collection is open for research.

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[Identification of item], San Francisco Committee of Vigilance of 1851 papers, BANC MSS C-A 77, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Scope and Content

These papers, from the original Hubert Howe Bancroft Collection, begin with the official constitution of the Committee, June 8, 1851. The bulk of the collection is from June through Sept. 1851, with records of a more sporadic nature through November 1852. The papers include minutes of meetings, statements of witnesses, some correspondence, police reports, reports on examination of passenger ships coming from Australia, accounts, and other records, as well as clippings from various San Francisco newspapers. The chronological arrangement, day by day, of most of these papers follows, in the main, the work edited by Mary Floyd Williams entitled: Papers of the San Francisco Committee of Vigilance of 1851 (Academy of Pacific Coast History. Publications, v. 4. University of California Press, Berkeley. 1919). An unbound copy of Miss Williams' book forms a part of the report, with pencilled notations giving folder number of documents.

Key to Arrangement

Box 1, folder 1-107

June 1851

Additional Note

Folder 2, which has been repaired, is now in oversize folder.
Box 2, folder 108-223

July 1-12, 1851

Box 3, folder 224-351

July 13-31, 1851

Box 4, folder 352-475

Aug. 1-19, 1851

Box 5, folder 476-566

Aug. 20-Sept. 12, 1851

Box 6, folder 567-679

Sept. 13, 1851-Feb. 1852

Box 7, folder 680-724

Mar.-Nov. 1852; Accounts and other records

Box 8, folder 725-736

Miscellaneous records, clippings

Official seal of the Committee

Partial Index

 

Argenti, Felix

folder no. 58

Statement:

folder no. 667

Letter:

folder no. 616

Signature:

Additional Note

(Fragment only of a document)
 

Austin, E. Gerry

folder no. 228, 539, 553, 626

Letters:

 

Bluxome, Isaac

Additional Note

Also wrote and signed many minutes, as Secretary of General Committee and later of the Executive Committee.
folder no. 382, 634

Report:

folder no. 391

Order:

folder no. 592, 635, 654, 670, 680, 689, 687, 688

Letters:

folder no. 736

Deed:

 

Brannan, Samuel, 1819-1889

folder no. 43, 127, 156

Letters:

folder no. 513

Statement:

 

Campbell, Alexander, 1820-

folder no. 19

Letter:

 

Clarke, Jeremiah

folder no. 147, 492

Letters:

 

Coleman, William Tell, 1824-1893

folder no. 409

Letter:

 

Dahlgren, Theodore

folder no. 105, 148, 221

Letters:

Additional Note

Re his apprehension as thief.
 

Delessert, Eugene

folder no. 347, 501, 682, 697

Letters:

folder no. 599

Notice:

 

Derby, George Horatio, 1823-1861

folder no. 69, 91, 166

Letters:

Additional Note

Relate to Samuel Church, horse-thief
 

Dewey, Samuel L.

folder no. 67, 300, 611

Statements:

folder no. 80

Letter:

 

Gibbons, Rodman

folder no. 79, 370

Statements:

folder no. 259, 344, 408, 474

Resolutions:

 

Graham, William C.

Additional Note

Also wrote and signed minutes of Executive Committee, as Secretary.
folder no. 17

Police report:

folder no. 299, 393, 436

Letters:

 

Gregory, Joseph W.

folder no. 271

Letter:

Additional Note

Offering services of Gregory's Express to the Committee.
 

Hays, John Coffee, 1817-1883

folder no. 118, 676

Letters re San Francisco prison:

folder no. 297

Receipt for prisoner:

 

Jones, William Carey, 1814-1867

folder no. 485

Letter:

folder no. 513

Statement:

 

King, Thomas Butler, 1800-1864

folder no. 615

Letter:

 

King of William, James, 1822-1856

folder no. 40

Receipt, signed for him by William Hammond:

folder no. 705

Account book:

 

La Motte, Robert Smith, 1825-1888

folder no. 144, 78

Report:

 

Mines, Flavel Scott, 1811-1852

folder no. 262

Letter:

 

Nugent, John

folder no. 449

Letter:

 

Payran, Stephen

Additional Note

Signed many documents as President of the Executive Committee.
folder no. 157, 175, 176, 179, 358, 412, 468, 470, 577, 565, 638, 643

Letters:

folder no. 50, 139, 622, 623

Reports:

folder no. 275, 318, 320, 334, 335, 378, 396, 421, 420, 431, 448, 457, 469, 525, 502, 503, 515, 522, 523, 526, 527, 528, 529, 530, 540

Orders:

 

Stevenson, Jonathan Drake, 1800-1884

folder no. 270

Letter:

 

Stuart, James, d. 1851

folder no. 203, 192, 193, 194, 195

Statements:

 

Van Bokkelen, Jacob Lorrilard

folder no. 4, 10, 12, 20, 25, 39

Police reports:

folder no. 256, 490

Letters:

folder no. 481

Statement:

 

Wadsworth, James C. L.

Additional Note

Also signature on various documents of Finance committee.
folder no. 588

Letter:

 

Ward, James C.

folder no. 86

Letter:

 

Whittaker, Samuel, d. 1851

folder no. 438

Confession:

 

Woodworth, Selim E.

folder no. 143

Letter:

Documents

folder no. 2-3

Constitutions:

folder no. 293, 617, and v. 1

By-laws:

folder no. 73, 81, 82, 92, 97, 108, 120, 140, 152, 164, 171, 187, 196, 204, 213, 216, 224, 227, 235, 244, 250, 255, 260, 272, 276, 281, 292, 293, 302, 315, 352, 363, 368, 375, 390, 395, 402, 407, 415, 416, 429, 434, 464, 476, 589, 617, 625, 627, 629, 632, 644, 646, 650, 655, 656, 662, 665, 666, 668, 669, 674, 678, 681, 684, 686, 690, 691, 692, 696, 699, 700, 702, 704, and v. 1 (minutes, Sept. 17, 1851 - June 30, 1852)

Minutes of Executive Committee:

folder no. 85, 137, 153, 165, 172, 186, 188, 197, 205, 214, 217, 236, 261, 282, 307, 323, 357, 376, 408, 422, 439, 465, 477, 489, 498, 521, 536, 542, 543, 567, 584

Minutes of General Committee:

folder no. 96, 109, 208, 237, 296, 324, 379, 411, 437, 438, 441, 443, 444, 445, 446, 447, 466, 510, 512, 516, 519, 513, 537, 545-556, 563, 564, 568, 569, 570, 572, 574, 575, 576, 579, 580, 581, 582, 588

Reports of Executive Committee:

folder no. 173, 174, 268, 316, 325, 557, 571, 610, 630, 713

Financial reports:

folder no. 705-714

Accounts:

folder no. 724

Fine book:

folder no. 716

Petty cash book:

folder no. 717-719

Jail fund accounts:

folder no. 720

Name book:

folder no. 722

Roll call of Executive Committee:

folder no. 723

Attendance report:

folder no. 136, 249, 362, 389, 400, 442, 483, 495

Reports of examination of passenger vessels:

folder no. 730-735

Clippings: