Register of the El Dorado County Gold Rush Papers, 1852-1865

Processed by Don Walker; machine-readable finding aid created by Don Walker
Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
University Library, University of the Pacific
Stockton, CA 95211
Phone: (209) 946-2404
Fax: (209) 946-2810
URL: http://www.pacific.edu/Library/Find/Holt-Atherton-Special-Collections.html
© 1998
University of the Pacific. All rights reserved.



Register of the El Dorado County Gold Rush Papers, 1852-1865

Collection number: Mss53

Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections

University Library

University of the Pacific

Contact Information

  • Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
  • University Library, University of the Pacific
  • Stockton, CA 95211
  • Phone: (209) 946-2404
  • Fax: (209) 946-2810
  • URL: http://www.pacific.edu/Library/Find/Holt-Atherton-Special-Collections.html
Processed by:
Don Walker
Date Completed:
September 1996
Encoded by:
Don Walker
© 1998 University of the Pacific. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: El Dorado County Gold Rush Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1852-1865
Collection number: Mss53
Creator:
Extent: 0.3 linear ft.
Repository: University of the Pacific. Library. Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
Stockton, CA 95211
Shelf location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], El Dorado County Gold Rush Papers, Mss53, Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library

Biography

El Dorado County, one of the original 27 counties and third most populous after San Francisco and Sacramento during the Gold Rush, was the site of James Marshall's original gold discovery (Coloma, 1847). By the following year the area faced a massive influx of gold seekers, notably along the American and Cosumnes Rivers. The largest communities in El Dorado County were Coloma (county seat from 1850 to 1857), Placerville (county seat from 1857), Georgetown and Diamond Springs.
Gold was discovered early in Placerville (1848) and the area proved to be one of the richest in the Mother Lode. This was always one of the largest towns in the Sierra, having a population of over 6,000 throughout the Gold Rush period. Among its illustrious citizens, one should mention J.M. Studebaker, blacksmith, who went on to become an early automobile tycoon, and Philip D. Armour, butcher (1852-1856), who became a noted Chicago meat packer.
Diamond Springs, three miles south of Placerville, had about 3,000 residents, several stamp mills and a post office in 1853. It too was a rich site and hydraulic mining continued there into the 20th century.
Other items in this collection are a deed to land on the "Smith Tolbert Road" (1865) and a notice of continuance in the case of A. Howells vs. A. Sands (1852). The latter document mentions attorney, A.J. Buckner, and is signed by County Clerk, Josiah Gordon.

Scope and Content

El Dorado County, one of the original 27 counties and third most populous after San Francisco and Sacramento during the Gold Rush, was the site of James Marshall's original gold discovery (Coloma, 1847). By the following year the area faced a massive influx of gold seekers, notably along the American and Cosumnes Rivers. The largest communities in El Dorado County were Coloma (county seat from 1850 to 1857), Placerville (county seat from 1857), Georgetown and Diamond Springs.
The collection contains two Placerville items. Both are letters relating to Post Office business (1852; 1858). The collection contains a Diamond Springs letter from Joseph S. Bradley acknowledging receipt of a water company transcript from the Secretary of State (1853). Other items in this collection are a deed to land on the "Smith Tolbert Road" (1865) and a notice of continuance in the case of A. Howells vs. A. Sands (1852). The latter document mentions attorney, A.J. Buckner, and is signed by County Clerk, Josiah Gordon.
List of names mentioned in documents Bradley, Joseph S............................... Buckner, A.J...................................... Conze, D............................................ Gordon, Josiah...................................1850 census, age 24 FL Howell, A. (possibly "Abel")..............1850 census, age 25 OH Jacobs, Rudolph ................................ Nugent, Thomas C.............................1850 census, age 28 IN Small ms. collection, Cal State Lib. Sands, A............................................ Spence, A.H.......................................Postmaster (1859) SF Herald (2-21-59); d. 11-25-90 According to Cal State Lib. Biogr. File

Container List

Box Box

Folder Folder

-Notice of continuance in case of A. Howell vs. A. Sands, El Dorado County Court, Coloma [signed Josiah Gordon, County Clerk] (Formerly MS2.H859) (May 13, 1852)

Folder Folder

-Letter from Thomas C. Nugent, Postmaster, Placerville (Calif.) to State Comptroller acknowledging receipt and noting return of package of poll tax blanks (Formerly MS2.N968) (May 24, 1852)

Folder Folder

-Letter from Joseph S. Bradley, Diamond Springs, to Secretary of State acknowledging receipt of water company transcript (Formerly MS2.B811) (November 16, 1853)

Folder Folder

-Letter from Lee S. Cox, California Secretary of State, "to whom it may concern" commissioning A.H. Spence, Deputy Postmaster of Placerville (Formerly MS2.S744) (October 21, 1858)

Folder Folder

-Quit claim deed transferring title to land from D. Conze to Rudolph Jacobs [land on Smith Tolbert Road] (Formerly MS2.C872) (September 4, 1865)