Information for Researchers
Collection Title: Daniel M. Burns Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1888-1926
Collection Number: BANC MSS 87/230 cm
Burns, Daniel M.
Number of containers: 6 boxes and 2 volumes
Linear feet: 2.5
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.
Series 1: Chiefly incoming correspondence pertaining
to political activities at the local and statewide level. Includes requests for jobs, political
appointments, letters of acknowledgement and references. Correspondents include prominent businessmen,
politicians and several special interest groups. Includes a file of letters from the Afro-American
League of San Francisco, headed by T.B. Morton.
Series 2: Chiefly papers pertaining to Burns' mining interests in Mexico as
well as miscellaneous other personal business and financial records. Mining interests records consist of
account books and ledgers for machinery, payroll, tax records and correspondence concerning mining
Languages Represented: Collection materials are in Spanish
Information for Researchers
Collection is open for research.
Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or
quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services. Permission for
publication is given on behalf to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which just
also be obtained by the reader.
[Identification of item], Daniel M. Burns Papers, BANC MSS 87/230 cm, The Bancroft Library,
University of California, Berkeley.
Materials Cataloged Separately
- Printed reports have been transferred to the Bancroft book collection.
The Daniel M. Burns Papers were purchased by The Bancroft Library from Yerba Buena Books in 1987.
Daniel M. Burns was born in Mississippi in 1846. His father, William Burns, was a well-to-do rancher and
farmer. The senior Burns died en route to Oregon in 1847. Burns' mother died in Sacramento two years
later. Young Burns was raised by W. A. Selkirk, a man engaged in mining at Independence Hill,
California. Burns began to earn his own livelihood as a cattle rancher in 1855. During the Civil War, he
served the Fourth California Regiment in Arizona.
On his return to California, he continued ranching and later ran a hotel in Woodland. He served two terms
as Yolo County Clerk before being elected Secretary of State for California in 1879. In 1883, he began
mining operations in Mexico. He was president of the Candelaria Consolidated Mexican Mining Company At
San Dimas. In 1889 he returned to California and settled in San Francisco, where he served as police
commissioner and was active in Republican party politics.