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Rosario Curletti Collection of A. M. Ebbets Papers: Finding Aid
mssHM 69651-69707  
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Description
This collection contains an 1849 sea voyage diary of A.M. Ebbets (1830-1903) chronicling his trip to San Francisco, California, and supplementary material about Ebbets. Nineteen pages of pencil drawings by Arthur Ebbets, depicting scenes from his 1849 voyage, accompany the diary.
Background
Rosario Andrea Curletti (1913-1986) was a Southern California anthropologist, genealogist, historian and book collector. Her main specialties were Santa Barbara history and the Chumash Indians. Curletti began assembling this collection in the 1950s and made (unsuccessful) efforts to have Arthur Ebbets’ diary published. She died in 1986. Arthur Mercein Ebbets (1830-1903) was born in New York on 18 January 1830 and came to San Francisco at the age of 19, in 1849, on the ship Pacific (built in 1843). While on board the Pacific, Ebbets published a newspaper that was highly critical of the ship's first captain, Hall J. Tibbits, whom many of the ship’s passengers considered nearly insane. Upon the ship's arrival at Rio de Janeiro, the passengers appealed to the American consul to have Tibbits removed. The consul complied, placing George T. Estabrook (or Easterbrook) in command for the remainder of the voyage. Captain Tibbits contested his dismissal and met the ship in San Francisco to resume command.
Extent
70 items in 2 boxes
Restrictions
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.
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