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California gold rush business documents, 1851-1869.
BANC MSS 93/144 c
Collection Overview

Title:

California gold rush business documents, 1851-1869

Creator/Contributor:

Irwin, Edward.

Creator/Contributor:

John Craycroft & Company

Abstract:

Collection of 141 business documents, inventories, and receipts with civil and political papers plus miscellanea detailing the establishment of ordered life in California Gold Rush towns. A good number relate to the Sierra County area: Rabbit Creek (later La Porte), Downieville, Poker Flat, Forest City, etc. Highlights of the collection are numerous items related to the legal activities of Sheriff Edward Irwin of Sierra County, an early document committing a man to the newly established state insane asylum, several docorative billhead receipts from important pioneer newspapers and a remarkable group of 65 very early (1851-1853) holograph receipts and invoices to the general store, John Craycroft & Company, in Downieville detailing the provision of necessities to the men of the northern mines.

Date:

1851 (issued)

Subject:

Downieville (Calif.) -- Commerce
La Porte (Calif.) -- Commerce
Poker Flat (Calif.) -- Commerce
Forest (Calif.) -- Commerce
Sierra County (Calif.) -- History

Note:

Purchased at auction from the Herbert S. Auerbach Collection.

Physical Description:

1 box.

Language:

English

Identifier:

BANC MSS 93/144 c

Origin:

California unknown place 1851-1869