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Vue de la Riviere et l'Isle de Courou dans la Guyane francoise, ou deb́arque les Européens pour l'Isle Cayenne

Vue de la Riviere et l'Isle de Courou dans la Guyane francoise, ou deb...

Print shows activity along a shoreline of a river in Kourou, French Guiana. Title from item. Printed at head of title in reverse: L'Isle de Courou. Printed at top right: 39. Printed at bottom left: A Paris chez... more

Plan of the city of New York, in North America: surveyed in the years 1766 & 1767

Plan of the city of New York, in North America: surveyed in the years ...

Cartouche showing allegorical scene with an English trader standing on the shore among barrels and bundles of merchandise and a Native wearing feathered headdress and skirt standing among barrels. Title from it... more

A map of the inhabited part of Canada ... with the frontiers of New York and New England ... by Claude Joseph Sauthier / engraved by Wm. Faden, 1777.

A map of the inhabited part of Canada ... with the frontiers of New Yo...

Cartouche showing Englishmen trading with Natives in a wilderness setting. Title from item. Illus. in: The North American atlas, selected from the most authentic maps, charts, plans, &c. hitherto published / by... more

Bellvue. Mr. Dougherty's agency on the  Missouri / Ch. Bodmer pinx ad nat ; L. Weber & Beyer sc.

Bellvue. Mr. Dougherty's agency on the Missouri / Ch. Bodmer pinx ad ...

Illustration shows buildings, paddocks, settlers, ox cart and Indians at Bellvue, Major John Dougherty's trading post on the Missouri River. Title from item. Title also in French and German. Illus. in: Voyage d... more

Three

Three

Print shows many bank note vignettes depicting male and female figures as allegorical images representing commerce, industy, and the arts, also ships and ship building, farm and pioneer life, portraits, and num... more

Rio San Pedro - second crossing of Devil's Rivers J.D.S

Rio San Pedro - second crossing of Devil's Rivers J.D.S

Print shows a bird's-eye view of the Devil's River valley with a military camp in the middle ground on the left, with the river visible in the background, and with mountains on the right and beyond the river. A... more

Bald, Cousland & Co. bank note engravers & printers, New York & Philadelphia. Permit us to call your attention to this specimen sheet of bank note vignettes

Bald, Cousland & Co. bank note engravers & printers, New York & Philad...

Print shows 13 vignettes depicting country scenes from animal husbandry to harvesting to building temporary shelters on the frontier. Title from item. Publication date based on latest copyright statement on ite... more

An emigrant train attacked by hostile Indians on the prairie / Champney del. ; Nichols sc.

An emigrant train attacked by hostile Indians on the prairie / Champne...

Illustration shows an emigrant wagon train being attacked by Natives while traveling across the Great Plains. Title from item. Illus. in: Ballou's pictorial drawing-room companion, v. 13, no. 7 (1857 August 15)... more

Bartlemy's house, Esquimalt Harbor

Bartlemy's house, Esquimalt Harbor

Photograph shows an exterior view of a house with two people standing near the entrance, near the harbor, Esquimalt, British Columbia. Title from item. In: Photographs of British Northwest Boundary Survey, 1858-1861.

Transatlantic sketches--the Mississippi River

Transatlantic sketches--the Mississippi River

Wood engravings showing three views of the Mississippi River, captioned: 1. Down the lower Mississippi--from the Baton Rouge; 2. Voyageurs ascending the lower Mississippi; 3. Woodchopper's hut, lower Mississippi.

Fort Shepherd, no. 1

Fort Shepherd, no. 1

Photograph shows exterior view of the Hudson Bay Co. post at Fort Shepherd, British Columbia.

Fort Shepherd, Columbia River no. 2

Fort Shepherd, Columbia River no. 2

Photograph shows exterior view of two buildings at the Hudson Bay Co. post at Fort Shepherd, British Columbia. Title from item. Right half of panorama. In: Photographs of British Northwest Boundary Survey, 1858-1861.

[Community adjacent to the fur trading post at Fort Victoria on Vancouver Island, British Columbia]

[Community adjacent to the fur trading post at Fort Victoria on Vancou...

Title devised by Library staff. No. 6 of a six-part panorama of Victoria. In: Photographs of British Northwest Boundary Survey, 1858-1861.

[Community adjacent to the fur trading post at Fort Victoria on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, showing cluster of buildings and possibly the fort just left of center]

[Community adjacent to the fur trading post at Fort Victoria on Vancou...

Title devised by Library staff. No. 4 of a six-part panorama of Victoria. In: Photographs of British Northwest Boundary Survey, 1858-1861.

[Community adjacent to the fur trading post at Fort Victoria on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, showing cluster of buildings]

[Community adjacent to the fur trading post at Fort Victoria on Vancou...

Title devised by Library staff. No. 5 of a six-part panorama of Victoria. In: Photographs of British Northwest Boundary Survey, 1858-1861.

[Community adjacent to the fur trading post at Fort Victoria on Vancouver Island, British Columbia showing farm and buildings]

[Community adjacent to the fur trading post at Fort Victoria on Vancou...

Title devised by Library staff. No. 1 of a six-part panorama of Victoria. In: Photographs of British Northwest Boundary Survey, 1858-1861.

[Father Fenwick's discovering of the first Catholics in Ohio]

[Father Fenwick's discovering of the first Catholics in Ohio]

Photograph of a painting(?) shows a priest, Father Fenwick, blessing settlers who are gathered, some on bended knee, near a log church or cabin on the frontier. Title from item. Written in ink on verso: W. Lamp... more

The gold mining town of Rock Creek, British Columbia, 1860

The gold mining town of Rock Creek, British Columbia, 1860

Photograph shows a cluster of log buildings, one identified as a restaurant, of the gold mining town, Rock Creek, British Columbia, as seen from a hillside above the town, with the creek in the background. Titl... more

[Landscape view showing house on stream with falls in foreground]

[Landscape view showing house on stream with falls in foreground]

On verso: Geo. M. Bretz, Artist, Newville, Cumberland Co., Penn'a. - Negative preserved. In album: [U.S. army officers and other persons of the Civil War period / John White Geary, comp. 1861-1865], no. 138, su... more

The pioneer

The pioneer

Title from handwritten notation on mat. No publication information. Sketch of rifles (?) on verso; not on digital file. (DLC/PP-1936:0065.23). Forms part of: Cabinet of American illustration (Library of Congress).

Panorama, Vancouver, Columbia River no. 1

Panorama, Vancouver, Columbia River no. 1

Photograph shows exterior view of buildings from across broad field. Title from item. In: Photographs of British Northwest Boundary Survey, 1858-1861.

Life on the plains preparing supper / / from sketches by Mr. James F. Gookins.

Life on the plains preparing supper / / from sketches by Mr. James F. ...

Print shows, from a full page spread of scenes depicting life on the plains, a vignette of two women preparing a meal on a small, portable stove, with tents in the background. Title from item. Illus. in: Harper... more

Deadly attack of a wolf upon a man, and heroic conduct of the man's wife

Deadly attack of a wolf upon a man, and heroic conduct of the man's wi...

Masthead, text of story and image of woman swinging ax at wolf, which is attacking her husband, near Lexington, Michigan in 1859. Illus. in: Frank Leslie's boys' and girls' weekly. New York : F. Leslie, v. 1, n... more

Plowing on the prairie beyond the Mississippi / sketched by Theodore R. Davis.

Plowing on the prairie beyond the Mississippi / sketched by Theodore R...

Men plowing with team of oxen. Illus. in: Harper's weekly, 1868 May 9, p. 292.

Western sketches - a freshet in the Red River, Texas / Hoskin ; drawn by Frenzeny and Tavernier.

Western sketches - a freshet in the Red River, Texas / Hoskin ; drawn ...

People on ferry crossing the Red River, Texas, during a flood. Illus. in: Harper's weekly, 1874 April 25, p. 361.

Recollections of pioneer work in California

Recollections of pioneer work in California

A native of Massachusetts, James Woods (1814/5-1886) served a church in Alabama in 1849 when the Presbyterian mission board selected him for duty in California. Recollections of pioneer work in California (1878... more

A pioneer pastorate and times, embodying contemporary local transactions and events,

A pioneer pastorate and times, embodying contemporary local transactio...

Albert Williams (1809-1893) was pastor of a church in Clifton, New Jersey, when the Presbyterian Board of Missions sent him to California via Panama in February 1849. A pioneer pastorate (1879) recalls his five... more

"The Little Ida" En route for Kansas - fleeing from the Yellow Fever Drawn by Neil Mitchell ; Drawn by Sol Eytinge, Jun., from a sketch by H.J. Lewis

"The Little Ida" En route for Kansas - fleeing from the Yellow Fever D...

Top illustration shows small, two-mast sailboat in a turbulent sea. Bottom illustration shows African American "Exodusters" travelling to Kansas on foot and in a mule-drawn cart with cow attached by rope during... more

A frontier post office, eastern Montana

A frontier post office, eastern Montana

Photograph shows individuals, some on horseback and others riding in wagons, waiting outside of post office. Foster & Co., Miles City, Mont. Title from item.

Emigrants to the West / W.M. Cary.

Emigrants to the West / W.M. Cary.

Emigrants, on plain in the West, with cattle, sheep, dog, horse, wagons; group around campfire in front of tent, with man holding up two game birds; another man with a slain deer, and women cooking. Illus. in: ... more

Reminiscences of a ranger; or, Early times in Southern California

Reminiscences of a ranger; or, Early times in Southern California

Horace Bell (1830-1918) left Indiana to seek gold in California. In 1852, he moved to Los Angeles and later became involved in American filibustering in Latin America and saw service in the Union Army before re... more

A picture of pioneer times in California, illustrated with anecdotes and stories taken from real life

A picture of pioneer times in California, illustrated with anecdotes a...

William Francis White (1829-1891?) and his young wife sailed from New York in 1849 round the Horn to San Francisco, where he set up an import business. He later represented Santa Cruz in the state constitutiona... more

The "New home" in the far west / W.U. Morgan & Co. Lith, Cleveland, O.

The "New home" in the far west / W.U. Morgan & Co. Lith, Cleveland, O.

Trade card, advertising New Home Sewing Machine Co., showing family outside of house.

Pioneer life in 1882

Pioneer life in 1882

Photograph shows pioneer family standing outside of sod house. No. 1832. Additional title on item: South Dakota. Aberdeen. Pioneer life in 1882. Title from item.

Conflict of the Linn boys with the Indians

Conflict of the Linn boys with the Indians

Print showing Linn brothers in hand-to-hand combat in a Native American village, Kentucky, ca. 1785. Illustration from Augustus Lynch Mason, The Romance and Tragedy of Pioneer Life, 1883, p. 413. Title from item.

Suspicious guests / drawn by H.F. Farny.

Suspicious guests / drawn by H.F. Farny.

Print shows a Native approaching four men around a fire cooking a meal, in the background are two Natives seated on horseback. Title from item. Illus. in: Harper's weekly, v. 35, no. 1782 (1887 February 5), pp.... more

A "Boomer" family / / Davies. A "boomer's" wife /Witt. D[?] after Drote[?]

A "Boomer" family / / Davies. A "boomer's" wife /Witt. D[?] after Drot...

Large group of settlers of the West posed in front of tents; wife of settler of the West (Oklahoma?) cooking on outdoor stove in front of man standing beside covered wagon and man holding bucket and wagon wheel... more

Daniel Boone

Daniel Boone

Drawing shows Daniel Boone in a stock heroic pose preventing an Indian holding a hatchet from harming a woman and baby, while a dog bares his teeth. 9763 US Copyright office

Pilgrims going to church

Pilgrims going to church

Print shows Pilgrims walking through a snowy landscape toward a church. Title from item. Copyright 1893 by Gebbie & Co. Illus. in: The American continent and its inhabitants before its discovery by Columbus / A... more

Pioneer Cleveland / Dalrymple.

Pioneer Cleveland / Dalrymple.

Print shows President Cleveland standing on the right, holding an axe labeled "Political Wisdom", in a forest where he has been cutting trees labeled "Gold Standard"; approaching from the left is a procession l... more

His silent partners / Dalrymple.

His silent partners / Dalrymple.

Print shows a prospector with a pick working next to a stream and a sluice-box labeled "Klondike Placer" surrounded by vultures labeled "Gin Mill Keeper, Card Sharp, Dance House Keeper, Gambling Den, Dive Keepe... more

Sam Pitman's big production, A fortune hunter

Sam Pitman's big production, A fortune hunter

"Russell-Morgan Print." Caption: The rescue at Eagle Rock Ranch : Brave Nellie with her left arm barred the door and with the right held the Spaniards at bay. Created and "copyright 1898 by The U.S. Printing Co... more

Messengers were sent to warn the settlers of the Indian uprising

Messengers were sent to warn the settlers of the Indian uprising

Title on verso. (DLC/PP-1933:0131). Forms part of: Cabinet of American illustration (Library of Congress). Published in: "The Sole Survivors" by George A. Henty, St. Nicholas, 26:226 (Jan. 1899).

Moose call

Moose call

General information about the Popular and Applied Graphic Art print materials is available at: https://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.pga Title information compiled by Junior Fellows, 2005-2017. Markendorff, George, co... more

Ranch family in 1900

Ranch family in 1900

Photograph shows a family of five together outside their wooden cabin. Copyright 1900 by The Alfred B. Campbell Art Co., Elizabeth, N. J. No. 289. Title from item.

A frontier ranch, eastern Montana

A frontier ranch, eastern Montana

Photograph shows two men and a woman standing outside a log cabin.

"49ers"

"49ers"

Forty-niners arrive and depart from Sacramento, California, a small frontier town with a dance hall, poker parlor, saloon and barter center. Some pan for gold in the nearby river, while others stake their clai... more

Superlative provocation / Gallaway.

Superlative provocation / Gallaway.

Illustration shows a country courtroom scene with a judge pronouncing a verdict based on testimony of the cowboy standing in front of the clerk's desk. Title from item. Caption: Rube Roundup Yes, your Honor, I... more

"Pioneer Seeking Shelter," a realistic group on the Plaza, Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis, U. S. A.

"Pioneer Seeking Shelter," a realistic group on the Plaza, Louisiana P...

H61305 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 8536. Title from item.

A Christmas joke with a point to it / Hassman̄.

A Christmas joke with a point to it / Hassman̄.

Illustration shows the interior of a frontier cabin where a long table is set for a Christmas turkey dinner; around the table are seated several people, some of whom are surprised to discover an arrow stuck in ... more

The lost trail a comedy drama of western life by Anthony E. Wills.

The lost trail a comedy drama of western life by Anthony E. Wills.

Caption: Ouray and Jim. Created and "copyright 1907 by The U.S. Lithograph Co., Russell-Morgan Print, Cincinnati & New York." No. 10830. Forms part of: Theatrical poster collection (Library of Congress)

The courtship of Bill Taft / Keppler.

The courtship of Bill Taft / Keppler.

Illustration shows a shy Theodore Roosevelt, as John Alden, talking to Priscilla Mullins labeled "Republican Party" sitting before a fireplace, with spinning wheel nearby, while William H. Taft, as Myles Standi... more

Iron River Wis., in 1908, Iron River, Wis., in 1888

Iron River Wis., in 1908, Iron River, Wis., in 1888

Postcard shows a parade on a commercial street in Iron River in 1908 and four scenes of Iron River in 1888 including two scenes of settlers in front of cabins, a man in a canoe, and railroad tracks. F 70753 U.S... more

The wolf a play of the Canadian woods by Eugene Walter.

The wolf a play of the Canadian woods by Eugene Walter.

At head of title: The great New York Lyric Theatre success. Caption: You have been making love to Hilda. Created by "The Enquirer Litho. Co., Cin., O." Forms part of: Theatrical poster collection (Library of Congress)

The crafty traders and the easy Indians / Will Crawford.

The crafty traders and the easy Indians / Will Crawford.

Illustration shows Joseph G. Cannon and Nelson W. Aldrich dressed as a frontiersman labeled "Licensed Trader[" offering trinkets labeled "Pauper-Competition Scare, Steady-Work Yarn, Prosperity-For-All Bluff, Ca... more

The mystery of the mistletoe / Will Crawford.

The mystery of the mistletoe / Will Crawford.

Illustration shows a beautiful young Native woman standing beneath a sprig of mistletoe at a colonial Christmas party, several men in attendance appear eager to kiss her. Title from item. Illus. in: Puck, v. 68... more

Mormon pioneers about to enter Salt Lake Valley, July 24, 1847

Mormon pioneers about to enter Salt Lake Valley, July 24, 1847

Reenactment of Mormons traveling by wagon train. J175413 U.S. Copyright Office.

The life of Buffalo Bill. Parts I-III

The life of Buffalo Bill. Parts I-III

Several events from Buffalo Bill Cody's life are reenacted in the form of dreamed flashbacks. Many scenes are from the Wild West show scenarios, including Buffalo Bill taking the scalp of Yellow Hand, an Indian... more

A new scout on the old trail / Will Crawford.

A new scout on the old trail / Will Crawford.

Illustration shows a young "Boy Scout" standing outside his tent, meeting "Davy Crockett, Buffalo Bill, Texas Jack [Omohundro], Kit Carson, California Joe, [and] Dan'l Boone". Title from item. Caption: "Put it ... more

The Mormon pioneers advanced company coming over Little Mountain, July 1847

The Mormon pioneers advanced company coming over Little Mountain, July...

Reenactment of Mormons traveling by wagon train. J175419 U.S. Copyright Office.

California, 1849-1913; or, The rambling sketches and experiences of sixty-four years' residence in that state,

California, 1849-1913; or, The rambling sketches and experiences of si...

Lell Hawley Woolley (b. 1825) left the Green Mountains of Vermont to cross the plains in a mule train to California in 1849. There he tried gold mining in Weaverville and Beal's Bar and hotelkeeping in Grass Va... more

Monuments of civilization / Keppler.

Monuments of civilization / Keppler.

Illustration shows at top, Puck holding a paper that states "The Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research - Here modern science, aided by Vivisection, is gradually conquering and eradicating human disease" wi... more

The autobiography of Charles Peters, in 1915 the oldest pioneer living in California, who mined in ... the days of '49 ... Also historical happenings, interesting incidents and illustrations of the old mining towns in the good luck era, the placer mining days of the '50s

The autobiography of Charles Peters, in 1915 the oldest pioneer living...

Charles Peters, born in Portugal in 1825, first visited California in 1846 as a merchant seaman, returning three years later to seek gold at Columbia, Jackson Creek, and Mokelumne Hill. The autobiography of Cha... more

Life sketches of a jayhawker of '49: actual experiences of a pioneer told by himself in his own way,

Life sketches of a jayhawker of '49: actual experiences of a pioneer t...

Lorenzo Dow Stephens (b. 1827) was born in New Jersey and raised in Illinois, where he joined a party for California in 1849. Life sketches of a jayhawker (1916) begins with Stephens's overland journey west, in... more

Recollections of a newspaperman; a record of life and events in California,

Recollections of a newspaperman; a record of life and events in Califo...

Frank Aleamon Leach (b. 1846) published the Vallejo Evening Chronicle, 1867-1886; and the Oakland Enquirer, 1886-1898. He retired from journalism to become superintendent of the San Francisco Mint, 1897-1907. R... more

The gold seekers of '49; a personal narrative of the overland trail and adventures in California and Oregon from 1849 to 1854

The gold seekers of '49; a personal narrative of the overland trail an...

Kimball Webster (1828-1916), a New Hampshire farmer, began his overland journey to California in April 1849, and remained in California and Oregon until 1854. The gold seekers of '49 (1917) uses Webster's diary... more

Scharmann's overland journey to California : from the pages of a pioneer's diary

Scharmann's overland journey to California : from the pages of a pione...

Herman Scharmann left Germany as head of a company of gold-seekers bound for California in 1849. Scharmann's overland journey to California (1918) describes his family's journey from New York to their wagon tra... more

[Family at dinner]

[Family at dinner]

Title devised by cataloger. Illustration for "The Log Cabin Lady," Delineator, 99 (Dec. 1921); not published. (DLC/PP-1934:0109). Forms part of: Cabinet of American illustration (Library of Congress).

I trembled at the possibility of being the only woman within eighteen miles

I trembled at the possibility of being the only woman within eighteen ...

(DLC/PP-1934:0109). Forms part of: Cabinet of American illustration (Library of Congress). Published in: "The Log Cabin Lady," Delineator, 99:5 (Dec. 1921).

West[w]ard bound

West[w]ard bound

Photograph shows two men, one carrying a rifle, walking along side ox-drawn covered wagon; four women riding in wagon; woman in front holding rifle. Copyright 1921 by Walter T. Oxley, Fergus Falls, Minn. Title from item.

Gold and sunshine, reminiscences of early California

Gold and sunshine, reminiscences of early California

James J. Ayers left St. Louis, Missouri for California in 1849. He remained to carve out a career for himself in journalism. Gold and sunshine (1922) was completed by Ayers in retirement at Azusa in 1896 but no... more

The last of the Mill Creeks, and early life in northern California,

The last of the Mill Creeks, and early life in northern California,

Sim Moak (b. 1845) left Albany, New York, to join his older brothers in California in 1863 and settled in the town of Chico. The last of the Mill Creeks (1923) offers Moak's anecdotes of California during the C... more

Adobe days; being the truthful narrative of the events in the life of a California girl on a sheep ranch and in El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora de Los Angeles while it was yet a small and humble town; together with an account of how three young men from Maine in eighteen hundred and fifty-three drove sheep and cattle across the plains, mountains and deserts from Illinois to the Pacific coast; and the strange prophecy of Admiral Thatcher about San Pedro harbor,

Adobe days; being the truthful narrative of the events in the life of ...

A native Californian, Sarah Hathaway Bixby Smith (1871-1935) was born at her family's sheep ranch near San Juan Bautista, where she lived until the family moved to Los Angeles some six years later. Her father, ... more

Early days in California; scenes and events of the '50s as I remember them,

Early days in California; scenes and events of the '50s as I remember ...

Lee Summers Whipple-Haslam was the daughter of Franklin Summers, who came to California from Missouri in 1850 and mined enough gold at Shaw's Flat (near Sonora) to return east and bring his family west in 1852.... more

Pioneer notes from the diaries of Judge Benjamin Hayes, 1849-1875

Pioneer notes from the diaries of Judge Benjamin Hayes, 1849-1875

Benjamin Ignatius Hayes (1815-1877) was a Maryland lawyer living in Missouri in 1849 when he decided to make the overland journey to California. There he became a leader of the Los Angeles bar. Pioneer notes (1... more

Early days at the mission San Juan Bautista,

Early days at the mission San Juan Bautista,

Isaac Mylar (b. 1847) and his family came overland to California in 1852. For three years his father prospected for gold at Shaw's Flat before settling in the town around the old mission of San Juan Bautista in... more

A Yankee trader in the gold rush; the letters of Franklin A. Buck,

A Yankee trader in the gold rush; the letters of Franklin A. Buck,

A native of Maine, Franklin Agustus Buck (1826-1909) was working in New York City when he heard of the gold strikes and set out for California in January 1849. A Yankee trader in the gold rush (1930) contains B... more

California letters of Lucius Fairchild,

California letters of Lucius Fairchild,

Lucius Fairchild (1831-1896) left Madison, Wisconsin, for California in 1849 and remained in the West until 1858. On his return to Wisconsin, Fairchild carved out a remarkable career as a soldier-politician: se... more

California in 1849

California in 1849

Charles F. Hotchkiss (b. ca. 1807) was a New Haven, Connecticut merchant, who sailed to California in December, 1848, bringing a cargo of goods for the miners across Panama at Chagres. California in 1849 (1933)... more

Westward-ho

Westward-ho

Photograph shows panoramic view of men walking along side ox-drawn covered wagons. Copyright registration title: Progress Westward-ho. Copyright 1936 by Snelson camera shop. Title from item.

Luzena Stanley Wilson, '49er : memories recalled years later for her daughter Correnah Wilson Wright

Luzena Stanley Wilson, '49er : memories recalled years later for her d...

Luzena Wilson (b. ca. 1821) came to California from Missouri with her husband and two children in 1849. The family first settled in Sacramento, where they kept a hotel. After the Sacrameto flood of 1849, they m... more

The new home

The new home

Gift; Willard Centenary Celebration, National Woman's Christian Temperance Union; 1940; (DLC/PP-1940:053). Forms part of: Cabinet of American illustration (Library of Congress). Published in: Pioneer Girl / Cla... more

Pilgrims going to church

Pilgrims going to church

Photograph shows Pilgrims walking through a snowy landscape. Photograph of a 1867 painting by George Henry Boughton. Title from item.

The Gregson memoirs, containing Mrs. Eliza Gregson's "Memory" and the statement of James Gregson ..

The Gregson memoirs, containing Mrs. Eliza Gregson's "Memory" and the ...

Eliza Marshall Gregson (b. 1824), a millworker, and James Gregson (b. 1822), a blacksmith, were natives of England who married in Rhode Island in 1843 and almost immediately schemed to escape to the West. In 18... more

A letter from a gold miner, Placerville, California, October, 1850

A letter from a gold miner, Placerville, California, October, 1850

S. Shufelt, a resident of Windham, New York, sailed to California via Panama in May 1849. A letter from a gold miner (1944) prints Shufelt's letter from Placerville recounting his voyage and offering details of... more

Alonzo Delano's California correspondence: being letters hitherto uncollected from the Ottawa (Illinois) Free trader and the New Orleans True delta, 1849-1952;

Alonzo Delano's California correspondence: being letters hitherto unco...

Born in Aurora, New York, Alonzo Delano (1806-1874) moved on to the Midwest as a teenager. July 1848 found him a consumptive Ottawa, Illinois, storekeeper, and he joined a local California Company. He remained ... more

California all the way back to 1828

California all the way back to 1828

Englishman Michael White (1801-1885) went to sea and was left ashore at San José del Cabo in 1817. He made California his home thereafter, becoming known to many as "Miguel Blanco." Once he left the sea, he st... more

From the Kennebec to California; reminiscences of a California pioneer

From the Kennebec to California; reminiscences of a California pioneer

Henry Hiram Ellis (1829-1909) of Maine sailed round the Horn to San Francisco in 1849. From the Kennebec to California (1959) contains various versions of his reminiscences covering his adventures as a gold min... more

A trip to the gold mines of California in 1848

A trip to the gold mines of California in 1848

John Swan (1817-1896), an English sailor, settled in Monterey in 1843 and joined other Californians in the rush to the gold fields to the north in July 1848. A trip to the gold mines of California in 1848 (1960... more

The pioneers

The pioneers

Also available in digital form.

A new home--who'll follow? or, Glimpses of western life

A new home--who'll follow? or, Glimpses of western life

Caroline Matilda (Stansbury) Kirkland (1801-1864) was a middle-class white woman with a literary bent who moved with her husband and children to the woods of Michigan in the mid-1830s to settle a newly-planned ... more

The last of the Mohicans

The last of the Mohicans

Also available in digital form.

A Red River townsite speculation in 1857

A Red River townsite speculation in 1857

"Read at the monthly meeting of the Executive Council, May 13, 1913." Also available in digital form on the Library of Congress Web site.