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Daggett, John, 1833-1919
John Daggett Collection
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.8 linear feet
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Firestone Library (mss): Box 1


The John Daggett Collection consists primarily of 41 photographs taken by Daggett documenting his mining life in the Black Bear, Siskiyou County, California, area in the late 1800s.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists primarily of 41 photographs (averaging 9.5x12 cm. and including 3 cyanotypes) taken by Daggett and documenting his life in the Black Bear, Siskiyou County, California, area: Daggett and his family, his home, mines, a quartz mill, Klamath River Indians, mountain scenery. The majority are annotated with Daggett's descriptive notes on the verso.‡b Also included is the letter (1914) Daggett sent to an unnamed cousin enclosing these photographs and a newspaper clipping announcing his selection as superintendent of the U.S. Mint in San Francisco in 1893.

Collection Creator Biography:

Daggett, John, 1833-1919

John Daggett was born in Newark, New York, May 9, 1833. He came to California around 1852, at age 19, with his brother David and was elected to the Assembly in 1858, and re-elected in 1859, and 1880. He bought into the Black Bear Mine in 1862, sold out in 1863, re-opened in 1866, and sold out again in 1872. He bought it again in 1884-85. Daggett was elected Lieutenant Governor in 1882. He was appointed Superintendent of the United States Mint in San Francisco in 1893, in which capacity he served for four years. He held interest in the Calico Mine in San Bernardino County. The city of Daggett, in this mining area, was named for him. He died August 30, 1919. [sketch from California State Library]

Collection History


Purchased from Carmen D. Valentino in 2003 (AM2004-18).


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Karla J. Vecchia and John Delaney in 2004. Finding aid written by Karla J. Vecchia and John Delaney in 2004.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

John Daggett Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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