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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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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

Scope and Contents

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 Tribal members, mountain scenery. The majority are annotated with Daggett's descriptive notes on the verso. 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. Several captions written by John Daggett on the verso of photographs in Photographs series include racist Chinese accented English speech and racist terminology used to describe the Indigenous individuals depicted.

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. Collection and item-level descriptions were updated by Megan Bardis in September 2023. Harmful anti-Asian and anti-Indigenous language in folder titles were revised and contextualized as being creator-supplied description.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

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

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