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Baldwin family
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Baldwin Family Gold Rush Collection
Manuscripts Division
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1809-1852 (mostly 1849-1852)
1 box and 0.2 linear feet
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1


Consists for the most part of California "Gold Rush" papers (1849-1852) of several members of the Baldwin family of Utica, N.Y. Images of this collection are available online at Digital PUL.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists for the most part of California "Gold Rush" papers (1849-1852) of several members of the Baldwin family of Utica, N.Y. There are four journals (1849-1852), as well as miscellaneous correspondence and documents (1845-1851), of James Baldwin, who sailed to California from New York aboard the packet ship George Washington in February 1849; one notebook on minerals and ores of Edward Baldwin, Jr. (of "Middle Chute, Gallatin Valley, N.T."); an 1809 citizenship document of Edward Baldwin (father); and miscellaneous correspondence and documents (1850) of Ebenezer Baldwin, who sailed for San Francisco from New York aboard the Saratoga in February 1850 and later died in California. James's journals begin with him aboard ship about to round Cape Horn, and follow his arrival in San Franciso and subsequent difficult life as a "Forty-Niner" prospecting in the gold regions: he learns that "everything that shines in California is not gold."

Collection Creator Biography:

The Baldwin family of these papers consists of Edward and Anna L. Baldwin and the three youngest of their nine children: Ebenezer E., Edward Jr., and James W., the youngest.

Collection History


Purchased from Christie's auction in December 2009 (AM2010-63).

Archival Appraisal Information:

No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by John Delaney on December 8, 2009. Finding aid written by John Delaney on December 8, 2009. Folder Inventory added by Jameson Creager '2015 in 2012.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Conditions for Reproduction and 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:

Baldwin Family Gold Rush Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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