Contents and Arrangement

Diary of James Baldwin, 1849-1852

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Collection Overview

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 History

Archival Appraisal Information:

No appraisal information is available.

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:

Diary of James Baldwin; Baldwin Family Gold Rush Collection, C1357, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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