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Finding aid of the John Henry Lick Diary, 1856 - 1856
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Biography / Administrative History
  • Chronology
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: John Henry Lick Diary, 1856 - 1856
    Dates: 1856 - 1856
    Collection Size: 1 folder
    Repository: The Society of California Pioneers.
    San Francisco, California 94107-1272
    Abstract: This collection contains the diary of John Henry Lick in which he made infrequent daily entries from January 22, 1856 to September 12, 1856.
    Physical location: Stored on-site at the Society of California Pioneers.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English


    Collection is open by appointment for research.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with The Society of California Pioneers. All requests for permission to reproduce or publish must be submitted in writing to the Librarian.

    Preferred Citation

    John Henry Lick Diary, 1856 - 1856. The Society of California Pioneers.

    Biography / Administrative History

    John Henry Lick was born June 30, 1818 in Fredricksburg, Pennsylvania. The son of Pioneer James Lick, he arrived in California, June 16, 1855 aboard the vessel "John L. Steaphen". He spent many years as a Notary Public in San Francisco and the Nevada territory. He died October 2, 1891 in Lickdale, Pennsylvania.


    1856/1856 John Henry Lick Diary, 1856 - 1856

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This collection consists of the handwritten personal daily diary of John H. Lick kept during the period January 22, 1856 - September 12, 1856. Of note is the entry for February 15, 1856, which describes an earthquake of some magnitude that took place in San Francisco on that day. Many of the other entries give a general description of the type and quality of weather on a particular day, whether it was sunny and warm, foggy, cloudy or raining. Some of the entries mention day trips that the author made to Santa Clara or San Jose and on certain of these days he notes that he went fishing and what he caught. Many pages of the diary contain no entries.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Pioneers - California
    Lick, John Henry, 1818 - 1891
    Earthquakes - San Francisco