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J. Ross Browne Collection
MSS 108  
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Description
The collection consists of J. Ross Browne's correspondence, biographical material, and published reports on mining, irrigation, Native American affairs, railroads and California history.
Background
J. Ross Browne (1821-1875) was born near Dublin, Ireland and immigrated with his family to America in 1833. He was a nineteenth century author, adventurer, artist, and government agent. Browne was considered to be one of the most widely traveled and versatile writers of his time. He also illustrated many of his own works. It is said he influenced the work of Mark Twain. In 1849, Browne came to California to report the proceedings of California's Constitutional Convention. He became an agent for the Treasury Department and surveyed custom houses and mints, reporting on irregularities. He also looked into Indian and Land Office affairs.
Extent
.25 linear feet
Restrictions
Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.
Availability
Collection open for research.