Scope and Content Note
Title: Appleton family papers
Dates: ca. 1873-1948
Bulk Dates: (bulk 1888-1900)
Collection number: MC 7
1 linear ft.
(2 archival boxes)
Sacramento Public Library. Sacramento Room
Sacramento, California 95814
Abstract: The Appleton family papers consist of journals, letters, photograph albums, photographs, and printed material documenting
the history of the Appleton family in Whitby, England, and Northern California (1873-1919).
Physical location: For current information on the location of these materials, please contact the Sacramento Room.
Languages represented in the collection:
Collection is open for research.
Use of the described materials may be subject to U.S. and international copyright laws. Permission for publication is given
on behalf of the Sacramento Public Library 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 reader.
[Identification of item], Appleton family papers, MC 7, Sacramento Room, Sacramento Public Library, Sacramento, California.
The Appleton family originally resided in Whitby, a coastal town in North Yorkshire, England. William Appleton, a miller and
farmer, and his wife, Jane, had four children: John (b. 1859), Jane A. (b. 1862), Mary A. (b. 1865), and Francis W. (b. 1867).
William Appleton died in 1873 from a heart condition. John Appleton immigrated to the U.S. in 1888, settling in Sacramento,
and his mother and siblings joined him in 1889 and settled in Florin, later moving to 1112 D Street in Sacramento. John was
employed as a carpenter for many years, while Frank operated a photographic studio in the city. In the summer of 1890, Frank
and John temporary moved to Cisco, California, and worked constructing snow sheds along the Central Pacific Railway over Donner
Pass. In 1898 John embarked on an mining expedition to the Klondike gold fields in Alaska. By 1900 Frank and John had moved
to San Jose, and in 1904 Frank married. Jane Appleton and her daughters returned to England by 1905. Jane A. Appleton died
in 1913 in Glaisdale, England. John Appleton died November 30, 1931, in San Jose, California.
Scope and Content Note
The Appleton family papers consist of journals, letters, photograph albums, photographs, and printed material documenting
the history of the Appleton family in Whitby, England, and Northern California (1873-1948). Notable items from the collection
include Frank Appleton's diaries documenting his family's immigration to the United States and life in Northern California
(1889); a railroad timetable and notes from John Appleton's travel across Canada (1888); excerpts from John Appleton's letters
written on his Klondike expedition (1898-1899); photographs of the construction of sheds along the Central Pacific Railroad
over Donner Pass (1890); views of San Francisco, Sacramento, and the Northern Sierras (ca. 1900); and an embroidered sample
created by Mary Appleton (1877).
This collection is organized into four series:
- Series 1. Francis W. Appleton journals
- Series 2. John Appleton papers
- Series 3. Photographs
- Series 4. General
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Railroads--Snow removal and protection.--California--Donner Pass.
Sacramento (Calif.)--Description and travel.
Canadian Pacific Railway Company.
Sierra Nevada (Calif. and Nev.)--Description and travel.
Donner Pass (Calif.)