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Bodie (Calif.) Collection: Finding Aid
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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Access
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Overview of the Collection

    Title: Bodie (Calif.) Collection
    Dates (inclusive): 1879-1963
    Bulk dates: 1879-1910
    Collection Number: mssBodie collection
    Extent: 61 items. 1 box.
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2129
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: This small collection consists mostly of court and financial records from the mining town of Bodie, California, chiefly dating from 1879 to 1910, as well as some later articles and notes with information on Bodie's history. Of particular interest are the minutes from meetings of the Degree of Honor of the Ancient Order of United Workmen.
    Language: English.

    Access

    Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.

    Administrative Information

    Publication Rights

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. Bodie (Calif.) Collection, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Provenance

    Gift of Marion Parks Patridge, August 16, 1937, purchase from, Dawson's Book Shop, December 26, 1961 and gift of Roy P. McLaughlin, May 1963.

    Biographical Note

    Bodie, California, was named after William S. Bodey who discovered placer gold there in 1859. The first mill was established in 1861 and the town that once consisted of 20 miners eventually grew to an estimated 10,000 inhabitants by 1879. However by 1882 the boom was over and the town started to decline as many of the mines had already paid out and many of the mining companies went bankrupt. Major fires in 1892 and 1932 destroyed much of the business district in town and by the 1940s Bodie had become a ghost town. In 1964 Bodie was made into a California State Park.

    Scope and Content

    This collection consists mostly of court and financial records from Bodie as well as some later articles and notes with information on Bodie's history. Of particular interest are the minutes from meetings of the Degree of Honor of the Ancient Order of United Workmen.

    Arrangement

    The collection is arranged in one box and six series, each arranged chronologically:
    • 1. Correspondence.
    • 2. Court records.
    • 3. Financial records.
    • 4. Club and professional records.
    • 5. Notes and articles.
    • 6. Newspapers and ephemera.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  

    Subjects

    Osborne, Henry Zenas, 1848-1923.
    Ancient Order of United Workmen. Grand Lodge of California -- Archives.
    Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
    Clubs -- California -- Bodie.
    Ghost towns -- California -- History -- Sources.
    Mining camps -- California.
    Bodie (Calif.) -- History -- Sources.
    California -- History -- 19th century -- Sources.
    California -- History -- 20th century -- Sources.

    Forms/Genres

    Articles -- California -- 20th century.
    Financial records -- California -- Bodie.
    Business records -- California -- Bodie.
    Judicial records -- California -- Bodie.
    Minutes -- California -- Bodie.
    Notes -- California -- 20th century.