Bodie (Calif.) Papers.

Finding aid prepared by Mitchell W.K. Toda and revised by Katrina Denman.
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Bodie (Calif.) Papers
Dates: 1879-1963
Bulk dates: 1879-1910
Collection Number: Consult repository
Extent: 61 items
Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens Manuscripts Department
The Huntington Library
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108
Phone: (626) 405-2203
Fax: (626) 449-5720
Email: manuscripts@huntington.org
URL:http://www.huntington.org
Abstract: The collection consists mainly of court and financial records from Bodie, California, as well as some later articles and notes with information on Bodie’s history.
Language of Material: The records are in English.

Administration Information

Access

Collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, please go to the following website .

Publication Rights

In order to quote from, publish, or reproduce any of the manuscripts or visual materials, researchers must obtain formal permission from the office of the Library Director. In most instances, permission is given by the Huntington as owner of the physical property rights only, and researchers must also obtain permission from the holder of the literary rights. In some instances, the Huntington owns the literary rights, as well as the physical property rights. Researchers may contact the appropriate curator for further information.

Preferred Citation

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

Acquisition Information

Purchased from Dawson's Book Shop, December 26, 1937, and Roy P. McLaughlin, May 1963.

Biography

Bodie, California, is 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 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 paid out and the mining companies went bankrupt. Major fires in 1892 and 1932 destroyed much of the town’s business district and by the 1940s Bodie had become a ghost town. In 1964 Bodie was made into a California state park. .

Scope and Content

The collection consists mainly of court and financial records from Bodie, California, 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.
A detailed container list is available through the Manuscripts Department.

Indexing Terms

Personal Names

Osborne, Henry Zenas, 1848-1923.

Corporate Names

Ancient Order of United Workmen, Grand Lodge of California.
Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

Subject

Clubs--California.
Ghost towns--California--History.
Mining camps--California.

Geograhic Areas

Bodie (Calif.)--History.
California--History--1850-1950.
California--History--1950-.


Collection Contents

 

Series 1: Correspondence, 1898-1963.

 

1898, Oct.27. Cal.Anti-Coloric Company to A. Maestretti. San Francisco, Calif.

 

1910, Nov.15. D. De Bernardi and Co. to A. Maestretti. San Francisco, Calif.

 

1910, Nov.19. Engelbright, William Fellows to A. Maestretti. Nevada City, Calif.

 

1962, May 29. Newell, Chester H. to Andrew J. Copp. San Francisco, Calif.

 

1963, Mar.27. Wirth, Raymond L. to Roy McLaughlin. South Pasadena, Calif.

 

Series 2: Court records, 1897-1907.

 

1897-1901. Affidavits against residents. Bodie, Calif. (2 items).

 

1898-1901. Land indentures. Bodie, Calif. (2 items).

 

1899, June 29. Arrest warrant for “Bodie Joe, an Indian.” Bodie, Calif.

 

1899-1900. Court summons. Bodie, Calif. (2 items).

 

1901, Jan.30. Writ of attachment in O’Brien vs. Lopez. Bodie, Calif.

 

1907, Mar.8. Criminal complaint against James Brown. Nye County, Nev.

 

Series 3: Financial records, 1879-1911.

 

1879, Feb.14-18. Telegraphs to Bodie Bank. San Francisco, Calif. (3 items).

 

1879-1880. Bank receipts. Bodie, Calif. (6 items).

 

1898, Sep.10. Phoenix Insurance Company of London. Transfer of insurance title from P.J. Conway to J.M. Langrell. Bodie, Calif.

 

1900. Mono County (Calif.). Notice to tax payers. Bodie, Calif.

 

1908, July 6,-22. Bodie and Lundy Stage Line. Bills no.6-22. Bodie, Calif. (17 items).

 

1910-1911. Old Sawdust Corner. Receipts. Bodie, Calif. (2 items)

 

Series 4: Club and professional records, 1879-1912.

 

1879, May 29. Taylor, R.B. Application to join the International Order of Odd Fellows. Bodie, Calif.

 

1893-1899. Records of the elections of officers in the Hook and Ladder Co. No.1. Bodie, Calif. (5 items)

 

Series 5: Articles and notes, 1907-1968.

 

1907, June 22. McLaughlin, Roy P. Geology of the Bodie District, Calif.

 

1924, Oct.28. Smith, Grant H. Bodie: the last of the old-time mining camps. San Francisco, Calif.

 

1856, Oct.30-Nov.19. Gignoux, Fran S. Notes on Bodie. San Gabriel, Calif.

 

1968, May 14. McLaughlin, Roy P. Biography of Henry Z. Osborne. South Pasadena, Calif.

 

series 6: Newspapers and ephemera, c.1920-1961.

 

c.1920. Bird’s eye view of Bodie (postcard).

 

1957-1961. Newspaper clippings on Bodie, Calif. (2 items)

 

Undated. Ephemera. (3 items)