Guide to the Columbia Research Collection, 1936-1942

Processed by Rosemary Evetts; revised by Mary-Jo Wainwright
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Guide to the Columbia Research Collection, 1936-1942

Collection number: BANC MSS C-R 25

The Bancroft Library



University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California

Contact Information:

Processed by:
Rosemary Evetts
Revised by:
Mary-Jo Wainwright
Date Completed:
January 1991; updated June 1994
Encoded by:
Susana Franco
© 1996 The Regents of the University of California

Collection Summary

Collection Title: Columbia Research Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1936-1942
Collection Number: BANC MSS C-R 25
Extent: Number of containers: 13 cartons (7 cartons contain 37 card file boxes), 1 oversize folder Linear feet: 16.25
Repository: The Bancroft Library
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Abstract: A collection of research materials, primarily newspaper, magazine and book abstracts, and indexes, chiefly pertaining to the mining town of Columbia, California, 1850-1879, but including additional materials for Tuolumne County and Calaveras County. The project to compile these materials was directed by Hero Eugene Rensch and performed under the auspices of the U.S. Works Progress Administration and the California State Emergency Relief Administration, California California Division of Parks.
Languages Represented: English

Information for Researchers

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft 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.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Columbia research collection, BANC MSS C-R 25, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Materials Cataloged Separately

  • Photographs have been transferred to the Pictorial Collections of The Bancroft Library.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

The Columbia Research Collection was given to The Bancroft Library by Hero Eugene Rensch in 1942.

Scope and Content

The Columbia Research Collection consists of research materials, primarily newspaper, magazine and book abstracts, and indexes referring to the mining town of Columbia, California, and the surrounding area, 1850-1879. The bulk of the collection is a descriptive index, primarily to Tuolumne County newspapers: Sonora Herald, Tuolumne Courier, Union Democrat, Columbia Gazette, Columbia Times, and Columbia Citizen. Newspapers from metropolitan areas such as San Francisco and Sacramento are also included.
This material was collected and compiled for the United States Works Progress Administration and the California State Emergency Relief Administration, under the auspices of the California Division of Parks. The project was directed by Hero Eugene Rensch.
The W.P.A./S.E.R.A. project, completed in 1936, resulted in the volume Descriptive Index to Items Referring to the Mining Town of Columbia, California, 1850-1870. The cards containing the raw research for this volume are contained in Carton 6, card file box #32, and Carton 7, card file boxes #33, #34, #35, #36 and #37. However, Mr. Rensch continued to add to this collection until 1942 when it was presented to The Bancroft Library. The cards for this expanded index are in card file boxes #1-14, contained in Cartons 1-3.

Container List

 

Series 1: Proper Names Indexes

 

Place Names in Columbia and Vicinity

Ctn. 1, card-file-box 1

Aaron's Ranch -- Cavorea Creek

card-file-box 2

Cedarville -- Columbia Creek

card-file-box 3

Columbia - education -- Columbia - mining

card-file-box 4

Columbia - mining -- Columbia - religion

card-file-box 5

Columbia - social conditions -- Columbia - vital statistics

card-file-box 6

Columbia Flat -- Gold Spring Road

Ctn. 2, card-file-box 7

Gold Street -- Knickerbocker Gulch

card-file-box 8

Knights -- Mountain Pass

card-file-box 9

Murphys -- Sawmills

card-file-box 10

Sawpit Gulch -- Sonora - geology

card-file-box 11

Sonora - government, local -- Sonora - social conditions

card-file-box 12

Sonora - social conditions -- Sugar Pine Hill

Ctn. 3, card-file-box 13

Sugarpine Creek -- Tuttletown

card-file-box 14

Twist Ranch - Yosemite Crossing

 

Proper Names Index

Arrangement

(Arranged alphabetically within subjects or by names)
Ctn. 3, card-file-box 15

Businesses: 1850-1875; Mines: 1850-1876

card-file-box 16

Social Organizations: 1851-1879;Persons: 1850-1852

card-file-box 17

Persons: 1858 -1862

Ctn. 4, card-file-box 18

Persons: 1852 -1865

card-file-box 19

Persons: 1866 -1879

 

Series 2: Chronological Index

Ctn. 4, card-file-box 20

Index - local newspapers, 1851-1879

card-file-box 21

Index - citations - metropolitan newspapers, 1850-1860

card-file-box 22

Index - citations - metropolitan newspapers, 1860-1879

 

Series 3: Subject Index

Arrangement

(Arranged alphabetically within subjects, and then chronologically)
Ctn. 5, card-file-box 23

Index - local newspapers, 1854-1879

Scope and Content Note

Advertisements to miscellaneous
card-file-box 24

Index - local newspapers, 1852-1979

Scope and Content Note

Social conditions to writing
card-file-box 25

Index - Columbia - Metropolitan newspapers, 1851-1879

Scope and Content Note

Advertisements to zoology
card-file-box 26

Index - Metropolitan newspapers, 1850-1879

Scope and Content Note

Advertisements to military organizations
card-file-box 27

Index - Metropolitan newspapers, 1850-1879

Scope and Content Note

Mining to social life
 

Series 4: Miscellaneous Indexes

Arrangement

(Arranged alphabetically within subjects or by name)
Ctn. 6, card-file-box 28

Vital statistics, births, deaths

card-file-box 29

Vital statistics, marriages, various arrangements; also miscellaneous births, deaths, marriages

card-file-box 30

Index to books and magazines by proper names:

Scope and Content Note

Businesses, mines, folklore, legal, social organizations, George Ezra Dane material
card-file-box 31

Persons

card-file-box 32

Newspaper index to rare Columbia papers, 1850-1870

Ctn. 7, card-file-box 33

Newspaper index to rare Columbia Papers, 1850-1870

card-file-box 34

Newspaper index to rare Columbia papers, 1850-1870

card-file-box 35

Newspaper index to rare Columbia papers, 1850-1870

card-file-box 36

Newspaper index to rare Columbia papers, 1850-1870

card-file-box 37

Newspaper index to rare Columbia papers, 1850-1870

 

Series 5: Abstracts

 

Abstracts from Miscellaneous Newspapers

Ctn. 8, folder 1

Vol. 1, miscellaneous, 1850-1854

folder 2-3

Vol. 2, miscellaneous, 1855-1856

folder 4

Vol. 3, miscellaneous, 1857

folder 5-6

Vol. 4, miscellaneous, 1858-1859

folder 7-8

Vol. 5, miscellaneous, 1860

folder 9-10

Vol. 6, miscellaneous, 1861-1862

folder 11-12

Vol. 7, miscellaneous, 1863-1866

folder 13

Vol. 8, miscellaneous, 1867-1879

folder 14-15

Vol. [9], [unnumbered], American Flag, 1862-1864, American Eagle, 1864

folder 16

Vol. [10], [unnumbered], Tuolumne Courier, 1864-1866

 

Abstracts from the Union Democrat Newspaper

Ctn. 9, folder 1-2

Vol. 1, 1854-1863

folder 3-4

Vol. 2, 1864-1865

folder 5

Vol. 3, 1866-1869

folder 6

Vol. 4, 1870-1873

folder 7

Vol. 5, Chronological index, 1850-1879

folder 8

Vol. 6, Subject index, 1850-1879

folder 9

Vol. 7, Magazine abstracts

folder 10

Vol. 8, Bancroft Scraps, Hayes Collection, Hittel Scraps

folder 11

Vol. 9, Book abstracts

folder 12

Vol. 10, Chain of title, block 10

folder 13

Vol. 11, Chain of title, block 16

folder 14

Vol. 12, Chain of title, fragments of field survey notes, 1871, miscellaneous ownership data

folder 15

Vol. 13, Income and expenses of St. Ann's Church, 1862-1867

 

Notes

Ctn. 10, folder 1-25

Calaveras County notes

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Arranged by years, in various groupings, 1856-1889
Ctn. 11, folder 1-23

Calaveras County notes

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Arranged by years, in various groupings, 1851-1860 & n.d.
folder 24-30

Tuolumne County miscellaneous

Ctn. 12, folder 1-33

Collection of notes made by Rensch

Scope and Content Note

(Primarily concerning Tuolumne County)
 

Miscellaneous

Ctn. 13, folder 1

1935 project report

folder 2-10

Miscellaneous

folder 11

Descriptive Index to Items Referring to the Mining Town of Columbia, California, 1850-1870. (mF869.C65.U6)

folder 12

Columbia Research Collection, Bancroft Library Files Report, With Letter (F869.C65.R42)

oversize Oversize, folder 1

Architectural drawings

 

Design for a monument - unidentified

 

Blue line drawing - Gravestones, Columbia & Sonora, Tuolumne County (Historic American Building Survey #38-11)