Correspondence, notes and drafts, poetry, and materials used in writing the book LITERARY CALIFORNIA.
Born May 5, 1853 in Sacramento County, California, Ella Sterling Mighels was the author of many books. She grew up in the
town of Aurora in Esmeralda County, Nevada, later adopting "Aurora Esmeralda" as a pen name. She married Adley Cummins in
1872. Her daughter, Viva Cummins, died in 1905. Mighels wrote an early novel about California: The Little Mountain Princess (1880). She is best known for her books on the literary history of California: Story Of The Files (1893) and Literary California (1919). In 1913, she founded the California Literature Society. In 1919, the California State Legislature conferred upon her
the title of "First Historian of Literary California." She died in San Francisco on December 10, 1934.