Inventory of the Milton B. Stevens Correspondence, 1849-1954

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Inventory of the Milton B. Stevens Correspondence, 1849-1954

The Huntington Library



San Marino, California

Contact Information

  • Manuscripts Department
  • The Huntington Library
  • 1151 Oxford Road
  • San Marino, California 91108
  • Phone: (626) 405-2203
  • Fax: (626) 449-5720
  • Email: lgarcia@huntington.org
  • URL: http://www.huntington.org/huntingtonlibrary.aspx?id=554
Processed by:
Brooke M. Black
Date Completed:
July 29, 1999
Encoded by:
Xiuzhi Zhou
© 2000 The Huntington Library. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Milton B. Stevens Correspondence,
Date (inclusive): 1849-1954
Collection number: HM 59471-59532
Acquisition number: 1980
Creator: Stevens, Milton B.
Extent: 2 boxes
Repository: The Huntington Library
San Marino, California 91108
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Provenance

The collection was purchased at auction from Butterfield & Butterfield, Sale #6959Z, May 1999. The correspondence includes 62 single-item cataloged letters. They are arranged chronologically, and the bulk of correspondence spans the period 1849-1864, with one letter dated 1954.

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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], Milton B. Stevens Correspondence, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Biographical Note

Milton B. Stevens, the most prominent figure in this group of letters, left his family and home in Shushan, New York to come to California on the ship Morrison, which departed from New York City on February 14, 1849. While in California, Stevens searched for gold at several mining towns throughout Northern California, including Salmon Falls, Pilot Hill, Oregon Bar, Independence, and Weber Creek. He left California and returned to New York in 1851. In 1852, he married Ann Maria Lyman of Salem, New York.

Scope and Content

Milton B. Stevens is the most prolific figure in this collection, as he wrote fifteen of the letters in the collection and was the addressee of twenty. There are, however, twenty-five other authors in these letters, including four women, two of them writing from California. Other significant authors in this collection are: Abbey Stevens (5 letters), Byron Whitcomb (7 letters), and C. K. Dixon (9 letters). The letters mention various mining camps throughout Northern California, such as Fosters Bar, Galena Hill, Murderers Bar, Pilot Hill, Salmon Falls, Weber Creek, and the Klamath River Valley mines. The letters illustrate several aspects of the Gold Rush experience: the journey to California through South America; life in California and the gold camps; gold discoveries, or the lack thereof; the techniques and equipment used in mining; loneliness and longing for home. The letters from Milton B. Stevens' mother tell of the experience of the miners' families back at home in the East. The letter dated 1954 was written by Stephen C. Lyon, who at one time owned the collection. Eighteen of the letters have handwritten or typed transcripts.

Container List

 

1849-1850.

Box 1

Milton B. Stevens. 1849, Jan. New York, New York

 

to Abbey Stevens HM 59471

 

Milton B. Stevens. 1849, Mar. 14. on board Morrison

 

to Abbey Stevens HM 59472

 

Milton B. Stevens. 1849, May 4. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 

to Abbey Stevens HM 59473

 

Milton B. Stevens. 1849, Dec. 9. Salmon Falls, Calif.

 

to Abbey Stevens HM 59474

 

Milton B. Stevens. 1850, Feb. 3. Pilot Hill, Calif.

 

to Abbey Stevens HM 59475

 

Milton B. Stevens. 1850, Mar. 14-15. Oregon Bar, Calif.

 

to Abbey Stevens HM 59476

 

Henry A. Stevens. 1850, Apr. 10. Richmond, Va.

 

to Milton B. Stevens HM 59477

 

C. K. Dixon. 1850, Apr. 12-15. Calif.

 

to Elizabeth Dixon HM 59478

 

Milton B. Stevens. 1850, July 22. Independence, Calif.

 

to Abbey Stevens HM 59479

 

C. K. Dixon. 1850, Oct. 15. Long's Bar, Calif.

 

to Elizabeth Dixon HM 59480

 

C. K. Dixon. 1850, Oct. 30. San Francisco, Calif.

 

to Elizabeth Dixon HM 59481

 

C. K. Dixon. 1850, Nov. 21. San Francisco, Calif.

 

to Elizabeth Dixon HM 59482

 

Abbey Stevens. 1850, Dec. 25. Shushan, New York

 

to Milton B. Stevens HM 59483

 

C. K. Dixon. 1850. Calif.

 

to Elizabeth Dixon HM 59484

 

C. K. Dixon. 1850. Calif.

 

to Elizabeth Dixon HM 59485

 

C. K. Dixon. 1850. Calif.

 

to Elizabeth Dixon HM 59486

 

C. K. Dixon. 1850. Calif.

 

to Elizabeth Dixon HM 59487

 

1851-1954

Box 2

Abbey Stevens. 1851, Feb. 5. Shushan, New York

 

to Milton B. Stevens HM 59488

 

C. K. Dixon. 1851, Feb. 9-14. San Francisco, Calif.

 

to Elizabeth Dixon HM 59489

 

Henry A. Sharp. 1851, Feb. 23. San Francisco, Calif.

 

to Milton B. Stevens HM 59490

 

Milton B. Stevens. 1851, Feb. 23. San Jose, Calif.

 

to Abbey Stevens HM 59491

 

George W. McLean. 1851, Mar. 4. Shushan, New York

 

to Milton B. Stevens HM 59492

 

Abbey Stevens. 1851, Apr. 17. Shushan, New York

 

to Milton B. Stevens HM 59493

 

Abbey Stevens. 1851, Apr. 20-23. Weber Creek, Calif.

 

to Milton B. Stevens HM 59494

 

Abbey Stevens. 1851, Apr. 23. Shushan, New York

 

to Milton B. Stevens HM 59495

 

C. R. Hawley. 1851, Apr. 29. Cambridge, Mass.

 

to Milton B. Stevens HM 59496

 

Abbey Stevens. 1851, May 8. Shushan, New York

 

to Milton B. Stevens HM 59497

 

Milton B. Stevens. 1851, May 18. Weber Creek, Calif.

 

to Abbey Stevens HM 59498

 

Andrew Wampler. 1851, June 1. Murderers Bar, Calif.

 

to "Sir" HM 59499

 

Milton B. Stevens. 1851, June 7-13. Weber Creek, Calif.

 

to Abbey Stevens HM 59500

 

----- Judson. 1851, July 9. Shushan, New York

 

to Abbey Stevens HM 59501

 

Milton B. Stevens. 1851, July 20. Salmon Falls, Calif.

 

to Abbey Stevens HM 59502

 

G. W. Warner. 1851, July 29. San Jose, Calif.

 

to Milton B. Stevens HM 59503

 

Milton B. Stevens. 1851, Aug. 10. Salmon Falls, Calif.

 

to Abbey Stevens HM 59504

 

G. W. Warner. 1851, Sep. 8. San Jose, Calif.

 

to Milton B. Stevens HM 59505

 

G. W. Warner. 1851, Sep. 21. San Jose, Calif.

 

to Milton B. Stevens HM 59506

 

Milton B. Stevens. 1851, Nov. 23. Salmon Falls, Calif.

 

to Abbey Stevens HM 59507

 

Milton B. Stevens. 1851, Nov. 28. San Francisco, Calif.

 

to Abbey Stevens HM 59508

 

Winthrop Morse. 1852, Feb. 24. Shushan, New York

 

Marriage Certificate HM 59509

 

Henry A. Sharp. 1852, Mar. 15. San Francisco, Calif.

 

to Milton B. Stevens HM 59510

 

William H. Mintzer. 1852, Apr. 30. Sonora, Calif.

 

to "Dear Sir" HM 59511

 

Alexander King. 1853, Feb. Copetown, Ontario, Canada

 

to Milton B. Stevens HM 59512

 

Alexander King. 1853, Mar. 13. Copetown, Ontario, Canada

 

to Milton B. Stevens HM 59513

 

Ceralem Mathers. 1853, Mar. 26. San Jose, Calif.

 

to Milton B. Stevens HM 59514

 

G. W. Warner. 1853, May 8. San Jose, Calif.

 

to Milton B. Stevens HM 59515

 

Elizabeth Dixon. 1854, Aug. 6. Clayton, Wis.

 

to Danforth "Danny" Dixon HM 59516

 

John Hurley. 1854, Oct. 24. Keystone Ranch, Calif.

 

to Milton B. Stevens HM 59517

 

A. Lytte. 1855, Mar. 7. Salem, New York

 

to Milton B. Stevens HM 59518

 

S. L. Grow. 1856, Mar. 9. Stockton, Calif.

 

to "Friend Bryant" HM 59519

 

J. C. Stevens. 1856, Apr. Clifton, New York

 

to Milton B. Stevens HM 59520

 

Byron Whitcomb. [between 1856 and 1859]. Fosters Bar, Calif.

 

to Lucy Jane Whitcomb HM 59521

 

Byron Whitcomb. [between 1856 and 1859]. Fosters Bar, Calif.

 

to H. H. Whitcomb HM 59522

 

Mary A. Gun. 1858, June 4. Benicia, Calif.

 

to "Dear Friends" HM 59523

 

Byron Whitcomb. [1859 or 1860], July 10. Fosters Bar, Calif.

 

to J. Baker Whitcomb HM 59524

 

Byron Whitcomb. [1859 or 1860], Dec. 22. Fosters Bar, Calif.

 

to J. Baker Whitcomb HM 59525

 

Byron Whitcomb. [1859 or 1860], Dec. 22. Fosters Bar, Calif.

 

to Lucy Jane Whitcomb HM 59526

 

Byron Whitcomb. [1859 or 1860]. Fosters Bar, Calif.

 

to J. Baker Whitcomb HM 59527

 

William Loutenheiser. 1860, June 5. Grass Valley, Calif.

 

to "Dr Sir" HM 59528

 

Byron Whitcomb and Eliza Whitcomb. [1862], Feb. 12. Fosters Bar, Calif.

 

to "Father & Mother" HM 59529

 

J. Baker Whitcomb. 1863, July 29. Fosters Bar, Calif.

 

to "Dear Sister" HM 59530

 

J. W. Eggleston. 1864, Jan. 28. Junction Mill, Calif.

 

to George W. Chaplin HM 59531

 

Stephen C. Lyon. 1954, Jan. 29. Providence, Rhode Island

 

to George N. Ponnay HM 59532

Indexing: Subjects

 

Benicia (Calif.)

 

1858, June 4, Mary A. Gun letter to "Dear Friends." HM 59523

 

California--Politics/Elections

 

[1859 or 1860], July 10, Byron Whitcomb letter to J. Baker Whitcomb. HM 59524

 

Coyote Creek (Calif.)

 

1853, Mar. 26, Ceralem Mathers letter to Milton B. Stevens. HM 59514 

 

Galena Hill (Calif.)

 

[1859 or 1860], July 10, Byron Whitcomb letter to J. Baker Whitcomb. HM 59524 

 

Mining Corporations

 

1851, June 1, Andrew Wampler letter to "Sir." HM 59499

 

Monterey (Calif.)

 

[1850], C. K. Dixon letter to Elizabeth Dixon. HM 59487

 

Panama (Panama)

 

1851, Apr. 29, C. R. Hawley letter to Milton B. Stevens. HM 59496

 

Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

 

1849, May 4, Milton B. Stevens letter to Abbey Stevens. HM 59473

 

Sacramento (Calif.)

 

1852, Mar. 15, Henry A. Sharp letter to Milton B. Stevens. HM 59510 

 

Salmon Falls (Calif.)

 

1850, Feb. 3, Milton B. Stevens letter to Abbey Stevens. HM 59475

 

San Francisco (Calif.)

 

1851, Nov. 28, Milton B. Stevens letter to Abbey Stevens. HM 59508

 

Stockton (Calif.)

 

1856, Mar. 9, S. L. Grow letter to "Friend Bryant." HM 59519

 

Violence in the Mines -

 

1851, Feb. 23, Henry A. Sharp letter to Milton B. Stevens. HM 59490

 

1851, Apr. 20-23, Milton B. Stevens letter to Abbey Stevens. HM 59494

 

1851, June 1, Andrew Wampler letter to "Sir." HM 59499

 

[1859 or 1860], Dec. 22, Byron Whitcomb letter to J. Baker Whitcomb. HM 59525

 

1860, June 5, William Loutenheiser to "Dear Sir." HM 59528 

 

Voyages to the Pacific Coast -

 

1849, Jan., Milton B. Stevens letter to Abbey Stevens. HM 59472

 

1849, Mar. 14, Milton B. Stevens letter to Abbey Stevens. HM 59473

 

1853, May 8, G. W. Warner letter to Milton B. Stevens. HM 59515 

 

Weber Creek (Calif.)

 

1853, Mar. 13, Alexander King letter to Milton B. Stevens. HM 59513

 

Women in California

 

1858, June 4, Mary A. Gun letter to "Dear Friends." HM 59523