The Alfred C. Thomas letters measure 1 inch and date from 1850 to 1851. There are
thirty-four photocopied letters from Alfred C. Thomas to his family, the originals of
which are at the Sherman Foundation, Corona del Mar, California. There are also
typescripts of the letters.
The California gold rush began in 1848 after James W. Marshall's discovery of gold dust
at John Sutter's sawmill at Coloma on the American River. This discovery prompted masses
of people from all over the United States and the world to move West and seek their
fortune. Alfred C. Thomas was one of them.
Copyright has not been transferred to California State University, Fresno. Permission to
publish must be obtained from the Sherman Foundation, Corona del Mar, California.
The collection is open for research.