Guide to the Sewell Alvin Knapp Papers, 1831-1935

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Guide to the Sewell Alvin Knapp Papers, 1831-1935

Collection number: MS 1217B

California Historical Society



North Baker Research Library

San Francisco, California

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  • California Historical Society
  • North Baker Research Library
  • 678 Mission Street
  • San Francisco, California 94105-4014
  • Phone: (415) 357-1848, ext. 220
  • Fax: (415) 357-1850
  • Email: reference@calhist.org
  • URL: http://www.californiahistoricalsociety.org/
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© 2001 California Historical Society. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Sewell Alvin Knapp Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1831-1935
Collection number: MS 1217B
Creator: Knapp, Sewell Alvin, 1854-1936
Extent: 2.5 boxes (including 4 scrapbooks)
Repository: California Historical Society, North Baker Library
San Francisco, California 94105-4014
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to The North Baker Research Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Library Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The North Baker Research 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], Sewell Alvin Knapp Papers. MS 1217B, California Historical Society, North Baker Research Library.

Biography

Sewell A. Knapp was born in Columbia, Tuolumne County, California on September 9th, 1854. Raised in Columbia during the height of the gold rush Knapp began working as an assayer, later to be involved in prospecting and consulting for large mining concerns in California and Nevada. His papers include a monograph entitled, Observations & Reminiscences of Early Days in the Mining Camps of California and Nevada, which contains a detailed account of life during the gold boom and considerable technical information on mining itself. However, the bulk of the collection deals with the Peralta land grant in Alameda County and the court proceedings surrounding it.

Added Entries

Added People Entries

  • Arguello (F31)
  • Aughinbough, Gidion (F11)
  • Boillot, Leon (F17)
  • Bradley, F. W., Esq. (F3)
  • Brown, A. C. (F12)
  • Burher, W. H. (F17)
  • Carpentier, Horace W. (F7, 10, 15)
  • Carpenton, John (F12)
  • Chipman, W. W. (F11)
  • DeSola, Don Pablo Vicente (F7)
  • Espinoza, Manual (F17)
  • Fallon, Thomas (F15)
  • Fremont, John C. (F7, 22)
  • Gilman, Caroline (F3)
  • Hart, William H. (F2)
  • Hawkins, C. A. (F3)
  • Hays, John C. (F7, 12)
  • Hester, C. P. (F12)
  • Hurley, M. H. (F14)
  • Jimeno, Manual (F8)
  • King, Samual D. (F7, 9)
  • Knapp, Ed (F1, 5)
  • Knapp, Hazel (F1, 5)
  • Knapp, Marbel (F1, 5)
  • Knapp, Sewell (F1, 3, 5)
  • Martinez, Ignacio (F7)
  • Moore, Stanley (F2)
  • Morgan, George P. (F3)
  • Muir, William (F2, 14, 15, 17)
  • Pacheco, Doloras (F15)
  • Peralta, A. L. (F2)
  • Peralta, Antonio Maria (F9, 11, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25)
  • Peralta, Ignacio (F11, 20)
  • Peralta, Jose Domingo (F7, 11, 20)
  • Peralta, Louis Maria (F9, 11)
  • Peralta, Maria Guadalupe (F9)
  • Peralta, Maria Josefa (F9)
  • Peralta, Maria Theodora (F9)
  • Peralta, Maria Trinidad (F9)
  • Peralta, Vicente (F9, 7, 11, 13, 20)
  • Pitman, Key (F2, 3)
  • Postel, Waldo F. (F2)
  • Redman, F. W. (F9)
  • Riley, B. (F31)
  • Riley, Gov. (F7)
  • Romero, Alex (F14)
  • Romero, J. A. (F14, 15)
  • Romero, Maria Jesus (F14)
  • Romero, Teicherra (F14)
  • Ross, Miss H. (F3)
  • Sola, Don Pablo Vicente de (F31)
  • Stratton, Jas T. (F12)
  • Trent, S. V. (F3)
  • Vallejo, Ignacio (F22)

Added Subject Entries

  • Commercial correspondence (F3)
  • Court Records (F16-26)
  • Deeds (F12-32)
  • Gold Mines & mining (F4)
  • Gold Mines & mining-Nevada (F4)
  • Knapp Family (F1, 3, 5)
  • Land titles-Alameda County-Peralta Land grant (F7-27)
  • Maps (F8, 29)
  • Wills (F9, 17)

Container List

Box 1, Folder 1

Family Correspondence, March 16, 1833 - March 22, 1933

Folder 2

Correspondence from Miscellaneous Persons, 1907 - 1923

Folder 3

Business Correspondence, 1930-1934

Folder 4

(Monograph) Oberservations & Reminscences of Early Days in the Mining Camps of California & Nevada

Folder 5

Knapp Family Geneology

Folder 6

An Act to Create the office of Surveyor of Public Lands for the State of Louisiana, 1831

Folder 7

Notes Regarding Peralta Land Grant Rancho San Antonio

Folder 8

Records of Documents & Certified Map of San Antonio Rancho, 1851

Folder 9

Will of Louis Maria, 1851

Folder 10

Statement of H.W. Carpentier, 1852

Folder 11

Transfere of Land from Jose Domingo Peralta to Ignacio Peralta, 1853

Folder 12

Book of Deeds, 1855 - 1857

Folder 13

Docket Entries, U.S. v. Vicente Peralta, 1903

Folder 14

Agreement between William C. Muir and Angela Peralta, 1907

Folder 15

Will of J.A. Romera

Folder 16

Court Proceedings & inequality hearings, 1909

Folder 17

Dying statement of Manual Espinoza & indenture, inequality hearings

Folder 18

Inequality hearing between Antonio M. Peralta v. U.S., 1911

Folder 19

Antonio M. Peralta v. California, 1913

Folder 20

Decree-Vicente, Antonio, Ignacio & Domingo Peralta v. U.S., 1915

Folder 21

Phamphlets regarding the Silver question, 1931-32

Folder 22

Incomplete history of the time of Ignacio Vallejo & other histories

Folder 23

Petition to the Commissioner of the Interior, Rancho San Antonio, notice to General Land Office, Wash. D.C.

Folder 24

Notes regarding the Peralta land grand, notes on title papers, "Record" Petition to the Surveyor General on the location of the title papers

Box 2, Folder 25

In the Supreme Court of the U.S. -Antonio M. Peralta v. Calif.

Folder 26

Micellaneous & undated legal depositions

Folder 27

Micellaneous material, 1858-1933; n.d.

Folder 28

Newspapers, 1906-1932

Folder 29

Photostat Maps of Rancho San Antonio, n.d., & [UNK]

Folder 30

Photostats of Peralta land grant, 1844, 1852, & n.d.

Folder 31

Photostats of Peralta land grant, 1820 & undated

Folder 32

Deed Photostats, 1853-1858

Box 3, Volume 1

40 pages of Newspaper clippings, 1909-1931

Volume 2

150 page containing Newspaper clippings, 1933

Volume 3

152 page Newspaper scrapbook, 1932-1933

Volume 4

160 page scrapbook of clippings on the gold/silver debate, 1931