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Guide to the Theressa Gay Papers , 1946-1960
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Series Description

 

SERIES I: PERSONAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Scope and Content Note

The first series contains biographical notes and partial listings of Ms. Gay's professional experiences. Also included is a datebook/calendar from 1947.
 

SERIES II: CORRESPONDENCE, 1946 TO 1960

Scope and Content Note

The second series consists of Ms. Gay's correspondence; mostly incoming correspondence, but some copies of outgoing correspondence as well. Most of the letters pertain to inquiries regarding research on the California Gold Rush, but a small number deal with other topics as well. There is personal correspondence included here as well, but these letters often also pertain to Ms. Gay's research. Some of the individual correspondents include Warren T. Russell, a Gold Rush historian; and Hesley S. Davis and Mother Lee, descendants of several of Ms. Gay's research subjects.
 

SERIES III: SONGS OF THE CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH, 1845-1855

Scope and Content Note

The third series contains the songs collected by Ms. Gay, on the California Gold Rush. The songs are filed in alphabetical order by title. Also included is Ms. Gay's Plan for Work, which outlines her collecting strategy. A complete alphabetical listing of the songs colleced by Ms. Gay is included here, as well as research and bibliographic notes.
 

SERIES IV: BIOGRAPHY OF JAMES W. MARSHALL

Scope and Content Note

The fourth series contains the original, handwritten manuscript for Ms. Gay's biography of James W. Marshall. Also included are a number of chapter revisions from the manuscript, and a periodical review of the biography from the California Historical Quarterly.
 

SERIES V: RESEARCH NOTES AND MATERIALS (BY SUBJECT)

Scope and Content Note

The fifth series contains the bulk of the collection. It is divided according to subject area, and then is subdivided by specific topic. The first section consist of research notes for the James Marshall biography: some of the folder headings in this section reflect chapter titles from the Marshall biography. The section which follows consists of Gold Rush material, some of which overlaps with material on James Marshall. Other sections in theis series include: California--Other Topics; Miscellaneous Topics (which includes research notes on the history of the Pacific Northwest, on American Politics of the 20th Century, and other miscellaneous topics.)
 

SERIES VI: TEACHING FILES, 1947 TO 19--

Scope and Content Note

The sixth series consists primarily of course materials and notes from two history courses for which Theressa Gay was a teaching assistant at Stanford University's History Department. These courses included History 132 (The Westward Movement) and History 169 (The History of California.) Also included is one item from the Adult Education course that she taught for the Palo Alto Unified School District.
 

SERIES VII: PUBLICATIONS AND PRINTED MATERIALS

Scope and Content Note

The seventh series contains pamphlets, fliers, tourist maps, newsclippigs and other printed materials that Theressa Gay collected during the course of her research. Of particular interest are the various pamphlets and fliers relating to the California Gold Rush, and 20th century political campaign materials. This series also includes periodicals and newpaper articles pertaining to Theressa Gay's historical research; and history book trade list publications that were used as sources for research materials.
 

SERIES VIII: PHOTOGRAPHIC MATERIALS

Scope and Content Note

The final series of this collection consists of a variety of photographic materials, including black and white photographs, negative photostats and microfilm. Most of these materials pertain to the James Marshall, or the California Gold Rush, but photographs having to do with other subject matter is also included.

Container List

 

SERIES I: BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIAL

Box 1, Folder 1,2

Biographical and resume notes

Box 1, Folder 3

Datebook/Calendar from 1947

 

SERIES II: CORRESPONDENCE, 1946 to 1960.

 

Incoming (1946 to 1960):

Box 1, Folder 4

A

Box 1, Folder 5

B--F

Box 1, Folder 6

G--H

Box 1, Folder 7

I--L

Box 1, Folder 8

M--P

Box 1, Folder 9-10

R--Z

Box 1, Folder 11

Hensley S. Davis

Box 1, Folder 12

Mother Lee

Box 1, Folder 13

Evelyn Mick

Box 1, Folder 14

Gerald D. Nash

Box 1, Folder 15-16

Warren T. Russell

Box 2, Folder 1-3

Warren T. Russell

 

Outgoing (1947-1960):

Box 2, Folder 4-5

Copies of outgoing correspondence (by date)

Box 2, Folder 6

Invoices

 

SERIES III: SONGS OF THE CALIFORNIA GOLDRUSH, 1845-1855

Box 2, Folder 7-8

Plan for Work and List of Songs, A-Z

Box 2, Folder 9-10

Songs, A--C

Box 2, Folder 11-12

Songs, D-F

Box 2, Folder 13-14

Songs, G-I

Box 2, Folder 15

Songs, J-L

Box 2, Folder 16-17

Songs, M-O

Box 2, Folder 18-19

Songs, P-R

Box 2, Folder 20

Songs, S-U

Box 2, Folder 21

Songs, V-Z

Box 2, Folder 22-23

Untitled Songs

Box 2, Folder 24-25

Song Lists

Box 2, Folder 26-27

Research and Bibliographic Notes

Box 3, Folder 1

Research and Bibliographic Notes

 

SERIES IV: BIOGRAPHY OF JAMES W. MARSHALL

 

Biography of James Marshall--Manuscript

Note

[Note: Ms. Gay's original enumeration is shown here in brackets; numbering without brackets reflects the published version)
Box 3, Folder 2

Prologue, The Ringing of the Bells [I]

Box 3, Folder 3

Chapter I. [A Boy Grows Up] Boyhood Family Traditions [II]

Box 3, Folder 4

Chapter II. Adventuring Westward [III]

Box 3, Folder 5

Chapter III. California Bound [IX]

Box 3, Folder 6

Chapter IV. Lord of New Helvetia [V]

Box 3, Folder 7

Chapter V. Marshall at Sutter's Fort [VI]

Box 3, Folder 8

Chapter VI. Helping Manifest Destiny [A Son of N. J.] [VII]

Box 3, Folder 9

Chapter VII. Building a Sawmill [VIII]

Box 3, Folder 10

Chapter VIII. Gold! [IX]

Box 3, Folder 11

Chapter IX. The Secret is Out [X]

Box 3, Folder 12

Chapter X. The Rush is On! [XI]

Box 3, Folder 13

Chapter XI. Yellow Fever... [XII]

Box 3, Folder 14

Chapter XII. Culloma, 1848-1849 [XIII]

Box 3, Folder 15

Chapter XIII. Marshall and the Miners [XIV]

Box 3, Folder 16

Chapter XIV. A Famous Sawmill's Fate

Box 3, Folder 17

Chapter XV. Prospecting Around [XV]

Box 3, Folder 18

Chapter XVI. A Coloma Vinyardist [XVII]

Box 3, Folder 19

Chapter XVII. As Seen About Coloma [XVIII]

Box 3, Folder 20

Chapter XVIII. Mining Again [XIX]

Box 3, Folder 21

Chapter XIX. Lecture Tour [XX]

Box 3, Folder 22

Chapter XX. A State Pension [XXI]

Box 3, Folder 23

Chapter XXI. Kelsey Years XXII]

Box 3, Folder 24

Chapter XXII. Marshall and his Neighbors [XXIII]

Box 3, Folder 25

Chapter XXIII. Marshall on Parade [XXIII]

Box 3, Folder 26

Chapter XXIV. The Final Summons: [XXV]

Box 3, Folder 27

Chapter XXV. A Fuss Over Me [XXVI]

Box 4, Folder 1

Bibliography [Incomplete]

Box 4, Folder 2

Manuscript & research notes

Box 4, Folder 3-5

Chapter revisions

Box 4, Folder 6

Periodical review of biography

 

SERIES V: RESEARCH NOTES AND MATERIALS (BY SUBJECT)

 

James W. Marshall:

Box 4, Folder 7-8

Aid for Marshall

Box 4, Folder 9-10

Death of Marshall

Box 4, Folder 11-12

Early Years in Missouri

Box 4, Folder 13-14

Early Years in New Jersey

Box 4, Folder 15-16

Estate

Box 4, Folder 17-18

Gold Discovery

Box 4, Folder 19

James W. Marshall Museum--Catalogue

Box 4, Folder 20

Lecture Tour

Box 4, Folder 21-22

Marshall County Proposal

Box 4, Folder 23

Marshall on Parade

Box 4, Folder 24

Marshall's Monument

Box 5, Folder 1

Marshall's Monument

Box 5, Folder 2

Military Career

Box 5, Folder 3-4

Property--Litigation

Box 5, Folder 5

Property--Sale of the Mill

Box 5, Folder 6

Property--Sale to Samuel J. Hensley

Box 5, Folder 7

Prospecting Around

Box 5, Folder 8-9

Reminiscenes About Marshall

Box 5, Folder 10-11

Tarson's Life of Marshall

Box 5, Folder 12-13

Vineyard in Coloma

Box 5, Folder 14

What Cheer House

Box 5, Folder 15

Misc. Notes

Box 5, Folder 16

Misc. Notes

Physical Description: (notecards)
 

Gold Rush in California

Box 5, Folder 17-18

Amos Pittnam Letters

Box 5, Folder 19-20

California Gold Rush Centennial

Box 5, Folder 21-22

Coloma

Box 5, Folder 23-24

Difficulties of Mining during the Gold Rush (includes correspondence with Gerald Nash)

Box 5, Folder 25

Emigration

Box 5, Folder 26-27

El Dorado County Archives

Box 5, Folder 28

El Dorado County History--Misc.

Box 6, Folder 1

George Johnson's Coloma Notebook (excerpts)

Box 6, Folder 2

Gold Mining in California

Box 6, Folder 3

Hanging of Irish Dick Crone (1850)

Box 6, Folder 4-5

Indian Difficulties in Coloma

Box 6, Folder 6-7

John Sutter and His Fort

Box 6, Folder 8

John Sutter's Diary (excerpts)

Box 6, Folder 9

John Sutter's Personal Reminiscences

Box 6, Folder 10-11

Misc. Notes from Missouri Newspapers

Box 6, Folder 12-13

Mormons in California

Box 6, Folder 14-15

Other First Discoveries

Box 6, Folder 16-17

The Secret Is Out

Box 6, Folder 18-19

Yellow Fever, California Variety

 

California--Other topics

Box 6, Folder 20

Bank of California:

Box 7, Folder 1

--Mark Hopkins Correspondence

Physical Description: (photostats)
Box 7, Folder 2

--William Ralston Correspondence

Physical Description: (photostats)
Box 7, Folder 3

--Ralston correspondence (other)

Box 7, Folder 4-6

--Miscellaneous correspondence

Box 7, Folder 7-8

Botanical Gardens in California

Box 7, Folder 9-10

California's Centennial

Box 7, Folder 11-12

Christmas in Old California

Box 7, Folder 13

En route to California

Box 7, Folder 14-15

Indian Difficulties in California

Box 7, Folder 16-17

Land Use in California (includes correspondence to Gerald Nash)

Box 7, Folder 18-19

Orientals in California

Box 7, Folder 20-21

Pacific Squadron

 

Misc. Topics:

Box 7, Folder 22

American Politics

Box 8, Folder 1

Jason and Daniel Lee (includes correspondence from family members)

Box 8, Folder 2

Diary of G. W. Melhorn, CSA (transcript)

Box 15

Miscellaneous research notecards

Box 8, Folder 3-7

Miscellaneous research notes

Box 8, Folder 8-9

U. S. and International Politics

 

SERIES VI: TEACHING FILES, [1946--]

 

Teaching Assistant Files (Stanford University History Department):

Box 8, Folder 10

Course notes and materials from History 132 and History 169

 

Teaching Files (Palo Alto Adult Education Program):

Box 8, Folder 11

Course material (item)

Box 8, Folder 12

Miscellaneous

 

SERIES VII: PUBLICATIONS AND PRINTED MATERIALS

 

Pamphlets and Fliers:

Box 8, Folder 13

Gold Rush

Box 9, Folder 1

American Politics--Campaigns, etc.

 

Maps and Travel Guides:

Box 9, Folder 2

Gold Rush Country

Box 9, Folder 3-4

Misc.

Box 9, Folder 5-8

Book Catalogs

Box 9, Folder 9

Misc. items and recipes

Box 9, Folder 10

Newsclippings

Box 11, Folder 1-9

Newsclippings

Box 12, Folder 1-12

Newsclippings

Box 13, Folder 1-11

 

SERIES VII: PHOTOGRAPHIC MATERIALS

Box 10, Folder 1

Microfilm and negatives

Box 16

Microfilm and negatives

Physical Description: (os)
Box 10, Folder 2-6

Photographs and photostats

Box 14, Folder 1-10

Photostats

 

Microfilm