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William Norton Collection: Finding Aid
mssHM 63620-63637  
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Description
This small collection contains correspondence of William Norton (died 1908) regarding his voyage to California from Massachusetts in 1849 and his time in the gold mines, as well as 17th and 18th century items regarding the Massachusetts ancestors of Norton and some other miscellaneous documents.
Background
William Norton (died 1908) left Lynn, Massachusetts, for California in 1849 on the ship “Argonaut.” Norton first settled in Maxwell’s Creek (also called Coulterville), Mariposa County, and later moved to Big Oak Flat, Tuolumne County. Norton returned to Massachusetts in 1855. He later invented the Norton Clasp for shoes, and with the money he earned in California, opened the Norton Clasp Shoe Company. He was a member of the Society of California Pioneers of New England and the Associated Pioneers of the Territorial Days of California. Norton died in 1908 at the age of 76.
Extent
41 items in 1 box and 3 oversize items
Restrictions
The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.
Availability
Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.