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Wellington C. Burnett papers
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administration Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Wellington C. Burnett papers
    Dates: 1812-1935
    Collection Call Number: mssBurnett papers
    Extent: 964 items
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
    The Huntington Library
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2203
    Fax: (626) 449-5720
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: Personal papers of Wellington C. Burnett and his wife, Jane.
    Language of Material: The material is in English.

    Administration Information


    Collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, please go to following web site .

    Publication Rights

    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.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Wellington C. Burnett papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Acquisition Information

    The collection is made up of a purchase from the Argonaut Book Shop, January 1956, and from Laurence Lingle, August 1972.

    Biographical Note

    Wellington C. Burnett (1828-1907) was born in Connecticut and joined the U.S. Army, serving in the Mexican War. He then attended Harvard Law School and practiced law in Chicago. In 1852, Burnett came to California, where he served as state senator, settled in San Francisco and practiced law, and was elected city and county attorney during 1870-1878.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists of letters, documents, manuscripts, business papers, and maps related to Wellington C. Burnett (1828-1907), his wife, Jane Cleveland Burnett, and the Burnett and Cleveland families. There are also materials about early California and Burnett's involvement with veterans of the Mexican War. Also included is Burnett's journal containing an account of his experiences during the Mexican War.


    The collection is arranged in alphabetical order. The collection is housed in two boxes and has one journal.

    Indexing Terms

    Personal Names

    Burnett family
    Burnett, Wellington Cleveland, 1828-1907
    Burnett, Jane Cleveland
    Cleveland family

    Corporate Names

    Associated Veterans of the Mexican War
    United States. Army -- History -- Mexican War, 1846-1848 -- Sources



    Lawyers -- California -- San Francisco -- Correspondence
    Legislators -- California -- Correspondence
    Mexican War, 1846-1848 -- Personal narratives, American

    Geographic Areas

    California -- History -- 19th century -- Sources
    California -- History -- 20th century -- Sources


    Letters (correspondence) -- United States
    Personal papers -- United States