Amos Parmalee Catlin Addenda mssHM 64312-64431

Gayle Richardson
The Huntington Library
November 2020
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108

Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
Title: Amos Parmalee Catlin addenda
Creator: Catlin, Amos Parmalee, 1823-1900
Identifier/Call Number: mssHM 64312-64431
Physical Description: 1.34 Linear Feet (2 boxes)
Date (inclusive): 1849-1871
Abstract: A collection of material related to Amos Parmalee Catlin, American miner, lawyer, and politician.
Language of Material: Materials are in English.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item]. Amos Parmalee Catlin addenda, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased by John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller on behalf of The Huntington from Pacific Book Auction Galleries, Sale 153, lot 207, February 1998.

Biographical / Historical

Amos Parmalee Catlin (1823-1900), was a lawyer from New York State who came to California in 1849. Catlin engaged in mining operations on Mormon Island, a site located on the South Fork of the American River, in present-day Sacramento County, and later formed the American River Water and Mining Company and the Natoma Water and Mining Company. During the 1860s he was associated with the assay and banking firm of Charles T. H. Palmer and Roger S. Day. Catlin, a member of the California bar for many years, was influential in establishing the state capitol at Sacramento, California. He was elected to the California state senate in 1852 and judge of the Superior Court at Sacramento in 1890; Catlin died in Sacramento in 1900.

Scope and Contents

This addenda has 120 items and is mostly correspondence, business records, and legal documents (1849-1867) that pertain to Amos Parmalee Catlin and the American River Water and Mining Company. Subjects covered include California politics and government, gold mines and mining, mines and mineral industries, mining claims, quartz mines and mining, and riparian rights on the American River. Also included in the addenda is correspondence of Charles T.H. Palmer, a business associate of Catlin.

Processing Information

Processed by Mitchell W. K. Toda in August 2002. In 2020, Gayle Richardson created the finding aid derived from a legacy in-house finding aid.


Arranged chronologically.

Related Materials

This is an addenda to: Amos Parmalee Catlin Papers, 1847-1871 (mssCatlinap).

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Gold mines and mining -- California -- History -- 19th century
Homestead law -- California -- History -- 19th century
Mineral industries -- California -- History -- 19th century
Mining claims -- California -- Weaverville
Quartz mines and mining -- California -- American River -- History -- 19th century
Riparian rights -- California -- American River
Voyages to the Pacific coast -- Personal narratives
Benicia (Calif.) -- History -- 19th century
California -- Politics and Government -- 19th century
Business records -- California -- 19th century
Legal documents -- California -- 19th century
Letters (correspondence) -- California -- 19th century
Palmer, Charles T. H. (Charles Theodore Hart), 1827-1897
American River Water and Mining Company

Box 1, Folder 1-60

Correspondence and documents 1849-1855, June 1

Scope and Contents

Box contains correspondence, business records, and legal documents (mssHM 64312-64371); written from New York, California, Kentucky, Louisiana, and New Jersey.
Box 2, Folder 1-60

Correspondence and documents 1855, June 11-1867 January; undated

Scope and Contents

Box contains correspondence, business records, and legal documents (mssHM 64372-64431); written from Illinois, New York, and California.