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Abel Stearns Papers: Addenda 1
mssHM 48988-49068  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Related Materials in the Huntington Library
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Abel Stearns Papers: Addenda 1
    Dates: 1821-1879
    Bulk dates: 1821-1831
    Collection Call Number: mssHM 48988-49068
    Creator: Stearns, Abel, 1798-1871
    Extent: 81 pieces in 1 box
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2191
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: This collection chiefly consists of correspondence addressed to Southern California businessman and politician Abel Stearns (1798-1871), relating to his early business affairs. Included are materials containing information on American trade in Cuba, Argentina, Mexico and California, with comments on the political situations in those countries and in the United States.
    Language of Material: The records are in English and Spanish.

    Access

    Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.

    Administrative Information

    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]. Abel Stearns Papers: Addenda 1, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Provenance

    Gift of Mr. George W. Alfs, September, 1980.

    Biographical Note

    Abel Stearns was a pioneer ranch owner and businessman in Los Angeles, California. As a young man, he left his native Massachusetts to engage in South American and China shipping trade. He went to Mexico in 1826, became a naturalized citizen, and in 1829 moved to Monterey, Calif. By 1833, he settled in Los Angeles where he became a wealthy businessman and influential politician.

    Related Materials in the Huntington Library

    Scope and Content

    Correspondence of Abel Stearns, chiefly letters addressed to him, relating to his early business affairs. Included are materials containing information on American trade in Cuba, Argentina, Mexico and California, with comments on the political situations in those countries and in the United States, the political situation in the Rio de la Plata region and the early exploits of Juan Manuel de Rosas. Also included are letters on the shoe trade in Cuba and the United States.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  

    Personal Names

    Stearns, Abel, 1798-1871

    Subjects

    Businessmen--California--Archives
    Argentina--History--1810---Sources
    California--History--1821-1848--Sources
    Cuba--History--1810-1899--Sources
    Mexico--History--1821-1861--Sources
    United States--Foreign relations--Cuba

    Genre

    Letters (correspondence)--United States--19th century
    Personal papers--United States--19th century