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William Rich Hutton Papers: Finding Aid
mssHM 43213-43227, mssFAC 807-845, mssFAC 1010  
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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Access
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing: Subjects
  • Indexing Terms

  • Overview of the Collection

    Title: William Rich Hutton Papers
    Dates (inclusive): 1840-1861
    Collection Number: mssHM 43213-43227, mssFAC 807-845, mssFAC 1010
    Creator: Hutton, Wm. R. (William Rich), 1826-1901.
    Extent: 149 pieces in 2 boxes
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2129
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: This collection contains 96 drawings, 14 original letters, and 39 facsimiles of letters and manuscripts of California surveyor, topographer, and engineer William Rich Hutton (1826-1901). Includes both watercolor and pencil drawings of California (including Los Angeles, Monterey, San Francisco, the New Almaden Quicksilver Mine, and the California Missions), Baja California, Mexico, and Peru.
    Language: English.

    Access

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    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]. William Rich Hutton Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Provenance

    Gift and purchase from Mary A. Hutton, 1939-1946; photostat (FAC 817) from John J. Lynch, City Clerk, San Jose, CA, December 26, 1939; and photostat (FAC 1010) from California Historical Society, San Francisco.

    Alternative Form of Materials Available

    Visit the Huntington Digital Library   to view the digitized drawings from this collection.

    Biographical Note

    William Rich Hutton (1826-1901), surveyor, topographer, and engineer, came to California in 1847 as a clerk with his uncle, Major William Rich, paymaster for U.S. volunteer troops. For the next six years, Hutton was employed as a surveyor and draftsman. During this time he made watercolor and pencil drawings of California scenes. In 1853 he returned to the East and worked as an engineer on various projects including the Washington Bridge and Hudson River Tunnel in New York City. Hutton’s younger brother, James D. Hutton, was also a topographer and artist.

    Scope and Content

    The collection contains 96 drawings, 14 original letters, and 39 facsimiles of letters and manuscripts.
    The illustrative material includes both watercolor and pencil drawings of California (including Los Angeles, Monterey, San Francisco, the New Almaden Quicksilver Mine, and the California Missions), Baja California, Mexico, and Peru. The ones in color are noted below in the container list. One of the drawings is a facsimile (FAC 1010).
    The majority of letters by William Rich Hutton are written to his uncle William Rich and his mother Salome Rich Hutton. There is also some correspondence between William Rich Hutton and his brother James D. Hutton. There are also letters by author María Amparo Ruiz de Burton (these letters are in Spanish), California Governor Persifor Frazer Smith, and Henry Wager Halleck. Some subjects of the correspondence include: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Benjamin Davis Wilson, Edward Otho Cresap Ord, William Goodwin Dana and his Nipomo Ranch (Dana Adobe), the New Almaden Mine, geologist Louis Agassiz, Henry H. Burton, Jessie Benton Frémont, and the Civil War in Washington DC and Baltimore. There are several facsimiles of manuscripts by William Rich Hutton, mostly anecdotes about his time in California.
    Note: FAC 1010 is physically located after drawing #32.

    Arrangement

    Letters and manuscripts are arranged chronologically in one box. Hutton's drawings (96) are arranged in numerical order in the oversize box. Cards are filed in both the alphabetical and chronological sections of the Manuscripts catalog.

    Indexing: Subjects

    Agassiz, Louis, 1807-1873.
    • Subject in Persifor Frazer Smith, 1798-1858, letter (1849, June 9) to William Rich. HM 43227.
    Burton, Henry H.
    • Subject in William Rich letter (1849, July 30) to Salome Rich Hutton. HM 43226.
    Dana, William Goodwin, 1797-1858.
    • Subject in Wm. R. (William Rich) Hutton, 1826-1901 “The Wedding” [1850, July]. FAC 813.
    Dana Adobe.
    • Subject in Wm. R. (William Rich) Hutton, 1826-1901 “The Wedding” [1850, July]. FAC 813.
    Frémont, Jessie Benton, 1824-1902.
    • Subject in William Rich letter (1849, July 30) to Salome Rich Hutton. HM 43226.
    New Almaden Quicksilver Mine (Calif.).
    • Subject in H. W. (Henry Wager) Halleck, 1815-1872, letter (1855, May 31) to Wm. R. (William Rich) Hutton, 1826-1901. FAC 814.
    Ord, Edward Otho Cresap, 1818-1883
    • Subject in Wm. R. (William Rich) Hutton, 1826-1901, letters (1849) to William Rich. FAC 834-840.
    Ruiz de Burton, María Amparo, 1832-1895.
    • Subject in William Rich letter (1849, July 30) to Salome Rich Hutton. HM 43226.
    United States – History – Civil War, 1861-1865 – Baltimore (Md.).
    • Subject in James D. Hutton letters (1861) to Wm. R. (William Rich) Hutton, 1826-1901. HM 43221-43224.
    Wilson, Benjamin Davis, 1811-1878.
    • Subject in Wm. R. (William Rich) Hutton, 1826-1901, letter (1849, Sep. 1) to William Rich. FAC 840.

    Indexing Terms

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

    Subjects

    Agassiz, Louis, 1807-1873.
    Burton, Henry H.
    Dana, William Goodwin, 1797-1858.
    Frémont, Jessie Benton, 1824-1902.
    Hutton, Wm. R. (William Rich), 1826-1901.
    Ord, Edward Otho Cresap, 1818-1883.
    Wilson, Benjamin Davis, 1811-1878.
    New Almaden Quicksilver Mines (Calif.) -- Pictorial works.
    Drafters -- California -- Archives.
    Missions -- California -- Pictorial works.
    Surveyors -- California -- Archives.
    Baja California (Mexico : Peninsula) -- Pictorial works.
    California -- Description and travel.
    California -- Pictorial works.
    California -- History -- 19th century -- Sources.
    California -- Social life and customs -- 19th century.
    Los Angeles (Calif.) -- Description and travel.
    Los Angeles (Calif.) -- History -- 19th century -- Sources.
    Los Angeles (Calif.) -- Pictorial works.
    Mexico -- Pictorial works.
    Monterey (Calif.) -- Description and travel.
    Monterey (Calif.) -- History -- 19th century -- Sources.
    Monterey (Calif.) -- Social life and customs -- 19th century.
    Monterey (Calif.) -- Pictorial works.
    Peru -- Pictorial works.
    San Francisco (Calif.) -- Description and travel.
    San Francisco (Calif.) -- History -- 19th century -- Sources.
    San Francisco (Calif.) -- Pictorial works.
    Santa Barbara (Calif.) -- Pictorial works.
    United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Anecdotes.

    Forms/Genres

    Drawings -- California -- 19th century.
    Drawings Mexico Baja -- California -- 19th century.
    Letters (correspondence) -- California -- 19th century.
    Letters (correspondence) Mexico Baja -- California -- 19th century.
    Watercolors -- California -- 19th century.
    Watercolors Mexico Baja -- California -- 19th century.

    Additional Contributors

    Halleck, H. W. (Henry Wager), 1815-1872.
    Hutton, James D.
    Rich, William, 1800-1864.
    Ruiz de Burton, María Amparo, 1832-1895.
    Smith, Persifor Frazer, 1798-1858.