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Finding aid of the Henry W. Bigler and Azariah Smith Letters C058494
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  • Scope and Contents note
  • Conditions Governing Access note
  • Existence and Location of Originals note
  • Conditions Governing Use note
  • Preferred Citation note
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition note
  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Related Archival Materials note

  • Title: Bigler, Henry W, and Smith, Azariah Letters
    Identifier/Call Number: C058494
    Contributing Institution: Society of California Pioneers
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 1.0 folder 1 folder, 4 letters
    Date (inclusive): 1887 to 1948
    Abstract: These letters are related to the research undertaken by John S Hittell under the aegis of the Society of California Pioneers to determined the correct date that gold was found in the tailrace of Sutter's Mill in Coloma by James Marshall. Using diaries and information from Henry Bigler and Azariah Smith, members of the Mormon Battalion that worked for Sutter and Marshall at the Mill at the time gold was discovered, Hittell determines that at date of discovery was Jan 24, 1848. File includes letters from Bigler and Smith.
    creator: Bigler, Henry William, 1815-1900
    creator: Smith, Azariah, 1826-1912

    Scope and Contents note

    These letters are related to the research undertaken by John S Hittell under the aegis of the Society of California Pioneers to determined the correct date that gold was found in the tailrace of Sutter's Mill in Coloma by James Marshall. Using diaries and information from Henry Bigler and Azariah Smith, members of the Mormon Battalion that worked for Sutter and Marshall at the Mill at the time gold was discovered, Hittell determines that at date of discovery was Jan 24, 1848. File includes
    1. Date of issue stamp and cover for the California Gold Centennial post marked Jan 24, 1948, Coloma CA
    2. Letter to Francis Clark from Hiram Graves, secretary of SoCP, regarding Hittell research on date of gold discovery.
    3. Letter to SoCP from Henry Bigler acknowledging receipt of SoCP resolution regarding gift of the 1847 - 1848 Diaries. Sept 15, 1887
    4. Letter to SoCP from Azariah Smith dated Dec 28, 1887

    Conditions Governing Access note

    Collection open for research

    Existence and Location of Originals note

    The Society of California Pioneers, 300 Fourth St, San Francisco, CA 94107

    Conditions Governing Use note

    There are no restrictions on access

    Preferred Citation note

    Bigler and Smith Letters, The Society of California Pioneers.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition note

    The letters are addressed to the Society of California Pioneers by the correspondents.

    Biographical/Historical note

    These letters are related to the research undertaken by John S Hittell under the aegis of the Society of California Pioneers to determined the correct date that gold was found in the tailrace of Sutter's Mill in Coloma by James Marshall. Using diaries and information from Henry Bigler and Azariah Smith, members of the Mormon Battalion that worked for Sutter and Marshall at the Mill at the time gold was discovered, Hittell determines that at date of discovery was Jan 24, 1848. File includes letters from Bigler and Smith.

    Related Archival Materials note

    The original page from the Bigler Diary (Jan 24, 1848) recording the discovery of gold at Sutter's mill in Coloma by James Marshall is in B001627 / V-76 at C059079

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Hittell, John S., 1825-1901, (John Shertzer)
    California, Northern - History - 19th century.
    Gold mines and mining - California - History - 19th century