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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administration Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Polly Welts Kaufman collection
    Dates: 1986-2015
    Collection Call Number: mssKaufmancollection
    Creator OR Collector: Kaufman, Polly Welts, 1929-
    Extent: Approximately 263 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: Research material used by Polly W. Kaufman for her 1994 edition of Apron Full of Gold: The Letters of Mary Jane Megquier from San Francisco, 1849-1856.
    Language of Material: The records are 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], Polly Welts Kaufman collection, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Acquisition Information

    The collection was a gift of Polly Welts Kaufman, September 2015.

    Biographical Note

    Dr. Polly W. Kaufman published a new edition of Robert Glass Cleland's 1949 book Apron full of gold, which tells the story of California pioneer Mary Jane Megquier, in 1994. Kaufman's edition includes the full text of each letter and a new introduction.

    Scope and Content

    This collection contains the research material Polly W. Kaufman used for her 1994 edition of Apron full of gold. It includes notes, correspondence, photocopies of letters and clippings, magazine clippings, book reviews, photographs, genealogy research, and notecards.


    The original order was kept by the cataloger. The collection is housed in one box.

    Indexing Terms

    Personal Names

    Cleland, Robert Glass, 1885-1957
    Kaufman, Polly Welts, 1929-
    Megquier, Mary Jane, 1813-1899

    Corporate Names

    Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery


    Frontier and pioneer life -- California
    Voyages to the Pacific coast
    Women -- California -- Correspondence
    Women pioneers -- California -- Correspondence

    Geographic Areas

    California -- Gold discoveries
    California -- History -- 19th century


    Letters (correspondence) -- United States -- 20th century
    Letters (correspondence) -- United States -- 21st century
    Research (document genres) -- United States -- 20th century