Polly Welts Kaufman collection

Finding aid prepared by Brooke M. Black
Manuscripts Department
The Huntington Library
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San Marino, California 91108
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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

Box 1

Polly Welts Kaufman collection

Folder  1

Megquier from Anne Gilson Winslow, Chronology, and Smith College (1880-2000)

Includes: letters, historical notes, and clippings. 24 items
Folder  2

Megquier Pictures (1992-2014)

Includes: letters, notes related to photographs, and negatives. Approximatley 70 items
Folder  3

MJM Pix: photographs and permission to use (1998)

6 items
Folder  4

Genealogical Research (1991-2015)

Includes: letters and clippings. 19 items
Folder  5

Deeds (photocopies) (1836-1991)

7 items
Folder  6

Maps (1993-2014)

Includes: letters and clippings. 8 items
Folder  7

Megquier Planning [1994]

Includes Introduction to Apron Full of Gold and notes. 12items
Folder  8

Megquier Letters (photocopies) (1848-[1994])

With note. 9 items
Folder  9

Publication-Current (1993-1994)

Includes: letters, clippings, notes, book reviews, etc. 48 items
Folder  10

Huntington Library and WAWH Magazine (1992-1993)

Includes: letters, photocopies, pamphlet, and Readers' Card. 11 items
Folder  11

Megquier from Maine State Library (1991-1993)

Includes: letters, photocopies, and notes. 20 items
Folder  12

Entire Letters MJM Original MS (photocopies) [1994]

1 item
Folder  13

Megquier Research (1991-1993)

Includes: notecards, clippings, photocopies, letters, and notes. 21 items
Folder  14

Comparison Travelers (1986-[1994])

Includes: notes and photocopies. 7 items