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Charles C. Donnell correspondence, Sacramento, California
SFH 143  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography/Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Charles C. Donnell correspondence, Sacramento, California
    Dates: January 26, 1853 – February 3, 1860
    Collection Number: SFH 143
    Creator/Collector: Donnell, Charles C., 1825-1910
    Extent: 2 folders
    Repository: San Francisco Public Library. San Francisco History Center
    San Francisco, California 94102
    Abstract: Five letters to family in Newburyport, Massachusetts from a Sacramento drayman.
    Language of Material: English


    The collection is available for use during San Francisco History Center hours, with photographs available during Photo Desk hours. Collections that are stored offsite should be requested 48 hours in advance.

    Publication Rights

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the City Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the San Francisco Public Library as the owner of the physical items.

    Preferred Citation

    Charles C. Donnell correspondence, Sacramento, California . San Francisco Public Library. San Francisco History Center

    Acquisition Information


    Biography/Administrative History

    Born in Newburyport, Donnell sailed from that city in November 1849 for California. In 1850 he worked as a drayman for Harmon & Co., boot and shoe importers and dealers at 79 J St. in Sacramento, living with cousin John T. Bayley in that city. Bayley was later superintendent of the Marysville Water Works (1860) and president of the Marysville Water Co. (1862). In 1862 Donnell returned to Newburyport, working as a rope maker, remaining there until his death.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    One folder includes letter to his sister dated Jan. 26, 1853, describing heavy rains, flooding, and mud in Sacramento; letter of May 13, 1853 remarks about continued rain; letter of April 3, 1859 discusses weather and the possibility of Charles returning to Newburyport; a letter addressed to his parents, Dec. 2, 1859 mentions Thanksgiving dinner with cousin John Bayley in Marysville; and one addressed to sister Mary, Feb. 3, 1860 discusses the bereavement of another sister. Several letters mention John Bayley. One folder includes transcripts of letters.

    Indexing Terms

    Floods--California--Sacramento River
    Bayley, John T., 1826-1864
    Donnell family.
    Sacramento (Calif.)--History--19th century.
    Newburyport (Massachusetts)--History--19th century.