Finding aid to the Indians of Southern California report, 1868 August 8 MS.1290

Finding aid prepared by Anna Liza Posas
Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
234 Museum Drive
Los Angeles, CA, 90065-5030
2011 October 28

Title: Indians of Southern California report
Identifier/Call Number: MS.1290
Contributing Institution: Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 1.0 folder
Date: 1868 August 8
creator: Wilson, Benjamin Davis


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Related Archival Materials note

Original copy held in the Huntington Library in San Marino, California.

Scope and contents

Photocopy of the original report printed in the Los Angeles Star, volume XIV, August 8, 1868 issue.
Report is written by the Honorable Benjamin D. Wilson to the Superintendent of Indian Affairs. The report includes topics regarding land rights and land titles for Southern California Indians.

Preferred citation

Indians of Southern California report, 1868 August 8, Braun Research Library, Autry National Center, Los Angeles; MS.1290.

Biographical note

Benjamin Davis Wilson (1811-1878) of Tennessee came to California in 1841, married into the prominent Yorba family, and acquired a vast property, including a ranch that encompassed the site of modern Riverside. He was elected mayor of Los Angeles in 1851 and was named sub-agent for Indian Affairs for Southern California not long after. The Indians of southern California in 1852 prints a report Wilson prepared in collaboration with Benjamin Hayes after being named a federal Indian agent. The document identifies two major problems: the security of ranches and settlements from Indian raids and the plight of the mission Indians. He recommends a reservation system as the solution to both. John Walton Caughey's introduction provides useful background, supplemented by his appendix of "Contemporary Comment."

Processing history

Processing completed by Anna Liza Posas 2011. Processing of collection and publication of finding aid made possible by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

General note

The report, prepared in 1852, was published serially in the Los Angeles star, July 18-September 19, 1868. This is a photocopy of that publication, created in 1960s.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Los Angeles Star.
Indian reservations -- California
Indians of North America -- California
Indians of North America -- Government relations
Missions -- California