Amos Parmalee Catlin Papers mssCatlinap

Gayle Richardson
The Huntington Library
November 2020
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108

Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
Title: Amos Parmalee Catlin papers
Creator: Catlin, Amos Parmalee, 1823-1900
Identifier/Call Number: mssCatlinap
Physical Description: 3.75 Linear Feet (5 boxes)
Date (inclusive): 1849-1871
Abstract: A collection of material related to the life and work of Amos Parmalee Catlin, American lawyer and politician.
Language of Material: Materials are in English.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item]. Amos Parmalee Catlin papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased by the Friends of the Library from Frank A. Guernsey, June 1947.

Biographical / Historical

Amos Parmalee Catlin (1823-1900), was a lawyer from New York State who came to California in 1849. Catlin engaged in mining operations on Mormon Island, a site on the South Fork of the American River, in present-day Sacramento County, and later formed the American River Water and Mining Company and the Natoma Water and Mining Company. During the 1860s he was associated with the assay and banking firm of Charles T. H. Palmer and Roger S. Day. Catlin, a member of the California bar for many years, was influential in establishing the state capitol at Sacramento, California. He was elected to the California state senate in 1852 and judge of the Superior Court at Sacramento in 1890; Catlin died in Sacramento in 1900.

Scope and Contents

A collection of approximately 2,760 items which contains mostly documents and letters pertaining to mining in the Mormon Island area (1849-1871). The collection includes the activities of the American River Water and Mining Company and the Natoma Water and Mining Company. Also mentioned are Catlin's operation and association of the assay and banking firm of Palmer and Day.

Processing Information

Processed by Huntington Library Staff, circa 1955. In 2020, Gayle Richardson created the finding aid derived from legacy in-house summary report.


Arranged chronologically.


Former call number: mssCatlin Amos papers.

Related Materials

Amos Parmalee Catlin addenda (mssHM 64312-64431).

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Assayers -- California -- History -- 19th century
Gold mines and mining -- California -- History -- 19th century
Mineral industries -- California -- History -- 19th century
Quartz mines and mining -- California -- American River -- History -- 19th century
Business records -- California -- 19th century
Legal documents -- California -- 19th century
Letters (correspondence) -- California -- 19th century
Day, Roger S.
Palmer, Charles T. H. (Charles Theodore Hart), 1827-1897
American River Water and Mining Company
Natoma Water and Mining Company

Box 1

1849-1854 October 5

Box 2

1854 December 15-1859 February 12

Box 3

1859 May 2-1866

Box 4

1866-1868 November 10

Box 5

Business papers

Scope and Contents

Includes assay memoranda, deposit slips, cancelled checks, and bullion receipts.