This collection contains research material compiled by American historian and author Georgia William Read and Ruth Gaines
for their publication of the journal of
California Gold Rush topographer and artist
J. Goldsborough Bruff (1804-1899), dating primarily from the 1930s to early 1950s.
Georgia Willis Read, historian and author, was the daughter of Dr. George Willis
Read, who led a company across the plains in 1850 to California. Georgia attended
Smith College and served with the Smith College Relief Unit in France during World
War I. She published Médoc in the Moor in 1914 and edited A pioneer of 1850: George
Willis Read, 1819-1880: the record of a journey overland from Independence, Missouri
to Hangtown, California in 1927. In 1944, she and Ruth Gaines edited Gold rush: the
journals, drawings, and other papers of J. Goldsborough Bruff.
Approximately 4,000 items in 15
boxes and three oversize folders.
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.
Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services
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