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Journal and Drawings of J. Goldsborough Bruff
mssHM 8044  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administration Information
  • Biography
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Journal and Drawings of J. Goldsborough Bruff
    Dates: 1849-1853
    Collection Call Number: mssHM 8044
    Creator: Bruff, Joseph Goldsborough,1804-1889.
    Extent: 265 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: manuscripts@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: The collection contains J. Goldsborough Bruff's oversize revised version of his journal (c. 1853), which documents his journey across the American plains in 1849 by way of Lassen's Trail. Also included in the collection are 264 drawings of scenes from his overland journey, of various places he visited in California, and of his sea voyage to the Eastern United States via Mexico and Panama.
    Language of Material: The records are in English

    Administration Information

    Access

    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], Journal and drawings of J. Goldsborough Bruff, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Acquisition Information

    Purchased from A.S.W. Rosenbach, 1919.

    Biography

    Joseph Goldsborough Bruff (1804-1899) is best known as a topographer, journalist, and artist of the gold rush era. Bruff was born in Washington, D.C., on October 2, 1804. He attended West Point from 1820 until his resignation in 1822, when he left to sail, as a cabin boy, to Europe and South America in 1822. From 1827-1836 he worked as a topographical engineer, predominantly at Gosport Naval Yard in Norfolk, Virginia. He returned to Washington, D.C., in 1837 and from 1838-1849 worked for the United States Bureau of Topographical Engineers. Bruff then organized the Washington City and California Mining Association, which he accompanied to California on its overland journey in 1849. While in California he produced extensive journals and drawings of the mining camp experience. In 1853 Bruff returned to Washington, D.C., where he worked in office of the Supervising Architect of the Treasury Department until his death on April 14, 1889.

    Scope and Content

    The collection contains J. Goldsborough Bruff's oversize revised version of his journal (c. 1853) which documents his journey across the American plains in 1849 by way of Lassen's Trail. Also included in the collection are 264 drawings of scenes from his overland journey, of various places he visited in California, and of his sea voyage to the Eastern United States via Mexico and Panama. Many of Bruff's drawings are in pencil, but thirty-eight of them were drawn with pastels and are in color.

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    Indexing Terms

    Personal Names

    Bruff, Joseph Goldsborough,1804-1889

    Corporate Names

    Washington City and California Mining Association.

    Subjects

    Overland journeys to the Pacific--History--Sources.
    California--Description and travel.
    California--Pictorial works.
    West (U.S.)--Description and travel.
    West (U.S.)--Pictorial works.

    Genre

    Drawings--California--19th century.
    Drawings--West (U.S.)--19th century.
    Journals (accounts)--California--19th century.
    Journals (accounts)--West (U.S.)--19th century.
    Pastels--California--19th century.
    Pastels--West (U.S.)--19th century.