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Richardson Family Papers
MSS 128  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography/Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Richardson Family Papers
    Dates: 1822-1924
    Collection Number: MSS 128
    Creator/Collector: Richardson family
    Extent: Items: 3 boxes Linear Feet: 1
    Repository: California State University, Chico
    Chico, California 95929-0295
    Abstract: The Richardson family owned large land holdings north of Chico on which they raised cattle. The resort of Richardson Springs was developed on a part of this property. This collection consists of deeds, mortgages, title abstracts, agreements, a share certificate for the Mammoth Channel Gold Mining Company (1907), a bill of sale for personal property (1919), and correspondence.
    Language of Material: English


    Collection is open for research without restriction.

    Publication Rights

    The library can only claim physical ownership of the collection. Users are responsible for satisfying any claimants of literary property.

    Preferred Citation

    Richardson Family Papers. California State University, Chico

    Acquisition Information

    Source unknown.

    Biography/Administrative History

    The Richardson family consisted of brothers: William, Cyrus, Jared, Alonzo, Pierce, Joseph, Elisha, Orlando and sisters: Elizabeth, and Caroline. The first Richardson to arrive in California was Pierce who came in 1860. He was followed in 1866 and 1869 by Jared and Alonzo respectively. Eventually Joseph and Orlando, along with their sisters and their parents, joined them at the Mud Creek Ranch, north of Chico. The family gained prominence through real estate development, cattle ranching and the development of the resort of Richardson Springs.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection contains records of the large land holdings of the Richardson family. The records include: deeds, mortgages, title abstracts, usage agreements, and a share certificate for the Mammoth Channel Mining Company from 1907. The collection also contains a bill of sale for Richardson family personal property in 1919. As the brothers came to California they corresponded with family in Iowa and Indiana. Family correspondence dates from 1822-1909.

    Indexing Terms

    Richardson, Jared V.
    Richardson, Joseph H.
    Richardson, Alonzo W.
    Richardson, Martha Ann
    Richardson, Clarence
    Richardson, Harry E.
    Richardson, P. C.
    Richardson, Elisha
    Land titles—California--Butte County
    Richardson Springs (Calif.)—History
    Richardson Springs (Calif.)

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