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James Henry Gleason papers
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administration Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: James Henry Gleason papers
    Dates: 1833-1969
    Bulk dates: 1841-1859
    Collection Number: mssHM 81842-81902
    Creator: Gleason, James Henry, 1823-1861
    Extent: 2 boxes
    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: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: This collection includes letters, a letterbook, and legal documents from Alta California and the Sandwich Islands.
    Language of Material: The records are in English.

    Administration Information


    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

    HM 81842-81902. The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Elizabeth Gleason Grossman and Lillian Garrison, November 1992.


    James Henry Gleason was born in Plymouth on October 22, 1823. He came to the Sandwich Islands by way of Cape Horn in 1841. In 1845 he sailed to Monterey, Alta California, where he married Caterina Demetria Watson and lived until his death in 1861. He was County Clerk and Recorder of Monterey County in 1857.

    Scope and Content

    These letters by James Henry Gleason are vivid impressions of a colorful period in the history of the Sandwich Islands and of Alta California from 1841 to 1859. These letters have been published by The Arthur H. Clark Company in a book entitled Beloved Sister the letters of James Henry Gleason. There are two unpublished letters. The first was written by Jose Bandini to [James Santiago Johnson] on May 12, 1833 from San Diego, California. The second letter was written by Dorothy Gleason to Agnes C. Conrad on November 17, 1969 concerning an invitation to the 54th Birthday Anniversary of Her Majesty Kapiolani at Iolani Palace. There are also two deeds concerning two lots from R. Semple to James Henry Gleason in Benicia City, California.
    The bulk of these letters are in fragile condition and have been removed from the collection.


    This collection is arranged chronologically.

    Indexing Terms

    Personal Names

    Bandini, Jose
    Gleason, James Henry, 1823-1861
    Paty, John


    Ocean travel
    Voyages to the Pacific Coast

    Geographic Areas

    California--Description and travel
    Hawaii--Description and travel
    Honolulu (Hawaii)
    Los Angeles (Calif.)
    Monterey (Calif.)
    San Francisco (Calif.)


    Letters (correspondence)