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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Scope and Contents
  • Processing Information
  • Arrangement
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  • Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
    Title: William Spencer Lowden papers
    Creator: Lowden, William Spencer, 1830-1912
    Identifier/Call Number: mssLowden
    Physical Description: 19 Linear Feet (8 boxes and 94 volumes)
    Date (inclusive): 1856-1930
    Abstract: A collection of business and personal papers related to the lives and work of William Spencer Lowden and his son Henry L. Lowden, California businessmen.
    Language of Material: Materials are in English.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for use by qualified researchers and by appointment. Please contact Reader Services at the Huntington Library for more information.

    Conditions Governing Use

    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]. William Spencer Lowden papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Purchased from Leo J. McGlynn, November 1951.

    Biographical / Historical

    William Spencer Lowden (1830-1912) was born in Windsor, Massachusetts and came to Sacramento, California by wagon train in 1849. He moved to Weaverville, California, in 1850, where he engaged in mining. Following work as a trader, contractor, surveyor, and express rider, he settled in Grass Valley, California. In 1857 he founded the Weaverville and Shasta Wagon Road Company. Lowden's son, Henry L. Lowden (1857-1935) worked with his father in a surveying company for many years and served, at one time, as U.S. Deputy County Surveyor.

    Scope and Contents

    A collection of approximately 12,500 items from 1856 to 1930, it consists of letters, documents, account books, diaries, and letter books related to the business and personal lives of William S. Lowden and Henry L. Lowden. The collection contains family correspondence and records; business records of the three companies with which the Lowdens were involved: the Weaverville and Minersville Wagon Road Company, the Weaverville and Shasta Wagon Road Company, and the Lewiston Turnpike Company. Also included are miscellaneous land and legal papers as well as various mining and surveyors' reports, unsorted bills, receipts, and material related to the wagon road operations.

    Processing Information

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


    Arranged by subject and format.


    Former call number: mssLowden papers.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Land tenure -- California -- Trinity County
    Mines and mineral resources -- California -- Trinity County
    Real property -- California -- Trinity County
    Roads -- California -- Trinity County -- History
    Surveyors -- California -- Trinity County
    Surveyors -- California -- Weaverville
    Trinity County (Calif.) -- History
    Trinity County (Calif.) -- Surveys
    Weaverville (Calif.) -- History
    Weaverville (Calif.) -- Surveys
    Account books -- California
    Business records -- California
    Letter books -- California
    Letters (correspondence) -- California
    Surveys -- California
    Lowden, Henry L., 1857-1935
    Lewiston Turnpike Company
    Weaverville and Shasta Wagon Road Company
    Weaverville and Minersville Wagon Road Company