Ann Lake Papers mssLakea

Gayle Richardson
The Huntington Library
June 2020
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108

Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
Title: Ann Lake papers
Creator: Lake, Ann, approximately 1800-
Identifier/Call Number: mssLakea
Physical Description: 1.2 Linear Feet (1 box)
Date (inclusive): 1820-1872
Abstract: A collection of family letters and papers related to the life of Ann Getz Lake.
Language of Material: Materials are in English.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item]. Ann Lake papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Edwin Grabhorn, January 1945.

Biographical / Historical

Ann Getz Hutchinson Leech Lake, a native of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, was born in approximately 1800. She also lived in Baltimore, Maryland, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Cincinnati, Ohio and owned a millinery business. She moved to California in 1861 to live with her daughter, Anna C. Hutchinson Brown; her daughter's husband was Dr. Jacob Newton Brown, who practiced medicine in San Jose. After arriving in 1861, Ann married for the third time to S.S. Lake and lived in Centerville, California.

Scope and Contents

A collection of 53 items which consists of letters and documents related to Ann Lake and her family. Many of the letters discuss family life in Pennsylvania and Ohio as well as various family members. There are also some letters about the Civil War (including one by John Shaw Billings) and one letter each from Benjamin Franklin Shumard and George G. Shumard regarding explorations in the West. Other correspondents in the collection include Dr. Jacob Newton Brown and Ann Lake's second husband, Andrew Leech.

Processing Information

Processed by Huntington Library Staff, circa 1950. In 2020, Gayle Richardson created the finding aid derived from legacy in-house summary report.


Arranged chronologically.


Former call number: mssLake, Ann papers.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Women -- California
California -- Social life and customs -- 19th century
Ohio -- Social life and customs -- 19th century
Pennsylvania -- Social life and customs -- 19th century
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
Letters (correspondence) -- United States -- 19th century
Personal papers -- United States -- 19th century
Billings, John S. (John Shaw), 1838-1913
Brown, John Newton
Leech, Andrew, active 1841-1851
Shumard, B. F. (Benjamin Franklin), 1820-1869
Shumard, George Getz

Box 1, Folder 1-47

Ann Lake correspondence and documents 1820-1872