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Guide to the Ames Family Papers MS 9
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  • Biographical / Historical Notes
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Preferred Citation
  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Processing Information
  • Comments
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

  • Title: Ames Family Papers
    Identifier/Call Number: MS 9
    Contributing Institution: San Diego History Center Document Collection
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 0.25 Linear feet (1 box)
    Date (inclusive): 1852 April 10 – 1881 February 11
    Abstract: This collection contains the correspondence, taxes, and real estate papers of John Judson Ames and Caroline Ames Huston, in the mid-to-late nineteenth century.
    creator: Ames, John Judson

    Biographical / Historical Notes

    John Judson Ames was born in Calais, Maine in 1821. He came to California during the 1849 gold rush. In 1851 he moved to San Diego and founded The Herald newspaper, which he used to support the policies of Senator William Gwin, including his proposal to create a separate state out of Southern California. Poor revenue forced Ames to shut down the paper in April 1860. He re-established The Herald in San Bernardino, where he died on July 28, 1861.
    Caroline Ames Huston was John’s second wife. They married after the death of his first wife, Eliza, in 1857. By 1864, Caroline was remarried to D.T. Huston.

    Scope and Content

    This collection contains the correspondence, taxes, and real estate papers of John Judson Ames and Caroline Ames Huston. Correspondence is primarily from Caroline to E.W. Morse concerning taxes and the sale of property left to her by her late husband.


    This collection is arranged into two series:
    Series I: John Judson Ames Papers;
    Series II: Caroline Ames Huston Papers.

    Preferred Citation

    Ames Family Papers, MS 9, San Diego History Center Document Archives, San Diego, CA.

    Conditions Governing Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The San Diego History Center (SDHC) holds the copyright to any unpublished materials. SDHC Library regulations do apply.

    Processing Information

    Collection processed by Samantha Mills on June 3, 2013.


    This appears to be an artificial collection. Some materials bear the stamp of the Pioneer Society, while others bear the identification of the San Diego Historical Society.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Provenance is unclear. The collection was assembled by the Pioneer Society from a variety of sources. Most correspondence originated from E.W. Morse.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Huston, Caroline Ames
    Morse, Ephraim W.
    Real property
    Receipts (Acknowledgements)
    San Diego (Calif.)
    Tax assessment