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Finding Aid of the Robert Birnie Memoir C057717
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  • Conditions Governing Use note
  • Conditions Governing Access note
  • Preferred Citation note
  • Scope and Contents note
  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Related Archival Materials note
  • Existence and Location of Originals note

  • Title: Birnie, Robert, Memoirs
    Identifier/Call Number: C057717
    Contributing Institution: Society of California Pioneers
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 1.0 folder 1 item
    Date (inclusive): 1824-1859
    Abstract: The folder contains a memoir of Robert Birnie’s life and experiences in pioneer California.
    creator: Birnie, Robert

    Conditions Governing Use note

    There are no restrictions on access

    Conditions Governing Access note

    Collection is open for research

    Preferred Citation note

    Robert Bernie Memoir, 1824-1859, The Society of California Pioneers

    Scope and Contents note

    The folder contains a 13-page memoir of Robert Birnie’s life and experiences in pioneer California. He discusses the life and career of his father, James Birnie, in the Hudson’s Bay Company, his own attempts at gold mining, and his travels between Los Angeles, Oregon and Vancouver.

    Biographical/Historical note

    Robert Birnie was born in Astoria, Oregon on February 7th, 1824. Birnie was the son of Scottish immigrants. In 1841, he was appointed a clerk in the Hudson’s Bay Company and sent to California in the Yerba Buena area. While on business in San Francisco in 1848, he saw the first lot of gold dust brought down by W. L. Brannam. After a few successful mining expeditions, Bernie experienced some losses. He married an heir of the Welch family in 1850 and tried his hand, unsuccessfully, at farming in Contra Costa County. After his failed attempts in farming, Birnie turned to real estate in the city of Oakland.

    Related Archival Materials note

    Institutional Records: Arrival in California, Sept. 13, 1841 Action Date, June 7, 1869

    Existence and Location of Originals note

    The Society of California Pioneers, 300 Fourth Street, San Francisco, CA, 94107

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Hudson's Bay Company.
    San Francisco Bay Area (Calif.)--History