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Finding Aid to the Frémont Family Papers, circa 1839-1927
BANC MSS C-B 397  
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  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Frémont Family Papers
    Date (inclusive): circa 1839-1927
    Collection Number: BANC MSS C-B 397
    Creator: Frémont Family
    Extent: Number of containers: 6 boxes, 1 oversize folder, 4 volumes; 3 linear feet.
    Repository: The Bancroft Library.
    University of California, Berkeley
    Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
    Phone: (510) 642-6481
    Fax: (510) 642-7589
    Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
    URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
    Abstract: Part I: papers of John C. Fremont, his wife, Jessie, and their children, Elizabeth, Francis and John, including correspondence, memoirs, clippings, scrapbooks and miscellaneous items. Part II: notes, clippings and transcripts of papers collected by Allan Nevins in preparing his biography of Fremont; and letters to Nevins from Francis P. Fremont.
    Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
    Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

    Information for Researchers


    Collection is open to research.

    Publication Rights

    Materials in this collection may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of University of California gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley 94720-6000. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html .

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Fremont Family papers, circa 1839-1927, BANC MSS C-B 397, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

    Alternate Forms Available

    • Vol. 1 - Great Events ... ; Vol. 2 - Memoirs ... : also available on microfilm.
    • Manuscript papers concerning the Fourth Expedition, 1848; memoirs written by Jessie Benton Frémont, Section B, pp. 55-176 : also available on microfilm.
    • Pt. I v. 3 and box 4, folder 34 : also available on microfilm.
    • Pt. I v. 4. Agreements with Agua Fria Gold Mining Company : also available on microfilm.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog
    Frémont, Elizabeth Benton, 1842-1919
    Frémont, Francis Preston, 1854-1931
    Frémont, Jessie Benton, 1824-1902
    Frémont, John Charles, 1813-1890
    Frémont, John Charles, 1849-1911
    Nevins, Allan, 1890-1971
    Norris, Thomas W. (Thomas Wayne). Thomas W. Norris collection
    Frémont family
    Frémont family--Archives
    Gold mines and mining--California
    Mexican War, 1846-1848
    California--Description and travel
    United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
    United States--Politics and government
    West (U.S.)--Discovery and exploration

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    The Frémont Family Papers contain some items from the T. W. Norris Collection.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists primarily of the Frémont family papers used by Allan Nevins in writing his biography of John Charles Frémont and presented by the family to the Bancroft Library in 1927, through the courtesy of Mr. Nevins. Some additional Frémont material was acquired with the T. W. Norris Collection purchased in 1954, through the gift of John Rosekrans, May 1957 (Agua Fria Mining Company lease and contract), and through the gift of The Friends of the Bancroft Library in January 1962 (the letters written to Nelly H. Browne, intimate friend of the family). The material is integrated in arrangement, but provenance of the additional material is indicated on folders. Several items have been added by gift or purchase. Sources are noted on the folders. Mr. Nevins also gave, in 1927, the notes, clippings and transcripts of Papers relating to Frémont which he had gathered in preparing the biography. This collateral material was made Part II of the collection.
    The papers in Part I include letters written to and by John C. Frémont, his wife, Jessie, and their children, Elizabeth, John and Francis; the General's unpublished memoirs; memoirs of Mrs. Frémont and Elizabeth; scrapbooks, clippings; and miscellaneous papers. Photographs in the collection were placed in the portrait files and bear the numbers 708-712 and 988-992.