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Guide to the Brown Family Papers
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Brown Family Papers
    Box Number: 1524-1525
    Creator: Brown Family
    Repository: California State Library
    Sacramento, California
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information



    Conditions of Use

    Please credit California State Library.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to California State Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing. Permission for publication is given on behalf of California State Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Brown Family Papers, California State Library.

    Access Points

    Gold mines and mining--California--Tuolumne County.
    California--Gold discoveries.
    Frontier and pioneer life--California.


    Correspondence, financial papers, legal papers, business cards, invitation.


    J.W.L. Brown of Marietta, Ohio came to California in 1852 with his sons James, John and Will to join his brother Frank, already in Sonoma. He mined in Tuolumne County until 1855 when he returned to Ohio without striking it rich in the California Gold Rush. He continued to correspond with his brother and sons who stayed on in California.


    Major Correspondents:

    • Brown, Anna G.
    • Brown, J. W. L.
    • Brown, James
    • Brown, John
    • Brown, Mary
    • Brown, Matilda

    Other Correspondents:

    • Bohl, Henry
    • Brown, I. W. W.
    • Brown, Phoebe
    • Dikeman, W. E.
    • Dikeman, W. E., Mrs.
    • White, Emeline

    Administrative Information