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Guide to the Richard Barnes Mason Papers, 1847-1848
BANC MSS C-A 107  
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  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Richard Barnes Mason Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1847-1848
    Collection Number: BANC MSS C-A 107
    Origination: Mason, Richard Barnes, 1797-1850
    Extent: Number of containers: 1 portfolio Number of microfilm reels: 1 partial reel (29 exposures)
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    Berkeley, California 94720-6000
    Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
    Abstract: Contents: Circulars and documents as Military Governor of California; letters from Mason describing discovery of gold; methods of mining, effect of mines on California, and problems of government arising after end of war with Mexico; and a few letters to Mason. See also National Archives Microfilm Collection, Records of the Adjutant General's Office, RG 94.
    Languages Represented: English

    Information for Researchers


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft 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], Richard Barnes Mason papers, BANC MSS C-A 107, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Scope and Content

    Richard Barnes Mason, born in Virginia in 1797, was a Colonel in the United States Army when he arrived in 1847 in California to succeed Kearny as military governor. He was made a Brigadier General in 1848, and retained his position as governor until February 1849. He died of cholera in St. Louis in 1850.
    The papers in this collection pertain mainly to Mason's governorship, and consist of circulars, regulations, orders and letters from Mason, with a few letters and documents to Mason.
    The original documents come, for the most part, from the T. W. Norris Collection. The Proclamation of Dec. 27, 1847, came from the Honeyman Collection. Photocopy of Mason's letters to Roger Jones is from original items in the U. S. National Archives.
    The papers have been arranged chronologically. A partial list of items contained in this collection follows.