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Finding Aid to the Samuel Paul Pablo Parkman family papers, 1807-1961
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  • Collection Summary
  • Information for Researchers
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Partial Index of Correspondents

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Samuel Paul Pablo Parkman Family Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1807-1961
    Collection Number: BANC MSS M-B 10
    Creator: Parkman, Samuel Paul Pablo, 1804-1873
    Extent: Number of containers: 1 box, 1 v. and 1 oversize folder. Number of microfilm reels: 1
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    Berkeley, California 94720-6000
    Abstract: The Samuel Paul Pablo Parkman family papers includes correspondence, mining documents, diaries, personal legal documents and genealogies.
    Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
    Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English and Spanish

    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], Samuel Paul Pablo Parkman family papers, BANC MSS M-B 10, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Material Catalogued Separately

    • Plan de Guadalupe y Decreto del 12 de Diciembre de 1914 has been removed for cataloging as a printed item.
    • "Tésis Profesional que presenta el alumno Pablo S. Parkman para obtener Titulo de Ingeniero de Minas y Metalurgista" has been catalogued for Bancroft's thesis collection.
    • Portraits of Samuel Pablo Parkman and Pablo Parkman, lent to the Bancroft Library, have been photographed and catalogued separately.
    • Facsimiles of letter, 1810, by Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla and document of 1814 by José María Morelos have been removed and placed in
      Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS M-M 1830
      (Documentos relativos a la Guerra de Independencia).

    Administrative Information


    These papers were given to the Bancroft Library by Don Pablo Parkman, Sept. 4, 1957.

    Biographical Information

    Samuel Paul ["Pablo"] Parkman, the founder of the Mexican branch of the family, was born in February, 1804, in Aurora, New York, and died at Guanajuato May 2, 1875. When he was yet an infant, his parents moved to Parkman Township, Geauga County, Ohio, where he was reared. In 1827 he made his way to Missouri, and in 1828 was named postmaster at Petitsaw Bluffs, Lafayette County, Missouri. In 1829 he went to the Rocky Mountains with William L. Sublette, returning the following year. He then became the clerk of Jedediah S. Smith, and in the spring of 1831 accompanied Smith in the journey on the Santa Fe Trail on which Smith was killed. Briefly he took charge of Smith's affairs, and afterward was associated with Jedediah Smith's younger brother, Peter, in the firm Parkman & Smith. In the fall of 1832 he went down into Mexico and through a series of vicissitudes settled at Guanajuato, connected with various mining enterprises. In 1835 he married Antonia de Vega, and to them 12 children were born, of whom Felipe, Franco, and Juan Ignacio figure in these family papers.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Includes correspondence, mining documents, diaries, personal legal documents and genealogies. Correspondence contains a wage dispute with miners, economic conditions of Calif. in 1849, the American Civil War in 1863, water rights in Guanajuato in 1900, letters from Franco Parkman to his father Samuel Parkman concerning his studies and the pronouncement of the "Plan de Ayutla," and letters from Porfirio Diaz to Antonia Vega de Parkman. Mining documents includes a record book and mining agreements. Diaries of Samual Parkman's journey of Mexico in Nov. 1832 and of Robert Watson Noble, partner of Parkman, of his journey through Mexico and Calif. from April to Aug. 1849. Personal legal documents include last will and testaments, Ohio State Militia commission, being U.S. Postmaster General, passports and identity papers and a gun permit.
    Collection has been arranged chronologically, except for one volume that has been placed at the end of the collection. At the end of the Container listing is a partial alphabetical listing of the persons found in this collection.

    Partial Index of Correspondents

    Bocanegra, José María de Folder 11
    Díaz, Porfirio, pres. Mexico, 1830-1915 Folders 48-52, 55-58
    McLean, John, 1785-1861

    See U.S. Postmaster General
    Morrow, Jeremiah, 1771-1852

    See Ohio. Governor
    Noble, Robert Watson Folders 11, 13, 20-21
    Ohio. Governor Folders 3-4
    Parkman, Felipe, 1836- Folders 1, 59
    Parkman, Franco, 1841-1887 Folders 25-36, 41, 45
    Parkman, Samuel Paul, 1804-1873 Folders 3-4, 8, 12-15, 17, 19, 23-24, 37-38, 42-43, 46
    Riva Palacio, Vicente, 1832-1896 Folder 47
    Rosa, Luis de la, d. 1856 Folder 15
    Smith, Jedediah Strong, 1799-1831 Folder 7
    Storrs, Augustus Folder 9
    U.S. Postmaster General Folders 5-6