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Guide to the papers on the history of California, 1846-1865
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  • Collection Summary
  • Information for Researchers
  • Biographical Sketch
  • Scope and Content

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Papers on the History of California,
    Date (inclusive): 1846-1865
    Collection Number: BANC MSS C-B 84
    Creator: McKinstry, George, 1810-1890
    Extent: Number of containers: 1 vol. Number of microfilm reels: 1
    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: They relate mainly to the Donner Party, McKinstry's work as sheriff for the Sacramento District, estimates of the whites and Indians in the Sacramento Valley, and early steamboats on the Sacramento River. Included also is a pay roll of the garrison at Fort Sacramento during the winter of 1846-47.
    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], Papers on the history of California, BANC MSS C-B 84, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Material Catalogued Separately

    • L'Océanie Francaise: Journal de Tahiti has been removed for separate cataloging.

    Biographical Sketch

    George McKinstry was an overland immigrant who reached California in 1846. He took part in the attempts to rescue the Donner party, was the first sheriff of the northern district at Sutter's Fort, and became prominent in the Sacramento region. From 1849 to 1850 he maintained a trading post on the Cosumnes River. In later life he lived in San Diego, where he practiced medicine. McKinstry gave his collection of letters and documents to the Bancroft Library in 1872.

    Scope and Content

    The letters are listed here alphabetically by correspondent and the documents, chronologically, with references to the numbers by which they are filed.