Guide to the Amos Parmelee Catlin correspondence, 1848-1881

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Guide to the Amos Parmelee Catlin Correspondence, 1848-1881

Collection number: BANC MSS C-B 626

The Bancroft Library

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California

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Processed by:
The Bancroft Library staff
Date Completed:
April 3, 1962
Encoded by:
James Lake
© 1997 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Collection Summary

Collection Title: Amos Parmelee Catlin Correspondence,
Date (inclusive): 1848-1881
Collection Number: BANC MSS C-B 626
Creator: Catlin, Amos Parmelee, 1823-1900
Extent: Number of containers: 50 folders
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: Family, business and political correspondence, including transcripts of 10 additional letters received by A.P. Catlin.
Languages Represented: English

Information for Researchers


Collection is open for research.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Amos Parmelee Catlin Correspondence, BANC MSS C-B 626, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Brief Biographical Sketch

Amos Parmelee Catlin, born in New York in 1823, studied law there, came to California in 1849 to practice law and mine extensively at Mormon Island. In 1850 he formed a short-lived law partnership with John Currey in Sacramento. Catlin also became, at times, deeply involved in politics. Running for various positions, he was elected state Senator twice. He died in 1900.

Scope and Content

These papers, collected by T. W. Norris, contain letters from various members of the Catlin family in New York to Amos P. Catlin, as well as letters relating to business and politics. They have been arranged chronologically. An alphabetical listing of the main correspondents follows.

folder 18

Bensley, John, 1812- Mar. 15, 1852

folder 45

Benton, Joseph Augustine, 1818-1892 Sept. 21, 1854

folder 41, 43

Catlin, Amos Parmelee, 1823-1900 1853-1854

Additional Note

Include draft of letter to James M. Crane.
folder 1, 4, 50

Catlin, Charles Taylor, 1803-1870? (cousin) 1848-1851

Additional Note

Include letter of introduction to Walter Colton for A. P. Catlin, and transcripts of 2 letters.
folder 2, 3, 5

Catlin, George (cousin) 1848-1850

folder 12

Catlin, May (sister) Apr. 25, 1851

folder 11, 13

Catlin, Pierce (father) Feb. 20, 1851

folder 42

Crane, James M.

(See draft of answer, Folder 43)
July 30, 1854

folder 8-10

Currey, John, 1814-1912 1850-1851

folder 23

Edwards, James July 27, 1852

Additional Note

Mainly concerning mining techniques.

Gordon, George, 1819-1869

see Gordon (George) & Stein (firm), S.F.

folder 21-22, 27-28, 34

Gordon (George) & Stein (firm) 1852-1853

Additional Note

Include letters and memo of a contract. Letters of Oct. 5 and 22, 1852 signed by George Gordon. Also, transcript of letter in folder 50.
folder 16

Gray, John B. Jan. 27, 1852

folder 33

McDonald, Richard Hayes, 1820- Apr. 5, 1853

folder 14

Mills, Darius Ogden, 1825-1910 Dec. 25, 1851

folder 38

Sawyer, Ebenezer D. Oct. 2, 1853

folder 44

Upson, Lauren, d. 1885 Aug. 27, 1854

folder 6-7

Vandervoort, Jose C. 1850

Additional Note

Photocopy only of letter of May 7, 1850.
folder 32

Williams, George W. Mar. 9, 1853

Additional Note

Includes also: 2 letters dated December 26, 1850 and May 20, 1851. Purchase, Argonaut Book Shop, July 2, 1965.