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Guide to the Abraham Darlington papers, 1846-1912
BANC MSS C-B 891  
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  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title:
    Date (inclusive): Abraham Darlington Papers, 1846-1912.
    Collection Number: BANC MSS C-B 891
    Creator: Darlington, Abraham, 1820-1912
    Extent: Number of Containers: 1 box, 105 v. in 5 cartons
    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: Correspondence; diaries, 1852-1912; accounts, 1852-1890, relating mainly to farming and shopkeeping in El Dorado Co.

    Include letters from James Patterson, John Dougherty and others re soapstone business and one letter from A.A. Sargent.
    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 be also obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Abraham Darlington papers, BANC MSS C-B 891, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Scope and Content

    The collection, purchased from Mr. Greenwood in July 1963, comprises diaries from 1852 until Darlington's death in 1912, account books, 1852-1890, some correspondence and a few miscellaneous items. The diaries contain detailed descriptions of farming and store-keeping. The account books include cash books, day books, order books, summaries of individual accounts. Correspondence mainly relates to the sale of soapstone. A few letters from family and friends in the East are also included.


    On Aug. 20, 1850 Abraham Darlington came to Hangtown, California. He later purchased a ranch in this area, about one and one-half miles from the town of Weber on Weber Creek. Here he grew melons, tomatoes, planted fruit trees, started a vineyard, raised horses and other livestock. He operated a store, first at his ranch, later in Placerville, catering to the needs of miners. He also mined soapstone from a quarry on his ranch.