Guide to the Abraham Darlington papers, 1846-1912

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Guide to the Abraham Darlington Papers, 1846-1912

Collection number: BANC MSS C-B 891

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University of California, Berkeley

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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.

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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.

Key to Arrangement

Box 1

Correspondence, arranged alphabetically, with single items in A-Z miscellany at the beginning. Include 6 letters, 1865-1866 from John Dougherty and 60 letters, 1865-1872 from James Patterson as agents for the sale of soapstone. There is also one letter, dated March 18, 1872, from Aaron Augustus Sargent.


Miscellaneous papers


Accounts, 1857-1869, 10 items


Placerville American, 2 issues, Sept. 1855, containing articles re Darlington.


Death notices of members of the Darlington family, 2 items.


Miscellany: 6 items, 1846-1867, including certificate for Darlington as book-keeper, Jan. 30, 1846, and memoranda re soapstone, 1867.


Dealer's report on the collection.

volume v. 1-29

Diaries, 1851-1912

volume v. 30-101

Accounts, 1854-1898

volume v. 102-103

Tree planting books, 1861-1867

volume v. 104-105

Horse books, 1886-1912