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Guide to the Pioneer Manuscript Collection, 1796-1897
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Access Points
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  • History
  • Material Transferred from the Collection
  • Related Collections

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Pioneer Manuscript Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1796-1897
    Box Number: 345-347
    Collector: California State Library
    Extent: 3 boxes
    Repository: California State Library
    Sacramento, California
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information



    Conditions of Use

    Please credit California State Library.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to California State Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing. Permission for publication is given on behalf of California State 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], Pioneer Manuscript Collection, California State Library.

    Access Points

    Frontier and pioneer life--California


    Correspondence and miscellany. California and non-California material originally in the possession of California pioneers and early settlers, 1796-1897.


    The Spanish settled in California in 1769. The first permanent settlement was started when soldiers and sailors established permanent residence in San Diego. San Jose de Guadalupe was the first pueblo in California. It was founded November 29, 1777 by five colonists who had come to California with explorer, Juan Baptista de Anza.
    From 1769 to 1822 California was under Spanish rule. In 1822, California declared independence from Spain and aligned with Mexico. After a period of unrest, the territory came into the possession of the United States in 1846.
    In 1848, gold was discovered leading to a great immigration. In less than four years there were 250,000 people in the state. California was admitted to the union as a free state September 9, 1850.

    Material Transferred from the Collection

    Manuscript books, pictures, typescripts, etc.

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