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Jacks (David) papers
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Description
David Jacks (1822–1909) was a California landowner, developer and businessman. Born in Scotland, he emigrated to California in 1849, and soon acquired significant real estate holdings in Monterey county. Collection includes business correspondence, legal papers, news clippings, photographs, and other material.
Background
David Jacks was born in 1822 in the village of Crieff in Perthshire, Scotland. In 1841 he followed two older brothers across the Atlantic. He was a clerk, for a short time, at Williamsburg, N.Y., and in the mid 1840s, was a wheelwright at Ft. Hamilton, N.Y. In 1848 news of the discovery of gold in California reached the East Coast. Young Jacks became an accountant for a sutler attached to the 3rd Regiment of Artillery. This outfit left New York in November or December of 1848, went around the Horn and landed in San Francisco in April of 1849. Jacks spent the remainder of that year working at the Presidio and became naturalized as U. S. citizen in December.
Extent
2.5 Linear Feet (6 boxes)
Restrictions
While Special Collections is the owner of the physical and digital items, permission to examine collection materials is not an authorization to publish. These materials are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. Any transmission or reproduction beyond that allowed by fair use requires permission from the owners of rights, heir(s) or assigns. Most of these materials are believed to be in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use of public domain materials.
Availability
Open for research. Note that material must be requested at least 36 hours in advance of intended use.