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Guide to the Gideon Judd Carpenter Papers, 1853-1892
BANC MSS C-B 853  
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  • Biographical Sketch

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Gideon Judd Carpenter Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1853-1892
    Collection Number: BANC MSS C-B 853
    Creator: Carpenter, Gideon Judd, 1823-1910
    Extent: Number of containers: 1 portfolio (31 folders, 113 pieces)
    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: Mainly relating to mining property in El Dorado Co., Calif.; some pertaining to his law practice.

    Papers of John S. Dunham (containing letters and accounts of A.K. Saxton, Volcanoville, El Dorado Co., 1856-1858) included.
    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 also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Gideon Judd Carpenter Papers, BANC MSS C-B 853, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    A group of his papers were purchased in Aug., 1962, from John Howell Books.

    Biographical Sketch

    Gideon Judd Carpenter arrived in California in 1850 as a goldseeker. He engaged in mining operations in the Big Bar area of the Middle Fork of the American River and is credited with one of the most important ditching operations in the area. By 1860, however, he had devoted himself almost solely to his law practice and to politics. He became County Clerk and District Attorney for El Dorado Co. and served in the legislature as both Assemblyman and Senator. In 1889 he and George E. Williams acquired the Placerville Mountain Democrat and two years later he became sole owner. The last years of his life were greatly saddened by the untimely death in 1902, of his son, Prentiss, a promising lawyer and judge.