Guide to the Gideon Judd Carpenter Papers, 1853-1892

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Engineering and Technology --Mining and Metallurgy History --History, California --History, Sacramento Area Social Sciences --Law

Guide to the Gideon Judd Carpenter Papers, 1853-1892

Collection number: BANC MSS C-B 853

The Bancroft Library

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California

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Processed by:
The Bancroft Library staff
Date Completed:
ca. 1962
Encoded by:
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© 1996 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

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.


Carpenter, G. J.


Deeds of sale to John S. Dunham for mining properties, 1853-1855.

Physical Description: (2)

Stelle, James T.


Promissory notes, 1854-1856, from various persons.

Physical Description: (4)

Dunham, John S.


Agreement, Dec. 19, 1855, for shares in Big Crevice claim.


Miscellaneous accounts, 1855-1858.

Additional Note

(including promissory notes, receipts for claims, and bullion receipt)

Saxton, A. H.


Accounts with J. S. Dunham, 1856-1858 and promissory note from James H. Proudfoot, 1856.

Physical Description: (4 pieces)

Saxton, A. H.


Agreement, Apr. 8, 1856, for sale of mining claim to Dunham.


Sandy Bar Mining Company.


Accounts, 1856.

Physical Description: (4 items)

Saxton, A. H.


Letters to Dunham, Volcanoville, 1857-1858.

Physical Description: (10 items)

Walts, David N.


Agreements with J. S. Dunham, 1858, for dissolution of partnership. Williams Ranch, Santa Cruz County.

Physical Description: (2 items)

Monday, N. J.


Preemption notice, July 30, 1860, with copy of survey and recording notes.


Morris, William


Deed, 1861, from two chinese and proclamation of homestead.


Promissory notes to G. J. Carpenter, and two other persons, 1865-1875.


Noley, Greogoire


Receipt for mining claim on Long Hollow, 1866.


Carson, Daniel R.


Letters to Carpenter, 1867-1872.

Physical Description: (2 items)

Carpenter, G. J.


Miscellaneous accounts, 1868-1875.

Physical Description: (19 items)

Bancroft & Company.


Receipts and bills for law books, 1869-1872.

Physical Description: (5 items)

Wells, Fargo & Company.


Receipts, 1869-1872.

Physical Description: (6 pieces)

El Dorado County and Placerville,


Tax receipts, 1869-1875

Physical Description: (7 items - for property poll and road taxes and lawyer's license fees)

Celio (Carlo G.) & Company.


Receipted bills for dairy products, 1870-1873.


Agreement with George Taverner, 1882 for Charles Celio to graze stock on property in Amador Co.


Bugby, B. N.


Letters, 1872, to Carpenter and copy of a reply.

Physical Description: (2)

Dutton, Elizabeth (Prichett)


Power of attorney to Carpenter, 1872, relative to estate of Zachariah Prichett, late of El Dorado Co.


Carpenter, Cyrus Clay (1829-1898)


Letters to his brother, 1873 & 1876.


Mount Gregory Water and Mining Company.


Order for payment to John Franklin. Georgetown, July 30, 1874.


Carpenter, G. J.


Receipt to Capel Hanbury Miers and related stock certificates, Oak Ranch Deep Gravel Mining Company, 1875-1876.

Physical Description: (5 pieces)

Carpenter, Horace


Letter, 1880, to A. C. Adams concerning property of Sylvester Van Horn.


Hinson, W. T.


Letter to Carpenter, Indian Diggins, 1880.


Carter, H. A.


Letters to Carpenter, Ione, 1880-1881.

Physical Description: (5)

Caminetti, Anthony


Letter to Carpenter, 1881.


California. State Board of Agriculture.


Invitation and ticket to State fair, 1883.


Carpenter, Prentiss, d. 1902.


Correspondence (Letters and telegrams from E. L. Crawford and R. K. Claibourne, 1891-1892).


Miscellaneous printed items


B rief sketch of G. J. Carpenter from the Mountain Democrat, Jan. 6, 1928;


Report of the Carpenter Association ... 1871 ...;


El Dorado County Fair Guide. 1887.