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Guide to the Thomas Gilman Papers, 1853-1907
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Thomas Gilman Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1853-1907
    Box Number: 353
    Creator: Gilman, Thomas, 1830-1911
    Repository: California State Library
    Sacramento, California
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information



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    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], Thomas Gilman Papers, California State Library.

    Access Points

    Gilman, Thomas, 1830-1911
    African Americans--California


    Letters, bills of sale, poll tax, receipts, subpoena, leases.


    Thomas Gilman (1830-1911) purchased his freedom for $1,000 in 1852. Born into enslavement in Tennessee, Gilman was brought to California in 1850 to work in the gold mines near Shaw's Flat. Within two years he earned enough money to free himself.