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Guide to the Joseph Libbey Folsom Collection, 1848-1859
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Joseph Libbey Folsom Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1848-1859
    Box Number: 200
    Collector: Wagner, Henry R.
    Extent: 1 box
    Repository: California State Library
    Sacramento, California
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information



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    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], Joseph Libbey Folsom Collection, California State Library.

    Access Points

    Folsom, Joseph Libbey, 1817-1855
    San Francisco (Calif.)--History


    Business papers, certificates, correspondence, Folsom estate materials, Leidesdorff estate materials, legal papers, Pulgas Rancho materials.


    Joseph Libbey Folsom was born May 19, 1817, in New Hampshire. He was a graduate of West Point and came to California in March, 1847 as Captain and Assistant Quartermaster of Stevenson's Regiment of New York Volunteers. He was the first Collector of the Port of San Francisco under American rule. He invested in San Francisco real estate and his purchase of the Leidesdorff estate made him very wealthy. The town of Folsom was built on property purchased from the Leidessdorff estate and named for Captain Folsom. He died in San Jose, July 19, 1855.


    Major Correspondents

    • Suydam, Reed and Company (Calif.)
    • Suydam, Henry.
    • Reed, Almet.

    Other Correspondents

    • Hamilton, C. A.
    • Hoskins, E. D.
    • Peachy, A. L.