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Finding Aid to the Joseph Bryant Crockett Papers, 1848-1879
BANC MSS C-B 896  
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  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Joseph Bryant Crockett papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1848-1879
    Collection Number: BANC MSS C-B 896
    Origination: Crockett, J. B. (Joseph Bryant), 1808-1884
    Extent: Number of containers: 1 box and 1 oversize folder
    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: Correspondence; miscellaneous legal papers; deeds for lands in San Francisco, Contra Costa and Santa Clara Counties.

    Letters to his wife from San Francisco, 1852-1858, relate to his law practice and to land claims, his association with Page and Bacon, the assassination of James King of William and the Vigilance Committe of 1856.

    Also included are papers of the Grimwood family, 1863-1915, pertaining mainly to property in Fruitvale, California.
    Languages Represented: English

    Information for Researchers


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 94720-6000. Consent is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html.   extref>
    Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Joseph Bryant Crockett papers, BANC MSS C-B 896, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    This group of papers was given to the Bancroft Library by R. C. Eckart, Oct. 15, 1963, and by Miss Emma P. Grimwood and Mrs. A. W. Weeks, Jan. 31, 1965.


    Joseph Bryant Crockett came to San Francisco in 1852 and soon became an established lawyer active in land claims, and a speculator in San Francisco real estate. He was the organizer and spokesman for a committee of citizens attempting to reconcile Governor J. Neely Johnson and William T. Sherman with the 1856 Vigilance Committee. He was appointed to serve out the term of Oscar L. Shafter who resigned his position as Judge of the Supreme Court of California in December 1867. Judge Crockett retained the office until 1881.

    Scope and Content

    The collection includes letters from Crockett to his wife from 1852 to 1869, telling of the establishment of his practice in San Francisco, reporting on the crash of Page and Bacon in 1855, and on the assassination of James King of William with the subsequent activities of the Vigilance Committee of 1856; legal papers in suits against Swan and Clifford, and in cases instituted by Matilda and Franklina Gray; miscellaneous accounts and printed items. Papers relating to lands in San Francisco, Santa Clara, and Contra Costa Counties and elsewhere have been placed in an oversize portfolio.