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Guide to the John Bidwell Papers (Sutter's Fort Pioneer Collection), 1841-1902
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Access Points
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  • Biography
  • Correspondents
  • Material Transferred from the Collection
  • Related Collections

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: John Bidwell Papers (Sutter's Fort Pioneer Collection),
    Date (inclusive): 1841-1902
    Box Number: 349-350
    Creator: Bidwell, John, 1819-1900
    Repository: California State Library
    Sacramento, California
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information



    Conditions of Use

    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], John Bidwell Papers (Sutter's Fort Pioneer Collection), California State Library.

    Access Points

    Sutter's Fort (Sacramento, Calif.)
    Bidwell, John, 1819-1900
    Frontier and pioneer life--California


    Business and personal papers, correspondence, certificates, contracts, receipts.


    John Bidwell was born in Chautauqua, N.Y., August 5, 1819. He came to California in 1841 with the Bartleson-Bidwell party. He was employed at Sutter's Fort in Sacramento and purchased Rancho del Arroyo Chico (now the city of Chico) in1849. An agriculturalist and philanthropist, he was a delegate to the California Constitutional Convention in 1849. He served as State Senator from 1849 to1850 and as California Representative to Congress in 1865/1867. He was a candidate for President in 1892. He died in Chico, April 4, 1900.


    Major Correspondents

    • Sutter, John Augustus, 1803-1880

    Other Correspondents

    • Larkin, Thomas Oliver, 1802-1858
    • McKinstry, George
    • Johnson, John Neely

    Material Transferred from the Collection

    • Map (tracing copy) "Elachamac, or Alachamc, granted to J. Bidwell."
    • Typescripts and newspapers

    Related Collections

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    Title: Annie E. K. Bidwell papers
    Title: George McKinstry, Jr. papers