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Guide to the San Francisco Committee of Vigilance of 1851 Papers, 1851-1852
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  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: San Francisco Committee of Vigilance of 1851 Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1851-1852
    Collection Number: BANC MSS C-A 77
    Creator: San Francisco Committee of Vigilance of 1851
    Extent: Number of containers: 8 boxes, 1 volume, 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: Include constitution, name book, minutes of meetings, accounts, and other records. Also police reports, statements and depositions in criminal cases, especially those involving James Stuart and John Jenkins. Some correspondence and clippings.
    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], San Francisco Committee of Vigilance of 1851 papers, BANC MSS C-A 77, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Scope and Content

    These papers, from the original Hubert Howe Bancroft Collection, begin with the official constitution of the Committee, June 8, 1851. The bulk of the collection is from June through Sept. 1851, with records of a more sporadic nature through November 1852. The papers include minutes of meetings, statements of witnesses, some correspondence, police reports, reports on examination of passenger ships coming from Australia, accounts, and other records, as well as clippings from various San Francisco newspapers. The chronological arrangement, day by day, of most of these papers follows, in the main, the work edited by Mary Floyd Williams entitled: Papers of the San Francisco Committee of Vigilance of 1851 (Academy of Pacific Coast History. Publications, v. 4. University of California Press, Berkeley. 1919). An unbound copy of Miss Williams' book forms a part of the report, with pencilled notations giving folder number of documents.