Jump to Content

Collection Guide
Collection Title:
Collection Number:
Get Items:
Guide to the Alfred C. Thomas Letters, 1850-1851
Consult repository  
View entire collection guide What's This?
Search this collection
Collection Overview
Table of contents What's This?
The Alfred C. Thomas letters measure 1 inch and date from 1850 to 1851. There are thirty-four photocopied letters from Alfred C. Thomas to his family, the originals of which are at the Sherman Foundation, Corona del Mar, California. There are also typescripts of the letters.
The California gold rush began in 1848 after James W. Marshall's discovery of gold dust at John Sutter's sawmill at Coloma on the American River. This discovery prompted masses of people from all over the United States and the world to move West and seek their fortune. Alfred C. Thomas was one of them.
Copyright has not been transferred to California State University, Fresno. Permission to publish must be obtained from the Sherman Foundation, Corona del Mar, California.
The collection is open for research.