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Guide to the Sewell Alvin Knapp Papers, 1831-1935
MS 1217B  
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Sewell Alvin Knapp Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1831-1935
    Collection number: MS 1217B
    Creator: Knapp, Sewell Alvin, 1854-1936
    Extent: 2.5 boxes (including 4 scrapbooks)
    Repository: California Historical Society, North Baker Library
    San Francisco, California 94105-4014
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


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    Copyright has not been assigned to The North Baker Research Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Library Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The North Baker Research 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.

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    [Identification of item], Sewell Alvin Knapp Papers. MS 1217B, California Historical Society, North Baker Research Library.


    Sewell A. Knapp was born in Columbia, Tuolumne County, California on September 9th, 1854. Raised in Columbia during the height of the gold rush Knapp began working as an assayer, later to be involved in prospecting and consulting for large mining concerns in California and Nevada. His papers include a monograph entitled, Observations & Reminiscences of Early Days in the Mining Camps of California and Nevada, which contains a detailed account of life during the gold boom and considerable technical information on mining itself. However, the bulk of the collection deals with the Peralta land grant in Alameda County and the court proceedings surrounding it.

    Added Entries

    Added People Entries

    • Arguello (F31)
    • Aughinbough, Gidion (F11)
    • Boillot, Leon (F17)
    • Bradley, F. W., Esq. (F3)
    • Brown, A. C. (F12)
    • Burher, W. H. (F17)
    • Carpentier, Horace W. (F7, 10, 15)
    • Carpenton, John (F12)
    • Chipman, W. W. (F11)
    • DeSola, Don Pablo Vicente (F7)
    • Espinoza, Manual (F17)
    • Fallon, Thomas (F15)
    • Fremont, John C. (F7, 22)
    • Gilman, Caroline (F3)
    • Hart, William H. (F2)
    • Hawkins, C. A. (F3)
    • Hays, John C. (F7, 12)
    • Hester, C. P. (F12)
    • Hurley, M. H. (F14)
    • Jimeno, Manual (F8)
    • King, Samual D. (F7, 9)
    • Knapp, Ed (F1, 5)
    • Knapp, Hazel (F1, 5)
    • Knapp, Marbel (F1, 5)
    • Knapp, Sewell (F1, 3, 5)
    • Martinez, Ignacio (F7)
    • Moore, Stanley (F2)
    • Morgan, George P. (F3)
    • Muir, William (F2, 14, 15, 17)
    • Pacheco, Doloras (F15)
    • Peralta, A. L. (F2)
    • Peralta, Antonio Maria (F9, 11, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25)
    • Peralta, Ignacio (F11, 20)
    • Peralta, Jose Domingo (F7, 11, 20)
    • Peralta, Louis Maria (F9, 11)
    • Peralta, Maria Guadalupe (F9)
    • Peralta, Maria Josefa (F9)
    • Peralta, Maria Theodora (F9)
    • Peralta, Maria Trinidad (F9)
    • Peralta, Vicente (F9, 7, 11, 13, 20)
    • Pitman, Key (F2, 3)
    • Postel, Waldo F. (F2)
    • Redman, F. W. (F9)
    • Riley, B. (F31)
    • Riley, Gov. (F7)
    • Romero, Alex (F14)
    • Romero, J. A. (F14, 15)
    • Romero, Maria Jesus (F14)
    • Romero, Teicherra (F14)
    • Ross, Miss H. (F3)
    • Sola, Don Pablo Vicente de (F31)
    • Stratton, Jas T. (F12)
    • Trent, S. V. (F3)
    • Vallejo, Ignacio (F22)

    Added Subject Entries

    • Commercial correspondence (F3)
    • Court Records (F16-26)
    • Deeds (F12-32)
    • Gold Mines & mining (F4)
    • Gold Mines & mining-Nevada (F4)
    • Knapp Family (F1, 3, 5)
    • Land titles-Alameda County-Peralta Land grant (F7-27)
    • Maps (F8, 29)
    • Wills (F9, 17)