Series 1: Chiefly incoming correspondence pertaining
to political activities at the local and statewide level. Includes requests for jobs, political
appointments, letters of acknowledgement and references. Correspondents include prominent businessmen,
politicians and several special interest groups. Includes a file of letters from the Afro-American
League of San Francisco, headed by T.B. Morton.
Series 2: Chiefly papers pertaining to Burns' mining interests in Mexico as
well as miscellaneous other personal business and financial records. Mining interests records consist of
account books and ledgers for machinery, payroll, tax records and correspondence concerning mining
Daniel M. Burns was born in Mississippi in 1846. His father, William Burns, was a well-to-do rancher and
farmer. The senior Burns died en route to Oregon in 1847. Burns' mother died in Sacramento two years
later. Young Burns was raised by W. A. Selkirk, a man engaged in mining at Independence Hill,
California. Burns began to earn his own livelihood as a cattle rancher in 1855. During the Civil War, he
served the Fourth California Regiment in Arizona.
Number of containers: 6 boxes and 2 volumes
Linear feet: 2.5
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