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Finding Aid to the Daniel M. Burns Papers, 1888-1926
BANC MSS 87/230 cm  
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  • Collection Summary
  • Information for Researchers
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Sketch

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Daniel M. Burns Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1888-1926
    Collection Number: BANC MSS 87/230 cm
    Creator: Burns, Daniel M.
    Extent: Number of containers: 6 boxes and 2 volumes Linear feet: 2.5
    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: 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 operations.
    Languages Represented: Collection materials are in Spanish

    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 to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which just also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Daniel M. Burns Papers, BANC MSS 87/230 cm, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Materials Cataloged Separately

    • Printed reports have been transferred to the Bancroft book collection.

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    The Daniel M. Burns Papers were purchased by The Bancroft Library from Yerba Buena Books in 1987.

    Biographical Sketch

    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.
    On his return to California, he continued ranching and later ran a hotel in Woodland. He served two terms as Yolo County Clerk before being elected Secretary of State for California in 1879. In 1883, he began mining operations in Mexico. He was president of the Candelaria Consolidated Mexican Mining Company At San Dimas. In 1889 he returned to California and settled in San Francisco, where he served as police commissioner and was active in Republican party politics.