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Guide to the Fitch Family Papers, 1838-1878
BANC MSS C-B 357  
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  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Fitch Family Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1838-1878
    Collection Number: BANC MSS C-B 357
    Origination: Fitch family
    Extent: Number of containers: 6 volumes
    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: Correspondence and documents pertaining mainly to land claims, some to Rancho Sotoyomi. Also accounts of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Delano Fitch.
    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], Fitch Family Papers, BANC MSS C-B 357, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Scope and Content

    The papers have come from several sources-T. W. Norris Collection, the Cowan Collection, documents found in the Vallejo family collection purchased from R. de Emparan in 1950, and elsewhere. They supplement the H. H. Bancroft Collection of Fitch material, and consist mainly of accounts, petitions for land, and some correspondence.
    The key to arrangement follows.


    Henry Delano Fitch, native of Massachusetts born in 1799, came to California as the manager of the Mexican brig, Maria Ester. He became a Mexican citizen in 1827, was baptized at San Diego as Enrique Domingo Fitch in 1829 and married that same year Josefa Carrillo. In 1832 he applied for lands north of San Francisco Bay. He was naturalized in 1833 and held various municipal positions. In 1841 he was grantee of Sotoyomi Rancho. He died in 1849.