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Jennie Cullum notebook : [Meadville, Penn.?], 1858-1889.
BANC MSS 97/66 cz v.1; BANC MSS 97/66 cz v.2; BANC MSS 97/66 cz BANC MSS 97/66 cz
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Jennie Cullum notebook: [Meadville, Penn.?], 1858-1889
Jane Cullum notebook


Cullum, Jennie, b. 1839, creator


Sawyer, Edwin H., b. 1832, correspondent.


Sawyer, Harriet Cullum, b. 1836?, correspondent.


Notebook diary (55 p.) containing handwritten transcriptions by Jennie (Jane) Cullum of "interesting parts of Hattie and Ned's letters to the family that I wish to remember." The letters were written from California and Japan, 1858-1862, by Edwin (Ned) H. Sawyer, and his wife, Harriet (Hattie) Cullum Sawyer. Hattie describes in detail her observations of life among the natives in Aspinwall, Panama in 1858, and later in Mare Island, Calififornia, with much about personnel, cost of items, and daily activities. Other details include trips to San Francisco, Napa Springs, Green Valley, Geyser Mountains, and the Petrified Forest, and her fears in 1861 about the Civil War. She also describes festivities for the launching of the first U.S. war ship built on the Pacific Coast, Feb. 27, 1859, along with an account of the first Japanese war ship to visit California in March 1859, guided by a U.S. Navy Lieutenant. Ned's letters give a detailed account of the problems facing foreign merchants in Japan, and describes a visit to Yeddo [i.e. Tokyo], Japan, then closed to foreigners, where he was attacked by sword-wielding men, but escaped. Includes 8 pages of family genealogy and notes of important dates, many relating to the Sawyer's travels, along with a list of 136 paintings by Jennie Cullum, lists of books, other pictures, and curios owned by her, a list of marine algae with instructions for mounting them, and crocheting instructions. Also includes photocopies of 4 portrait photographs and a typescript transcription of excerpts from pages 1 through 55 of the notebook.


1858 (issued)


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Cullum, Jennie -- b. 1839 -- Diaries
Sawyer, Edwin H -- b. 1832 -- Correspondence
Sawyer, Harriet Cullum -- b. 1836? -- Correspondence
Mare Island Naval Shipyard -- Description and travel
Marine algae
Japan -- Description and travel
Mare Island (Calif.) -- Description and travel
Panama -- Description and travel
Tokyo (Japan) -- Description and travel
Yokohama-shi (Japan) -- Description and travel
Yokohama-shi (Japan) -- Commerce -- History -- Sources
Napa County (Calif.) -- Description and travel
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives
Petrified Forest National Park (Ariz.) -- Description and travel


Jennie Cullum notebook : [Meadville, Penn.?], 1858-1889, BANC MSS 97/66 cz, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Purchase ; 1997.
Four portraits transferred to the Pictorial Collections of The Bancroft Library (BANC PIC 1997.073--PIC)
Jane (Jennie) Cullum (born Jan. 20, 1839) was the younger sister of Harriet (Hattie) Cullum Sawyer of Meadville, Pennsylvania. She married Reverend James P. Lusk on June 21, 1870.
Edwin (Ned) Sawyer and Harriet (Hattie) Sawyer (nee Cullum) were married February 24, 1852 in Meadville, Pennsylvania. They sailed to California in February, 1858. In 1860, Edwin Sawyer sailed for Yokohama, Japan, to establish himself as a merchant. Hattie Sawyer returned to Pennsylvania from San Francisco, California via ship in July 1861. Edwin traveled overland to Pennsylania in August, 1862. They both returned to California in 1863 and settled at the Mare Island Naval Yard in Vallejo, California, where Sawyer's father was a merchant.
In English.



Physical Description:

2 volumes (0.1 linear feet.)




BANC MSS 97/66 cz v.1
BANC MSS 97/66 cz v.2
BANC MSS 97/66 cz BANC MSS 97/66 cz