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James Perrin Smith articles on California, circa 1910.
BANC MSS 2011/36
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James Perrin Smith articles on California, circa 1910


Smith, James Perrin, 1864-1931, creator


1910 (issued)


Smith, James Perrin -- 1864-1931 -- Manuscripts
Murieta, Joaquín -- -1853
Humboldt, Alexander von -- 1769-1859
Dalton, Joel
Trout fishing -- California -- Kern River Watershed -- Description and travel
Fly fishing -- California -- Kern River Watershed -- Description and travel
Kern River Valley (Calif.) -- Description and travel
California -- History -- 1850-1950


Photocopies of three handwritten articles (one partial) on subjects pertaining to California. Written for an unidentified newspaper, the articles contain edits, notes, and instructions to editors and printers for the placement of images and photographs. In "A California Robin Hood" (22 p.) Smith tells the story of his interview with Joel Dalton, a Gold Rush pioneer living in Oregon, who had an encounter with Joaquín Murietta, the famed Mexican bandit known as "The Mexican Robin Hood." Dalton, a man who spoke Spanish and was friendly with the Mexican people, risked arrest when he refused to confirm Murietta's identity to the sheriff who had just arrested him. "Trout fishing on Kern River, California" (20 p.) is a detailed account of a fly-fishing trip to Kern River and the surrounding area. The partial manuscript (6 p., missing p. 1-2) appears to be a biographical sketch of the scientist Alexander Van Humboldt.
James Perrin Smith articles on California, circa 1910, BANC MSS 2011/36, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Gift ; of Linda W. Coski and Phila W. Rogers; 19900523.
James Perrin Smith was born near Cokesburg, South Carolina on November 27, 1864. In 1890 he went to Gittingen, Germany, to study under Professor von Koenen and Professor Liebisch where he received his Ph.D. degree in 1892. After returning to the United States he accepted an invitation from Dr. J.C. Branner to become Professor of Paleontology and Mineralogy at Leland Stanford University, California, where he remained until his death.
In English.


Manuscripts for publication.

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1 folder.




BANC MSS 2011/36