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John App diaries, 1850 and 1870.
BANC MSS 2012/209 box 1
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John App diaries, 1850 and 1870


App, John, 1821-1898, creator


Contains two diaries of a California gold rush miner originally from Illinois. Dated entries contain brief descriptions of daily events, weather, lists of goods and prices, and other personal observations. The first diary, from 1850, covers App's journey from his home in Pekin, Illinois to California but ends just before his arrival in the state. The second diary, from 1870, has similar entries and covers a trip App took with his son, John Quincy App, to prospect for silver near a town called Ivenpah that was south of Death Valley near the Nevada border. The diary also contains a couple of added entries made at later dates including 1871 and 1875. Accompanying material includes partial transcripts of each diary, an essay on App's wife, Leanna Charity Donner, who was a survivor of the Donner Party tragedy, a detailed Donner family tree and 2 photoprints: John and Leanna App's wedding portrait (1852) and a family portrait (circa 1860).


1850 (issued)


App, John -- 1821-1898 -- Diaries
App, John -- 1821-1898 -- Portraits
App, Leanna Charity Donner -- 1834-1930 -- Portraits
Overland journeys to the Pacific -- Personal narratives
Gold miners -- California
Gold mines and mining -- California
Silver mines and mining -- California
California -- Gold discoveries


John App diaries, 1850 and 1870, BANC MSS 2012/209, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Gift ; of Patricia Heiskell Hillman ; 20121004.
John App (1821-1898) was born in Pekin, Illinois. In 1850 he emigrated to California to search for gold. The App Mine in Tuolumne County, California, which he discovered, is named after him. He married Leanna Charity Donner in Sacramento City, California on Sept. 26, 1852. Leanna Charity Donner was one of the survivors of the Donner Party tragedy.
In English.



Physical Description:

1 box (0.2 linear feet)




BANC MSS 2012/209 box 1