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La Motte family papers, 1802-1970 (bulk 1849-1917).
BANC MSS C-B 450 box 1; BANC MSS C-B 450 box 2; BANC MSS C-B 450 box 3; BANC FILM 2061; ...
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La Motte family papers, 1802-1970 (bulk 1849-1917)


La Motte (Family), creator, creator.


La Motte, Robert Smith, 1825-1888, correspondent.


La Motte, Harry Didier, 1831-1918, correspondent.


Lammot, Anna Potts, 1793-1875, correspondent.


Mostly contains correspondence from and between members of the La Motte family. Letters from Robert Smith La Motte and his brother Harry Didier La Motte to family describe their trip around Cape Horn to San Francisco in 1849, mining and Indians in the Humboldt Bay area, politics in California, the Vigilance Committee of 1851, Hawaii in 1851, fires and firefighting in San Francisco, and mining at Murphy's Flat. Later letters from Robert relate to his army career, including a trip up the Missouri River to Montana, establishment of Fort Ellis, Montana in 1866, Crow Indian agreements, Sioux [i.e. Lakota] Indian depredations, and conditions at Fort Bridger, Wyoming from 1870 to 1872. Also includes a small amount of correspondence from non-family members, poems by Anna Potts Lammot (mother of Robert and Harry), a few items from approximately 1968-1970, and a large newspaper clipping from The Daily Advertiser (1802, Vol. XVII, No. 2643), and Richard S. La Motte's autobiography. Includes typed transcripts of letters, 1849-1869, and other selected letters.


1849 (issued)


n-us-ca -- n-us-hi -- n-us-mt -- n-us-wy
La Motte family -- Archives
La Motte family -- Correspondence
La Motte, Robert Smith -- 1825-1888 -- Correspondence
La Motte, Harry Didier -- 1831-1918 -- Correspondence
Lammot, Anna Potts -- 1793-1875 -- Correspondence
United States. -- Army. -- Infantry Regiment, 13th (1861-1957)
San Francisco Committee of Vigilance of 1851.
Voyages to the Pacific coast -- Personal narratives
Gold mines and mining -- California
Gold miners -- California
Crow Indians -- Treaties
Lakota Indians -- Great Plains
Indians of North America -- California -- Humboldt Bay
Fires -- California -- San Francisco
California -- Gold discoveries
California -- Politics and government
Hawaii -- Description and travel
San Francisco (Calif.) -- Description and travel
Fort Ellis (Mont.) -- Description and travel
Fort Bridger (Wyo.) -- Description and travel


National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections
Letters from Robert Smith La Motte to his mother, 1870-1872, and Robert Smith La Motte Autobiography [to 1850], [ca. 1886], from Box 2: also available on microfilm with call number BANC FILM 2061.
Copy of Box 1: also available on microfilm with call number BANC FILM 3127:1-2 (Reel 1, letters 1849-1853; Reel 2, letters 1866-1869.)
Gift of Robert S. La Motte, III; 1948 and 1950.
Additions (box 3): Gift of Kathryn Neal; 20150224.
Robert Smith La Motte (August 25, 1825-December 16, 1888) was born in Philiadelphia, Pennsylvania and moved to California in 1849 where he worked as a civil engineer. In 1859, La Motte moved back to Delaware and at the outbreak of the Civil War was commissioned a captain in the United States Army, 13th Infantry. He remained with the Army after the war serving in the Western frontier territories that included Montana, Wyoming, Arizona, and Oklahoma.
Harry Didier La Motte (September 6, 1831-January 29, 1918) was born in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. In 1849, at the age of 18, he traveled with his brother, Robert Smith La Motte, to California. In 1850, he became a member of the California Guard, the first military company in California, and subsequently joined the City Guard and the vigilance committee in San Francisco. From 1852 to about 1864, he was engaged in farming in Sonoma County. After returning to San Francisco, he served as deputy sheriff under four successive sheriffs, worked as an estate manager, and held a position in the legal department of the Southern Pacific Railroad. In about 1897, he moved to Lake County, where he lived the remainder of his life.


Family papers.

Physical Description:

microfilm reel
0.8 (3
2 negative (BNEG Box 3308 (360 frames), letters 1849-1853; BNEG Box 3309 (373 frames), letters 1866-1869.
1 negative (BNEG Box 2171) and positive.




BANC MSS C-B 450 box 1
BANC MSS C-B 450 box 2
BANC MSS C-B 450 box 3
BANC FILM 3127 :1
BANC FILM 3127 :2
BANC FILM 2061, etc.



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National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections