Title:Alexander Barclay papers, 1823-1858
Creator/Contributor:Barclay, Alexander, 1810-1855, creator
Creator/Contributor:Barclay, George, d. 1871
Creator/Contributor:Barclay, Mary, 1812?-1851
The Alexander Barclay papers include 58 letters by him, especially to Mary and George, 1829-1854; his diary, November 11,
1845-February 22, 1850, kept at the Hardscrabble Settlement and at Barclay's Fort; and various business papers. Among his
correspondents were William Adamson, James Barry, Charles Bent, Robert Betts, Alexander Cathcart, H.L. Dickinson, Joseph B.
Doyle, Lewis A. Edwards, Thomas Fitzpatrick, J.T. Fitzwater, Jacob Hall, Eugene Leitensdorfer, William C. Mitchell, John S.
Phelps, John Pope, and George Simpson.
Besides Alexander's papers, the collection includes correspondence of George Barclay (d.1871), and their sister Mary (1812?-1851),
mostly with other members of the Barclay family.
Barclay, Alexander -- 1810-1855 -- Archives
Pioneers -- West (U.S.)
Barclay's Fort (N.M.)
Bent's Fort (Colo.)
Diary, 1845-1850 : also available on microfilm with call number BANC FILM 2111.
Alexander Barclay papers, 1823-1858, BANC MSS P-E 238, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Five watercolor sketches of Southwestern scenes, including three views of Barclay's Fort (1 by Richard Kern, 1851) transferred
to the Pictorial Collections of the Bancroft Library, BANC PIC 1961.020--A.
A young Englishman, Barclay traveled to Upper Canada in 1833, settling at the Maitland Concession. In 1836 he moved on to
St. Louis, and two years later went out to Bent's Fort on the Arkansas as superintendent of stores and bookkeeper. He continued
at the fort until 1842, then became a trader, and by 1844 had located at the Hardscrabble Settlement in present Colorado.
After the American conquest of New Mexico in 1846, he was made alcalde for the upper Arkansas area. In the spring of 1848
he founded Barclay's Fort in New Mexico, at the junction of the Mora and Sabello rivers, and in partnership with Joseph B.
Doyle continued this establishment until his death. Some papers for 1856-1858 reflect the efforts of his brother George to
settle his estate.
1 microfilm reel : negative (Box 2362X) and positive.
BANC MSS P-E 238 box 1
BANC MSS P-E 238 transc. box 1
BANC FILM 2111