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PRIMARY SOURCES FOR SACRAMENTO AND CALIFORNIA HISTORY


There are many books and other materials in the library dealing with the history of Sacramento and California. The following are some titles from the Sacramento Room Collection to help you with your search. Please select from the following subject areas:

[Diaries, Letters,
& Memoirs
]
[Women in the
West
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[Overland
Journeys
]
[Journeys by Sea] [Bibliographies]



Diaries, Letters,
Memoirs, and
Reminiscences
Aldrich, Lorenzo; A journal of the overland route to California & the gold mines SPE 978 A365 1950 CAL
Appleton, Frank W.; Notes from my diary on the journey from Whitby to Florin SPE 979.404092 A649 1888 CAL VAU
Arguello, Luis Antonio; Diary of Captain Luis Antonio Arguello...SPE 979.402 A722 1992 CAL
Atherton, Faxon Dean; California diary of Faxon Dean Atherton,1836-1839 SPE 979.403 A868 1964 CAL
Bean, Lowell John; Diaries & accounts of the Romero Expedition in Arizona and California, 1823-1826 SPE 979 B367 1962 CAL
Beasley, Delilah L.; Negro trail blazers of California SPE 979.4 B368 1969 CAL
Belden, L. Burr; Death Valley Heroine SPE 979.487 B427 1954 CAL
Bennett, James; Overland journey to California SPE 978.02 B471 1932 CAL
Bidwell-Bartleson Party; ed. By Doyce B. Nunis, Jr.SPE q979.403 B585zb 1991 CAL
Bigler, Henry William; Chronicle of the West SPE 978 B593 1962 CAL
Bolin, Major C.; Narrative of the life and adventures of Major C.Bolin SPE 979.404 B689 1966 CAL
Borthwick, John David; Gold hunters SPE 979.404 B739g 1917 CAL
Borthwick, John David; 3 years in California SPE q979.404 B739 1948 CAL
Brewer, William; Up and down California in 1860-1864 SPE 979.4 B847 1974 CAL
Bryant, Edwin; Index for What I saw in California SPE 979.4 B9152 1849
Bryant, Edwin; What I saw in California SPE 979.4 B9152 1849a CAL
Butruille, Susan; Women=s voices from the Mother Lode SPE 979.43 B987 1998 CAL
Caughey, John Walton; California SPE 979.4 C371 1940 CAL
Caughey, John Walton; Gold is the cornerstone SPE 979.404 C371g 1948 CAL
Chichinov, Zakhar; Adventures in California of Zakahar Tchitchinoff: 1818-1828 SPE 090 D282 1956c BAC VAU
Clark, Dwight; William Tecumseh Sherman, gold rush banker SPE 332.1 S553zc 1969 CAL
Clyman, James; James Clyman, American frontiersman, 1792- 1881 SPE q978.02092 C649j 1928 CAL VAU
Cogswell, Moses; The Gold Rush diary of Moses Cogswell of New Hampshire SPE 979.404 C677 1949 CAL
Colton, Walter; California diary SPE 979.403 C725c 1948 CAL
Counts, Cave Johnson; Hepah, California SPE q979 C871 1961 CAL
Covered wagon women: diaries & letters from the western trails,1840-1890 SPE 978.02092 C873 1983 CAL 11 volumes
Coy, Owne Cochran; In the diggins in 'Forty-nine SPE 979.404 C881 1948 CAL
Crosby, Elisha; Memoirs of Elisha Oscar Crosby: reminiscences of California and Guatemala from 1849 to 1864 SPE 979.404 C949zc 1945 CAL
Dankin, Susanna Bryant; Scotch paisano in old Los Angeles SPE 979.403 R355zd 1978 CAL
Daniels, Sylvester; Frontier times: the 1874-1875 journals...SPE 979.404 D186 1985 CAL
Davis, William; Seventy-five years in California SPE q979.403 D265 1929 CAL
Day, Ella Perry Stockton; Letter of a pioneer daughter SPE 979.454 D273 1998 SAC
Decker, Peter; The diaries of Peter Decker, 1850-1851 SPE 979.404 D295 1966 CAL
Delaplane, Kristin; Gold hunter: memoirs of John Berry Hill SPE 979.404 H646zd 1997 CAL
Doten, Alfred; The journals of Alfred Doten, 1849-1903 SPE 979.404 D725 1973 CAL 3 volumes
Druay, Clifford Merrill; First white women over the Rockies SPE 266 D796 v.1-3 CAL
Duhaut-Cilly, Auguste; A voyage to California,, the Sandwich Islands & around the world, 1826-1829 SPE 090 R287 1997d BAC VAU
Eaton, Margaret Holden; Diary of a sea captain's wife SPE 979.491 E14 1980 CAL
Eccleston, Robert; Mariposa Indian War, 1850-1851...SPE 979.446 E17 1975 CAL
Eccleston, Robert; Overland to California on the Southwestern Trail SPE 978 E17 1950 CAL
Edwards, Philip; California in 1837 SPE 979.403 E26 1890 CAL
Edwards, Philip; The diary of Philip Leget Edwards: the great cattle drive from California to Oregon in 1837 SPE q090 G728 1932e BAC VAU
Erskine, Michael; Diary of Michael Erskine: describing his cattle drive from Texas to California... SPE 976.4 E73 1979 CAL
Estudillo, Jesus Maria; Sketches of California in the 1860s SPE 979.404 E82 1988 CAL
Ferguson, Charles; The experiences of a Forty-niner during a third of a century in the gold fields SPE 979.4 F352e 1932 CAL
Fitzgerald, O.P.; California sketches SPE 979.404 F554c 1896 CAL
Font, Pedro; Anza expedition of 1775-1776 SPE 979.402 F677 1913 CAL
Foote, Mary; A Victorian gentlewoman in the Far West SPE 813 F689 1972 CAL
Franzwa, Gregory M.; Maps of the California Trail SPE 912.794 F837 1999 CAL
Frink, Margaret A.; Journal of the adventures of a party of California gold seekers SPE 979.404 F914 1988 CAL
Geiger, Vincent Eply; Trail to California... SPE 978 G454 1945 CAL
Goodsell, Fred Field; John Service...prepared from his own words andrecords... SPE 979.4 G655 1999 CAL
Gould, Jane; The Oregon & California trail diary of Jane Gould in 1862 SPE 978 G697 1993 CAL
Greenhow, Robert; History of Oregon and California SPE 979 G813 1847 CAL VAU
Griffin, John S.; Doctor comes to California...SPE 979.40082 G853zg 1943 CAL
Hafen, Le Roy Reuben; Old Spanish Trail SPE 979 H138 1954 CAL
Hall, William Henry Harrison; Private letters and diaries of Captain Hall... SPE 978 H181 1974 CAL
Halsey, Francis W.; Pioneers of Unadilla Village, 1784-1840 SPE 974.7 H196 1902 CAL VAU
Harpending, Asbury; The great diamond hoax SPE 979.404 H293 1913 CAL
Hays, Lorena; To the land of gold and wickedness, the 1848-59 diary of Lorena L. Hays SPE 978.020924 H425 1988 CAL
Heckman, Marlin L; Overland on the California Trail, 1846-1859 SPE 979.0016 H449 1984 CAL
High Sierra of California SPE f090 Q1 2000h BAC VAU
Hitchcock, Martha; Salon at Larkmead SPE 979.419 H674 2000 CAL
Ho for California: Women's overland diaries...SPE 978 H678 1980 CAL
Howell, Elijah; The 1849 California trail diaries of Elijah Preston Howell SPE 979.404 H859 1995 CAL
Hutton, Wm. R.; Glances at California, 1847-1853 SPE 979.404 H985 1942 CAL
Ingersoll, Chester; Overland to California in 1847 SPE 090 B6276 1937i BAC VAU
Journals of Forty-niners: Salt Lake to Los Angeles...SPE 978.02 J86 1998 CAL
Kilgore, William H.; Kilgore journal of an overland journey to California in the year 1850 SPE 978 K48 1949 CAL
Langworthy, Franklin; Scenery of the plains, mountains, and mines SPE 978 L287 1932 CAL
Leonard, Zenas; Adventures of Zenas Leonard, fur trader andtrapper, 1831-1836 SPE 978 L581a 1904 CAL VAU
Levy, Jo Ann; They saw the elephant SPE 979.404082 L668 1990 CAL
Lewis, Donovan; Pioneers of California SPE 979.403 L673 1993 CAL
Lewis, Oscar; Quest for Qual-a-wa-loo, Humboldt Bay...SPE 979.412 L675 1966 CAL
Longinos Martinez, Jose ; California in 1792 SPE 979.402 L855 1938 CAL
Lord, Israel Shipman Pelton; At the extremity of civilization SPE 978.02 L866 1995 CAL
Loveland, Cyrus C.; California trail herd SPE 978 L898 1961 CAL
Low, Garrett W.; Gold rush by sea SPE 979.404 L912 1914 CAL
Lyman, Chester Smith; Around the Horn to the Sandwich Islands and California, 1845-1850 SPE 979.404 L986 1924 CAL
MacGregor, Greg; Overland: the California emigrant trail of 1841-1870 SPE 978 M147 1996 CAL
McKinstry, Byron; The California gold rush overland diary..., 1850-1852 SPE 978 M158 1975 CAL
McLane, Louis; Private journal of Louis McLane, U.S.N., 1844-1848 SPE 359.332 M161 1971 CAL
Manly, William; Death Valley in '49 SPE 979.4 M279 1949 CAL
Miller, Henry; Account of a tour of the California missions & towns, 1856 SPE 979.402 M648 1985 CAL
Miller, Joaquin; Joaquin Miller, his California diary...SPE 090 D654 1936m BAC VAU
Moraga, Gabriel; The diary of Ensign Gabriel Moraga=sexpedition of discovery in the Sacramento Valley, 1808 SPE 090 K35 1957m BAC VAU
Navarro, Ramon Gil; Gold rush diary of Ramon Gil Navarro SPE 979.404 N319 2000 CAL
New Helvetia diary: a record of events kept by John A. Sutter...SPE f979.454 S967m 1939 SAC
Northwest coast of America & California: 1832 SPE 090 P714 1959n BAC VAU
Osbun, Albert; To California and the South Seas, 1849-1851 SPE 979.404 O81 1966 CAL
Overland in 1846 SPE 978 O96 1963 v.2 CAL
Owen, John; The journals and letters of Major John Owen, pioneer of the Northwest, 1850-1871 SPE 978 O97 1927 v.1
Parke, Charles; Dreams to dust: a diary of the California gold rush, 1849-1850 SPE 978.02092 P237 1989 CAL
Paul, Rodman; The California gold discovery SPE 979.404 P324c 1966 CAL
Paul Wilhelm, Duke of Wurttemberg; Early Sacramento SPE 979.454 W678 1900 SAC
Peavey, Linda S.; Women in waiting 973.8082 P363 1994
Perkins, Elisha; Gold rush diary SPE 978 P448 1967 CAL
Perlot, Jean-Nicolas; Gold seeker: adventures of a Belgian Argonaut during the Gold Rush years SPE 979.404 P451 1985 CAL
Pierce, Richard; H.M.S. Sulphur at California, 1837 and 1839 SPE q979.403 P617 1969 CAL
Pritchard, James Avery; Overland diary of James A. Pritchard from Kentucky to California in 1849 SPE 978 P961 1959 CAL
Robinson, Zirkle; The Robinson-Rosenberger journey to the goldfields of California, 1849-1850 SPE 090 P898 1966r BAC VAU
Rogers, Fred; Soldiers of the overland SPE q090 G728 1938r BAC VAU
Root, Riley; Journal of travels from St. Josephs to Oregon SPE 978 R783 1955 CAL
Royce, Sarah; A frontier lady SPE 979.4 R888f 1932 CAL
Rushing for gold, ed. by John Walton Caughey SPE 979.404 R953 1949 CAL
Santos, Robert; The Gold rush of California: a bibliography of periodical articles SPE 979.40016 S237 1998 CAL
Scamehorn, H. Lee; The Buckeye rovers in the gold rush SPE 979.404 S293 1965 CAL
Shepherd, James S.; Journal of travel across the Plains to California...SPE 978.02 S548 1994 CAL
Sherburne, John P.; Through Indian country to California SPE 978.02 S551 1988 CAL
Shirley, Dame; The Shirley letters: from the California mines,1851-1852 SPE 979.404 C589 1949 CAL
Smith, Azariah; The gold discovery journal of Azariah Smith SPE 979.403 S642 1990 CAL
Taylor, Bayard; Eldorado or adventures in the path of empire SPE 979.4 T239 1949 CAL
Toole, Delos E.; Gold placer fields across America Rq553.4 T671 1994
Townsend, E. D.; California diary of General E.D. Townsend SPE 979.404 T747 1970 CAL
Turner, Henry, The original journals of Henry Smith Turner, 1846-1847 SPE 978 T947 1966 CAL
Victor, Frances Fuller; New Penelope: and other stories and poems SPE 979 V642 1877 CAL
Ward, Harriet Sherrill; Prairie schooner lady SPE 978.02 W268 1959 CAL
Ware, Joseph; The emigrants' guide to California SPE 978 W269 1932 CAL
Wayman, John; A doctor on the California trail SPE 978 W358 1971 CAL
Wheelwight, Jane Hollister; Ranch papers: a California memoir SPE 979.475 W566 1988 CAL
Windeler, Adolphus; California Gold Rush diary of a German sailor SPE 979.404 W763 1969 CAL
Wing, Stephen; Daily journal of Stephen Wing,1852 to 1860 SPE 979.404 W769 1982 CAL
Woods, James; Recollections of pioneer work in California SPE 285.1794 W895 1878 CAL
Wooster, David; The gold rush: letters of David Wooster from California to the Adrian, Michigan, Expositor, 1850-1855 SPE 979.404 W917 1972 CAL
Year of mud and gold, San Francisco in letters and diaries, 1849-1850 SPE 979.461 Y39 1999 CAL

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Women in the
West
Butruille, Susan; Women's voices from the Mother Lode SPE 979.43 B987 1998 CAL
Covered wagon women: diaries and letters from the western trails 1840-1890 SPE 978.020922 C873 1983 11 volumes
Day, Ella Perry Stockton; Letter of a pioneer daughter SPE 979.454 D273 1998 SAC
Drury, Clifford Merrill; First white women over the Rockies SPE 266 D796 v.1-3 CAL
Eaton, Margaret Holden; Diary of a sea captain's wife...SPE 979.491 E14 1980 CAL
Foote, Mary; A Victorian gentlewoman in the Far West SPE 813 F689 1972 CAL
Frink, Margaret A.; Journal of the adventures of a party of California goldseekers SPE 979.404 F914 1988 CAL
Gould, Jane; The Oregon & California trail diary of Jane Gould in 1862 SPE 978 G697 1993 CAL
Hays, Lorena; To the land of gold and wickedness: the 1848-50 diary of Lorena L. Hays SPE 978.020924 H425 1988 CAL
Hitchcock, Nartha; A salon at Larkmead...SPE 979.419 H674 2000 CAL
Ho for California...SPE 978 H678 1980 CAL
Levy, Jo Ann; They saw the elephant: women in the California gold rush SPE 979.404082 L668 1990 CAL
Peavy, Linda S.; Women in waiting 973.8082 P363 1994
Royce, Sarah; A frontier lady SPE 979.4 R888f 1932 CAL
Shirley, Dame; The Shirley Letters: from the California mines,1851-1852 SPE 979.404 C589 1949 CAL
Ward, Harriet Sherrill; Prairie schooner lady SPE 978.02 W268 1959 CAL
Wheelwright, Jane Hollister; The ranch papers: a California memoir SPE 979.475 W566 1988 CAL

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Overland
Journeys
Aldrich, Lorenzo; A journal of the overland route to California & the gold mines SPE 978 A365 1950 CAL
Appleton, Frank W.; Notes from my diary on the journey from Whitby to Florin SPE 979.404092 A649 1888 CAL VAU
Arguello, Luis Antonio; Diary of Captain Luis Antonio Arguello SPE 979.402 A772 1992 CAL
Bean, Lowell John; Diaries & accounts of the Romero Expeditions in Arizona and California, 1823-1826 SPE 979 B367 1962 CAL
Bennett, James; Overland journey to California SPE 978.02 B47 1932 CAL
Counts, Cave Johnson; Hepah, California SPE q979 C871 1961 CAL
Covered wagon women: diaries & letters from the western trails, 1840-1890 SPE 978.020922 C873 1983 CAL 11 volumes
Decker, Peter; The diaries of Peter Decker, 1850-1851 SPE 979.404 D295 1966 CAL
Eccleston, Robert; Overland to California on the Southwestern Trail, 1849 SPE 978 E17 1950 CAL
Erskine, Michael; Diary of Michael Erskine... SPE 976.4 E73 1979 CAL
Ferguson, Charles; The experiences of a Forty-niner during a third of a century in the gold fields SPE 979.4 F352c 1923 CAL
Font, Pedro; Anza expedition of 1775-1776 SPE 979.402 F677 1913 CAL
Franzwa, Gergory M.; Maps of the California Trail SPE 912.794 F837 1999 CAL
Frink, Margaret A.; Journal of the adventures of a party of California goldseekers SPE 979.404 F914 1988 CAL
Geiger, Vincent Eply; Trail to California... SPE 978 G454 1945 CAL
Gould, Jane; The Oregon & California trail diary of Jane Gould in 1862 SPE 978 G697 1993 CAL
Griffin, John S.; Doctor comes to California... SPE 979.40082 G853zg 1943 CAL
Hafen, Le Roy Reuben; Old Spanish Trail SPE 979 H138 1954 CAL
Hays, Lorena; To the land of gold and wickedness: the 1848-59 diary of Lorena L. Hays SPE 978.020924 H425 1988 CAL
Heckman, Marlin L.; Overland on the California Trail, 1846-1859 SPE 979.0016 H449 1984 CAL
Ho for California... SPE 978 H678 1980 CAL
Howell, Elijah; The 1849 California trail diaries of Elijah Preston Howell SPE 979.404 H859 1995 CAL
Hunter, William W.; Missour '49er: the journal of William W. Hunter SPE 979.02 H947 1992 CAL
Ingersoll, Chester; Overland to California in 1847 SPE 090 B6276 1937i BAC VAU
Journals of Forty-niners: Salt Lake to Los Angeles...SPE 978.02 J86 1998 CAL
Kilgore, William H.; Kilgore journal of an overland journey SPE 978 K48 1949 CAL
Langworthy, Franklin; Scenery of the plains, mountains and mines SPE 978 L287 1932 CAL
Lord, Israel Shipman Pelton; At the extremity of civilization SPE 978.02 L866 1999 CAL
Loveland, Cyrus C.; California trail herd... SPE 978 L898 1961 CAL
MacGregor, Greg; Overland: the California emigrant trail of 1841-1870 SPE 978 M147 1996 CAL
McKinstry, Byron; The California gold rush overland diary of Byron N. McKinstry, 1850-1852 SPE 978 M158 1975 CAL
Manly, William; Death Valley in '49 SPE 979.4 M279 1949 CAL
Overland in 1846: diaries and letters of the California-Oregon Trail SPE 978 O96 1963 v.2 CAL
Parke, Charles; Dreams to dust: a diary of the California gold rush,1849-1850 SPE 978.02092 P237 1989 CAL
Perkins, Elisha; Gold rush diary SPE 978 P448 1967 CAL
Pritchard, James Avery; Overland diary of James A. Pritchard...SPE 978 P961 1959 CAL
Robinson, Zirkle; The Robinson-Rosenberger journey to the gold fields of California, 1849-1850 SPE 090 P898 1966r BAC VAU
Royce, Sarah; A frontier lady SPE 979.4 R888f 1932 CAL
Scamehorn, H.Lee; The Buckeye rovers in the gold rush SPE 979.404 S293 1965 CAL
Sheperd, James S.; Journal of travel across the Plains to California...SPE 978.02 S548 1994 CAL
Sherburne, John P.; Through Indian country to California SPE 978.02 S551 1988 CAL
Smith, Azariah; The gold discovery journal of Azariah Smith SPE 979.403 S642 1990 CAL
Turner, Henry; The original journals of Henry Smith Turner SPE 978 T947 1966 CAL
Ward, Harriet Sherrill; Prairie schooner lady SPE 978.02 W268 1959 CAL
Ware, Joseph; The emigrants= guide to California SPE 978 W269 1932 CAL
Wayman, John; A doctor on the California trail SPE 978 W358 1971 CAL
Wooster, David; The gold rush: letters of David Wooster from California to the Adrian, Michigan, Expositor, 1850-1855 SPE 979.404 W917 1972 CAL

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Journeys by Sea Duhaut-Cilly, Auguste; A voyage to California, the Sandwich Islands, & around the world: in the years 1826-1829 SPE 090 R287 1997d BAC VAU
Eaton, Margaret Holden; Diary of a sea captain's wife SPE 979.491 E14 1980 CAL
Hall, William Henry Harrison; Private letters and diaries of Captain Hall SPE 978 H181 1974 CAL
Low, Garrett W.; Gold rush by sea SPE 979.404 L912 1941 CAL
Lyman, Chester Smith; Around the Horn to the Sandwich Islands and California SPE 979.404 L986 1924 CAL
McLane, Louis; Private journal of Louis McLane, U.S.N. SPE 359.332 M161 1971 CAL
Osbun, Albert; To California and the South Seas SPE 979.404 O81 1966 CAL
Pierce, Richard; H.M.S. Sulphur at California, 1837 and 1839 SPE q979.403 P617 1969 CAL
Windeler, Adolphus; California Gold Rush diary of a German sailor SPE 979.404 W763 1969 CAL

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Bibliographies California gold discovery: sources, documents, accounts, and Memoirs relating to the discovery of gold at Sutter's Mill SPE 979.404 P324c 1966 CAL
Ho for California.... SPE 978 H678 1980 CAL
Santos, Robert; The Gold rush of California: a bibliography of periodical articles SPE 979.40016 S237 1998 CAL

You may also wish to use Sacramento Bee and Sacramento Union Newspapers, pamphlet files, and magazines of the era, such as, Overland Monthly or Hutchings' California Magazine.

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