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Society of California Pioneers of New England Records

Society of California Pioneers of New England Records

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SOCIETY OF CALIFORNIA PIONEERS OF NEW ENGLAND RECORDS, 1849-1919





Collection Summary

Repository:The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum 132 Essex Street Salem, MA 01970 Phone: 978-745-9500 Fax: 978-531-1516
Creator:Society of California Pioneers of New England
Title:Society of California Pioneers of New England Records
Dates:1849/1919
Quantity:10.5 linear feet (12 boxes, oversized files)
Abstract:This collection contains records from the Society of California Pioneers of New England, including letters, bills, receipts, membership applications, and monthly and yearly reports from the years 1891 to 1919.
Collection Number:MSS 21

Series List

SERIES I. Correspondence
SERIES II. Finances and Reports
SERIES III. Membership Information
SERIES IV. Scrapbooks and Miscellaneous
SERIES V. Printing Materials

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains records from the Society of California Pioneers of New England, including letters, bills, receipts, membership applications, and monthly and yearly reports from the years 1891 to 1919. This collection is divided into five series.


Series I. Correspondence contains correspondence to and from the Society of California Pioneers of New England from 1849 until 1915.


Series II. Finances and Reports contains bills and receipts from 1884 until 1919. It also contains monthly reports from 1902 until 1919, and annual reports from 1891 until 1919 as well as an account book which covers the years 1902 until 1919.


Series III. Membership Information contains applications for membership, arranged alphabetically, information about members' deaths, roll books, badges, and information about the society.


Series IV. Scrapbooks and Miscellaneous contains scrapbooks about the Society, and various printed material about the Society, including anniversary programs, meeting brochures, menus from events, flag, and photographs. Also included in this series are newspapers from the west coast. The titles Placer Times and Transcript, Steamer Union, and The San Francisco Herald are all extremely fragile. There are also two posters of San Francisco.


Series V. Printing Materials contains printers' cuts and a seal. Also included in this series are two stereotype flongs, pasted paper forms into which an image has been pressed. These flongs, or matrixes, were pliant enough to register an impression and sufficiently heat-resistant to tolerate the molten-type metal poured into the flong to create a stereotype plate of the image.


Historical Sketch

James W. Marshall discovered gold in the Sutter Sawmill's raceway in Coloma, California, on January 24, 1848, which led to the California Gold Rush. Soon after, in 1850, the California Society of Pioneers was formed. Membership into the California Society of Pioneers was open to individuals who had arrived in California prior to December 31, 1849. Based in San Francisco, the original aims of the Society were to cultivate social bonds, to collect and preserve information related to California history, and to perpetuate the memory of early pioneers. Regional branches of the California Society of Pioneers emerged, one being the California Society of Pioneers of New England, which was organized on June 29, 1888. The object of the California Society of Pioneers of New England Society was to create and sustain a real interest in California and gold, and to consider all matters tending to promote social intercourse, mutual benefit, and co-operation towards extending the acquaintance and fellowship of its members. In order to be a member, one had to be a Pioneer Californian of good character, who resided in California prior to January 1, 1860; male descendants of qualified individuals were also eligible for membership. Leadership of the Society included a president, two vice-presidents, secretary, recording secretary, treasurer, and six directors. An annual meeting and banquet was held in Boston, on September 9th (unless the date fell on a Sunday), the anniversary of the admission of California into the Union.


Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in Philcat. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Foster, Stephen W.
Society of California Pioneers of New England
Societies
Women in charitable work
California--Gold discoveries
California--History
San Bernardino County (Calif.)

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.


Administrative Information

Copyright

Requests for permission to publish material from the collection must be submitted in writing to the Manuscript Librarian in the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum.

Preferred Citation

Society Of California Pioneers Of New England Records, MSS 21, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

This material was found in the collection.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Hilary Streifer, September 2014.


Related Material


Ball, Nicholas. The Pioneers of '49: A History of the Excursion of the Society of California Pioneers of New England, From Boston to the Leading Cities of the Golden State, April 10-May 17, 1890. Boston: Lee and Shephard, 1891.


American Dictionary of Printing and Bookmaking: Containing a History of these Arts in Europe and America. H. Lockwood, 1894.


Encyclopedia Britannica Online, s. v. "flong", accessed September 23, 2014, http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/210455/flong


Society of California Pioneers' archive, San Francisco, California

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