ROBINSON (ELRIE) COLLECTION. CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH

RESEARCH MATERIALS

(Mss. 1369)

Inventory

Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections

Special Collections, Hill Memorial Library

Louisiana State University Libraries

Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University

Reformatted 2003

Revised 2011

CONTENTS OF INVENTORY

SUMMARY .................................................................................................................................... 3
BIOLOGICAL/HISTORICAL NOTE............................................................................................ 4
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE ................................................................................................... 4
LETTER DESCRIPTIONS ............................................................................................................ 5
INDEX TERMS .............................................................................................................................. 7
CONTAINER LIST ........................................................................................................................ 8

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SUMMARY

Size.

133 items and 10 printed volumes

Geographic locations.

Jackson, Louisiana; Lima, Peru; San Francisco, Sonoma, California;

Inclusive dates.

1844-1937

Bulk dates.

1848-1853

Language.

English

Summary.

The collection contains research materials in the study of the California Gold Rush and Louisiana residents who participated. Manuscript and typescript copies of letters comment on travel, the economy, and life in California and the West.

Organization.

Arranged chronologically.

Restrictions on access.

If microfilm is available, photocopies must be made from microfilm.

Related collections.

Elrie Robinson Collection. Feliciana Materials, Mss. 1353

Elrie Robinson Collection. James M. Bradford Printing Specimens, Mss. 1723

Elrie Robinson Collection. Type Specimens, Mss. 1440, 1722

Copyright.

Copyright of the original materials is retained by descendants of the creators in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Citation.

Elrie Robinson Collection. California Gold Rush Research Materials, Mss. 1369, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, La.

Stack location(s).

E:44, P:10, OS:R

BIOLOGICAL/HISTORICAL NOTE

Elrie Robinson was born in Alvarado, Texas, and moved to New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1906. He married May E. Leake, editor and publisher of the St. Francisville True Democrat. He served in the Red Cross during the First World War and continued as editor of the newspaper after his wife's death in 1925. He married Margaret Wood in 1927 and carried on his work as a journalist and historian, publishing several pamphlets on the history of West Feliciana, Louisiana.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

Collection consists of research materials gathered by Robinson in his study of the California Gold Rush and Louisiana residents who participated. Manuscript and typescript copies of letters (1844-1868), mostly to John McKowen, a merchant of Jackson, Louisiana, comment on travel, the economy, slave trade (including a copy of emancipation of a slave), and life in California and the West.

Correspondence of Elrie Robinson (1931-1937) concerns research on the Gold Rush and the Louisiana residents mentioned in the earlier letters. It provides biographical information on Louisiana migrants to California including Westley L. Burgess, Manassah Chandler, W. T. Rogillio, David O. Shattuck, Micajah McGehee, John Kernan, Henry B. Chase, Robert Perry, and Marion Munsen.

The collection also contains printed volumes relating to the Gold Rush in California. See container list for full description.

LETTER DESCRIPTIONS

(1844-1868)

Date

From

To

July 12, 1844

William Winans, Centreville, Amite County, Mississippi [Typescript only]

Rev. David O. Shattuck

July 31, 1844

William Winans, Centreville, Amite County, Mississippi [Typescript only]

Rev. David O. Shattuck

August 22, 1844

William Winans, Centreville, Amite County, Mississippi [Typescript only]

Rev. David O. Shattuck

Jan. 12, 1848

Charles Camden, Lima, Peru

John McKowen, Jackson, La.

Oct. 4, 1849

Harris Hill, Fayette, Miss.

D. O. Shattuck, Centenary College, Jackson, La.

Nov. 10, 1849

E. Owen, Caribbean Sea, near Chagres

John McKowen, Jackson, La.

Nov. 22, 1849

E. Owen, Panama

John McKowen, Jackson, La.

Dec. 8, 1849

David Olcott Shattuck, New Grenada, Panama

John McKowen, Jackson, La.

Dec. 18, 1849

D. O. Shattuck

John Robinson & Co., New Orleans, La.

Jan. 18, 1850

John Robertson, New Orleans

John McKowen, Jackson, La.

Jan. 25, 1850

[Apr. 13, 1849]

Mortgage of D. O. Shattuck

John C. Flynn, East Feliciana Parish

Feb. 27, 1850

E. Owen, San Francisco

John McKowen, Jackson, La.

Apr. 22, 1850

W. H. Selby, Deer Creek, California

M. A. Scott

June 30, 1850

E. Owen, “O’Neal Bar”

John McKowen, Jackson, La.

July 8, 1850

John McKowen, New Orleans

D. O. Shattuck

July 31, 1850

D. O. Shattuck, San Francisco

John McKowen, Jackson, La.

Aug. 24, 1850

E. Owen, Big Bar of the Muckalliamy River

John McKowen, Jackson, La.

Date

From

To

Nov. 30, 1850

D. O. Shattuck, San Francisco

John McKowen, Jackson, La.

Jan. 7, 1851

I. R. Richards, Yazoo City, Miss.

T.F. Noone

Feb. 10, 1851

E. Owen, Big Bar, Muckalliamy River, Calaberay Co., Ca.

John McKowen

Feb 22, 1851

E. McIlhenny & Co., St. Francisville, La.

John McKowen, Jackson, La.

Mar. 1, 1851

D. O. Shattuck, San Francisco

John McKowen

April 22, 1851

E. Owen, Mokulumne Hill, Calaberas Co., Ca.

John McKowen

Aug. 16, 1851

Robertson & McKougall, New Orleans

John McKowen

Sept. 14, 1851

D. O. Shattuck, San Francisco

John McKowen

Sept. 16, 1851

Robinson Layton, Sacramento, Ca.

John McKowen

Oct. 13, 1851

D. O. Shattuck, San Francisco

Mrs. D. O. Shattuck, Jackson, La.

Oct. 16, 1851

I. R. Richards, Port Hudson, La.

John McKowen

Nov. 18, 1851

Manumission of Robinson Layton

John McKowen, Jackson, La.

Dec. 20, 1851

[Typescript only]

Sale of slave of John McKowen

Almarion G. Miller

Jan 3, 1852

A. T. Simmons

John McKowen

May 8, 1852

D. O. Shattuck, Sonoma, Ca.

John McKowen

Sept. 10, 1852

D. O. Shattuck, Sonoma, Ca.

John McKowen

Aug. 28, 1853

Eben Owen, Sacramento, Ca.

John McKowen

June 1, 1868

Charles Camden, Shasta County, Ca.

John McKowen

INDEX TERMS

California--Description and travel.

California--Gold discoveries.

California--History--1846-1950.

Journalists--Louisiana.

McKowen, John, 1812-1871.

Migration, Internal--California.

Migration, Internal--Louisiana.

Overland journeys to the Pacific.

CONTAINER LIST

Stack

Location

Box

Folders

Contents (with dates)

E:44

1

1-2

Correspondence (1844-1868)

3-4

Correspondence (1931-1937)

5

Newspaper clippings (1932, undated)

P:10

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Printed Volumes:

Volume 1

Borthwick, J. D. The Gold Hunters. The Macmillan Co., New York. 1924.

Volumes 2-5

Century Magazine. The Century Co., New York.

Vol. 40, new series vol. 18. May 1890 to Oct. 1890.

Vol. 41, new series vol. 19. Nov 1890 to Apr. 1891.

Vol. 42, new series vol. 20. May 1891 to Oct. 1891.

Vol. 43, new series vol. 21. Nov. 1891 to Apr. 1892.

Volume 6

Evans, Robert Frank. Notes on Land and Sea, 1850. Richard G. Badger, The Gorham Press, Boston. 1931.

Volume 7

Hulbert, Archer Butler. Forty-Niners: The Chronicle of the California Trail. Little, Brown, and Co., Boston. 1931.

Volume 8

Shuck, Oscar T. Bench and Bar in California. The Occident Printing House, San Francisco. 1889.

Volume 9

Soule, Frank, and John H. Gihon and James Nisbet. The Annals of San Francisco; . . . D. Appleton and Co., New York, 1855.

Volume 10

Upham, Charles Wentworth. Life, Explorations, and Public Services of John Charles Fremont. Ticknor and Fields, Boston. 1856.

OS:R

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Printed materials: unidentified newspaper clipping and magazine article concerning Gold Rush (undated)