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David Woodman papers

 Collection
Identifier: c-00128
Scope and Contents

This collection includes letters written by David Woodman to his wife Jane while he was in California in 1852-1853. His early letters describe the trip from Paw Paw, Michigan to the Sacramento area by riverboat and wagon train. Later letters tell of living conditions, social life and gold mining. Woodman became very disillusioned with California and especially with the prospects of becoming rich through gold mining. The collection also includes home remedies for diphtheria and catarrh.

Dates: 1852-1853, undated

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  • Repository: University Archives and Historical Collections X
  • Subject: Gold mines and mining -- California X
  • Subject: Manners and customs -- 19th century X