Zamarano 80 Author’s Archive

44 [California] Upham, Samuel C. Original
Archive of this California Gold Rush Author,
including the following: Unpublished Auto-
biographical Manuscript Account, 18 pp., May 6,
1878; A Few Separate Manuscript Letters to
Upham, various persons; Upham’s Personal
Scrapbook Album with approximately 27
Autograph Letters to Upham attached, most
1877-1878, (many on letterhead of either Society
of California Pioneers, Territorial Pioneers of
California, or the Associated Pioneers of the
Territorial Days in California); Approximately
20 Pieces of Printed Ephemera (Programs,
Invitations) Including the Publisher’s Prospectus
for his book, Notes of a Voyage to California via
Cape Horn; Original Invitation to Reception for
Gen’l John C. Fremont, Governor of Arizona
Territory, August 1, 1878, with Ticket of Admission and Autograph note signed by
Fremont to Upham (see Photo); in addition there are numerous newspaper clippings, with
either News of Upham or his Writings. WITH: Joaquin Miller, Original Holograph Manuscript, Undated, 2 pp., Send Regrets. The album has the front cover detached, but generally very good or better condition.

Samuel C. Upham, a pioneer journalist of Sacramento and San Francisco (one of theoriginal proprietors of the Sacramento Transcript), is most well known for his California book, Notes of a Voyage to California (selected by the Zamarano 80, #76, for inclusion as one of the best books on California). The autobiographical manuscript, which is unpublished, contains details of his life which supplement his gold rush experiences published in his book. As noted above, the original publisher’s prospectus of this book is included in the scrapbook album, which seems to be a variant of the one in the California State Library. There seem to no manuscript holdings for Upham’s papers in any institution on OCLC, though both the Bancroft and the Huntington have an collection of printed ephemera from the Associated Pioneers of the Territorial Days of California (with which Upham was associated); Yale also has a small collection of Upham songsheets and ephemera. A great collection of imprints, manuscripts, and ephemera dealing with the California memories of an early pioneer author.

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