by Robert LeRoy Santos
REVISED EDITION 2002
While beginning research on the California Gold Rush for the sesquicentennial, much to my surprise I could not locate a bibliography of any kind that listed periodical articles. Seeing this unfortunate oversight, I set out to compile one of my own and disseminate it to libraries, historical societies, and interested researchers.
American Historical Review
Annual Publications of the Historical Society of Southern California
Butte County Historical Society Diggin's
Las Calaveras (Calaveras County)
California Historical Society Quarterly
California History Nugget
Chispa (Tuolumne County)
Covered Wagon (Shasta County)
Golden Notes (Sacramento County)
Historical Society of Southern California Quarterly
Journal of American History
Journal of the West
Land of Sunshine
Mariposa Sentinel (Mariposa County)
Mississippi Valley Historical Review
Nevada County Historical Society
Nevada County Historical Society Bulletin
Noticias del Puerto de Monterey
Noticias para los Californianos
Overland Monthly and the Out West Magazine
Pacific Historical Review
Pony Express Courier
Publication of the Society of California Pioneers
Publications of the Historical Society of Southern California
Quarterly of the California Historical Society
Quarterly of the Tuolumne County Historical Society
San Joaquin County Historical Society Bulletin
Siskiyou County Historical Society Yearbook
Society of California Pioneers Quarterly
Southern California Quarterly
Stanislaus Stepping Stones (Stanislaus County)
Sutter County Historical Society Bulletin
Tehama County Memories
Wagon Wheels (Colusa County)
Western Historical Quarterly
Western Legal History
Because of the closeness of the sesquicentennial, only short parenthetical annotations for some of the articles were possible; however, for many, the words found in the titles reveal the topics. To augment this, there are two indexes at the end of the bibliography to draw the researcher to specific topics and persons.
At the beginning of each chapter, the reader will find short anecdotal pieces from the Autobiography of Charles Peters who was a California Gold Rush miner. I consider Charlie part of my family because he could have been my great grandfather, or close approximation there of. He came from the same Azorean island as my great grandfather who too ended up in the Mother Lode. My great grandfather mined the Comstock later on and part of his legacy were three silver rings he had fashioned for his wife and daughters. One of the rings is currently in the possession of his great-great granddaughter which illustrates the multigenerational connection of the California Gold Rush.
To research this bibliography the compiler used the library collections at California State University, Stanislaus and Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections at the University of the Pacific Library. He is especially thankful for the hospitality and assistance of Daryl Morrison and her staff at Holt-Atherton.
I dedicate this bibliography to the California Indian who was virtually decimated by the onslaught of the gold miners and their subsequent permanent habitation. Greed is indeed ugly and destructive, and the Indian serves as a vivid reminder. In a few short years, very little remained of these basically non-hostile native people whose only fault was living on a spot on earth where gold was glittering.
December 25, 1997
The revised edition includes periodical articles published 1998-2001.
May 23, 2002