The documents produced and collected by the Conlin family relate to
every aspect of middle class life in Columbia in the 19th century. The largest
grouping of materials in the collection relate to the Conlin family’s business
and financial records. Their financial struggles and growth is detailed through
bank notes and checks, bills and receipts, deeds and mortgages, and similar
documents, primarily in the first two decades of the 20th century. Some
promissory notes may relate to Conlin’s personal and business loans to others.
John and Julia C. Conlin were married in Massachusetts in 1855 and moved
to Shaws Flat, Tuolumne County, California in 1856, where Mrs. Conlin gave
birth to the first of her 11 children:
7.7 cubic feet (8
Property rights reside with California State Parks. Literary rights are
retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permission to
reproduce or to publish, please contact the California State Parks, Columbia
State Historic Park.
The collection is open for research by appointment only. Appointments
may be made by calling (209) 532-0150.