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Guide to the Bidwell Family Papers
BANC MSS C-B 468  
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Description
Part I: papers of John & Annie E.K. Bidwell, consisting chiefly of correspondence, clippings, and legal, financial and property records, ca. 1851-1918.

Part II: papers of members of the Kennedy Ellicott and Morrison families, related to Mrs. Bidwell, ca. 1792-1934.
Background
John Bidwell was born in Chataqua County, New York State, August 5, 1819. Ten years later he moved with his parents to Erie, Pennsylvania and then to Ohio. In 1839 he decided to seek his fortune in the West. After some wandering he took up a land claim near Weston, Missouri and supported himself by teaching. During his absence, however, his claim was jumped and, hearing of the wonders of California from a French trapper recently returned, he resolved to make his way there. In May 1841 he started from Independence, Missouri, with Bartleson's party.
Extent
Number of containers: 8 boxes, 3 cartons, 2 oversize folders
Restrictions
Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.
Availability
Collection is open for research.