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Topic: description and travel

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Sights in the gold region, and scenes by the way

Sights in the gold region, and scenes by the way

Theodore Taylor Johnson of New Jersey sailed to California in February 1849 and had returned home by the end of June. Sights in the gold region (1849) is the first published book to relate authentic personal ex... more

Diary of a physician in California; being the results of actual experience, including notes of the journey by land and water, and observations on the climate, soil, resources of the country, etc

Diary of a physician in California; being the results of actual experi...

Dr. James L. Tyson sailed from Baltimore for California in January 1849, crossing the Isthmus and sailing on to San Francisco. Diary of a physician in California (1850) recounts his 1849 tour of the Northern Mi... more

Six months in the gold mines : from a journal of three years' residence in Upper and Lower California. 1847-8-9

Six months in the gold mines : from a journal of three years' residenc...

Edward Gould Buffum (1820-1867), a New York journalist, came to California as an officer in the 7th Regiment of N.Y. Volunteers during the Mexican War. He stayed on to seek gold and edit a California newspaper ... more

Golden dreams and waking realities; being the adventures of a gold-seeker in California and the Pacific islands

Golden dreams and waking realities; being the adventures of a gold-see...

An Englishman, William Shaw was in South Australia when he heard of the California gold rush, and he sailed across the Pacific from Adelaide in 1849. Golden dreams and waking realities (1851) describes that voy... more

Sixteen months at the gold diggings

Sixteen months at the gold diggings

Daniel B. Woods of Philadelphia sailed to California in February 1849, crossing Mexico to San Blas, and arriving in San Francisco in June. Sixteen months at the gold diggings (1851) recounts those travels as we... more

Mountains and molehills; or, Recollections of a burnt journal

Mountains and molehills; or, Recollections of a burnt journal

Frank Marryat (1826-1855) left England for California via Panama with a manservant and three hunting dogs in 1850, hoping to find material for a book like his earlier Borneo. On his return to England in 1853, M... more

California, in-doors and out; or, How we farm, mine, and live generally in the Golden State

California, in-doors and out; or, How we farm, mine, and live generall...

During her three years as matron of the Female Prison at Sing Sing, 1844-1848, Eliza Burhans Farnham (1815-1864) tried to institute reforms based on phrenology. Discharged from the post, she soon learned that h... more

California: its gold and its inhabitants

California: its gold and its inhabitants

Sir Henry Veel Huntley (1795-1864) was a British naval officer and colonial administrator. California: its gold and its inhabitants (1856) contains his experiences in California in 1852 as the San Francisco-bas... more

Incidents on land and water, or Four years on the Pacific coast. Being a narrative of the burning of the ships Nonantum, Humayoon and Fanchon, together with many startling and interesting adventures on sea and land

Incidents on land and water, or Four years on the Pacific coast. Being...

A native of Kingston, Massachusetts, Mrs. Bates sailed to California in 1850 on board the Nonantum, a coaler commanded by her husband. On reaching that state, the Bateses undertook hotelkeeping in Marysville, 1... more

Ramblings in California : containing a description of the country, life at the mines, state of society, &c. Interspersed with characteristic anecdotes, and sketches from life, being the five years' experience of a gold digger

Ramblings in California : containing a description of the country, lif...

Pringle Shaw was a Briton or Canadian who spent five years in California in the 1850s. Ramblings in California (1857?) falls into two parts. The first half is an analytical study of California's varied resident... more

California life illustrated

California life illustrated

William Taylor (1821-1902) was a Methodist minister specializing in "street preaching" in Baltimore and Washington, D.C., when the Methodist church sent him to California as a missionary evangelist in 1849. He ... more

Sketches of travels in South America, Mexico and California

Sketches of travels in South America, Mexico and California

A native of Frederick, Maryland, Luther Melanchthon Schaeffer sailed around the Horn to California in 1849. He spent most of the next two-and-a-half years in the gold fields, mining on the Feather River, Deer C... more

Our whole country; or, The past and present of the United States, historical and descriptive. In two volumes, containing the general and local histories and descriptions of each of the states, territories, cities, and towns of the Union; also biographical sketches of distinguished persons ... Illustrated by six hundred engravings ... almost wholly from drawings taken on the spot by the authors, the entire work being on their part the result of over 16,000 miles of travel and four years of labor.

Our whole country; or, The past and present of the United States, hist...

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Crusoe's island

Crusoe's island

John Ross Browne (1817-1875) of Kentucky, the official reporter for the California State Constitutional Convention of 1849, came to California in 1849 as an employee of the government revenue service. He travel... more

Letters from the Pacific slope; or First impressions

Letters from the Pacific slope; or First impressions

Harvey Rice (1800-1891), a Cleveland lawyer and newspaper publisher, and his wife traveled by rail to California in 1869. Letters from the Pacific slope (1870) contains Rice's account of that journey, broken by... more

Six months in California

Six months in California

J.G. Player-Frowd was an English visitor to California in the early 1870s. Six months in California (1872) is a traveler's guide based on that visit, recounting stays in Omaha, Salt Lake City, the Sierras, Lake... more

À la California: sketch of life in the Golden state

À la California: sketch of life in the Golden state

Albert S. Evans (1831-1872) was a New Hampshire-born California journalist, serving as correspondent for the New York Tribune and Chicago Tribune. Á la California (1873) is a volume of reminiscences and anecdo... more

Men and memories of San Francisco, in the "spring of '50."

Men and memories of San Francisco, in the "spring of '50."

Theodore Augustus Barry (1825-1881) and Benjamin Ada Patten (1825-1877) established their credentials as California pioneers by arriving in their adopted state before January 1, 1850. Men and memories of San Fr... more

The Californians,

The Californians,

English writer Walter Mulrea Fisher (1849-1919) lived in California for four years in the 1870s. The Californians (1876) is his account of that stay, a gossipy social analysis of the people of California, with ... more

Letters from California: its mountains, valleys, plains, lakes, rivers, climate and productions. Also its railroads, cities, towns and people, as seen in 1876

Letters from California: its mountains, valleys, plains, lakes, rivers...

David L. Phillips (1823-1880) took his tubercular son to California in 1876 in hope that the change of climate would aid the boy. Letters from California (1877) were originally published in the Illinois State J... more

California sketches

California sketches

A Southern Methodist minister, Oscar Penn Fitzgerald (1829-1911) of North Carolina was sent to California as a missionary by his denomination in 1855. He remained for more than twenty years, winning appointment... more

California sketches. New series

California sketches. New series

A Southern Methodist minister, Oscar Penn Fitzgerald (1829-1911) of North Carolina was sent to California as a missionary by his denomination in 1855. He remained for more than twenty years, winning appointment... more

Summer saunterings,

Summer saunterings,

Frank Harrison Gassaway used the pseudonym "Derrick Dodd" for his numerous writings in the San Francisco Evening Post. Summer saunterings (1882) contains travel letters originally published in the Post. They re... more

Santa Barbara and around there

Santa Barbara and around there

Edwards Roberts was a resident of Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara and around there (1886) is a useful guide to the tourist attractions of the city and nearby Santa Ynez, the Ojai Valley, and Santa Clara Valley. Ro... more

Ranch life in California. Extracted from the home correspondence of E.M.H

Ranch life in California. Extracted from the home correspondence of E....

The author, Evelyn M.H., was a young Englishwoman who accompanied her husband and his two brothers to California in 1885. Ranch life in California (1886) is based on her letters home, beginning with her Atlanti... more

Life and adventures of Col. L.A. Norton

Life and adventures of Col. L.A. Norton

Lewis Adelbert Norton (b. 1819) grew up in Canada and western New York. Banished from Canada for taking the Patriot side in the Rebellion of 1837-1838, Norton settled in Illinois, where he raised a regiment for... more

A journey to, on and from the "golden shore,"

A journey to, on and from the "golden shore,"

Sue A. Pike Sanders (1842-1931) traveled by rail from Delavan, Illinois, as part of the state's delegation to the Grand Army of the Republic encampment at San Francisco in 1886. A journey to, on and from the "g... more

The Silverado squatters,

The Silverado squatters,

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) traveled to California in 1879 in pursuit of Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne, the Oakland woman with whom he had fallen in love in France. The two were married in the spring of 18... more

Letters from California

Letters from California

Harriet Harper of Maine paid a six-month visit to California with another young woman in 1888. Letters from California (1888) describes their travels within California via rail and coastal steamship to Los Ange... more

A California tramp and later footprints; or, Life on the plains and in the Golden state thirty years ago, with miscellaneous sketches in prose and verse ... Illustrated with thirty-nine wood and photo-engravings

A California tramp and later footprints; or, Life on the plains and in...

Thaddeus S. Kenderdine made his way from Philadelphia to Michigan in 1858, staying only a month before he determined to head to California. He remained for only a year, returning to New York in 1859. A Californ... more

A winter in California

A winter in California

Mary H. Wills left Norristown, Pennsylvania, to spend the winter of 1888-1889 in Southern California. A winter in California (1889) describes the highlights of her stay: visits to Pasadena, Los Angeles, Santa B... more

Camping out in California

Camping out in California

Mrs. Jacob Rideout of California was a member of an 1888 camping party in northern California. Camping out in California (1889) describes their adventures at the redwood forests, the coast near Mendocino, Sonom... more

Old Californian days

Old Californian days

James Steele visited California in the 1880s. Old Californian days (1889) is the book Steele based on that trip. He provides a sketch of the history of California before the Gold Rush and surviving remnants of ... more

Notes of two trips to California and return, taken in 1883 and 1886-7,

Notes of two trips to California and return, taken in 1883 and 1886-7,

Solomon Mead (1808-1897) of Greenwich, Connecticut, first visited California in 1883 as part of a Cook's railroad tour, the "Continental Excursion Party," and he returned with one of his sons in 1886 by steamsh... more

Far-West sketches,

Far-West sketches,

Jessie Benton Frémont (1824-1902), the daughter of a Missouri Senator and wife of explorer John Charles Frémont, first came to California in 1849, when she and her young daughter spent six months at her husba... more

Roughing it

Roughing it

Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910), better known as "Mark Twain," left Missouri in 1861 to work with his brother, the newly appointed Secretary of the Nevada Territory. Once settled in Nevada, Clemens fell vi... more

Our Italy,

Our Italy,

Famed essayist and journalist Charles Dudley Warner (1829-1900) was the editor of the Hartford, Connecticut, Courant and a contributing editor to Harper's Magazine. Our Italy (1891) is Warner's account of a tri... more

A truthful woman in southern California;

A truthful woman in southern California;

New England humorist Kate Sanborn (1839-1917) wrote widely and taught at Smith College. A truthful woman in southern California (1893) offers sage and amusing advice to tourists planning a rail trip to Southern... more

Wonderland; or, Twelve weeks in and out of the United States. Brief account of a trip across the continent--short run into Mexico--ride to the Yosemite Valley--steamer voyage to Alaska, the land of glaciers--visit to the Great Shoshone Falls and a stage ride through the Yellowstone national park

Wonderland; or, Twelve weeks in and out of the United States. Brief ac...

Edward S. Parkinson was a New Jersey newspaperman who traveled to California and Alaska in 1892. Wonderland, or Twelve weeks in and out of the United States (1894) is his account of that three-month adventure: ... more

The adventures of a forty-niner : An historic description of California, with events and ideas of San Francisco and its people in those early days

The adventures of a forty-niner : An historic description of Californi...

An Albany, New York, physician, Daniel Knower (b. ca. 1818) sailed for California in 1849 with twelve prefabricated frame houses for the San Francisco market. The adventures of a forty-niner (1894) describes Kn... more

The mountains of California

The mountains of California

Famed naturalist John Muir (1838-1914) came to Wisconsin as a boy and studied at the University of Wisconsin. He first came to California in 1868 and devoted six years to the study of the Yosemite Valley. After... more

Death Valley in '49. Important chapter of California pioneer history. The autobiography of a pioneer, detailing his life from a humble home in the Green Mountains to the gold mines of California; and particularly reciting the sufferings of the band of men, women and children who gave "Death Valley" its name

Death Valley in '49. Important chapter of California pioneer history. ...

William Lewis Manly (1820-1903) and his family left Vermont in 1828, and he grew to manhood in Michigan and Wisconsin. On hearing the news of gold in California, Manly set off on horseback, joining an emigrant ... more

Letters of travel in California, in the winter and spring of 1896,

Letters of travel in California, in the winter and spring of 1896,

Loraine Pratt Immen (b. 1840) of Grand Rapids, Iowa, visited California in the winter and spring of 1896. Letters of travel (1896?) first appeared in a local newspaper. Mrs. Immen reported visits to Echo Mounta... more

Lourdes, transport de malades, I /

Lourdes, transport de malades, I /

Patients are conveyed in carriages toward the shrine in Lourdes.

Lourdes, procession, I /

Lourdes, procession, I /

People carry candles in a procession in Lourdes.

Lourdes, procession, III /

Lourdes, procession, III /

People carry candles in a procession in Lourdes.

Journal of a tour in the United States, Canada and Mexico /

Journal of a tour in the United States, Canada and Mexico /

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Bataille de fleurs et défilé de chars, III /

Bataille de fleurs et défilé de chars, III /

Presents views of a parade in Montreux, including carts and donkeys covered with flowers, horsedrawn floats, bicycles, and people in native dress.

Lourdes, procession, II /

Lourdes, procession, II /

People carry candles in a procession in Lourdes.

Lourdes, sortie de l'église du Rosaire /

Lourdes, sortie de l'église du Rosaire /

People come out the doors and down the steps of the Church of the Rosary in Lourdes.

Bataille de fleurs et défilé de chars, I /

Bataille de fleurs et défilé de chars, I /

Presents views of a parade in Montreux, including carts and donkeys covered with flowers, horsedrawn floats, bicycles, and people in native dress.

Happy days in southern California,

Happy days in southern California,

Frederick Hastings Rindge (1857-1905) moved from Cambridge, Massachusetts, to Los Angeles in 1882 and bought the famed rancho at Malibu, which he dubbed "Laudamus Farm." Happy days in southern California (1898)... more

Admiral Dewey landing at Gibraltar /

Admiral Dewey landing at Gibraltar /

War hero Adm. George Dewey, famous for his victory at Manila Bay early in the war, was filmed during his trip back to the United States at Gibraltar in early September 1899.

Dr. William Gorgas /

Dr. William Gorgas /

Film has ca. 2 ft. of views of Dr. William Crawford Gorgas, chief sanitation officer of the Panama Canal (1904-1913) and member of the Isthmian Canal Commission, standing in front of a building; location of thi... more

Fête des fleurs, I /

Fête des fleurs, I /

Presents views of a parade in Saigon with flower-covered carriages and floats.

Arrival of the Governor General, Lord Minto, at Quebec /

Arrival of the Governor General, Lord Minto, at Quebec /

From Edison films catalog: This picture shows the Governor General, the Earl of Minto, accompanied by the Countess of Minto and their household, crossing the river in ice canoes. On the Quebec side the canoes f... more

Duke of York at Montreal and Quebec /

Duke of York at Montreal and Quebec /

From K. Niver: This film shows the citation, presentation, and dedication of a bridge by the Duke of York, later King of England and grandfather of Queen Elizabeth. Many high-ranking military officials of both ... more

Glimpses of California and the missions,

Glimpses of California and the missions,

Helen Hunt Jackson (1830-1885) of Amherst, Massachusetts, turned to writing after the death of her first husband in 1863. Her marriage to William Jackson, a wealthy Denver Quaker, brought her to the West in 187... more

A romance of the rail /

A romance of the rail /

From Edison films catalog: A series of railroad scenes of novel and amusing interest. It opens with a view of an imposing station showing a pretty girl, dressed in white, seated on a trunk awaiting the arrival ... more

The Forbidden City, Pekin

The Forbidden City, Pekin

Views of the Forbidden City (Imperial Palace), Peking, China: camera, probably located atop the Meridian Gate (Wu Men) pans from the east, past the Gate of Great Harmony (T'ai Ho Men) with the Hall of Supreme H... more

From East Prussia to the Golden Gate,

From East Prussia to the Golden Gate,

Frank Lecouvreur (1829-1901) was born Franz Lecouvreur in Ortlesburg, Prussia. Educated as an engineer, he left home for California in 1851. From East Prussia to the Golden Gate (1906) draws on Lecouvreur's let... more

Life in the open; sport with rod, gun, horse, and hound in southern California,

Life in the open; sport with rod, gun, horse, and hound in southern Ca...

Charles Frederick Holder (1851-1915), a founder of Pasadena's Tournament of Roses, came from a wealthy Massachusetts Quaker family. After working as a curator at New York's American Museum of Natural History, H... more

Recollections of a '49er. A quaint and thrilling narrative of a trip across the plains, and life in the California gold fields during the stirring days following the discovery of gold in the far West,

Recollections of a '49er. A quaint and thrilling narrative of a trip a...

Edward Washington McIlhany (b. 1828) left West Virginia for the California gold fields in 1849. Recollections of a 49er (1908) describes his overland journey west, gold prospecting on Feather River and Grass Va... more

A tenderfoot in southern California,

A tenderfoot in southern California,

Mina Deane Halsey (b. 1873) was a New York writer. A tenderfoot in southern California (1909) is her spoof of accounts of California travel and recounts a "tenderfoot's" rail journey west, stays in Los Angeles ... more

TR in Norway and Denmark, 1910 [1] /

TR in Norway and Denmark, 1910 [1] /

While returning from Africa in 1910, Theodore Roosevelt visited many European countries, including Denmark, May 2-3, and Norway, May 4-6. Roosevelt, King Haakon, Edith Roosevelt, Queen Maud, Ethel Roosevelt, Ke... more

The lure of the past, the present and future,

The lure of the past, the present and future,

George W. Bryan (b. ca. 1844) of Indiana was living in Los Angeles when he wrote this book. The lure of the past (1911) begins with the story of his kinfolk William E. Bryan and his wife Mary, who left Carthage... more

On the coast of the Bay of Biscay, France /

On the coast of the Bay of Biscay, France /

A travelog of the frontier dividing France and Spain, with views of the Hendaye Coast, France; the village of Fontarabia, Spain; Saint Marie Gate at Fontarabia; a shopping center; homes of fishermen; the fronti... more

TR [in Louisiana], 1915 [4] /

TR [in Louisiana], 1915 [4] /

Views of TR walking on beach; holding his hat, TR stands near bushes on an island and follows the flight of birds. Film photographed by Herbert K. Job of the National Audubon Society, on an expedition with TR t... more

The Shirley letters from California mines in 1851-52; being a series of twenty-three letters from Dame Shirley (Mrs. Louise Amelia Knapp Smith Clappe) to her sister in Massachusetts, and now reprinted from the Pioneer magazine of 1854-55; with synopses of the letters, a foreword, and many typographical and other corrections and emendations,

The Shirley letters from California mines in 1851-52; being a series o...

Educated in Amherst, Massachusetts, Louise Amelia Knapp Smith Clappe (1819-1906) accompanied her physician-husband to California in 1849. The couple first lived in mining camps where Dr. Clappe practiced medici... more