Land of Golden Dreams: California in the Gold Rush Decade, 1848-1858

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September 28, 1999-September 10, 2000 Gold Rush Links


"California as I Saw It"
First person narratives about the Gold Rush from the collections of the Library of Congress.

California Gold Rush Experience
"I am bound to stick awhile longer": Gold Rush letters, diaries, and documents from the University of California, Berkeley collections.

The Discovery of Gold in California: Paintings by Harry Fonseca
Paintings by contemporary Native American artist Harry Fonseca. The work reflects his feelings about what happened to his people during the Gold Rush.

The Gold Rush
PBS site on the Gold Rush; complements the PBS documentary available on video.

Gold Rush!
Gold Rush stories presented by the Sacramento Bee.

Gold Rush! California's Untold Stories
Web site that accompanies the Oakland Museum's comprehensive Gold Rush exhibit.

Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park
California State Park information on visiting the gold discovery site in Coloma.

San Francisco City Museum
Gold Rush documents from the San Francisco City Museum, include General William T. Sherman's account of his involvement.

Sketch of a Three Years Travell in South America, California and Mexico
Gold Rush memoir of Eugene Ring (1827-1912); the author traveled to California via Panama.

Sonoma: Home of the Bear Flag Revolt
Web site by the residents of the town of Sonoma chronicling the Bear Flag Revolt.

Virtual Tour California Gold Rush Country
Includes details on the discovery of gold and the various mining hot spots along state highway 49.

Women of the Gold Rush
Includes excerpts from diaries and letters of women who took part in the Gold Rush.


Barker, Malcolm E., ed., San Francisco Memories, 1835-1851: Eyewitness accounts of the birth of a city (San Francisco: Londonborn Publications, 1994)

Blodgett, Peter. Land of Golden Dreams: California in the Gold Rush Era, 1848-1858. (San Marino, CA: Huntington Library Press, 1999) Click here to order.

Delgado, James P., To California By Sea: A Maritime History of the California Gold Rush (Columbia, S.C.: University of South Carolina Press, 1996)

GutiÈrrez, RamÛn and Richard J. Orsi, eds., Contested Eden: California Before the Gold Rush (Special Sesquicentennial Issue of California History (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1997)

Harlow, Neal, California Conquered: The Annexation of a Mexican Province 1846-1850 (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1982)

Holliday, J. S., Rush for Riches: Gold Fever and the Making of California (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1999)

Holliday, J. S., The World Rushed In: The California Gold Rush Experience (New York, 1981)

Hurtado, Albert, Indian Survival on the California Frontier (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1988)

Johnson, David Alan, Founding the Far West: California, Oregon, and Nevada, 1840-1890 (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1992)

Kaufman, Polly, ed., Apron Full of Gold: The Letters of Mary Jane Megquier from San Francisco 1849-1856 (Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico Press, 1994)

Kowalewski, Michael, ed., Gold Rush: A Literary Exploration (Berkeley: Heyday Books, 1997)

Levy, Joanne, They Saw the Elephant: Women in the California Gold Rush (Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 1992)

Owens, Kenneth, ed., John Sutter and A Wider West (Lincoln, NB: University of Nebraska Press, 1994)

Pitt, Leonard, The Decline of the Californios: A Social History of the Spanish-Speaking Californians 1846-1890 (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1966)

Rawls, James J. and Richard J. Orsi, eds., A Golden State: Mining and Economic Development in Gold Rush California (Special Sesquicentennial Issue of California History; Berkeley: University of California Press, 1999)

Rohrbough, Malcolm, Days of Gold: The California Gold Rush and the American Nation (Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1997)

Smith-Baranzini, Marlene, ed., The Shirley Letters From the California Mines, 1851-1852 (Berkeley: Heyday Books, 1998)

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