Ennis, R.C.? Album of 180 Original Gelatin Silver Photographs of Dutch Harbor (Unalaska), Sand Point (Popof Island) and Unga Village on Unga Island (a Ghost Town Since 1969), Taken and Collected by an American Resident During WW2. Ca. 1940-1944.
Dodge, William S. A Historically Important, One of the Earliest Manuscript Liquor Licenses Signed by the First Mayor of Sitka and Alaska Pioneer, William S. Dodge, Just a Year After the US Purchased Alaska from Russia and Only a Few Months before the Act of Congress of 27 July 1868 Prohibited the Sale and Import of Alcohol to the Inhabitants of the Territory. Sitka, 07 March 1868.
[“Wadhams & Co”] (1865-1905). Collection of Three Manuscript and Two Typewritten Official Autograph Letters Signed to the Offices of the “Wadhams & Co.” in Portland and San Francisco, Regarding the Shipments of Deer, Hair Seal and Wolf Skins from Howkan and Loring (Alaska) and by Transit from Port Townsend (Washington). Loring, 4 May 1889; Howcan [sic!], 5 March and 26 April, 1890; San Francisco, 30 April and June 13 1890.
Collection of Two Original Manuscript Journals of Meteorological Observations with Additional Notes, Kept in St. Paul’s Harbour, Kodiak in 1838-1846 and the Kuigpak Russian Orthodox Mission (Iqugmiut/Russian Mission) on the Lower Yukon River in 1848-1854.
Vancouver, George (1757-1798). Izvlecheniye iz puteshestviya g-na Vankuvera. Yego povestvovaniye o poselivshikhsya na severovostochnom beregu Kinayskoy guby v tak nazyvayemom na Rossiyskoy karte pristanische (North Foreland) nekotorogo chisla Russkikh v otnoshenii ikh obraza zhizni k tamoshnim zhitelyam Kinaitsam [Extract from the Voyage of Mr. Vancouver. His Narration about Some Russians, who have Settled on the Northeastern Shore of the Kenai Bay in the “Pristanische,” marked so on the Russian Map (North Foreland), and about the Relation between their Way of Life to the Indigenous Inhabitants of Kenai].In: Litsei: Periodicheskoye Izdaniye [Litseum: A Periodical]. Saint Petersburg: [Imperial Typ.], 1806.
Houten, Chas V. Two Original Private Letters Written by a Pioneer of Barker House (Modern-day Woodleaf, California) to His “Guiding Star” and “Dearest” Girlfriend Back Home in Sunbury (Ohio), Talking About His Failing Business, the Influx of Migrants From the East, and the Most Popular Trail to California via the Great Plains; Also Passionately Writing, “There Is Not One Hour, That Passes, but My Heart Is With You”. Barker House (California): 23 July & 10 October 1853.
Johnson, W. S. Original Autograph Letter Signed by Pioneer San Francisco Merchant in the Early Days of the California Gold Rush, and Addressed to One of the Nation’s Oldest Scales Manufacturing Enterprises, Fairbanks & Co; Complaining About Receiving Damaged Products, Revealing the Cheapest Way to Transport Goods Through the “Impassable” Streets of San Francisco, Stocking up on Over 100 Scales for an Expected Boom in Weighing Equipment, Suggesting Precise Modifications to the Company’s Scales for the Proper Gold Weighing, and Commenting on California’s Flourishing Hay Trade in the Late-1840s. San Francisco: 30 November 1849.
Taber, Isaiah West (1830-1912); Johnson, Charles Wallace Jacob (1833-1903); Savage, Charles Roscoe (1832-1909), and others. Album with 46 Rare Original Albumen Photographs, Showing Monterey (Chinatown, Monterey Bay, Hotel del Monte, First Adobe Buildings, Custom House, “The First Jail,” “General Fremont’s Headquarters during the Mexican War,” &c.), San Francisco (“Mrs. Mark Hopkins and Gov. Stanford Mansions,” “Court, Palace Hotel,” “Bazaar in Chinatown,” “The Entry – Chinese Theatre,” “Chinese Grand Restaurant,” “Mission Dolores”), Salt Lake City (“Brigham Young’s Grave,” “The Eagle Gate near Brigham Young’s Residence,” “Temple Block,” “Beehive and Lion House”), Chinatown in Los Angeles, &c. Ca. 1886.
A Historically Interesting Original Autograph Manuscript Letter by Thomas G. Johnson, a California Pioneer and the Owner of One of the Earliest Hotels in San Francisco (Niantic Hotel), Complaining to his “Most Esteemed Friend” About His Failed Business, Unbearably High Labor/Provision Costs, and His Inability To Make a Single Cent, Bitterly Calculating the Net Loss of the Niantic Hotel, Worrying About Not Being Smart Enough for San Francisco’s “Sharpest Population Mixed… With Rascality,” and Sadly Confessing to the “Poverty and Shame” That Prevented Him From Returning to His Beloved Family. San Francisco: 30 July 1852.
Ogorodnikov, Pavel Ivanovich (1837- 20 December 1884 O.S./ 1 January 1885 N.S.)
Ot Niyu-Yorka do San-Frantsisko i obratno v Rossiyu [From New York to San Francisco and back to Russia]. Saint Petersburg: Edition of booksellers F. Kolesov & F. Mikhin, Typ. of Dr. M. Khan, 1872.
Historically Important Collection of One Manuscript and One Typewritten Letter Written by a Frightened Eyewitness to the Destruction of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. The Destruction is Vividly Described as “The Awful Sight” of “What Was Left of San Francisco (‘Men Eating Weed,’ Etc.),” and the Damages Inflicted upon Mill Valley (“They Lost Everything except the Clothing”), San Jose (“Badly Wrecked by the Earthquake”), and Stanford (“The University Buildings Are a Complete Wreck,” Etc.), the Influx of Marauders and the Shortage of Food Supplies is also mentioned. He Continues to Describe His Stay in a Quake-Damaged Hotel in San Jose, and Shares the Latest News on His Relatives Affected by the Earthquake; with a Hand-Drawn Map Illustrating San Francisco’s Burned-Down Area and an Unpublished Albumen Photograph Showing Van Ness Avenue, One of the Most Damaged Parts of the City, during the Fire. San Francisco: 24 & 25 April 1906.
Stroud, Robert (1890-1963). Historically Interesting Original Autograph Manuscript Letter Written by Robert Stroud, the Lonely “Birdman of Alcatraz,” During His Solitary Confinement, Addressed to His Long-time Friend and Fellow Bird-lover Fred E. Daw in Florida, Confessing To Suffering From an Unresolved Oedipus Complex, Revealing His Early Attempt To Assassinate His Father, and Explicitly Tracing His First Sexual Experiences From the Age of Five to Eleven; Also Including Never-before-Shared Excerpts From His Prohibited Multi-volume Autobiography, Eagerly Calculating Approximate Incomes From His Forthcoming Biopic, Challenging Darwin’s Theory on the Limited Olfactory Capability of Birds, and Recommending Effective Sulfa Medicine Usage for Birds. Alcatraz Prison, California: 24 May 1949.
Harrison, William S. Historically Interesting Original Autograph Letter Written by a Disappointed Job-hunter in San Francisco, and Addressed to His Wife Back Home in New York, Deeply Regretting His Decision To Move to California, Complaining About a Severe Shortage of Jobs, Rising Suicide/Insanity Rates, and the “Impossibility of Making a Living,” Confessing To Having No Money to Return Home and Being Extremely Anxious Over Finding a Decent Job; Also Talking About His Low-paying Compo Work on a Steamboat, His High Hopes of Getting a New Errand at the Same Vessel, and Declaring His Love for His Wife: “I Did Not Know How Much I Loved You Until I Found Myself Away.” San Francisco: 19&20 January 1860.
Album with 74 Original Gelatin Silver Photographs and Two Printed Postcards, Showing USS “Dale” and other Warships of the US Asiatic Fleet, Chinese Troops, Camps, Artillery Guns and Scenes of Destruction during the Xinhai Revolution, China Inland Mission Boys School in Chefoo (Yantai), Scenes of Forceful Removal of a Queue of an Elderly Chinese Man, &c. Ca. 1910s.
Dobell, Peter/Petr Vasil’evich; [Dzhunkovsky, A.S.]. Puteshestviia i Noveishiia Nabliudeniia v Kitae, Manille i Indo-Kitaiskom Arkhipelage Byvshego Rossiiskogo Generalnogo Konsula na Filippinskikh Ostrovakh, Kollezhskogo Sovetnika Petra Dobelia, Sostavil i s Angliiskogo Perevel, s Vysochaishego Soizvolenia A. Dzh. [i.e. Travels and Latest Observations in China, Manila and the Indo-China Archipelago by a Former Russian Consul General in the Philippine Islands, Collegiate Councillor Petr Dobell, Compiled and Translated from English, by the Highest Permission A. Dzh.] St. Petersburg: N. Grech, 1833.
Large Original, Very Finely Hand-Painted “Black Ship Scroll,” with Twenty-Two Watercolour Scenes and Portraits, Illustrating the Negotiations in Yokohama during Commodore Matthew Perry’s Naval Expedition to Japan and the Signing of the Treaty of Kanagawa in February-March 1854.
Wingate, B., Corp. A Historically Important Original Autograph Manuscript Letter Written by an American Soldier and Participant of the Mexican-American War the Very Same Day the Siege of Veracruz Ended With Mexico’s Surrender, Triumphantly Writing to His Folks Back Home in Indiana about “One of the Greatest Battles Ever Won by American Arms,” Talking about Mexican Soldiers Begging General Zachary Taylor, the Next US President, for Something to Eat, Fiercely Stating that Mexico City “Must Hear the Barking of Our Buldogs [i.e. Bulldogs] Before Walls,” and Enthusiastically Predicting the Near End of the Warfare After the American Capture of the “Third Strong Place in the World;” Also Mentioning General Winfield Scott Whose Heroism “Must Gane [i.e. Gain] for the Commander the Name that Will Last for Ages to Come.” Veracruz, 29 March 1847.
Dorrance, William T (Ca. 1804 - ?). A Historically Important Original Autograph Manuscript Letter Written by 1st Sergeant of the 7th US Infantry Regiment, William T Dorrance, from Occupied Mexico City and Signed to His Cousin Edward Moulton in Willimantic, Connecticut, Sharing Breaking News of the Arrival of Two US Commissioners “Empowered to Settle the Terms” of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, Heatedly Arguing about the Possible Need of Marching to San Luis Potosi and Giving the Mexicans “A Drubbing” There, Decisively Claiming That “The Question of Peace or War Rests Now Entirely with Mexico,” and Mentioning Several American Political Figures, Including Nicholas Trist, Nathan Clifford, and Ambrose Sevier. Mexico City, 20 April 1848.
Barkwell, M.C., Surgeon General of Oregon Territory; Wixom, Henry Walker (1820-1888); Coombs, L.J., Surgeon, Oregon Mounted Volunteers. Collection of Two Original Autograph Letters Signed and Three Period Copies of Certificates of Service and Discharge, Detailing on the Medical Service and Supplies in the Second Regiment, Oregon Mounted Volunteers during the Rogue River War of 1855-56. Jacksonville & Fort Leland: 8 May, 10, 16, 28 August, 4 September 1856.
Interesting Early Autograph Letter Signed Regarding a Legal Dispute Likely over a Common Law Marriage in Oregon, Addressed to “Mr. Harding” (Most Likely a Notable Salem Attorney Benjamin Franklin Harding) and Mentioning Judge Cyrus Olney, then the Associate Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court. Oregon City, O.T., 4 June 1855.