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Baldwin, (W.T.) notes on California land grants Edit


MSS 207
Finding Aid Author
Dillon Wackerman, Pamela Nett Kruger, Mary Ellen Bailey
Finding Aid Date
July 5, 2012
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Finding Aid Note


  • 1908-1914 (Creation)


  • 1 folder (Whole)



  • Access Restrictions

    Collection is open for research without restriction.

  • Usage Restrictions

    No restrictions.

  • Biographical / Historical

    Spanish settlers began populating California in 1769, and from then until 1822, land titles in California remained within Spanish control. Following 1822, land was granted to Mexican settlers and by 1847 Mexican land grants covered the western half of California up to the Sacramento Valley. After the war between Mexico and the United States, and the Treaty of Guadalupe Hildalgo (1848), California came under the jurisdiction of the United States. The passing of a land claim act in 1851 by the United States Government created a board of land commissioners, and most land grants to European settlers followed. In Butte County, all Spanish or Mexican land grants occurred between 1860 and 1863.

    William Thomas Baldwin (1862-1914) was born in Chariton (Iowa) before moving with his family to Colusa County. He attended grade school in Colusa and enrolled at U.C. Berkeley, but he left before graduation to begin work as a bookkeeper in Lodi. After working as a teacher in Lodi, he moved to Gridley, where he was elected as the Butte County tax collector, serving from 1898 to 1908. In 1908 he began work as an abstractor, acquiring the Butte County Title Abstract Company, which was established in 1877.

  • Scope and Contents

    This collection contains typed and hand-written notes on land grants in California, including sizes and purchasers of properties. The notes relate to Butte County, Tehama County and Colusa County, during the 18th and 19th centuries. The notes were created between 1908 and 1914. Names pertaining to land grants mentioned include: John Bidwell, Edward Farwell, Dionecius Fernandez, Peter Lassen, Samuel Neal, John Parrott, James Phelan, Samuel Todd and John Williams.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition


  • Preferred Citation

    W.T. Baldwin notes on California land grants, MSS 207, Special Collections, Meriam Library, California State University, Chico

  • Related Materials

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    The library can only claim physical ownership of the collection. Users are responsible for satisfying any claimants of literary property.

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    Original order

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