Gillis, J. L. (James Louis), 1857-1917

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James Louis Gillis was born in Richmond, Iowa on October 3, 1857. His family journeyed to California in 1861 and settled in Sacramento six years later. After a brief period in San Jose, and 22 years of employment with the Sacramento Valley Railroad, Gillis held positions with various state agencies until his election as California State Librarian in 1899. Known for numerous innovations during his tenure, Gillis remained State Librarian until his death in 1917.

James Wilson Marshall was born in Lambertsville, New Jersey on October 8, 1810. Traveling west in 1834, Marshall spent time in Indiana, Illinois, and Missouri before arriving in California in 1845. There he met John Sutter, served under John C. Fremont in the Bear Flag Revolt, and in 1847 entered into a partnership with Sutter to construct a sawmill at Coloma, along the American River. On January 24, 1848, Marshall found gold in the tailrace of the mill, and California was soon overrun with gold seekers from all over the world. Marshall was never able to profit from his discovery, and died in Kelsey, California on August 10, 1885.

From the description of James Gillis and Newton Spencer correspondence regarding James Marshall materials, 1913. (California State Library). WorldCat record id: 237005948

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creatorOf Coolbrith, Ina D. (Ina Donna), 1842?-1928. Ina Coolbrith letters, 1873-1920. California State Library
creatorOf Gillis, J. L. (James Louis), 1857-1917,. Typescript letters signed J.L. Gillis, California State Library, Sacramento to William Winter [manuscript], 1917 February-April. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Clark, George T., 1862-1940. George T. Clark papers, 1862-1935. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Winter, William, 1836-1917,. Autograph letters signed from William Winter to various recipients [manuscript], 1864-1917. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Gillis Family collection. California State Library
referencedIn Sterling, George, 1869-1926. George Sterling letters, 1905-1925. California State Library
referencedIn Eytel, Carl, 1862-1925. Carl Eytel correspondence, 1910-1926 California State Library
creatorOf Welcker, Adair, 1858-. Letter, [190-?], Berkeley, Calif. to J.L. Gillis, Sacramento, Calif. Denver Public Library, Central Library
referencedIn Ashworth, Edward F. James L. Gillis collection, 1899-1957. California State Library
creatorOf Gillis, J. L. (James Louis), 1857-1917. James Gillis and Newton Spencer correspondence regarding James Marshall materials, 1913. California State Library
referencedIn Austin, Mary Hunter, 1868-1934. Mary Austin letters, 1913-1914. California State Library
creatorOf Sherman, Edwin Allen, 1829-1914. Edwin Allen Sherman papers, 1872-1971, (bulk 1896-1913). UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn George T. Clark papers, 1862-1935 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
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associatedWith Austin, Mary Hunter, 1868-1934. person
associatedWith Belasco, David, 1853-1931 person
associatedWith California State Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Clark, George C. person
associatedWith Clark, George T., 1862-1940. person
associatedWith Coolbrith, Ina D. (Ina Donna), 1842?-1928. person
associatedWith Marshall, James Wilson, 1810-1885. person
associatedWith Sherman, Edwin Allen, 1829-1914. person
associatedWith Spencer, Newton. person
associatedWith Sterling, George, 1869-1926. person
correspondedWith Welcker, Adair, 1858- person
correspondedWith Winter, William, 1836-1917 person
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