Benjamin Davis Wilson Collection 1836-1941 1847-1894

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Benjamin Davis Wilson Collection, 1836-1941, 1847-1894

Benjamin Davis Wilson Collection 1836-1941 1847-1894

Collected business and personal correspondence relating to southern California landowner Benjamin Davis Wilson and his family. The collection also includes account books, diaries (kept by Wilson's wife Margaret and their daughters Annie and Ruth), and assorted ephemera. The Shorb and Patton families are also heavily represented in the correspondence.

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