Friday, May 15, 2009

Diary of Stephen Allen Curry, 1864-1865


I'm guessing the guide to this collection was posted on our California Historical Society website in connection with a previous exhibit. At this point, all of our finding aids are accessible only through the Online Archive of California and although the Curry diary is not among those listed, below is the text from the catalog record description for this item.

I hope this helps with your research.

—California Historical Society

California Historical Society
CHS MS 764
Author: Curry, Stephen Allen, 1834-1865.

Title: Stephen Allen Curry diary : photocopy of handwritten transcription, 1864 Nov.-1865 June 16.

Description: 1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)

Note: Consists of 38 pages from Curry's diary, prepared by his great-nephew Dr. James Hart Curry Martens. The diary details his ocean voyage from New York to San Francisco via Panama on the Ocean Queen. Also outlines his experience working on the Central Pacific Railroad in northern Calif., in the foothills of the Sierra. Places mentioned include Placerville, Robber's Ravine (now called Darrington), Dutch Flat, and Canyon Creek. Curry left Calif. on the ship Moses Taylor, June 15, 1865. Includes copies of pages from the genealogical study entitled The Currey [sic] Family in the Hudson Highlands: Descendants of Richard Currey of Peekskill Hollow, New York, by Philip Field Horne, 1970.

Note: Curry was the eighth of thirteen children of the Rev. Benjamin Ward Currey and Susan Hart Currey[sic]. He died three months after he left California.

Note: Descriptive guide available in library.

Language: English

Currey family. Ocean Queen (Steamship).
Central Pacific Railroad Company.
Voyages to the Pacific coast.
Railroad workers -- California.
El Dorado County (Calif.) -- Description and travel.
Placer County (Caif.) -- Description and travel. Added Entry: Martens, James Hart Curry, 1901- Format: Archive/Manuscript