Samuel Millikan letters

Samuel Millikan letters

Dates: 1850

Eleven typewritten copies and one holograph. In letters to his wife, Rhoda, Millikan describes the difficulties and fears of a man travelling over the plains to Salt Lake Valley, Utah, and on to the California gold fields. His letters, while descriptive of the terrain and events encountered, are full of love and yearning for home and family.

  • Extent: 2 folders
  • Creator: Millikan, Samuel, 1811-1850
  • Call Number: MSS SC 944
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84606;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
Materials are in English.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Samuel Millikin letters must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS SC 944; Samuel Millikan letters; 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS SC 944, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated in 1978.
Acquisition Information
Donated; 1978.
Subject Terms
Millikan, Samuel, 1811-1850--Correspondence; Gold mines and mining--California--History--Sources; Immigration and American Expansion; Overland Journeys to the Western United States; Pioneers--California--Correspondence
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Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (19th century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy).
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Finding Aid Title
Millikan (Samuel) letters
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Elisa Visick
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This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2010-10-05T08:38-0600
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Biographical History

Millikan, court clerk for Fayette County, Ohio, resigned his office to make his fortune in the gold fields of California in April, 1850. He died of typhoid fever in the gold fields and was buried near Placerville, California, late that same year.

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Curator - 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts