HIGBY, William, 1813-1887


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California State Library
Sacramento, CA
Papers: 1837-1859, approximately 270 letters.
The collection includes typed transcripts of letters from William Higby to his parents. An unpublished finding aid is available in the repository.


Huntington Library
San Marino, CA
Papers: 1864, 1 letter.
A letter from J.N. Edmunds of the U.S. General Land Office to William Higby, chairman of the Committee on Public Lands, regarding the presentation of the Yosemite Gorge and Big Oak Grove to the state of California. Includes detailed descriptions of the Yosemite Valley, Big Oak Grove, and surrounding areas. Edmunds concludes that the Land Office recommends the “concession of these grand natural objects...to the State of California as places of public resort for health and recreation.” He also includes instructions for the future use of the sites (no private ownership, development, etc.). Contemporary presentation copy of original letter.


University of California, Berkeley
The Bancroft Library
Berkeley, CA
Papers: In the William Higby correspondence, 1837-1856, 0.2 linear foot.
Mainly letters from William Higby to his father. Some concerning his law practice and saw mill at Mokelumne Hill, 1854-1855. A few letters from his father and other members of the family in the East.