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Charles Grandison Hinman Diary

Identifier: M1610

Scope and Contents

Collection contains a diary documenting Hinman's overland journey from near Peoria, Ill. to Cali. (1849) with a few entries on prospecting for gold (1850); also records of expenses (1849-1851); diary was also used by Hinman's daughter, Helen "Nellie" Whitcomb Hinman (1844-1920) for German school exercises (1862); microfilm (Mflm44) contains diary as well as a few letters from Hinman to his wife, Sarah Hosley Whitcomb Hinman (1816-1877).


  • 1849-1850, 1862


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.


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Biographical / Historical

Charles Grandison Hinman was born in New Milford, Conn. on November 2, 1810. By the mid-1840s, he was working as a carriage maker in Groveland, Ill. where he outfitted a wagon: the "Groveland Belle," for trip across the plains and mountains to the gold fields of California (1849). After his California venture, Hinman moved with this family to Hawleyville, Iowa in the 1860s where he died on August 27, 1868.


1 envelope (2 folders)

2 microfilm reels (microfilm reel 2 is a copy)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, Fred Rosenstock, Denver, Colo., no date.


Repository also has: A pretty fair view of the eliphent; or, Ten letters by Charles G. Hinman written during his trip overland from Groveland, Illinois, to California in 1849 and his adventures in the gold fields in 1849 and 1850 (C 978.045 H593pr); portrait of Charles Hinman (C58-16 ART).


Collection also contains microfilm (C MSS Mflm44).

Finding Aid for the Charles Grandison Hinman Diary
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Repository Details

Part of the Denver Public Library, Western History and Genealogy Repository

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