Here is a list of books and resources, many of which are
out of print or available only at repositories. Some of these books may be available
through used book stores or from libraries, but if you don't know what they are, you can't
look for them.
An effort was made to include more obscure
resources, rather than the usual list of research materials and compilations, and is not
intended to be a comprehensive list.
Diaries, Journals and Memoirs
Hayes, Benjamin Ignatius, Notes on Overland Journeys of
the Gruwell Family, H. Strickney and Mr. Shearer. 1849, C-E 92, Bancroft Library,
William B., The Diaries of William B. Lorton, September 1848-January 1850. Transcription by Dale L. Morgan, 1958, MSS,
C-F 190, Bancroft Library, Berkeley, California.
Carson, Christopher. Kit Carson's Own Story of His Life
as Dictated to Col. and Mrs. D. C. Peters about 1856-57, and Never Before Published.
New Mexican Publishing Corporation, 1955.
Bell, Major Horace. Reminiscences of a Ranger or Early
Times in Southern California. Santa Barbara: Wallace Hebberd, 1927.
Bieber, Ralph P., ed., Diaries of Francois Xavier Aubry,
1853-1854, in the Southwest Historical Series, VII, Glendale: The Arthur H. Clark Co.,
Frontier Life in the Army, 1854-1861, by Eugene Bandel.
Translated by Olga Bandel and Richard Jente. Glendale: The Arthur H. Clark Co., 1932.
Bolton, Herbert Eugene. Anza's California Expeditions:
An Outpost of an Empire, I. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1930.
Bonner, T.D., ed. The Life and Adventures of James P.
Beckwourth. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1931.
Farnham, T. J. Life and Adventures in California with
Travels in Oregon. Pictorial edition. New York. Nafis & Cornish, 1849.
Farquhar, Francis P., ed. Up and Down California in
1860-1864, The Journal of William H. Brewer. New Haven, 1930.
Foreman, Grand, ed. A Pathfinder in the Southwest: The
Itinerary of Lieutenant A. W. Whipple During His Explorations for a Railroad Route from
Fort Smith to Los Angeles in the Year 1853 and 1854. Norman: University of Oklahoma
Fremont, John Charles. The Expeditions to the Rocky
Mountains, Oregon and California. Buffalo: Geo. H. Derby & Co., Publishers, 1849.
Fremont, John Charles. Memoirs of My Life, I. New
York: Bedford, Clark and Company, 1887.
Hafen, LeRoy R., ed. Ruxton of the Rockies. Norman:
University of Oklahoma Press, 1950.
Hafen, LeRoy R., The Overland Mail, 1849-1869 --
Promoter of Settlement Precursor of Railroads, Cleveland: The Arthur H. Clark Co.,
Hafen, LeRoy R.and Ann, ed., Central Route to the
Pacific by Gwinn Harris Heap with related Material on Railroad Explorations and Indian
Affairs, by Edward F. Beale, Thomas H. Benton, Kit Carson, and Col. E. A. Hitchcock
and in Other Documents, 1853-54. Glendale: The Arthur H. Clark Company, 1957.
Journals of Forty-Niners: Salt Lake to Los Angeles, with
Diaries and Contemporary Records of Sheldon Young, James S. Howard Egan, Henry Bigler and
others. Glendale: The Arthur H. Clark Company, 1954.
Rufus B. Sage -- His Letters and Papers, 1836-1847 with
Annotated Reprint of His Scenes in the Rocky Mountains and in Oregon, California, New
Mexico, Texas and the Grand Prairies. Glendale: The Arthur H. Clark Company, 1956.
The Diaries of William Henry Jackson, Frontier
Photographer to California and return, 1866-67; and with the Hayden Survey to Central
Rockies, 1873, and to the Utes and Cliff Dwellings, 1874. Glendale: The Arthur H.
Clark Co., 1959.
The Old Spanish Trail: Sante Fe to Los Angeles with
Extracts from Contemporary Records and Including Diaries of Antonio Armijo and Orville
Pratt. Glendale: The Arthur H. Clark Co., 1954
Hubert, Archer Butler, ed. Southwest on the Turquoise
Trail -- The First Diaries on the Road to Santa Fe in Overland to the Pacific, II.
Denver: The Stewert Commission of Colorado College, 1933.
Korn, Bertram Wallace. Incidents of Travel and Adventure
in the Far West by Solomon Nunes Carvalho. Centenary edition. Philadelphia: The Jewish
Publication Society of America, 1954.
Lesley, Lewis Burt. Uncle Sam's Camels: The Jornal of
Maj. Humphreys Stacey, Supplemented by the Report of Edward Fitzgerald Beale, 1857-1858.
Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1929.
Mumey, Nolie. James Pierson Beckwourth, 1856-1866: An
Enigmatic Figure of the West, Denver: The Old West Publishing Company, 1957.
Newmark, Maurice H., and Marco R., eds. Sixty Years in
Southern Calfornia, 1853-1913, Containing the Reminiscences of Harris Newmark. New
York: Knickerbocker Press, 1926.
Rousseau, Mrs. J. A. "Rousseau Diary, Across the
Desert to California from Salt Lake City to San Bernardino in 1864, A Copy Made from the
Original by George W. Beattie," San Bernardino County Museum Association Quarterly,
Vol., VI, No. 2, 1958.
Foy, Mary E., ed. "By Ox Team from Salt Lake to Los
Angeles, 1850: A Memoir by David W. Cheesman," Annual Publication of the Historical
Society of Southern California, XIV (1930).
Government and Scientific Documents
Warren, Claude N. et al, "Historical Preservation Plan
for Fort Irwin, California." National Park Service, San Francisco, 1984, "Fort
Irwin," (typed manuscript), University of California, Carbon 14 Dating Laboratory, La
San Bernardino County, Index to Mines, 1880-83, Vol, II,
Hall of Records, San Bernardino, California.
Journal of Sixth Session of the Assembly, "Address and
Report about Mail (Routes) by Mr. Ryland. Sacramento: B. B. Redding, 1855.
Compilations and Other Histories
Old West Pioneer Tales of San Bernardino County,
compiled by Workers of the WPA Writers' Program. San Bernardino: The Sun Co., 1940.
Quiett, Glenn Chesney. They Built the West, An Epic of
Rails and Cities. New York: D. Appleton-Century Co., 1934.
Robinson, W. W. The Story of Kern County.
Bakersfield: Title Insurance and Trust Co., 1961.
Romantic Heritage of the Mojave River Valley: A Saga of
Transportation and Desert Frontiers. California Interstate Telephone Company, 1961.
Rumble, Josephine, Comp. History of Old Government Road
Across the Mojave Desert. Compiled by the workers of the WPA Writers' Program. Redlands:
San Bernardino Historical Society, 1950.
Newspaper and Magazine Articles
Waters, Louisa Brown. "Trail Blazers of Cajon
Pass," as told to Phillip Johnson, Westways, (January, 1939).
William, Benjamin Davis, "Observations on Early Days
in California and New Mexico," The Historical Society of Southern California
Quarterly, XVI, No. 1 (1934).