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Port De San Francisco Dans La Haute Californie, Eugene Duflot de Mofras 1844


Odd Salon Before San Francisco
Port De San Francisco Dans La Haute Californie, Eugene Duflot de Mofras 1844

General research and reading: San Francisco pre-Gold Rush


At the Edge of the Known World: Wayward Explorers, Distant Empires & the Foundations of San Francisco

  • The First Spanish Ship Entry into San Francisco Bay, 1775 – The Original Narrative by Fr. Vicente Maria, Howell Books, San Francisco. 1971


Fauna, Flora, Floods & Faultlines: San Francisco’s Hidden Nature


The Military & the Missionary Men: Exploration, Conflict and Compromise in Spanish Alta California


Guadalupe, María de la Luz & Juana Briones: San Francisco’s Original Start Up Sisters


Robert Ridley, Aguardente and the Art of Getting Drunk in Old Yerba Buena


Resources at the California Historical Society

Bancroft, Hubert Howe. History of California. San Francisco: A.L. Bancroft, 1884-1890.

Beebe, Rose Marie and Robert M. Senkewicz. Testimonios: Early California through the Eyes of Women, 1815-1848. Berkeley, Calif.: Heyday Books, 2006.

Bouvier, Virginia Marie. Women and the Conquest of California, 1542-1840: Codes of Silence. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2001.

Bowman, Jacob N. “Juana Briones de Miranda.” Historical Society of Southern California Quarterly (1957): 227-241.

“Prominent Women of Provincial California.” Historical Society of Southern California Quarterly (1957): 149-166.

Camarillo, Albert . Chicanos in California: A History of Mexican Americans in California. San Francisco, CA: Boyd & Fraser Pub. Co., 1984.

Chapman, Charles Edward, 1880-1941. Catalogue of materials in the Archivo General del Indias for the History of the Pacific Coast and the American Southwest. Berkeley, University of California Press, 1919.

Chávez-García, Miroslava. Negotiating Conquest: Gender and Power in California, 1770s to 1880s. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2001.

Davis, William Heath. Seventy Five Years in California. San Francisco: J. Howell Books, 1929.

Figueroa, José. Manifiesto to the Mexican Republic. Oakland: Biobooks, 1952. (Original 1835 Spanish-language edition available online at

Greenwood, Robert. California Imprints, 1833-1862; a Bibliography. Los Gatos, Calif.: Talisman Press, 1961.

Haas, Lisbeth. Conquests and Historical Identities in California, 1769-1936. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1995.

Huntington Library. Early California Population Project.

Hurtado, Albert L., Intimate Frontiers : Sex, Gender, and Culture In Old California. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1999.

Indian Survival on the California Frontier. New Haven: New Haven University Press, 1988.

Hyslop, Stephen G. Contest for California: From Spanish Colonization to the American Conquest. Norman. Okla.: Arthur H. Clark Co., 2012.

Jimeno, Manuel Casarin. Jimeno and Hartnell’s Indexes of Land Concessions from 1830 to 1846; also, Toma de Razon, or, Registry of Titles, for 1844-’45…. San Francisco: Kenny & Alexander, 1861.

Mason, William M. The Census of 1790: A Demographic History of Colonial California. Menlo Park, CA: Ballena Press, 1998.

McDonnell, Jeanne F. Juana Briones of Nineteenth-Century California. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2008.

Official Documents Relating to Early San Francisco, 1835-1857, BANC MSS C-A 370. The Bancroft Library.

Shoup, Laurence H. and Milliken, Randall. Inigo of Rancho Posolmi: the Life and Times of a Mission Indian. Menlo Park, Calif.: Ballena Press, 1999.

United States. District Court (California). Documents Pertaining to the Adjudication of Private Land Claims in California, circa 1852-1904, BANC MSS Land Case Files 1852-1904. The Bancroft Library.

Valle, Rosemary K. Medicine and Health in the Alta California Missions, 1769-1833, as Exemplified by a Study of Mission Santa Clara de Asis. PhD. Diss., University of California, San Francisco, 1973.

Voss, Barbara. The Archaeology of Ethnogenesis: Race and Sexuality in Colonial San Francisco. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2008.

“The Archaeology of El Presidio de San Francisco: Cultural Contacts, Gender, and Ethnicity in the Spanish-colonial Military Community.” PhD. Diss., University of California Berkeley, 2002.

Weber, David J. The Spanish Frontier in North America. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009.

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For each salon, we  invite our speakers to share the resources and interesting reading they came across in researching their talk, so that we can all dig more deeply. This reading list was compiled by Odd Salon with Marie Silva of the California Historical Society, and speakers John Martini, Miles Traer, Matthew Nelson, KC Crowell and Josh Greenwalt. Thank you!