J. Ross Browne papers photocopies, 19–

Illustration of Mount Ophie by J. Ross Browne.
Illustration of Mount Ophie by J. Ross Browne. Oakland Public Library, Oakland History Center

Irish-born American traveler, artist, writer and government agent John Ross Browne came to California with the gold rush in 1849. Over the next few decades he traveled extensively up and down the Pacific Coast in service to the government. He also traveled in Europe and the Middle East, moving his family to Germany in 1861. In 1863 he returned to the American West, traveling in and writing about Arizona. Browne died December 9, 1875, in Oakland, California.

Photo reproductions of two partial letters from Browne, draft of his appointment and memorandum of duties as a Special Agent for the Department of the Interior reporting on Indian Affairs, note offering his services as an Agent in Washoe, 13 of Browne's illustrations from publications, 3 sketches by Browne, and 1 photo of Browne with his two sons. Originals of the photo reproductions date from the 1860s. Also includes a biographical sketch of Browne.


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Available at Oakland History Center, Main Library.