Charles Carroll Goodwin Papers

Identifier: 85-06

Scope and Contents

The bulk of the C. C. Goodwin Papers concerns Goodwin and spans a period from 1890-1917 during which time Goodwin was a newspaperman in Utah. Papers of C. C. Goodwin’s son, James T. Goodwin, constitute a small part of the collection. Included in the collection are correspondence, manuscripts, various personal papers, printed material, and photographs dating from 1859-1922. All of the photographs contained in Series 5 have been transferred to the photo archives as photo collection UNRS-P1985-02.

Handwritten manuscripts of C. C. Goodwin, in Series 3, form a large part of the collection; much of the manuscript material is fragile and care must be used when handling them. The manuscripts are mainly speeches, editorials, stories, essays, and poetry. Most are undated and unsigned and there are a number of loose pages of unrelated material. No complete manuscript for any of Goodwin's full length books is apparent. Topics include current issues of the day; history; patriotism; silver; and a substantial amount of material on polygamy and Mormonism. Goodwin quoted extensively from T. B. H. Stenhouse's The Mountain Saints (1973) and also made several references to Hubert Howe Bancroft’s History of Utah, 1540-1886 (1889) in his writings.

Printed material in Series 4 includes magazines, newspaper pages, and newspaper clippings from about 1900-1918 which constitute about half the collection. Most of this reflects Goodwin's writing, mainly editorials and articles, or material about Goodwin. Much of the newspaper material is very fragile.


  • 1857-1924


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Biographical Note

Charles Carroll Goodwin was born on April 4, 1832 near Rochester, New York. In 1852, he travelled west and settled in Marysville, California where he operated a sawmill, taught school, and studied law with his brother Jesse. He was admitted to the bar of California in 1859 and started a law practice in Plumas County.

Goodwin came to Nevada around 1860. He was appointed Probate Judge for the Territory and when Nevada was admitted to statehood in 1864, Goodwin was elected one of the first state district judges, serving the Fourth Judicial District for Washoe and Roop Counties for three years.

C. C. Goodwin entered the field of journalism in 1863 as editor of the Washoe Times in Washoe City, Nevada. When his term as District Judge expired, he reportedly edited the Inland Empire, a newspaper in Hamilton, White Pine County, Nevada. He joined the Virginia City Territorial Enterprise in 1873 as assistant editor and, after the Enterprise moved into new quarters following the 1875 Virginia City fire, Goodwin was named chief editor. He remained with the Virginia City paper until 1880 when he left Nevada for Utah and the editorial charge of the Salt Lake City Tribune. A Republican, Goodwin ran unsuccessfully for Congress from Nevada in 1872. He also maintained an active interest in mining during his time in the Silver State.

C. C. Goodwin spent his remaining years in Utah. Here he pursued a journalistic career as chief editorial writer of the Salt Lake City Telegram and as editor of Goodwin's Weekly, a magazine founded by his son, James Tod Goodwin, in 1902. He continued his interest in politics and was a member of the constitutional convention preceding Utah statehood, but he lost his bid to become a U. S. Senator from the new state in 1896. Although he was widely known as a journalist, C. C. Goodwin is well remembered for his stories about people and events during Comstock mining days in Virginia City. The Comstock Club (1891) and The Wedge of Gold (1893) were both full length books recalling that period. A later work, As I Remember Them (1913), contains reminiscences and biographical sketches of men he had known in California and Nevada. Goodwin also wrote poetry, stories, essays and speeches expounding favorite topics such as Mormonism and the re-monetization of silver. He was a popular orator and frequently returned to Nevada for speaking engagements.

C. C. Goodwin died in Salt Lake City in 1917.


9.792 Linear Feet (13 boxes, 1 oversize folder)

Language of Materials



Collection contains correspondence, manuscripts, personal papers of C. C. Goodwin, mainly spanning the years, 1890-1917 also includes photographs, printed material and some papers of son, James T. (Tod) Goodwin.


Arranged into the following series: 1) Correspondence; 2) Personal and Family Papers; 3) Manuscripts; 4) Printed Material; 5) Photographs.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased by the Special Collections Department with gift donations from individuals in 1985.

Separated Materials

All the photographs from the papers of C. C. Goodwin and are transferred to the Photo Archives collection as UNRS-P1985-02.

Guide to the Charles Carroll Goodwin Papers
Leonore M. Kosso and Linda M. Robards
March 1986
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. Special Collections Department Repository

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