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Autobiographical sketch of the author and his wife Harriet L. Shober McElroy; discussion of the causes of the Civil War; and a history of San Francisco, the California gold rush, and Chinese immigration. The letter appears to have been intended for deposit in a time capsule inside the walls of the McElroy's San Francisco house.
Includes materials relating to his time in journalism, especially with the Gannett newspaper corporation in Reno, Nevada; files relating to his oral history; speeches and writings; volumes of the University of Nevada, Reno's yearbooks; and miscellaneous items of historical interest given to him by various people. Includes some 1856 San Francisco items. Preliminary inventory available in the department.