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Carl Allvar Kullgren inventory and article copies, 1983


Collection Title:    
Carl Allvar Kullgren inventory and article copies

Collection Number:    
SAC P:82


1 folder

English, Swedish

Friman, Axel

Subject Headings:    
Kullgren, Carl Allvar, 1826-1887
California--Gold Discoveries

Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center, Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois.

Carl Allvar Kullgren (1826-1887) traveled from Sweden to San Francisco to participate in the gold rush from 1850-1855. Collection consists of a copy of an article detailing his experiences in California and a copy of the index to the Kullgren archival records held at Göteborgs landsarkiv.


Conditions Governing Access:    
Collection is open for research.

Reproduction and Use:    
Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the Swenson Center and the copyright holder. 

Preferred Citation:    
[item identification], in SAC P:82 Carl Allvar Kullgren inventory and article copies, Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center, Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois. 


Source of Acquisition:    
Transferred to the Swenson Center by Dr. H. Arnold Barton of Southern Illinois University Carbondale. 

Location of Originals:    
Original documents are located at Göteborgs lansarkiv, Sweden, donated by grandson Alf Kullgren.

Location of Copies:    
Copy in California State Library, Sacramento, California. 

Collection name changed from “Allvar Kullgren papers” in 2019. 

Processed By:    
Received by Kermit Westerberg in 1983. Processed by Swenson Center staff in 2008. Finding aid written by Lisa Huntsha in 2019. 


Administrative/Biographical History:    
Carl Allvar Kullgren was born in Uddevalla on 29 September 1826. He was the son of Carl August Kullgren (b. 1793) and Ulrika Hedrén (1797-1873). Carl Allvar decided to try for gold in California and set out for San Francisco from Göteborg with friend Carl August Modh in December 1850. They landed in San Francisco in August 1851, after 8 months at sea. They tried their hands at prospecting (and other odd jobs) around San Francisco to various successes. They stopped chasing gold in 1855 and returned to Sweden a year later. 

Scope and Content:    
Collection consists of a copy of an article based on the original diary of Carl Allvar Kullgren detailing his experiences seeking gold in California, 1851-1855. Collection also includes a copy of the index to the archival records held at Göteborgs landsarkiv, including his diary, lists of Swedes he met in California and biographies of some.

Collection Inventory:    
Photocopy of article “Two Swedes in the California Goldfields: Allvar Kullgren and Carl August Modh, 1850-1856,” by Axel Friman, published in the Swedish-American Historical Quarterly, April 1983, English

Copy of [Index to Allvar Kullgren's diary, personal list and biographies carried / written during a maritime trip December 1850-August 1851 from Gothenburg via Cape Horn to San Francisco and during stay in California 1851-1856] “Register till Allvar Kullgrens dagbok, personförteckning och biografier förda/skrivna under sjöresa December 1850-augusti 1851 från Göteborg via Kap Horn till San Francisco samt under vistelse i Kalifornien 1851-1856,” compiled by Axel Friman, 1983, Swedish

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