There is a wealth of books published on the history of Calaveras County. Although some sources are out of print, these can usually be accessed through County library branches, or at the Calaveras County Archives or Historical Society. Calaveras County is also frequently mentioned in articles, government and private documents, diaries, reports and scientific studies, and other publications related to the Gold Rush, mining, the Mother Lode, and other relevant topics. Although too numerous to reference here, a few with important contributions have been inlcuded.
1967 A History of Mountain Ranch, El Dorado. Angels Publishing Company.
Ames, Lloyd Donald, Newspaper Clippings about the Land and Its People.
East Belt Mines and Others, Moke Hill to West Point, 1861-1881. Volume 1.
East Belt Mines and Others, Moke Hill to West Point, 1881-1908. Volume II.
East Belt Mines and Mills, Moke Hill to West Point, 1883-1915. Volume 3.
East Belt Mines and Mills, Moke Hill to West Point, 1915-1941. Volume 4.
East Belt Mills and Mines, Moke Hill to West Point, 1941-1952. Volume 5.
Beilharz, Edwin A., and Carlos U. López
1976 We Were 49ers! Chilean Accounts of the California Gold Rush. Ward Ritchie Press, Pasadena, CA
1985 Melones Memories. Tuolumne County Historical Society, Sonora, CA.
Bishop, Frances E.
1985 A Brief History of the Big Tree and the Big Stump. Frances E. Bishop. Privately printed.
Borthwick, J.D., Index and foreword by Joseph A. Sullivan
1948 3 Years in California. Biobooks, Oakland, CA.
Buckbee, Edna Bryan
1932 Pioneer Days of Angels Camp. Calaveras Californian, Angels Camp.
2005 Calaveras County Gold Rush Stories. Edited by Wallace Motloch. Calaveras County Historical Society, San Andreas.
Calaveras County Board of Trade
c. 1895 Calaveras County, California. Soil, Climate and General Resources. Reprinted 1971 by the Calaveras Enterprise.
Calaveras County Historical Society
1986 An Album of the Pioneer Schools of Calaveras County. Calaveras County Historical Society, San Andreas.
var. Las Calaveras, the Quarterly Bulletin of the Calaveras County Historical Society. San Andreas, California.
California Department of Parks and Recreation
1976 California Inventory of Historic Resources. Department of Parks and Recreation, Sacramento.
2019 California Historical Landmarks by County. https://ohp.parks.ca.gov.
Campbell, John Carden
1980 Houses of Gold. Howell-North Books, San Diego, CA.
Carson, James H., Edited by Peter Browning
1991 Bright Gem of the Western Seas: California 1846-1852. Great West Books.
Castro, Kenneth M. and Doris Castro
1972 Murphys, California Short History and Guide. Kenneth and Doris Castro, Murphys.
Clark, Walter Van Tilburg, Editor
1973 The Journals of Alfred Doten, 1849-1903. University of Nevada Press, Reno, NV.
Clark, William B., and Philip A. Lydon
1962 Mines and Mineral Resources of Calaveras County, California. Report 2. California Division of Mines and Geology, San Francisco.
Cook, Fred. S., Editor
n.d. Legends of Calaveras County. California Traveler, Inc., Volcano and Pioneer.
Copperopolis Community Center
1960 Copper Centennial, Pictorial Souvenir. Reprinted 1976 by Copperopolis Community Center.
Costello, Julia G.
1983 Melones, A Story of a Stanislaus River Town. US Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation.
1989 Historical and Archaeological Research at the Calaveras Big Tree Cottage Area. Editor. California Department of Parks and Recreation, Sacramento.
Deane, Dorothy Newell
1960 Sierra Railway. Howell-North. Berkeley, California.
1951 A Bit of Mother Lode History, Angels Camp, Altaville, and Cherokee Flat. D.C. Demarest, Oakland.
Doble, John, edited by Charles L. Camp
1962 John Doble’s Journal and Letters from the Mines, Mokelumne Hill, Jackson Volcano, and San Francisco. 1851-1865. The Old West Publishing Company, Denver, CO.
Dorroh, Fritzi Cuneo
2017 Tales of Calaveritas and Family. Privately Published by the Author.
Ebbetts Pass Scenic Byway Association (David Gano, Jan Hovey, Judith Marvin, Lisa Schwartz)
2010 Your Guide to the Ebbetts Pass National Scenic Byway. Ebbetts Pass Scenic Byway Association.
Elliott, Maureen L.
2018 They Walked the Streets of Murphys Camp. Murphys Camp – The Buildings and the People Who Lived In Them. Published by the Author.
Elliott, Wallace W.
1885 Calaveras County, Illustrated and Described. W.W. Elliott, Oakland, California. Reprinted 1976 by the Calaveras County Historical Society, San Andreas.
Engbeck, Joseph H., Jr.
2013 The Enduring Giants, The Epic Story of Giant Sequoia and the Big Trees of Calaveras. California State Parks, Sacramento, with the Big Trees Association.
Fuller, Willard P., Judith Marvin, and Julia G. Costello
1996 Madam Felix’s Gold: The Story of the Madam Felix Mining District, Calaveras County, California. Calaveras County Historical Society and Foothill Resources, Ltd.
Griffin, Patricia B.
2008 St. Patrick’s Church of Murphys, 150th Anniversary, 1868-2008. A Sesquicentennial History. Foothill Printing and Graphics, Angels Camp.
Gudde, Erwin G., Edited by Elisabeth K. Gudde
1975 California Gold Camps. University of California Press, Berkeley.
1915 Mines and Mineral Resources of Amador County, Calaveras County, Tuolumne County. State Mineralogist’s Report, Biennial Period 1913-1914. California State Mining Bureau, San Francisco.
1872 The Luck of Roaring Camp and Other Sketches, Illustrated. Reprinted 1975 by The Filter Press, Palmer Lake, Colorado.
Heckendorn & Wilson
1856 Miners & Business Men’s Directory. Clipper Office, Columbia, California. Republished 1976 by the Donald I. Segerstrom Memorial Fund, Publication No. 2, Sonora.
Hoover, Mildred Brooke, Hero Eugene Rensch, Ethel Grace Rensch, William N. Abeloe, Revised by Douglas E. Kyle
1990 Historic Spots in California. Stanford University Press. Originally published in 1948.
1860 Scenes of Wonder and Curiosity, Calaveras County. The Calaveras Enterprise, 1972.
Jackson, Joseph Henry, Editor in Chief
1949 Gold Rush Album. Bonanza Books, New York.
Joy, Emmett P.
1972 Chronicles of San Andreas. Old Timer’s Museum, Murphys.
1975 The Annals of Mokelumne Hill, The Story of a Veritable Gold Mountain. Old Timer’s Museum, Murphys.
2010 Jedediah Smith, First Crossing of the Sierra Nevada, Hiked. Jedidiah Smith Society, University of the Pacific, Stockton.
1977 Untold Tales of Murphys. Old Timer’s Museum, Murphys.
1986 California’s Architectural Frontier, Style and Tradition in the Nineteenth Century. Gibbs M. Smith, Inc., Layton, Utah.
Kramer, Carol A., and Calaveras Big Trees Association
2010 Calaveras Big Trees. Images of America Series, Arcadia Press, San Francisco.
2001 The Forgotten Journey; The Stephens-Townsend-Murphy Saga. Film for PBS and on DVD. Sunnyvale Heritage Park Museum, Sunnyvale, CA.
Leonard, Edward C.
1985 A Brief History of Angels Camp. Old Timer’s Museum, Murphys.
Lewis Publishing Company
1892 A Memorial and Biographical History of Merced, Stanislaus, Calaveras, Tuolumne and Mariposa, California. Illustrated. The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago.
Limbaugh, Ronald H., and Willard P. Fuller, Jr.
2003 Calaveras Gold, The Impact of Mining on a Mother Lode County. University of Nevada Press, Reno and Las Vegas.
Long, Earnest, editor
1976 Trips to the Mines, Calaveras County 1857-1859. Calaveras Heritage Council, San Andreas.
Mace, O. Henry
1991 Between the Rivers: A History of Early Calaveras County, California. Gold Country Enterprises, Sutter Creek, CA.
n.d. Black Bart: The Last Holdup. Dramatis Personae Series, Book No. 1. Gold Country Enterprises, Sutter Creek, CA.
2009-2014 Something from Nothing. The Early History of West Calaveras County, Volumes1-V. Society for the Preservation of West Calaveras History, Burson, CA.
Manna, Salvatore John
2017 Glorious Trees: Alfred Russel Wallace in California. Calaveras History Publishing, Burson, CA
Manna, Salvatore John and Terry Beaudoin
2014 Olives in California’s Gold Country. Images of America Series. Arcadia Publishing, San Francisco, CA.
Manna, Salvatore John, and Shannon Dixon Van Zant
2017 Brands of Calaveras County 1854-1880. Calaveras History Publishing, Burson, CA.
2018 Brands of Calaveras County 1881-1913. Calaveras History Publishing, Burson, CA.
2005 Around Murphys, Images of America Series. Arcadia Publishing, San Francisco, California.
Marvin, Judith, Julia Costello, and Salvatore Manna
2007 Northern Calaveras County. Images of America Series. Arcadia Publishing, San Francisco, California.
2009 Angels Camp and Copperopolis, Images of America Series. Arcadia Publishing, San Francisco, California.
National Register of Historic Places
2019 National Register of Historic Places in California. https://en.wikipedia.org.
Navarro, Ramón Gil
2000 The Gold Rush Diary of Ramón Gil Novarro. University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln.
Perkins, William, Introduction and Annotations by Dale L. Morgan & James R. Scobie
1964 Three Years in California. William Perkins Journal of Life at Sonora, 1849- 1852. University of California Press, Berkley
2000 The Martin Murphy Family Saga. Local History Studies Volume 38. The California History Center & Foundation, Cupertino, CA.
Rude, Mary Frances Damon
2006 Sheep Ranch of the Eighteen Nineties. Pleasant Word, Emenclaw, WA.
Ruppel, Margaret Gaylord
1946 El Rancheria Del Rio Estanislaus. Reprinted 1992 by McHenry Museum Press, Modesto.
Schmidt, Earl F.
1989 The Big Tree – Carson Valley Emigrant Road, A Major Branch of the California Trail. Mooney Flat Ventures, Murphys, California.
n.d. Who Were the Murphys, California’s Irish First Family. Earl F. Schmidt, Murphys. Republished by the Old Timer’s Museum, Murphys.
Stone, Rhoda and Charles
1991 The Tools are on the Bar: The History of Copperopolis, Calaveras County, California. Privately printed by the authors.
1973 Native Son of the Mother Lode (Ray Jeff). Ray Taylor, Murphys.
1871 Roughing It. Harper & Row, New York, San Francisco, and London, 1913.
1903 The Jumping Frog, in English, then in French, then Clawed Back into a Civilized Language Once More by Patient Unremunerated Toil. Republished 1971 by Dover Publications, Inc., New York.
Twain, Mark, Written and Compiled by James Fletcher.
2015 Mark Twain’s 88 Days in the Mother Lode & Stories of the Gold Rush. Manzanita Writers Press, Angels Camp.
Vallecito School Fourth Grade Class, Wanda Richards, Compiler and Editor.
1973 Vallecito, California A History of Vallecito California Since. 1848. Vallecito School, Calaveras County.
1948 Mother Lode Album. Stanford University Press.
1959 My Life and Boyhood Days in West Point. Ms. on file, Calaveras County Archives, San Andreas.
Wood, R. Coke
1952 Murphys, Queen of the Sierra. Old Timer's Museum, Murphys.
1955 Calaveras, the Land of Skulls. Mother Lode Press, Sonora.
1960 The Last Days of the Old O’Byrnes Ferry Covered Bridge. Old Timer’s Museum, Murphys.
1960 Big Tree Bulletin, Historical and Botanical Facts about the North and South Grove of the Calaveras Big Trees. Old Timer’s Museum, Murphys.
n.d. Murphys Diggins and other Short Stories. Old Timer’s Museum, Murphys.
Wood. R. Coke, Frances E. Bishop, Collaborator
1968 Big Tree – Carson Valley Turnpike, Ebbetts Pass and Highway 4. Old Timer’s Museum, Murphys.
Wood, R. Coke, and Leonard Covello
1979 Mother Lode Memories. A Pictorial History. Valley Publishers, Fresno, CA.
Woodbridge, Sally B.
1988 California Architecture, Historic American Buildings Survey. Chronicle Books, San Francisco.
Zumwalt, Eve Starcevich
1990 The Romance of Mokelumne Hill. Pioneer Publishing Co., Fresno.