I'm guessing the guide to this collection was posted on our California Historical Society website in
connection with a previous exhibit. At this point, all of our finding
aids are accessible only through the Online Archive of California
and although the Curry diary is not among
those listed, below is the text from the catalog record description for
I hope this helps with your research.
—California Historical Society
California Historical Society
CHS MS 764
Author: Curry, Stephen Allen, 1834-1865.
Title: Stephen Allen Curry diary : photocopy of handwritten
transcription, 1864 Nov.-1865 June 16.
Description: 1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)
Note: Consists of 38 pages from Curry's diary, prepared by his
great-nephew Dr. James Hart Curry Martens. The diary details his ocean
voyage from New York to San Francisco via Panama on the Ocean Queen.
Also outlines his experience working on the Central Pacific Railroad in
northern Calif., in the foothills of the Sierra. Places mentioned
include Placerville, Robber's Ravine (now called Darrington), Dutch
Flat, and Canyon Creek. Curry left Calif. on the ship Moses Taylor, June
15, 1865. Includes copies of pages from the genealogical study entitled
The Currey [sic] Family in the Hudson Highlands: Descendants of Richard
Currey of Peekskill Hollow, New York, by Philip Field Horne, 1970.
Note: Curry was the eighth of thirteen children of the Rev. Benjamin
Ward Currey and Susan Hart Currey[sic]. He died three months after he
Note: Descriptive guide available in library.
Ocean Queen (Steamship).
Central Pacific Railroad Company.
Voyages to the Pacific coast.
Railroad workers -- California.
El Dorado County (Calif.) -- Description and travel.
Placer County (Caif.) -- Description and travel.
Added Entry: Martens, James Hart Curry, 1901-