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These materials are owned by the American Catholic Historical Society and maintained at the Philadelphia Archdiocesan Historical Research Center, 100 E. Wynnewood Rd. Wynnewood, PA 19096. For more information please see: http://www.pahrc.net/  Bess mentions an interest in reading Charles Nordhoff and his descriptions of California.  In 1883 Nordhoff authored California for Immigrants and A Guide to California, the Golden State.