Return to California?: 1925 Request for the Gold Nugget


In 1925 the Pioneer Society of California requested the Smithsonian to return the gold nugget to California so that it could be displayed at the California State Museum. The Smithsonian museum turned down the proposition. Below is the original letter of request for the gold nugget to be transferred back to California.


Letter from Samuel Shortridge to C.D. Walcott (February 8, 1925), Gold Nugget (Accession No. CL*135(1861).01), Office of the Registrar, National Museum of American History.