Inventory of the Mining Collection

Sara Gunasekara
Processing of this collection was funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and administered by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives program.
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University of California, Davis
Davis, CA 95616-5292
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Creator: University of California, Davis. Library
Title: Mining Collection
Date (inclusive): 1854-1937
Extent: 2.6 linear feet
Abstract: The Mining Collection contains documents relating to the development of mining in California, including account books and ledgers for several mining companies, correspondence, photographs, and ephemera.
Physical location: Researchers should contact Special Collections to request collections, as many are stored offsite.
Repository: University of California, Davis. General Library. Department of Special Collections.
Davis, California 95616-5292
Collection number: D-016
Language of Material: Collection materials in English.

Scope and Content

The Mining Collection contains documents relating to the development of mining in California, including account books and ledgers for several mining companies, correspondence, photographs, and ephemera.

Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is arranged in four series: 1. Manuscripts, 2. Correspondence, 3. Ephemera, 4. Photographic Materials.

Related Collections

During the processing of this collection, several small collections were extracted from D-016 and became unique collections. They are:
MC247 Lydia Vineyard Gleason Papers
MC248 Charles L. Stilson Papers
MC249 John S. Hall Papers
MC250 John H. Helwig Papers
MC251 Reed Quicksilver Mine Collection
MC252 Ruth Pierce Mine Collection
MC253 Searls Family Papers
MC254 Howard O. Spencer Correspondence
MC255 W.W. Waggoner Papers
MC256 John S. Dunn Papers
MC257 Richard and Charles Hayden Papers
D-557 Burnett Family Papers
D-559 Pioneer Reduction Company Records
D-562 North Bloomfield Gravel Mining Company Records

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Mines and mineral resources--California
Mineralogy--California
Gold mines and mining--California
Uncovering California's Environmental Collections Project

Access

Collection is open for research.

Processing Information

Processing of the Mining Collection was generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and administered by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). UC Davis Special Collections was awarded a Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives grant from 2010-2012, "Uncovering California's Environmental Collections," in collaboration with eight additional special collections and archival repositories throughout the state and the California Digital Library (CDL). Grant objectives included processing hidden collections related to the state's environment and environmental history. The collections document an array of important sub-topics such as irrigation, mining, forestry, agriculture, industry, land use, activism, and research. Together they form a multifaceted picture of the natural world and the way it was probed, altered, exploited and protected in California over the twentieth century. Finding aids are made available through the Online Archive of California (OAC).
Sara Gunasekara processed this collection.
During the processing of this collection, several small collections were extracted from D-016 and became unique collections. They are listed as related collections.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Mining Collection, D-016, Department of Special Collections, General Library, University of California, Davis.

Publication Rights

Copyright is protected by the copyright law, chapter 17, of the U.S. Code. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections, General Library, University of California, Davis as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Collection Contents

 

Series 1. Manuscripts 1855-1937

Physical Description: 1.4 linear feet

Scope and Content Note

Contains account books, reports, ledgers, and journals related to various mines, the majority of which are in California. The manuscripts related to specific mines are arranged first, followed by unidentified ones.
Box 1:1

Apache Gold Mining Company, Arizona, letter and map 1935

Box 1:2

Boston Mine, water sales book. 1878-1881

Box 1:3

Buckskin Mining Company, Manzanita Hill, Bridgeport Township, Nevada County. Account book. 1860-1891

Scope and Content Note

Also includes entries for French Corra1.
Box 2:5

California Quicksilver Mine, notice of non-responsibility 1928

Box 1:4

Davison Quartz Mine, Plumas County, California. Inspection report and assay sheets 1931

Box 1:5

Dugo Boy Mining Property, Yavapai County, Arizona. Report 1933

Box 1:6

Eureka account book 1857

Box 1:7

Eureka Lake Company and Malakoff Diggins, mine supply book 1872

Box 1:8

Federick & Dyer Mill, Meadow Lake City, Nevada County, California. Articles of co-partnership. 1865

Box 1:9

Gold Bluff Mining Company, Stock ledger and transfer journal 1865-1866

Box 1:10

Granite Hill Mining Company, Nevada County, California. Daily journal of T.F. Phillips. 1896 April 13-1897 May 10

Box 1:11

Gross Street Mining Company, Ltd., research synopsis. 1930

Box 1:12

Indiana Gold Dredging Company, lease. 1916

Box 2:6

Kingman Silver-Gold Mines Company, receipts 1930 July 25-August 31

Box 1:13

Miners Ditch Company, Orleans Flat, Nevada. Certificate of Incorporation, Constitution and By-laws. 1855

Box 1:14

Mount Pleasant Mine, Grizzly Flat, El Dorado County, California. Expense ledger. 1899-1900

Box 1:15

National Hill Consolidated Mines, Nevada County, California. Report. undated

Box 1:18

Rich Hill Mining Company, Congress, Arizona. Reports. 1923-1924

Box 1:19

Survey book, unidentified 1867-1868

Box 1:20

Survey book, with field notes on various properties and mines in Nevada and Yuba Counties 1867-1869

Box 2:1

Mott, G.M., cash statement ledger 1869-1871

Box 2:2

Mott, G.M., pay and sundry accounts ledger 1869-1871

Box 1:21

Account book, unidentified, supplies and inventory, Nevada City, California 1873-1874

Box 1:22

Scrapbook of J.G. Hartwell, County Surveyor, containing clippings of patent claim applications 1872

Box 1:23

Diary, unidentified 1886

Box 2:4

Journal, unidentified 1890-1891

Box 1:16

Scrapbook of newspaper clippings from various Northern California newspapers with references to mines, mining, and California life 1891-1903

Box 2:3

Journal, unidentified, mentions Malakoff Diggins 1895

Box 1:17

Time book for record of payroll, unidentified 1937

Box 3:1-2

Series 2. Correspondence 1854-1934

Physical Description: 2 folders

Scope and Content Note

Contains single pieces of correspondence that relate to mining.
Box 3:3-14

Series 3. Ephemera circa 1864-1928

Physical Description: 12 folders

Scope and Content Note

Contains mining shares, several maps, as well as brochures and forms.
 

Series 4. Photographic Materials 1916-1918

Physical Description: 0.8 linear feet

Scope and Content Note

Arranged in three subseries: Prints, Negatives, and Lantern Slides.
 

Subseries 4.1 Prints 1916-1918

Physical Description:

Scope and Content Note

Contains prints, copy prints, and postcards of various mines, miners, and mining towns, most of which are in California. Arranged alphabetically.
Box 5:1

Alabama Mine, Penryn undated

Box 5:2-10

Bonnie Claire Mine undated

Box 5:11

Calumet and Hecla Mining Company, Calumet, Michigan undated

Box 5:12

Cave Rock, Glenbrook, Nevada undated

Box 5:13

Central Shaft, Grass Valley undated

Box 5:14

Champion Mill, Nevada City undated

Box 5:15-16

Coloma undated

Box 5:17

Coyote Diggins undated

Box 5:18

Electric haulage, underground mining scene undated

Box 5:19-20

Empire Mine, Grass Valley undated

Box 5:21

Feeding the mill undated

Box 5:22

First quartz crushing mill erected in California undated

Box 5:23

Gem mine on Whiskey Hill undated

Box 5:24

Goldfield Consolidated Mill undated

Box 5:25

Grass Valley undated

Box 5:26-27

Hobart Hills undated

Box 5:28

Idaho Mine, Grass Valley undated

Box 5:29

Interior of a quartz mill in Grass Valley undated

Box 5:30

La Porte undated

Box 5:31-35

Miners undated

Box 5:35-66

Mining undated

Box 5:67

Mining, dredger 1916 January

Box 5:68

Mining, fluming undated

Box 5:69

Mining, mill undated

Box 5:70

Mining, near Almanor undated

Box 5:71-80

Mining towns undated

Box 5:81-86

Mining towns, Nevada undated

Box 5:87

Moulding gold bricks, Homestake Mine, Lead, South Dakota undated

Box 5:88-98

Nevada City, Grass Valley undated

Box 5:99

New York Hill Mine, Grass Valley undated

Box 5:100-104

North Bloomfield Mine, Nevada County, California undated

Box 5:105

North Star Mill, Grass Valley undated

Box 5:106-107

Ott's Assay undated

Box 5:108-110

Pennsylvania undated

Box 5:111

Placerville undated

Box 5:112

Quarrying quartz at the vein undated

Box 5:113

Quincy Mine undated

Box 5:114-115

Reno undated

Box 5:116-117

Rhyolite, Nevada undated

Box 5:118

Rough and Ready undated

Box 5:119

Saw mill, Westwood, California undated

Box 5:120

Silver King Mill undated

Box 5:121

Sluicing at Coyote Diggins undated

Box 5:122

Stamps of the first quartz mill erected in California undated

Box 5:123

Talache undated

Box 5:124

Union Mine 1918 January 10

Box 5:125

Virginia City undated

Box 5:126

Water wheel used for stamp mill of gold mine in Tuolumne County undated

Box 5:127

Weaverville, after the fire undated

Box 5:128

Yreka undated

Box 4:1-48

Subseries 4.2 Negatives undated

Physical Description: 48 negatives
Box 4:49-56

Subseries 4.3 Lantern Slides undated

Physical Description: 8 lantern slides