Scope and Content
Title: Searls Family Papers
Date (inclusive): 1873-1923
0.2 linear feet
Abstract: Niles Searls (1825-1907) served as State Senator and Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court. This small collection
contains several letters to Niles Searls and his son Fred Searls, as well as materials related to Fred Searls' involvement
with the Zeibright Mine in Nevada City, California.
Physical location: Researchers should contact Special Collections to request collections, as many are stored offsite.
University of California, Davis. General Library. Depart. of Special Collections.
Davis, California 95616-5292
Collection number: MC253
Language of Material: Collection materials in English.
Niles Searls (1825-1907) settled in Nevada City, California in 1850. His career included serving as District Judge, State
Senator, and as Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court.
Niles Searls’ son, Fred Searls (1854-1929), practiced law in Nevada City and served as President of the Zeibright Mine.
Scope and Content
This small collection contains several letters to Niles Searls and his son Fred Searls, as well as materials related to the
Searls' involvement with the Zeibright Mine in Nevada City, California.
Arrangement of the Collection
The collection is arranged in three series: 1. Niles Searls, 2. Fred Searls, 3. Zeibright Mine.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Searls, Niles, 1825-1907
Mines and mineral resources--California--Nevada County
Gold mines and mining--California--Nevada County
Nevada County (Calif.)--History
Uncovering California's Environmental Collections Project
Collection is open for research.
Processing of the Searls Family Papers 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.
Extracted from D-016, Mining Records Collection in 2013.
[Identification of item], Searls Family Papers, MC253, Department of Special Collections, General Library, University of California,
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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.