Inventory of the Searls Family Papers

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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Creator: Searls Family
Title: Searls Family Papers
Date (inclusive): 1873-1923
Extent: 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.
Repository: University of California, Davis. General Library. Depart. of Special Collections.
Davis, California 95616-5292
Collection number: MC253
Language of Material: Collection materials in English.

Biography

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.

Indexing Terms

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
Searls, Fred
Mines and mineral resources--California--Nevada County
Mineralogy--California--Nevada County
Gold mines and mining--California--Nevada County
Nevada County (Calif.)--History
Uncovering California's Environmental Collections Project

Access

Collection is open for research.

Processing Information

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.

Acquisition Information

Extracted from D-016, Mining Records Collection in 2013.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Searls Family Papers, MC253, 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. Niles Searls 1873-1893

Physical Description: 9 folders

Scope and Content Note

Arranged chronologically.
Box MC253:1

Hall, Charles & Mackie to Niles Searls 1873 May 12

Box MC253:2

Holland, J.L. to Niles Searls 1879 December 8

Box MC253:3

Stehr, William to Nles Searls 1881 September 23

Box MC253:4

Stehr, William to Nles Searls 1881 October 11

Box MC253:5

Appearance of Defendant: Miguel de Laveaga vs. The Eureka Lake and Yuba Canal Company 1882 September 25

Box MC253:6

McGlashan, C.F. to Niles Searls 1890 June 18

Box MC253:7

Luttrell, J.K. to Niles Searls 1892 May 14

Box MC253:8

Searls, Niles to A. Seamus 1893 September 28

Box MC253:9

Indian War Bond Indebtedness undated

 

Series 2. Fred Searls 1882-1906

Physical Description: 5 letters

Scope and Content Note

Contains five incoming letters written to Fred Searls.
Box MC253:10

Helwig, J.H. 1889 March 26

Box MC253:11

Helwig, J.H. 1889 September 7

Box MC253:12

Helwig, J.H. 1890 February 14

Box MC253:13

Helwig, J.H. 1906 April 19

Box MC253:14

Stehr, William 1882 December 2

 

Series 3. Zeibright Mine 1905-1923

Physical Description: 8 folders

Scope and Content Note

Contains materials related to the Zeibright Mine in Nevada City, California. Arranged chronologuically.
Box MC253:15

Proxy statements 1905 June 5

Box MC253:16

South Yuba Water Company to Zeibright Mining Co. 1908 June 6

Box MC253:17

Letter to Directors and Stockholders of the Zeibright Mining Co. 1911 June 13

Box MC253:18-19

Promissory notes 1915 February 10

Box MC253:20

Affidavit of publication 1920 January 12

Box MC253:21

Report on General Corporate Franchises 1923 March 15

Box MC253:22

Meeting minutes undated