Guide to the Ian A. Smith papers

Processed by Andrés Calderón; machine-readable finding aid created by Eric Milenkiewicz

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University of California
Riverside, California 92517-5900
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Ian A. Smith papers
Date (inclusive): 1857-1985, undated
Date (bulk): 1970-1980
Collection Number: 126
Creator: Smith, Ian A.
Extent: 1.5 linear feet (2 document boxes, 2 half-size document boxes)
Repository: Rivera Library. Special Collections Department.
Riverside, CA 92517-5900
Abstract: Ian A. Smith was an employee of the California Portland Cement Company's Colton Plant from 1952-1977. Smith also conducted research regarding the history of mining operations at Slover Mountain in Colton, California. The Ian A. Smith papers primarily focus on the California Portland Cement Company's presence at Slover Mountain, but also contains material regarding Isaac Slover and the history of the southwestern United States, particularly that of San Bernardino County, California. Two versions of Smith's manuscript, "Vanishing Mountain: A History of Mining Operations at Mt. Slover, Colton, California", are included. Additionally, the collection includes photographs, notes, correspondence, press clippings, maps, and other material related to Smith's research.
Languages: The collection is in English.

Access

This collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the University of California, Riverside Libraries, Special Collections & Archives. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections & Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Regents of the University of California 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.

Preferred Citation

[identification of item]. Ian A. Smith papers, Collection 126. University of California, Riverside Libraries, Special Collections & Archives, University of California, Riverside.

Acquisition Information

The Ian A. Smith papers were acquired as a gift in 1988.

Processing History

Processed by Andrés Calderón, 2008.

Biography

Ian A. Smith was born on October 15, 1920. He began working for the California Portland Cement Company's Colton Plant in 1952. As an employee of the California Portland Cement Company, Smith held several different positions including Quarry Engineer (1952-1953), Quarry Superintendent (1953-1958), General Quarry Superintendent of the Colton and Mojave Plants (1958-1968), and Chief Mining Engineer (1968-1977). Disability ended his tenure with the California Portland Cement Company in 1977, after nearly thirty years of service.

Chronology

1920: Ian A. Smith was born on October 15th.
1952: Smith began working for the California Portland Cement Company’s Colton Plant.
1953: Smith was promoted to Quarry Superintendent.
1958: Smith was promoted to General Quarry Superintendent of the Colton and Mojave Plants.
1968: Smith was promoted to Chief Mining Engineer.
1977: Ian A. Smith’s employment with the California Portland Cement Company ended as a result of disability.

Collection Scope and Content Summary

This collection contains materials created and collected by Ian A. Smith, an employee of the California Portland Cement Company's Colton Plant from 1952-1977, as he researched the history of mining operations conducted at Mount Slover in Colton, California. The collection primarily focuses on the California Portland Cement Company's mining operations at Mount Slover, but also contains materials regarding Isaac Slover and the history of the southwestern United States, particularly that of San Bernardino County, California. Two versions of Smith's manuscript, "Vanishing Mountain: A History of Mining Operations at Mt. Slover, Colton, California", are included. Additionally, the collection includes photographs, notes, correspondence, press clippings, maps, and other material related to Smith's research.

Collection Arrangement

This collection is arranged into three series. The contents of each series are arranged sequentially according to box and folder number. The series arrangement of this collection is as follows:
  • Series 1. Manuscripts, 1978-1981, undated.
  • Series 2. Research materials, 1857-1985, undated.
  • Series 3. Photographs, 1886 – 1981, undated.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

California Portland Cement Company.
Colton (Calif.).
San Bernardino County (Calif.).
Slover, Isaac, 1780-1854.

Genres and Forms of Materials

Documents.
Manuscripts
Photographs.


Collection Contents

 

Series 1. Manuscripts. 1978-1981, undated.

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series is comprised of Ian A. Smith's manuscript regarding the history of mining operations at Mount Slover in Colton, California. Two versions of the manuscript are included, the original manuscript titled "Hardrock" and the second draft where the title was changed to "Vanishing Mountain".

Series Arrangement

This series is arranged sequentially according to box and folder number.
Box 1, Folder 1

"Hardrock: A History of Mining Operations at Mt. Slover, Colton, California" by Ian A. Smith; pages 1-70 of original manuscript with some additional handwritten notes. 1978.

Box 1, Folder 2

"Hardrock: A History of Mining Operations at Mt. Slover, Colton, California" by Ian A. Smith; pages 71-141 of original manuscript. 1978.

Box 1, Folder 3

"Vanishing Mountain: A History of Mining Operations at Mt. Slover, Colton, California" by Ian A. Smith; pages 1-70 of the manuscript's second draft that includes the title change from "Hardrock" to "Vanishing Mountain" . 1981.

Box 1, Folder 4

"Vanishing Mountain: A History of Mining Operations at Mt. Slover, Colton, California" by Ian A. Smith; pages 71-142 of the manuscript's second draft that includes the title change from "Hardrock" to "Vanishing Mountain" . 1981.

Box 1, Folder 5

Vanishing Mountain: A History of Mining Operations at Mt. Slover, Colton, California" by Ian A. Smith; pages 1-70 of the manuscript's second draft that includes the title change from "Hardrock" to "Vanishing Mountain" (photocopy). 1981.

Box 1, Folder 6

"Vanishing Mountain: A History of Mining Operations at Mt. Slover, Colton, California" by Ian A. Smith; pages 71-142 of the manuscript's second draft that includes the title change from "Hardrock" to "Vanishing Mountain" (photocopy). 1981.

 

Series 2. Research materials. 1857-1985, undated.

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series is comprised of notes, correspondence, press clippings, photographs, and other material collected by Smith as he researched the history of mining operations at Mount Slover in Colton, California. Topics included in the series are Isaac Slover and family, the California Portland Cement Company, the history of California and San Bernardino County, and expeditions to the southwestern United States.

Series Arrangement

This series is arranged sequentially according to box and folder number.
Box 2, Folder 1

Correspondence, research notes, and other material regarding the Slover family history. 1931-1980, undated.

Box 2, Folder 2

Press clippings, maps, and other material regarding Isaac Slover, the history of San Bernardino County, and Louis Rubidoux. 1922-1979, undated.

Box 2, Folder 3

Field notes, publications, and other material regarding Mexican land Grants in California, Colton's Spanish heritage, Agua Mansa, and Rancho Jurupa. 1857-1979, undated.

Box 2, Folder 4

Research notes, photographs, and other material regarding the history of San Bernardino County and California, Agua Mansa, and the fur trade in the western United States. 1868-1980, undated.

Box 2, Folder 5

Articles regarding the history of California, the Spanish Trail from New Mexico to California, and fur traders of the Southwest (photocopies). 1857-1964, undated.

Box 2, Folder 6

Articles regarding early expeditions to the western United States as well as the histories of New Mexico, Colorado, and Oklahoma (photocopies). 1905-1972, undated.

Box 2, Folder 7

Research notes, financial records and other material regarding Slover Mountain, the California Portland Cement Company's Colton Plant, and California's mineral resources. 1857-1981, undated.

Box 2, Folder 8

Research notes, correspondence, and other material regarding Slover Mountain, the California Portland Cement Company's Colton Plant, and California mineral resources (some items are photocopies). 1888-1978, undated.

Box 2, Folder 9

Research notes, press clippings, and other material regarding Slover Mountain, and the California Portland Cement Company's Colton Plant (some items are photocopies). 1925-1977, undated.

Box 2, Folder 10

Press clippings, correspondence, and other material regarding Slover Mountain, the California Portland Cement Company's Colton Plant, and the histories of Colton and San Bernardino (some items are photocopies). 1898-1958, undated.

Box 3, Folder 1

Photographs, press clippings, and correspondence regarding mining and quarry equipment used at California Portland Cement Company's Colton Plant (some items are photocopies). 1926-1953, undated.

Box 3, Folder 2

Documents regarding the operations of the California Portland Cement Company's Colton Plant on Slover Mountain (some items are photocopies). 1916-1981, undated.

Box 3, Folder 3

Press clippings regarding Slover Mountain and the California Portland Cement Company's Colton Plant. 1978-1985.

Box 3, Folder 4

Maps, research notes, and other material regarding the California Portland Cement Company's Colton Plant and Isaac Slover. . 1901-1982, undated.

 

Series 3. Photographs. 1886-1981, undated.

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series is comprised of photographs and negatives primarily regarding California Portland Cement Company's Colton Plant employees, equipment, and mining blasts. Additional topics include Mount Slover and the Agua Mansa Cemetery.

Series Arrangement

This series is arranged sequentially according to box and folder number.
Box 4, Folder 1

Photographs of Slover Mountain as well as California Portland Cement Company's Colton Plant and its employees. 1915-1965, undated.

Box 4, Folder 2

Photographs of equipment, machinery, and blasting at California Portland Cement Company's Colton Plant. 1925-1971, undated.

Box 4, Folder 3

Photographs of Slover Mountain, California Portland Cement Company's Colton Plant, and the Agua Mansa Cemetery. 1886-1981, undated.

Box 4, Folder 4

Negatives of Slover Mountain as well as California Portland Cement Company's Colton Plant employees and equipment. undated.