The J. D. Black Papers (CSLA-15) contain photographs, publications, correspondence, and organizational records related to
J. D. Black's career and business in Big Pine, California. Of particular value are the records of the reparations organizations
of Big Pine active during the Owens Valley Water Wars of the 1920s and the photographs documenting life in the mining towns
of California's eastern Sierras and western Nevada.
John David Black was born in 1893 to a pioneer family of California's Owens Valley of the eastern Sierra Nevadas. J. D.'s
father, John, established a store in Bishop in 1888 that J. D. continued to run at least until the 1950s. In 1902, still retaining
the family home and store in Bishop, the Blacks moved to nearby Big Pine, where John opened another store, which eventually
came under J. D. Black's management and remained in business until 1948. John participated in other business enterprises,
such as a saloon, and father and son also held mining property jointly, as well as individual mines.
22 archival document boxes, 14 oversize boxes
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