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Guide to the Plumas-Eureka Collection
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Box  Boxes 1-8

Series I:  Historic Johnsville, California Records,1888-1958.

Physical Description: 8 boxes

Scope and Content Note

This series contains a number of subcollections from Johnsville residents as well as journals, minute books, and photographs reflecting life in Johnsville as lived by its residents.
Box 1, Folder 1

Banks (John F.) Papers, 1888-1889.

Physical Description: (7 pages)
Box 1, Folder 2

Correspondence and greeting cards, 1891.

Physical Description: (8 items)
Box 1, Folder 3

Ephemera, 1913.

Physical Description: (4 items)
Box 1 , Folder 4-20

Legal Affairs - Maxwell (G.A.) Papers, 1884-1935.

Physical Description: (17 folders)

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains material related to G.A. Maxwell, a Justice of the Peace based at Johnsville, and associated local legal affairs.
Box 1, Folder 4

Blank legal forms, n.d.

Physical Description: (1 folder)
Box 1, Folder 5

Correspondence, 1899-1928.

Physical Description: (1 folder)
Box 1, Folder 6

Financial records, 1916.

Physical Description: (1 folder)
Box 1, Folder 7

Newspaper notices, 1935.

Physical Description: (1 folder)
Box 1, Folder 8-17

Proceedings, 1884-1919.

Physical Description: (10 folders)
Box 1, Folder 8

1884-1900

Box 1, Folder 9

1910

Box 1, Folder 10

1911

Box 1, Folder 11

1912

Box 1, Folder 12

1913

Box 1, Folder 13

1915

Box 1, Folder 14

1916

Box 1, Folder 15

1917

Box 1, Folder 16

1918

Box 1, Folder 17

1919

Box 1, Folder 18

Sheriff's orders, 1885, 1913, 1917.

Physical Description: (1 folder)
Box 1, Folder 19

Transcriptions of court testimony, 1917, 1920.

Physical Description: (1 folder)
Box 1, Folder 20

Vital Records, 1917.

Physical Description: (1 folder)
Box 1, Folder 21

Legal affairs - Pezzola (G.A.) Papers, 1917.

Physical Description: (1 folder)
Box 1, Folder 22-25

Merchant ephemera, 1881-1922, n.d.

Physical Description: (4 folders)

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains merchant ephemera of various Johnsville merchants.
Box 1, Folder 22

M.B. Bolton, 1915, 1922.

Physical Description: (1 folder)
Box 1, Folder 23

O.P. Dolly, 1881-1882.

Physical Description: (1 folder)
Box 1, Folder 24

W.H. Mayfield, 1900.

Physical Description: (1 folder)
Box 1, Folder 25

Other, n.d.

Physical Description: (1 folder)
Box 2, Folder 1

Negatives, n.d.

Physical Description: (81 items)

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains various photograph negatives. Some correspond with photographs in Box 3.
Box 2, Folder 2

News Clippings, 1880-1963.

Physical Description: (29 items)
Box 2, Folder 3

Pamphlets, n.d.

Physical Description: (12 items)
Box 2, Folder 4-7

Periodicals, 1890-1962.

Physical Description: (4 folders, 19 items)

Scope and Content Note

Assorted magazines and newspapers kept by Johnsville residents, including a 1902 Sears and Roebuck catalog.
Box 3, Folder 1-2

Personal effects, n.d.

Physical Description: (5 items in 2 folders)

Scope and Content Note

Personal books kept by Johnsville residents.
Box 3, Folder 1

Personal effects, n.d.

Physical Description: (4 items)

Scope and Content Note

Four account books of Johnsville residents: E.P. Dokey, George W. Perry, and two unidentified.
Box 3, Folder 2

Personal effects, n.d.

Physical Description: (1 item)

Scope and Content Note

Recipe book, including handwritten and clipped recipes, no date.
Box 3, Folder 3-6

Photographs, n.d.

Physical Description: 117 items in 4 folders.

Scope and Content Note

Assorted photos of Johnsville, Jamison City, the mines, local residents and other local views, in various sizes. Includes one collection of photographs donated by the Lumley family of Johnsville and some copies of original photos made by Park staff.
Box 3, Folder 3

Photographs, n.d.

Physical Description: (81 items)
Box 3, Folder 4

Photographs, n.d.

Physical Description: (11 items)

Scope and Content Note

Larger formats of items in folder 3.
Box 3, Folder 5

Photographs, n.d.

Physical Description: (11 items)

Scope and Content Note

Lumley collection.
Box 3, Folder 6

Photographs, n.d.

Physical Description: (10 items)

Scope and Content Note

Copies of photos in the collection.
Box 4

Photographs, n.d.

Physical Description: Album of cartes de visite. (1 item)

Scope and Content Note

Possibly Moriarity family collection.
Box 5, Folder 1

Politics, 1918, 1920, 1922, 1956.

Physical Description: (4 items in 1 folder)

Scope and Content Note

Index to Precinct Registers, Plumas County Primary Election, 1918, 1920, 1922; printed copy of zoning ordinance #368, passed Feb. 7 1956 by Plumas County Board of Supervisors.
Box 5, Folder 2

School memorabilia, 1902, 1905, 1922.

Physical Description: (4 items in 1 folder)
Box 5, Folder 3-7

Social activities, 1907-1921.

Physical Description: (30 items in 5 folders)

Scope and Content Note

This subseries contains material related to various social activities and clubs in the Johnsville/Eureka Peak area.
Box 5, Folder 3

Eureka Athletic Club, 1907-1910.

Physical Description: (1 item)
Box 5, Folder 4

Johnsville Baseball Club, 1908-1910.

Physical Description: (8 items)
Box 5, Folder 5

Johnsville Boat Club, 1911-1916.

Physical Description: (11 items)
Box 5, Folder 6

Johnsville Boat Club, 1913-1918.

Physical Description: (1 item)
Box 5, Folder 7

Other clubs and fraternities, 1915-1921.

Physical Description: (9 items)
Box 5, Folder 8

Tourist ephemera, n.d.

Physical Description: (5 items in 1 folder)

Scope and Content Note

This subseries contains brochures from local hotels in Johnsville in the early part of the 20th century.
Box 5, Folder 9

Transportation, 1896-1910.

Physical Description: (11 items in 1 folder)

Scope and Content Note

This subseries contains local stage and freight train information and invoices.
Box 5, Folder 10

Utilities, 1930-1940.

Physical Description: (6 items in 1 folder)

Scope and Content Note

This subseries contains local utility bills and ephemera.
Box 6-7

Monographs, 1883.

Physical Description: 2 items, one per box.

Scope and Content Note

This subseries contains two copies of a monograph, one per box.
Box 6

A History of Lassen, Plumas, and Sierra Counties, 1883.

Box 7

A History of Lassen, Plumas, and Sierra Counties, 1883.

Box 8

Record of Proceedings, Justices Court, Quartz Township, Plumas County, 1879-1887, 1907-1922.

Physical Description: (2 journals)

Scope and Content Note

This box contains two journals of Justice Court proceedings.
Box 9-10A

Oversize items, 1907-1959.

Physical Description: (15 oversize items in 3 boxes)

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains 7 of 8 parts of a Sacramento Bee 1957-1958 centennial series. One part is missing. Also includes an oversize account book from a Johnsville general store run by Garaventa and Bolton, 1909, as well as assorted full page clippings from assorted local and regional newspapers.
Box 9

Sacramento Bee Centennial album, 1957-1958.

Physical Description: (7 items)
Box 10

Account book from Johnsville general store run by Garaventa and Bolton, 1909.

Physical Description: (1 item)
Box 10A

Assorted full page newspaper clippings, 1907-1959.

Physical Description: (6 items)
Box 11-20

Previously housed and grouped photographs, n.d.

Physical Description: (10 boxes)

Scope and Content Note

This subseries contains 10 boxes of photographs, housed by subject matter.
Box 11

Box 1 of 10 Logging and skiing photographs, n.d.

Physical Description: (no count)
Box 12

Box 2 of 10 Mining photographs, n.d.

Physical Description: (no count)
Box 13

Box 3 of 10 Outlying areas - Portola, Mohawk Valley, Quincy, La Porte, n.d.

Physical Description: (no count)
Box 14

Box 4 of 10 Outlying areas - Jamison Canyon, Lake's Basin, Sierra Buttes, n.d.

Physical Description: (no count)
Box 15-16

Box 5-6 of 10 Johnsville photographs, n.d.

Physical Description: (no count)
Box 17-19

Box 7-9 of 10 Portraits, n.d.

Physical Description: (no count)
Box 20

Box 10 of 10 Albums and framed photographs, n.d.

Physical Description: (no count)
Box Boxes 21-58

Series II: Plumas County Mining Records, 1853-1956.

Physical Description: 6 boxes

Scope and Content Note

This series contains a number of important items reflecting activity at the two major mining companies of the Gold Mountain/Eureka Peak area.
Box Box 21

 Subseries 1: Jamison Mining Company Records, 1886-1913, n.d.

Physical Description: 15 folders in 1 box.

Scope and Content Note

This subseries contains materials related to the Jamison Mining Company including expenses and publications.
Box 21, Folder 1

Articles of Incorporation, 1886, certified copy 1908.

Physical Description: (5 pages)
Box 21, Folder 2-4

Cancelled checks, 1891-1892.

Physical Description: (3 folders)
Box 21, Folder 2

1891.

Physical Description: (1 folder)
Box 21, Folder 3

January-June 1892.

Physical Description: (1 folder)
Box 21, Folder 4

July-December 1892.

Physical Description: (1 folder)
Box 21, Folder 5

Expense ledger, 1905-1909.

Physical Description: (32 pieces)

Scope and Content Note

32 leaf fragments, heavily water-damaged.
Box 21, Folder 6-7

Expense vouchers, 1890-1892.

Physical Description: (2 folders)
Box 21, Folder 6

October 1890-December 1891.

Physical Description: (1 folder)
Box 21, Folder 7

January 1892-October 1892.

Physical Description: (1 folder)
Box 21, Folder 8

History narrative (source unidentified), n.d.

Physical Description: (4 pages)
Box 21, Folder 9

Mineral Certificates #279 and #281, 1892.

Physical Description: (2 items)
Box 21, Folder 10

Other vouchers-related material, 1891.

Physical Description: (3 items in 1 folder)
Box 21, Folder 11-12

Payroll vouchers (monthly), 1891-1913.

Physical Description: (2 folders)
Box 21, Folder 11

1891-1892.

Physical Description: (7 items in 1 folder, incomplete)
Box 21, Folder 12

1909-1913.

Physical Description: (17 items in 1 folder, incomplete)
Box 21, Folder 13

Publications, n.d.

Physical Description: (1 folde)r
Box 21, Folder 14

Receipts for payment, 1890-1912.

Physical Description: (19 items in 1 folder)
Box 21, Folder 15

Stock certificates and related material, 1908, 1910.

Physical Description: (2 items in 1 folder)

Scope and Content Note

1) stock certificate issued to Dwight J. Lawton, 1910, for 28,000 shares; 2) manuscript letter to Austin Lewis, Esq. San Francisco, from Sam W. Cheyney, Secretary of Jamison Mining Co., re: John Neville's holdings in Jamison Mining Co., 1908.
Box  Box 22

Subseries 2:  Plumas-Eureka Mining/Sierra Buttes Mining Company records 1855-1953, n.d.

Physical Description: 16 folders in 1 box.

Scope and Content Note

This subseries contains materials related to both Plumas-Eureka Mining Company and the Sierra Buttes Mining Company.
Box 22, Folder 1-5

Financial reports, 1885-1929, n.d.

Physical Description: (5 folders)
Box 22, Folder 1

Johns/Hoskings report, 1885.

Physical Description: (31 pages)
Box 22, Folder 2

Copy of same, n.d.

Physical Description: (31 pages)
Box 22, Folder 3

C. Stark "verbatim" copy of E.B. Kimball report, 1902.

Physical Description: (16 pages)

Scope and Content Note

Original and copy.
Box 22, Folder 4

'76 mine,September 1910.

Physical Description: (1 page)
Box 22, Folder 5

Accounts payable voucher ledger, 1929.

Physical Description: (1 item)
Box 22, Folder 6

History narrative-typescript copy (source unknown), n.d.

Physical Description: (4 pages in 1 folder)
Box 22, Folder 7

Litigation - Parrott (John) vs. Eureka Mining Co., 1866.

Physical Description: (Photocopy, 8 pages)
Box 22, Folder 8-10

Lundy (C.A.) Papers, 1921-1956.

Physical Description: (3 folders)
Box 22, Folder 8

Notices of Location, Claims, 1921-1956.

Physical Description: (10 items in 1 folder)
Box 22, Folder 9

Parking location ledgers, 1950-1952, 1957-1958.

Physical Description: (2 items in 1 folder)
Box 22, Folder 10

Quit Claim Deeds, 1953.

Physical Description: (9 items in 1 folder)
Box 22, Folder 11

Notices of Location, Claims, 1915.

Physical Description: (7 items in 1 folder)
Box 22, Folder 12

Periodicals - Mining Journal, v. 99 no. 5, January 30, 1915.

Physical Description: (1 item)
Box 22, Folder 13

Photographs, 1910, n.d.

Physical Description: (5 items)

Scope and Content Note

One 8" x 10" photo of each Keddie map (see Box 28), one 4' x 5" photo of Eureka mine on Eureka Peak, two 4" x 5" photos of a stock certificate issued on Dwight J. Lawton, 1910, for 28,000 shares (see Box 21).
Box 22, Folder 14

Proof of Labor on Claims,1917-1928.

Physical Description: (11 items)
Box 22, Folder 15

Stock certificate - Plumas-Mohawk Mining Company, 1910.

Physical Description: (1 item)
Box 22, Folder 16

Plumas-Eureka Annex Mining Company documents, 1922-1925.

Physical Description: (8 pages, photocopies only)
Box Box 23

Subseries 3:  Portola Corporation records, n.d.

Physical Description: 7 folders in 1 box.

Scope and Content Note

This subseries contains materials related to the Portola Corporation, another mining concern in Plumas County.
Box 23, Folder 1

Checkbook, 1910.

Physical Description: (1 item)
Box 23, Folder 2

Equipment advertising, 1910.

Physical Description: (1 item)
Box 23, Folder 3

Equipment catalog, 1910.

Physical Description: (1 item)
Box 23, Folder 4-7

Forms, blank, n.d.

Physical Description: (1 item)
Box 23, Folder 4

Authorization for Payroll Deduction, n.d.

Physical Description: (1 folder)
Box 23, Folder 5

Daily Time Reports, n.d.

Physical Description: (1 folder)
Box 23, Folder 6

Notice of Employment, n.d.

Physical Description: (1 folder)
Box 23, Folder 7

Notice of Termination, n.d.

Physical Description: (1 folder)
Box Boxes 24-58

Subseries 4:  Miscellaneous mining materials, including oversize material, 1855-1953.

Physical Description: 6 boxes

Scope and Content Note

This subseries contains records from both Plumas-Eureka Mining and the Sierra Buttes Mining Companies, along with other interesting mining-related materials.
Box 24, Folder 1

Equipment catalogs, n.d.

Physical Description: (3 items in 1 folder)
Box 24, Folder 2

Equipment instruction booklets and pamphlets, n.d.

Physical Description: (12 items in 1 folder)
Box 24, Folder 3

Periodicals, n.d.

Physical Description: (4 items in 1 folder)
Box 24, Folder 4

State of California Division of Mines information booklet: Radioactive Material in California, n.d.

Physical Description: (1 item in 1 folder)
Box 25

Minute book, Highland Mary Mining Co., Sierra County, 1872-1889.

Physical Description: (1 item)
Box 25

Copy book, correspondence and Supervisor's reports, Sierra Buttes Mining Co., 1890-1902.

Physical Description: (1 item)
Box 26

Account ledger, City of '76, Elizabeth, Lafayette, Mammoth Mills, 1853-1856.

Physical Description: (1 item)
Box 27

Account ledger, Jamison City mine, April 1855-May 1856.

Physical Description: (1 item)
Box 28

Payroll ledger, Jamison Mining Company, 1913.

Physical Description: (1 item)
Box 28, Folder 2-4

Maps, 4/2/1919, n.d.

Physical Description: (4 folders)
Folder 2

Drawn by Arthur W. Keddie - plan of outside mines, Plumas-Eureka, n.d.

Physical Description: (1 item)
Folder 3

Drawn by Arthur W. Keddie - vertical elevation, Plumas-Eureka mine, n.d.

Physical Description: (1 item)
Folder 4

Author unknown - major creeks and placer claims above Johnsville, n.d.

Physical Description: (1 item)
Folder 5

Drawn by Joseph Stark - Eureka Tunnel and upper workings connected by '76 raise, 4/2/1919.

Physical Description: (1 item)
Folder 6-8

Prospecting sheets, 1872-1886.

Physical Description: (3 folders)
Folder 6

Plumas-Eureka mine, July 1872-June 1894.

Physical Description: (52 pages in 1 folder)
Folder 7

'76 mine and '76 ravine, July 1884-June 1886.

Physical Description: (4 pages in 1 folder)
Folder 8

Elizabeth and Rough and Ready mines, July 1884-December 1885.

Physical Description: (3 pages in 1 folder)
Box Boxes 29-58

Subseries 5:  Boxed periodicals, 1913-1926.

Physical Description: 30 boxes

Scope and Content Note

This subseries contains boxed periodicals concerning mining.
Box 29-56

Engineering and Mining Journal, 1913-1926.

Physical Description: (28 boxes)

Scope and Content Note

A nearly continuous run of this publication within the years stated. The last box contains fragments from other issues otherwise intact in the boxes.
Box 57

Mining World and Engineering, 1916.

Physical Description: (1 box)
Box 58

Mining and Metallurgy, 1920-1925.

Physical Description: (1 box)
Box Boxes 59-68

Series III:  Sorracco Family Records, 1890-1924.

Physical Description: 10 boxes

Scope and Content Note

John S. Sorracco (1866 - 1933) and his descendants were the source of this series of papers. Sorracco, son of Italian immigrants, arrived in Johnsville with his family, quickly laid claim to lands with water rights and made money leasing his water sources to the Jamison Mining Company during its heyday. Later he was a successful merchant, opening a general store first in Johnsville then in Portola. He and his wife Irene had two children, both girls, who were students in the Johnsville school.
Box Boxes 59-61

 Subseries 1: Sorracco family personal papers, 1906-1925, n.d.

Physical Description: 3 boxes

Scope and Content Note

This subseries contains Sorracco family personal papers, separating them from store records.
Box 59

Education papers, 1906-1908.

Physical Description: (16 folders in 1 box)

Scope and Content Note

A series of folders containing workbooks, lesson books, graded assignments, certificates of completion, and related ephemera from International Correspondence Schools (ICS), Scranton, PA, with an office in San Francisco. John S. Sorracco took courses from ICS during 1906-1908, with coursework in single and double-entry bookkeeping, artihmetic, spelling, penmanship, and cost accounting.
Box 60, Folder 1

Bank records, 1918-1922.

Physical Description: (17 items)
Box 60, Folder 2

Insurance records, 1919-1925.

Physical Description: (15 items)
Box 60, Folder 3

Legal records, 1890.

Physical Description: (1 item)
Box 60, Folder 4

Miscellaneous receipts, 1919 (bulk)-1922.

Physical Description: (7 items)
Box 60, Folder 5

Oddfellows receipts, 1919 (bulk)-1922.

Physical Description: (6 items)
Box 60, Folder 6-10

Photographs, n.d.

Physical Description: (5 folders)
Box 60, Folder 6

Eureka Peak mining views, n.d.

Physical Description: (1 folder)
Box 60, Folder 7

Johnsville and vicinity views, n.d.

Physical Description: (1 folder)
Box 60, Folder 8

Johnsville school, n.d.

Physical Description: (1 folder)
Box 60, Folder 9

Johnsville social clubs and activities, n.d.

Physical Description: (1 folder)
Box 60, Folder 10

Sorracco family and friends, n.d.

Physical Description: (1 folder)
Box 60, Folder 11

Portola Band records - Constitution and By-laws, n.d.

Physical Description: (10 items)
Box 60, Folder 12

Portola Band cash ledger, n.d.

Physical Description: (1 item)
Box 60, Folder 13

Snow shoe and ski dope recipes, 1914-1952.

Physical Description: (16 items)
Box 60, Folder 14

School memorabilia, n.d.

Physical Description: (1 folder)
Box 60, Folder 15

Tax records, n.d.

Physical Description: (1 folder)
Box 60, Folder 16

Utility records, n.d.

Physical Description: (1 folder)
Box 61

Photo album, n.d.

Physical Description: (1 item)

Scope and Content Note

Photo album of family and friends, local environs in Johnsville, San Francisco earthquake of 1906, no other dates.
Box Boxes 62-65

Subseries 2:  Sorracco store records, 1916-1925, n.d.

Physical Description: 4 boxes

Scope and Content Note

This subseries contains material related to the Sorracco store records including vendor invoices and accounts.
Box 62, Folder 1

Accounts receivable, 1915-1924.

Physical Description: (3 folders)
Box 62, Folder 2

Invoices, 1919-1924.

Physical Description: (1 folder)
Box 62, Folder 3

Ledger (fragment), 1915.

Physical Description: (1 folder)
Box 62, Folder 4

Receipt books, 1916.

Physical Description: (3 items)
Box 62, Folder 5

Bank statements and cancelled checks, 1918-1925.

Physical Description: (1 folder)
Box 62, Folder 6

Correspondence, n.d.

Physical Description: (1 folder)
Box 62, Folder 7

Rent receipts, n.d.

Physical Description: (8 items)
Box 62, Folder 8

Vendor catalogs and samples/swatches, n.d.

Physical Description: (1 folder)
Box 63

Ledgers, 1913-1916, 1918, 1931, 1936, 1940-1958.

Physical Description: (5 items)

Scope and Content Note

Four inventory ledgers and one Accounts Payable ledger.
Box 64-65

Vendor invoices, n.d.

Physical Description: (93 folders in 2 boxes)

Scope and Content Note

Arranged alphabetically by vendor in five regional groups.
Box 64, Folder 1-12

Reno,n.d.

Physical Description: (12 folders)
Box 64, Folder 13-31

Sacramento, n.d.

Physical Description: (19 folders)
Box 64, Folder 32-42

San Francisco, n.d.

Physical Description: (11 folders)
Box 65, Folder 1-27

San Francisco (continued), n.d.

Physical Description: (27 folders)
Box 65, Folder 28-47

Other California,n.d.

Physical Description: (20 folders)
Box 65, Folder 48-50

Non-California, n.d.

Physical Description: (3 folders)
Box 65, Folder 51

Unidentified, n.d.

Physical Description: (1 folder)
Box Boxes 66-68

Subseries 3:  Separated materials, n.d.

Physical Description: 3 boxes

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of special format photographs which were separated from the rest of the collections for storage and security reasons.
Box 66

Glass plate negatives, n.d.

Physical Description: (18 items)
Box 67

Photographs, n.d.

Physical Description: (4 items)

Scope and Content Note

2 daguerreotypes (both unidentified males), 1 ambrotype (unidentified female with child), 1 framed photograph (family scene) in wooden frame.
Box 68

Empty box/case, n.d.

Physical Description: (1 item)

Scope and Content Note

Empty case with marbled boards. Used to house invoices in alphabetical order by vendor.