The Stevenot Collection consists primarily of family papers and business records of
Archibald D. Stevenot (1916-1965). It includes: Golden Chain Council of the Mother Lode
correspondence (1950-1965); miscellaneous E Clampus Vitus records (1940-1965); records of
Stevnot's Merced hotels (1924-1940); and, correspondence between Stevenot and his
brothers (1925-66). Most of the latter correspondence relates to aspects of mining,
financial matters of mutual concern and American politics.
Archibald Douglas Augustine Stevenot (1882-1968) was a mine manager in Tuolumne County
and a Merced hotel proprietor (1924-40). Stevenot managed the Carson Hill Mine
(1919-1924) and other California mining properties. He was deeply involved in community
affairs of the Mother Lode region, was a member of the State Chamber of Commerce for many
years and was President of the Mother Lode Highway Association, an organization created
to improve transportation to remote Sierra mining towns. The latter association merged
with the Golden Chain Council of the Mother Lode (1950), an organization devoted to the
promotion of Mother Lode tourism that Stevenot chaired for many years. ADS was also an
avid amateur historian and belonged to various societies---notably E Clampus
Vitus---whose concern was to promote interest in local history.
Collection is open for research.