Inventory of the Consolidated Virginia Mining Co. Records, 1876-1955

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Inventory of the Consolidated Virginia Mining Co. Records, 1876-1955

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San Marino, California

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  • Manuscripts Department
  • The Huntington Library
  • 1151 Oxford Road
  • San Marino, California 91108
  • Phone: (626) 405-2203
  • Fax: (626) 449-5720
  • Email: lgarcia@huntington.org
  • URL: http://www.huntington.org/huntingtonlibrary.aspx?id=554
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Consolidated Virginia Mining Co. Records,
Date (inclusive): 1876-1955
Creator: Consolidated Virginia Mining Co.
Extent: Number of pieces: Approximately 1, 300 pieces
Repository: The Huntington Library
San Marino, California 91108
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Provenance

Purchased from Neil Weinstein, May 9, 1975

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[Identification of item], Consolidated Virginia Mining Co. Records, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Brief History

The Consolidated Virginia Mining Co. on the Comstock Lode at Virginia City, Nevada, was organized in 1867, but the sinking of a shaft was delayed for two years. The lode was difficult to find, work stopped, and the stock fell considerably in 1870. In 1871, James Flood began to buy stock in Consolidated Virginia and, joined by John Mackay, James Fair, and William O'Brien, formed the Bonanza Firm. They bought the land owned by the Consolidated Virginia Mining Co. and hoped to find rich ore in that section between the Gould & Curry and the Ophir mines. In 1873, they struck the Big Bonanza, which produced over $100 million of ore from 1873-82. The firm bought control of the adjoining Ophir and Mexican mines in 1877. Although the firm dominated the Comstock from 1876-95, when Mackay sold the interests to San Francisco stockbrokers, the last dividend was paid in 1880. The Con-Virginia was the most successful mine on the Comstock and one of the few to pay more in dividends than it levied in assessments. In the 1930's, the company was reactivated to mine and mill the lower grade ore still remaining. The reactivated firm in 1933 collected old maps and also made detailed new maps of the older workings, level by level. These 112 large rolled maps (which include one signed by Charles Frederick Hoffmann) show various mines and mining claims on the Comstock Lode in addition to Con-Virginia.
Some high-grade veins were found and production continued until 1942 when gold mining activity was curtailed because of war-time restrictions. After this time, the mine operated only sporadically and correspondence ceases in 1955.

Subject matter

  • Nevada - mines and mineral resources
  • Comstock Lode
  • Mining industry and finance

Persons represented:

  • Zeb Kendall (account book and many letters as president of the firm)

Important or interesting items

  • Hoffmann Charles Frederick. General Map of Comstock Mines [c. 1879]. Map 1
  • Osborne, W. L. Consolidated Virginia and Ophir Mines: Assay Plans (10 maps showing details of original level workings). 1933-1934. Map Roll 16
  • Consolidated Virginia Mining Co. Minutes of the Board of Directors. 1932-1935. Box 1
  • Con-Virginia Diamond Drill Logs and correspondence. 1950. Box 4

Arrangement

 

Section I - Correspondence and business papers

Box 1

1921-1939, Dec.

Box 2

1939-1948 (bound group)

 

1940-1942

Box 3

1943-1946

Box 4

1947-1953

Box 5

1954-1955

 

Section II -Volumes

 

Consolidated Virginia Mining Company

Volume 1

1919-1920 Ledger

Volume 2

1920-1923 Stock Ledger & Transfer Journal

Volume 3

1921-1924 Stock Ledger & Transfer Journal

Volume 4

1921-1932 Stock Certificate Account Book

Volume 5

1923-1934 Cash Book

Volume 6

1926-1935 Ledger

Volume 7

1928-1935 Journal (account book)

Volume 8

1932-1935 Cash Book

Volume 9

1933-1934 Cash Book

Volume 10

1935-1937 Loans and Interest Journal

Volume 11

1935-1937 Pay Roll Ledger

Volume 12

1935-1946 Stock Certificate Account Book

Volume 13

1937-1939 Pay Roll Ledger

 

Other Material

Volume 14

1921-1935 Ophir Mining Co. - Stock Ledger & Transfer Journal

Volume 15

1931-1935 Zeb Kendall, Mrs. Zeb Kendall, Abe L. Kendall - Joint Account Book

Volume 16

1936-1938 Mexican Gold & Silver Mining Co. - Account Book

 

Section III - Map Rolls

 

General

 

1 General map of surface claims for Comstock Mines, including California, Consolidated Virginia, Best & Belcher, Gould & Curry, Savage, Hale & Norcross, Chollar, Potosi, Bullion, Exchequer, Yellow Jacket, and Sutro Tunnel. Cloth-backed - ink. HOFFMANN, Charles Frederick, cartographer. [1879?]

 

2 General map of levels and inclines for Ophir, Consolidated Virginia, Best & Belcher, Gould & Curry, Savage. Draft, pencil and ink. Cloth-backed.

 

3 General map of surface claims for Capital, Alta, Lady Washington, Justice Mill Site, Woodville, North Monumental, Monumental, Echo, Silver Hill Mining Co., Gold Canon Creek, Devil's Gate Toll Road. Ink on brown paper.

 

4 General map of surface claims from Lone Cabin Placer to Sunshine. Ink and pencil draft on white paper.

 

5 General map of surface claims, including Fairfax, July Lode, Plutus, Miami, Ohio, Shamo, March, Rocky Bar. Ink and pencil on printed Plat Claim Form. 1900

 

Individual Mines

 

6 Alpha, Emma, Star of the West, Ohio, Como Chief. Surface claims. On verso: pencil notations. Ink on white paper.

 

7 Alpha, Exchequer, Bullion. Surface claims. Black and red ink on brown paper.

 

8 Auer, John (ground claimed by), Bailey Mine, including Lafayette Consolidated Mining Co., Great Eastern. Surface claims. Red and black ink on brown paper. On verso: Sutro tunnel Shaft.

 

9 Bonanza (North) - Flowery Dist. Surface claim. Ink on brown paper.

 

10 Bryan (L.G.). Surface buildings, tunnels, hoist, mill, Flowery Ravine, etc. Red ink on brown paper.

 

11 Champion Consolidated Mining Co., including Kossuth, Webber, Silver Central Co., Carson Co.. Surface claims. Ink on brown paper.

 

12 Comstock (North), Pioneer (including also Spanish Co., Scorpion Silver Mining Co.). Surface claims. Red and black ink on brown paper. On verso: Gold Hill Co., Scorpion, & Sierra Nevada.

 

13 Consolidated Virginia, California, Ophir, Vermont. Workings. (Includes Virginia & Truckee Railroad track and Sutro tunnel). Ink and color on brown paper.

 

14 Consolidated Virginia, California Mining Co. and surrounding mines. Surface claims. Black and red ink on brown paper.

 

15 Consolidated Virginia Mining Co., Ophir, California, and Consolidated Virginia Mines. On oil skin. 1936, Feb.

 

1) 60' level

 

2) 145' level

 

3) 245' level

 

4) shovel-pit assay map.

 

SQUIRES, Howard W., cartographer.

 

16 Consolidated Virginia and Ophir Mines: Assay plans: 1933-1934

 

1) 75' level workings

Physical Description: (1 oil skin, 1 colored blue line print)
 

2) 123'-104' levels

Physical Description: (1 oil skin and 1 blue line print)
 

3) 138'-111' levels

Physical Description: (1 oil skin)
 

4) 207'-187'-163' levels

Physical Description: (1 oil skin)
 

5) 237' level

Physical Description: (1 oil skin)
 

6) California claim - East ore body

Physical Description: (1 oil skin)
 

7) Ophir claim - North Extension - 146' level

Physical Description: (1 oil skin)
 

8) Ophir - A & A Workings (Blocks C-D-E-F)

Physical Description: (1 oil skin)
 

9) Ophir - Mexican and Boucher Winze 250' level

Physical Description: (1 ink and color and 1 oil skin colored)
 

10) Composite map of Ophir and Consolidated Virginia workings - negative photostat. OSBORNE, W. L., cartographer.

 

17 Consolidated Virginia corresponding to Ophir (level 1921 maps). Oil skin ink and color.

 

1) Con Virginia 1000'

 

2) Con Virginia 1200

 

3) Con Virginia 1500

 

Ophir 1366

 

4) Con Virginia 1550

 

Ophir 1400

 

5) Con Virginia 1600

 

Ophir 1445

 

6) Con Virginia 1650

 

Ophir 1500

 

7) Con Virginia 1700

 

8) Con Virginia 1750

 

Ophir 1600

 

9) Con Virginia 1800

 

10) Con Virginia 1950

 

11) Con Virginia 2050

 

Ophir 1900

 

12) Con Virginia 2150

 

Ophir 2000

 

18 Consolidated Virginia - Bonanza. Shaft map, cross section. On oil skin.

 

19 Consolidated Virginia Mining Co. - Cyanide Mill designed by Lou M. Louis. 1935, Aug. 21

Physical Description: Twenty blue prints (and 3 duplicate copies).
 

POWELL, C. A., cartographer.

 

20 Consolidated Virginia - Savage & Norcross - Ventilating. Map to accompany report on ventilating system at North End Mines. Blue print. 1914, Jan.

 

LIDDELL, Chas. A., cartographer.

 

21 Consolidated Virginia Mining Co. - Mine Dumps (printed with MS. notations) 1947, Dec.

 

1) Con Virginia Dump

Physical Description: (2 blue prints)
 

2) Ophir Dump

 

3) Ophir Dump

 

4) C.C. Dump

 

5) C.C. Dump, Brewery Dump.

 

SQUIRES, Howard W., cartographer.

 

22 Cosmopolitan Stope (incomplete?). Ink on brown paper.

 

23 Croton & North Ophir, Conflict between. Surface claims. Ink and pencil on brown paper.

 

24 Fairfax, Spring Garden, Butcher. Surface claims. Ink on brown paper.

 

25 Fairfax, Vermont, Venis [sic] and others. Surface claims. Ink and color on oil skin.

 

26 Gold Lead, Margarita, Comstock. Surface claims. Black and red ink on brown paper.

 

27 Golden Eagle Mine & Independent. Inclines. Draft, pencil.

 

28 Joe Scates. Surface claim. Pencil draft on brown paper.

 

29 Juniper Claim, Golden Era Claim, Prospect Claim. Surface claims. Ink on brown paper.

 

30 Justice Blaine. Surface claim. Pencil draft on brown paper. On verso: draft. 1901, Oct. 5

 

MORAN, W. T., cartographer.

 

31 Margarita, Marsano, Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, Esperance, Manhattan Consolidated. Surface claims. Ink on brown paper.

 

32 Mary Ann, Northern Light, Butcher, Vermont, Venis [sic], also North Consolidated Virginia, Kearsarge, Light, California Consolidated, Joe Scates. Surface claims. Ink, outlined in color on brown paper.

 

33 Mexican Shaft and Mt. Blanc Shaft. Pencil draft on oil skin.

 

34 Monte Cristo Mine. Surface Claim. Draft, pencil and ink.

 

35 New York-Nevada Mining Co. Claims, Gold Hill Mining District, Storey Co. Blue print with MS. notations.

 

NICKERSON, Geo. S., cartographer.

 

36 Northern Belle, Golden Eagle, Oest, Boston. Surface claims. Blue print. On verso: pencil notations.

 

37 North Ophir, Scorpion & others. Surface claims. Ink on brown paper.

 

38 Ophir - shaft and stope maps

 

1) Portion of Ophir works - 2000'-2700' level

 

2) Mexican shaft, Walsh shaft

 

3) Belcher shaft, Crown Point shaft

 

4) Consolidated Virginia shaft

 

5)?

 

39 Ophir Claim - North Section, Potential Ore Reserves. G. Mc.M. Ross, data. Blue line print with manuscript notations and traced copy. 1934

 

OSBORNE, W. L., cartographer.

 

40 Palmyra District. West Rapidan. Surface claims. Ink on brown paper.

 

41 Potosi. Cross section. Ink on brown paper. MORAN, W. T., cartographer.

 

42 Russian Gold & Silver Mining Co. Claim and North Point Mine. Surface claims. Ink on brown paper.

 

43 Savage Incline. Black and red ink, pencil.

 

44 Savage & Norcross Combination Shafts.

 

45 Savage, Norcross & Co.: Sacramento Surface claims. Draft, pencil and ink.

 

46 Senator, showing Sutro tunnel and Julia Consolidated mine. Surface claims. Ink on brown paper.

 

47 Shamo Co. Also containing Fairfax, Spring Garden and Butcher. Surface claims. Ink on brown paper.

 

48 Sheerin & Holman, Corey Jay Boer. Surface claims. Pencil and ink draft on brown paper. On verso: two other mines.

 

49 Sheridan Co. Lassen Lode, Virginia Claim. Surface claims. On brown paper.

 

50 Silver Hill and adjoining mining claims (Succor White Lead, Snell, Justice & others). Ink draft on brown paper. On verso: Vivian Mine.

 

51 Silver Hill-Dageet Survey. Workings. Including Sheerin, Holman & Cory Jay. Blue print. TAYLOR, C.C., cartographer. 1908, Dec.

 

52 Silver Leaf. Surface claim and shaft. Ink on brown paper. 1889, Oct. 13

 

53 Utah, also Allen Consolidated Mining Co. located as the Peruvian Claim, and Blue Jacket. Surface claims. Ink on brown paper.

 

54 Utah, Ward, Orleans. Surface claims. Ink on brown paper. On verso: Atlantic Company's tunnel.

 

55 Unidentified.

 

Other

 

56 Falette Tract. Surveyed for R. Marcoux. Showing also the Virginia & Truckee Railroad, Roux Gardens, and American Flat road. On brown paper. 1876, Dec. 13

 

57 Truckee River, proposed dam. Blue print. 1911, June 9

 

58 Virginia & Gold Hill Water Co. Pencil, traced copy.

 

59 Virginia City. Mill Street and A, B, C Streets and Mexican Shaft. Pencil draft on brown paper. 1935, Oct. 15

 

60 Virginia City. Official map of Virginia City, as adopted, June 6, 1865. Traced by Walter G. Reid. Blue line print. 1955, Mar.

 

61 Virginia City. Topographical maps for Virginia City Mining Co., showing Consolidated Virginia Mining Co. and adjoining claims. Two sheets. Blue prints. 1944, Sep.

 

62 Virginia City, showing Consolidated Virginia, Ophir, Mexican and Union Mining claims and town lots. Blue print. [c.1944?]