Finding Aid to the Daniel M. Burns Papers, 1888-1926

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Finding Aid to the Daniel M. Burns Papers, 1888-1926

Collection number: BANC MSS 87/230 cm

The Bancroft Library



University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California

Contact Information:

Processed by:
Kay Finney and Ann Blum
Date Completed:
October 1990
Encoded by:
Susana Franco
© 1996 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Collection Summary

Collection Title: Daniel M. Burns Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1888-1926
Collection Number: BANC MSS 87/230 cm
Creator: Burns, Daniel M.
Extent: Number of containers: 6 boxes and 2 volumes Linear feet: 2.5
Repository: The Bancroft Library
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Abstract: Series 1: Chiefly incoming correspondence pertaining to political activities at the local and statewide level. Includes requests for jobs, political appointments, letters of acknowledgement and references. Correspondents include prominent businessmen, politicians and several special interest groups. Includes a file of letters from the Afro-American League of San Francisco, headed by T.B. Morton.

Series 2: Chiefly papers pertaining to Burns' mining interests in Mexico as well as miscellaneous other personal business and financial records. Mining interests records consist of account books and ledgers for machinery, payroll, tax records and correspondence concerning mining operations.
Languages Represented: Collection materials are in Spanish

Information for Researchers

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services. Permission for publication is given on behalf to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which just also be obtained by the reader.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Daniel M. Burns Papers, BANC MSS 87/230 cm, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Materials Cataloged Separately

  • Printed reports have been transferred to the Bancroft book collection.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

The Daniel M. Burns Papers were purchased by The Bancroft Library from Yerba Buena Books in 1987.

Biographical Sketch

Daniel M. Burns was born in Mississippi in 1846. His father, William Burns, was a well-to-do rancher and farmer. The senior Burns died en route to Oregon in 1847. Burns' mother died in Sacramento two years later. Young Burns was raised by W. A. Selkirk, a man engaged in mining at Independence Hill, California. Burns began to earn his own livelihood as a cattle rancher in 1855. During the Civil War, he served the Fourth California Regiment in Arizona.
On his return to California, he continued ranching and later ran a hotel in Woodland. He served two terms as Yolo County Clerk before being elected Secretary of State for California in 1879. In 1883, he began mining operations in Mexico. He was president of the Candelaria Consolidated Mexican Mining Company At San Dimas. In 1889 he returned to California and settled in San Francisco, where he served as police commissioner and was active in Republican party politics.

Container List

Boxes 1-2

Series 1: Political Correspondence, ca. 1890-1905

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent.
Primarily incoming correspondence, chiefly from the 1890s, that reflects political activities at local and statewide levels. The correspondence includes requests for jobs and political appointments as well as letters of recommendation and thanks. Several Californians well known in business and politics appear as correspondents. Special interest groups also are well-represented, including several letters from the Afro-American League, headed by T. B. Morton.
Box 1, folder 1

Miscellany

folder 2

Unidentified

folder 3

A Miscellany 1892-1898

Physical Description: 3 letters
folder 4

Afro-American League 1892-1901

Physical Description: 31
folder 5

B Miscellany 1891-1901

Physical Description: 24
folder 6

Bailey, W. C. 1891-1892

Physical Description: 6
folder 7

Belcher, E. A. 1892

Physical Description: 3
folder 8

Brown, W. A. 1891-1892

Physical Description: 4
folder 9

C Miscellany 1891-1899

Physical Description: 12
folder 10

Carroll, John N. 1892

Physical Description: 3
folder 11

D Miscellany 1890-1894

Physical Description: 10
folder 12

de Young, M. H. 189?

Physical Description: 1
folder 13

Dibble, Henry C. 1891

Physical Description: 1
folder 14

E Miscellany 1891-1898

Physical Description: 4
folder 15

F Miscellany 1891-1892

Physical Description: 10
folder 16

Furry, C. F. 1891-1892

Physical Description: 3
folder 17

G Miscellany 1891-1892

Physical Description: 4
folder 18

H Miscellany 1890-1903

Physical Description: 12
folder 19

Hart, E. C. 1890-1899

Physical Description: 3
folder 20

Higgins, M. R. 1891-1892

Physical Description: 12
folder 21

J Miscellany 1891

Physical Description: 1
folder 22

K Miscellany 1891-1892

Physical Description: 3
folder 23

L-Le Miscellany 1898-1902

Physical Description: 29
folder 24

Lh-Lu Miscellany 1892-1902

Physical Description: 26
folder 25

Laumeister, C. S. 1895-1899

Physical Description: 3
folder 26

Lemmon, A. B. 1894-1899

Physical Description: 3
folder 27

Lilienfield, A. 1899-1902

Physical Description: 4
folder 28

Lindley, Hervey 1898-1905

Physical Description: 13
folder 29

Loud, E. F. 1893-1898

Physical Description: 5
folder 30

Low, Charles 1894-1902

Physical Description: 3
folder 31

M-Mark Miscellany 1891-1902

Physical Description: 20
folder 32

Mars-May Miscellany 1894-1905

Physical Description: 19
folder 33

Me-Mil Miscellany 1892-1902

Physical Description: 23
folder 34

Miner-Mor Miscellany 1892-1901

Physical Description: 19
folder 35

Mor-Myr Miscellany 1891-1901

Physical Description: 20
folder 36

Mackintosh, John 1899-1900

Physical Description: 3
folder 37

Maginnis, A. P. 1898-1902

Physical Description: 7
folder 38

Mahoney, Delia 1898-1901

Physical Description: 7
folder 39

Mannix, John 1899

Physical Description: 3
folder 40

Markham, H. H. 1891-1890

Physical Description: 12
folder 41

Martin, A. J. 1892-1893

Physical Description: 4
folder 42

Marvin, G. D. 1899

Physical Description: 4
folder 43

Mc-McF Miscellany 1891-1903

Physical Description: 23
folder 44

McG-Miscellany 1892-1902

Physical Description: 22
folder 45

McConnell, J. M. 1898-1899

Physical Description: 3
folder 46

McGowan 1891-1902

Physical Description: 24
folder 47

McKenna, T. D. 1894-1896

Physical Description: 3
folder 48

McLaughlin, Frank 1889-1898

Physical Description: 5
folder 49

McNally, Rev. J. B. 1890

Physical Description: 3
Box 2, folder 1

Melone, Drury 1894-1899

Physical Description: 5
folder 2

Messer, Nathaniel 1895-1899

Physical Description: 4
folder 3

Miller, Frank 1894-1901

Physical Description: 30
folder 4

Miller, Henry 1894

Physical Description: 1
folder 5

Miller, Joseph 1899-1901

Physical Description: 3
folder 6

Millsap, L. W. 1899

Physical Description: 3
folder 7

Moffitt, Frank 1900-1902

Physical Description: 2
folder 8

Morris, Abe 1894-1898

Physical Description: 3
folder 9

Morris, Chas. C. 1894-1895

Physical Description: 3
 

Morton, T. B.

See: Afro-American League

folder 10

Murray, John 1891-1900

Physical Description: 3
folder 11

Murray, Martin 1894-1897

Physical Description: 4
folder 12

N Miscellany 1892-1903

Physical Description: 12
folder 13

Noyes, J. C. 1900

Physical Description: 3
folder 14

Nusbaumer, E. 1898-1899

Physical Description: 3
folder 15

O-Ol Miscellany 1892-1905

Physical Description: 12
folder 16

Or-Ow Miscellany 1898-1901

Physical Description: 10
folder 17

Oliver, James W. 1899

Physical Description: 4
folder 18

Osborne, H. Z. 1892-1900

Physical Description: 17
folder 19

P-Pa Miscellany 1892-1902

Physical Description: 16
folder 20

Pe Miscellany 1890-1900

Physical Description: 13
folder 21

Ph-Pi Miscellany 1891-1899

Physical Description: 14
folder 22

Pl-Po Miscellany 1892-1899

Physical Description: 13
folder 23

Pardee, George 1902-1905

Physical Description: 2
folder 24

Parker, Walter 1894-1898

Physical Description: 6
folder 25

Parlin, E. E. 1898-1900

Physical Description: 4
folder 26

Patterson, J. B. 1899-1900

Physical Description: 3
folder 27

Patterson, J. R. 1894-1898

Physical Description: 3
folder 28

Patton, Charles L. 1898-1899

Physical Description: 9
folder 29

Perkins, C. B. 1893-1899

Physical Description: 2
folder 30

Perkins, George C. 1894-1901

Physical Description: 8
folder 31

Phillips, C. H. 1899

Physical Description: 3
folder 32

Peart, Lizzie 1898-1899

Physical Description: 3
folder 33

Pedlar, F. A. 1892-1900

Physical Description: 3
folder 34

Pendergast, Clara 1895-1902

Physical Description: 5
folder 35

Pendergast, R. W. 1897-1899

Physical Description: 3
folder 36

Pettingill, Stella 1900

Physical Description: 3
folder 37

Pierce, George W. 1899-1901

Physical Description: 6
folder 38

Pierce, Nelson 1898-1899

Physical Description: 3
folder 39

Pond, Wallace R. 1892-1899

Physical Description: 4
folder 40

Porter, A. J. 1899-1902

Physical Description: 7
folder 41

Post, C. N. 1891-1902

Physical Description: 19
folder 42

Pratt, William H. 1892-1894

Physical Description: 4
folder 43

Purdy, Charles C. 1899

Physical Description: 4
folder 44

Q Miscellany 1892-1894

Physical Description: 3
folder 45

R Miscellany 1891-1892

Physical Description: 7
folder 46

Rose, A. H. 1891

Physical Description: 3
folder 47

S-Sl Miscellany 1891-1902

Physical Description: 13
folder 48

Sn- Miscellany 1891-1898

Physical Description: 9
folder 49

Selkirk, W. A. 1891-1892

Physical Description: 4
folder 50

Steffans, Joseph 1891-1892

Physical Description: 3
folder 51

T Miscellany 1892-1899

Physical Description: 3
folder 52

W-Z Miscellany 1891-1892

Physical Description: 5
folder 53

Wilson, J. N. E. 1891

Physical Description: 3
folder 54

Enclosures, A-L 1894-1900

Physical Description: 16
folder 55

Enclosures, M-Z 1898-1903

Physical Description: 14
folder 56

Correspondence

Additional Note

(not addressed to Burns)
folder 57

Correspondence

Additional Note

(not addressed to Burns) — unidentified
folder 58

Letters from D. M. Burns

Boxes 3-6, vols. 1-2.

Series 2: Business and Financial Papers, ca. 1888-1926

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Arranged by subseries.
Primarily financial reports from Burns' mining interests in Mexico, chief among which was the Candelaria Consolidated Mexican Mining Company and its associated mines of Rio Vista and Vista del Mar. Records include correspondence concerning Burns' mining operations, reports, payroll ledgers, accounts, and receipts. There are also a number of telegrams written in code during the years of the Mexican Revolution. Some of the correspondence is addressed to George Gale, one-time Governor of California and Burns' business partner.
Box 3, folder 1

General correspondence 1891-1905

Physical Description: 7

Additional Note

(unidentified)
folder 2

A-C Miscellany 1891-1901

Physical Description: 9
folder 3

California Miner's Association 1892-1899

Physical Description: 7
folder 4

D-E Miscellany 1891-1902

Physical Description: 8
folder 5

Escobosa, Genaro 1891-1892

Physical Description: 4
folder 6

F-H Miscellany 1891-1902

Physical Description: 12
folder 7

Failing, Edward 1891-1899

Physical Description: 7
folder 9

I-L Miscellany 1891-1908

Physical Description: 26
folder 10

J-M Miscellany 1892-1904

Physical Description: 14
folder 11

Martin, Mrs. Theresa 1905

Physical Description: 3
folder 12

Mosby, R. B. 1899

Physical Description: 3
folder 13

Mc Miscellany 1892-1899

Physical Description: 3
folder 14

McCormick, James 1890-1898

Physical Description: 6
folder 15

N-O Miscellany 1890-1905

Physical Description: 7
folder 16

Norton, George 1902-1905

Physical Description: 4
folder 17

P-Q Miscellany 1892-1901

Physical Description: 14
folder 18

Patterson, J. B. 1899-1903

Physical Description: 6
folder 19

R-S Miscellany 1891-1911

Physical Description: 14
folder 20

Schindler, A. G. 1891-1892

Physical Description: 7
folder 21

Schuyler — Miscellany 1890-1891

Physical Description: 7
folder 22

Schuyler, Jas D. 1891-1892

Physical Description: 21
folder 23

Schuyler, Philip 1888-1889

Physical Description: 4
folder 24

Schuyler, Mrs. Philip [Lucy] 1890-1892

Physical Description: 4
folder 26

Stokes, James B. 1889-1893

Physical Description: 8
folder 27

T-Z Miscellany 1889-1895

Physical Description: 14
folder 28

General correspondence, to S. B. Elkins and A. G. Schindler 1892

Physical Description: 2
folder 29-39

Correspondence re: Contra Estaca Consolidated Mexico Mining Company 1890-1891

Physical Description: 136
Box 4, folder 1-18

Correspondence re: Escoba and Burns 1889-1908

Physical Description: 165
folder 19

Death and wedding announcements 1891-1899

Physical Description: 5
folder 20

Legal documents 1890

Physical Description: 1
folder 21

Club memberships 1891-1911

Physical Description: 16
folder 22

Receipts — Livery stables 1891-1907

Physical Description: 8
folder 23

Receipts — Personal services 1892-1908

Physical Description: 8
folder 24

Receipts — Publications 1892-1907

Physical Description: 3
folder 25

Receipts — Miscellaneous 1900-1911

Physical Description: 6
folder 26

Receipts — Taxes 1905-1910

Physical Description: 19
folder 27

Bids (Mining equipment and supplies) 1890-1891

Physical Description: 4
folder 28

Ledgers (H. R. Bostwick) 1909-1910

Physical Description: 3
folder 29

Receipts — Mining equipment and supplies 1888-1912

Physical Description: 17
folder 30

Miscellany 1890-1898

Physical Description: 6
folder 31

Candelaria — Accounts 1910-1911

Physical Description: 8
folder 32

Candelaria — Advance reports 1910-1911

Physical Description: 3
folder 33

Candelaria — Assays 1910-1911

Physical Description: 49
folder 34

Candelaria — Balance Sheets 1910-1911

Physical Description: 12
folder 35

Candelaria — Check receipts 1889

Physical Description: 1
Box 5, folder 1

Candelaria — Check receipts 1905-1906

Physical Description: 1
folder 2

Candelaria — Invoices for mixed silver bars 1910-1911

Physical Description: 10
folder 3

Candelaria — Mill returns 1910-1911

Physical Description: 5
folder 4

Candelaria — Miscellaneous reports 1910-1911

Physical Description: 15
folder 5-10

Candelaria — Receipts from Selby Smelting 1901-1906

Physical Description: 68
folder 11

Candelaria — Various accounts 1910-1911

Physical Description: 11
Box 6, folder 1

Contra Estaca — Check receipts 1889-1894

Physical Description: 1
folder 2-8

Rio Verde — Accounting sheets 1910-1911

Physical Description: 29

Additional Note

(payroll and expenses)
folder 9-12

Vista del Mar — Accounting sheets 1910-1911

Physical Description: 24

Additional Note

(payroll and expenses)
folder 13

Chelan Packing Company — Cash book 1926

Physical Description: 1
folder 14

Mt. Shasta Mineral Spring Company — Balance sheets 1898-1903

Physical Description: 4
volume Vol. 1

Candelaria: End of week summaries of expenses for labor and materials used in exploration 1910-1911

volume Vol. 2

Candelaria: End of week summaries of output. Expense ledgers 1910-1911