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Edward Otho Cresap Ord II papers, 1869-1945 (bulk 1885-1922).
BANC MSS 2002/92 cz box 1; BANC MSS 2002/92 cz
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Edward Otho Cresap Ord II papers, 1869-1945 (bulk 1885-1922)
E.O.C. Ord II papers


Ord, Edward Otho Cresap, 1858-1923, creator


Papers pertaining to the inventions of E.O.C. Ord II. Including patents, original drawings and diagrams, advertising material and instructions on use of the "Gold-Pan-Batea", an improved Gold Pan leading to the formation of the California Gold Pan Company and its daughter company Household Utilities Manufacturing Company. Includes correspondence and business papers of mine holdings and interests in and around Calif., Ariz., Utah and Mexico. There are three diaries, one by William Ord in 1869 of surveying and prospecting in Calif. and Nev., and two by E.O.C. Ord II, from a prospecting trip to Inyo County, Calif. in 1908-1909 and in 1910 to Zero Mine in Ariz. There is an account describing to Ord, a trip in 1910 to a cave in Mexico searching for treasure left by Missionaries. Includes sketch of Bradshaw Fissure drawn by Ord.


1885 (issued)


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Gold mines and mining -- Equipment and supplies
Mineral industries -- Arizona -- History
Mineral industries -- Utah -- History
Mineral industries -- California -- History
Mineral industries -- Mexico -- History
Kitchen appliances
Inventions -- History -- 19th century
Inventions -- California
Inventors -- United States


Includes 2 photographs of a miner next to a pump, 1 photograph of the Bradshaw Fissure, and 1 print of two men "washing gold in horn spoon at La Mott springs."
E.O.C. Ord II papers, BANC MSS 2002/92 cz, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Gold pans and related accoutrement transferred to the Historical Objects collections of The Bancroft Library (BANC PIC 2002.131--OBJ)
Related collection: Edward Otho Cresap Ord papers, 1840-1887. (BANC MSS 2002/93 cz)
Related collection: Edward Otho Cresap Ord papers, 1850-1883. (BANC MSS C-B 479)
Edward Otho Cresap Ord II was born at Benicia Barracks, Calif. on Nov. 9, 1858. He was the son of Civil War General Edward Otho Cresap Ord. In 1876, Ord was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy, but withdrew in a year. In 1879, he was appointed second lieutenant in the 22nd Infantry, U.S. Army. Ord served in the military on and off throughout the U.S. and abroad until 1918 when he retired to Calif. Ord died at Eagle Rock, Calif., Apr. 4, 1923.

Physical Description:

1 box and 1 oversize folder (.45 linear ft.)




BANC MSS 2002/92 cz box 1
BANC MSS 2002/92 cz