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Frank J. Belcher Collection MSS 560
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Scope and Contents of Collection
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Frank J. Belcher Collection
    Identifier/Call Number: MSS 560
    Contributing Institution: Mandeville Special Collections Library
    9500 Gilman Drive
    La Jolla, California, 92093-0175
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 0.4 Linear feet (1 archives box)
    Date (inclusive): 1897 - 1941
    Abstract: Collection of materials relating to gold mining at creek claim #23 Eldorado Creek mine near Dawson, Yukon Territory; the death of Frank J. Belcher, one the mine's principles; and the administration of Belcher's estate, including itemized disbursements of mine profits.
    Creator: Belcher, Frank J, 1869-1901

    Scope and Contents of Collection

    The Frank J. Belcher Collection contains documents detailing the financial and legal aspects of a mine during the Klondike Gold Rush, which began in 1897. Frank J. Belcher (1869-1901) of Jermyn, Pennsylvania, responded to news of the 19th century's last great gold strike by traveling to the Yukon. After a season around Dawson City, Frank took up creek claim #23 on Eldorado Creek. His brother Horace Belcher joined him and together they worked the mine until Frank's death in March 1901.
    The collection contains financial and legal records, as well as correspondence, detailing the wages earned by workers, the amount of gold removed from the mine, and various expenses. The documents concern the mine's productivity and the distribution of earnings from the mine after Frank's death.
    The collection is arranged in two series: 1) MINING OPERATIONS and 2) FRANK BELCHER ESTATE.
    The MINING OPERATIONS series contains ledgers that record mine expenses and receipts, all created while Frank Belcher was alive and working at the mine.
    The FRANK BELCHER ESTATE series contains the records of Frank Belcher's estate and correspondence between beneficiaries of Frank's estate after his death. It documents co-executor efforts to disburse the estate's income to the beneficiaries. The series is divided into two subseries: A) Financial Records and B) Correspondence.

    Publication Rights

    Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.

    Preferred Citation

    Frank J. Belcher Collection, MSS 560. Mandeville Special Collections Library, UCSD.

    Acquisition Information

    Not Available


    Frank J. Belcher of Jermyn, Pennsylvania, was born in 1869. In 1897 he left for the Yukon Territory gold fields and became a principle owner of creek claim #23 Eldorado Creek, documenting labor, food, tools and other expenses, as well as the mine's output. His brother, Horace Belcher, joined him and they worked the mine until Frank's death of natural causes in March 1901.
    After Frank's death his sister Eliza Belcher Brundage became co-executor of his estate, along with Clarence Spencer from the Mechanics Bank in Jermyn, Pennsylvania. Eliza traveled to the Yukon, Seattle, San Francisco, and back to Pennsylvania settling her brother's accounts. Horace continued to work on the mine until at least 1906.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Gold mines and mining -- Archives
    Klondike River Valley (Yukon) -- Gold discoveries