Frank J. Belcher Collection MSS 560

Finding aid prepared by Mandeville Special Collections Library
Mandeville Special Collections Library
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, California, 92093-0175
Copyright 2013

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





Box 1, Folder 1

1897 - 1898

Box 1, Folder 2

1898 - 1899

Box 1, Folder 3

Northern Pacific Express Company - Receipt August 28, 1899




Financial Records

Box 1, Folder 4

Belcher, Arndt and Erickson - #23 Eldorado Receipts and Expenditures undated

Box 1, Folder 5

Certificate of Will - Frank Belcher, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania 1901

Box 1, Folder 6

Copies of Belcher's Last Will & Testament, financial documents, correspondence, and notes related to the estate 1917

Box 1, Folder 7-9

First and Final Accounts 1911 - 1926


H.G. Belcher in account with F.J. Belcher estate

Box 1, Folder 10

Receipts listing 1902 - 1904

Box 1, Folder 11

Last Chance and Dago Hill

Box 1, Folder 12

Receipts, expenditures August - November 1901

Box 1, Folder 13

Receipts, miscellaneous 1901 - 1902

Box 1, Folder 14

Statement of amounts of output from Creek Placer Mining Claim, #23 Eldorado Creek 1902



Box 1, Folder 15

Belcher, Horace G. to his sister Eliza M. Belcher 1901 - 1906

Box 1, Folder 16

Belcher, Oscar to Eliza Brundage 1934

Box 1, Folder 17

Belcher, Samantha (Carpenter) to Edward and Eliza (Belcher) Brundage undated

Box 1, Folder 18

Carpenter, Chester C. to Samantha (Carpenter) Belcher 1864

Box 1, Folder 19

Congdon, Fred (attorney), to Eliza M. Belcher 1902

Box 1, Folder 20

First National Bank of Selma to Eliza M. Belcher 1901

Box 1, Folder 21

Hill, E.L. (tax collector), to Eliza M. Belcher 1901 - 1905

Box 1, Folder 22

LeHane, W.C. to Thomas J. LeHane 1941

Box 1, Folder 23

Noel, MacKinnon and Noel (law firm) to Eliza M. Belcher 1901

Box 1, Folder 24

Spencer, Clarence to Eliza Belcher 1901 - 1902

Box 1, Folder 25

Weinberg, A.E. to Eliza Belcher 1901 - 1902

Box 1, Folder 26

Miscellaneous letter fragments undated