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Dorothea Reddy Moroney Papers MSS.312
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  • Arrangement note
  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Access Restrictions
  • Usage Restrictions
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition note
  • Preferred Citation note
  • Scope and Contents note
  • Publication Rights
  • Processing Information note

  • Title: Dorothea Reddy Moroney Papers
    Identifier/Call Number: MSS.312
    Contributing Institution: California State University, Chico, Special Collections, Meriam Library
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 0.5 Linear feet 1 Box containing 3 Folders
    Date (inclusive): 1942-1954
    Abstract: The Dorothea Reddy Moroney Papers consists of correspondence, reports, magazine articles, a photocopy of a Quitclaim Deed, a United States Department of the Interior Geological Survey Preliminary Geologic map with Sections of the Northeastern part of the SEIAD Quadrangle, Siskiyou County, California, and a United States Department of the Interior, Chromite Deposits near Seiad and McGuffy Creeks Siskiyou county California, Geological Survey Bulletin 948-B, 1949.
    Alternate Form of Material: No other forms of material.
    Language of Materials note: English
    creator: Moroney, Dorothea Reddy

    Arrangement note

    The collection is arranged in three folders, Correspondence, Magazine Articles, and a Geological Survey map and bulletin.

    Biographical/Historical note

    Dorothy Reddy Moroney was known in Siskiyou County, California as the “Chrome Queen” due to her success in the chrome mining industry. Dorothea Reddy (November 26, 1909-Feburary 7, 1974) was the daughter of Dr. John F. (Francis) Reddy (1866-1933), and Mary F. Cowley. She married William Moroney, and became Dorothea Reddy Moroney. According to a Time Magazine article from November 16, 1942, her father died leaving $23,000 in debts and some long-abandoned mining claims assessed at precisely $10. Dot, as the article called her worked first in a Seattle department store, then in San Francisco, then in Washington as a $30-a-week typist for the old NRA. During this time she researched the locations of her father’s mines, ousted claim-jumpers, and sold one mine to Baltimore’s Rustless Iron & Steel Corp. for $75,000. According to the article, this is the deal that won her the title “Chrome Queen”.
    She began developing the remaining mines, and producing chrome for the war effort (World War II), since it was necessary for armor plating, shells and machine tools. At that time it was one of the scarcest metals in the United States. The article also mentions that she had 45 employees, and that her Joe River mine turns out 20 tons every day. It goes on to state that she opened her Ladd mine, and increased construction efforts at her McGuffy mine. “She has already sold 3,200 tons to the Government—20% more than the whole U.S. turned out in 1940.” The Grants Pass Daily Courier published an article on June 11, 1951, titled, “Government Officials Outline Chrome Ore Production Program”, which states Dorothea Reddy Moroney was an advisory committee member of the Oregon Mining Association.

    Access Restrictions

    Collection is open for research without restriction.

    Usage Restrictions

    No restrictions.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition note

    Source unknown.

    Preferred Citation note

    Dorothea Reddy Moroney Papers, MSS 312, Special Collections, Meriam Library, California State University, Chico.

    Scope and Contents note

    The Dorothea Reddy Moroney Papers consists of correspondence, reports, magazine articles, a photocopy of a Quitclaim Deed, a United States Department of the Interior Geological Survey Preliminary Geologic map, with Sections of the Northeastern part of the Seiad Quadrangle, Siskiyou County, California, and a United States Department of the Interior, Chromite Deposits near Seiad and McGuffy Creeks Siskiyou county California, Geological Survey Bulletin 948-B, 1949. Dorothea Reddy Moroney Chromite mines and prospects are clearly marked on the U. S. Geological Survey map, including Ladd (Dolbear), Cerro Colorado (Liberty) claim, Veta Chica (Jumbo) claim, Veta Grande (Red Butte) claim, and Lady Gray claim. The 1949 Bulleting 948-B includes notes by Dorothea Reddy Moroney highlighting information about the operation and production of her mines related to that found in the bulletin.
    There is a report from the Southwestern Engineering Company regarding results obtained by classification and tabling of a chrome ore from the John Ladd Mine (California). There is also a report from the Oregon Mining Association, Committee for Pacific Coast Chrome Producers, dated June 16, 1954. The report includes a Supplies and Consumption of chromite graph and pie chart, as well as a map of the world showing where chromite supplies were coming from in tons during 1952, both prepared by United States Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines. The Quitclaim Deed is between John H. Ladd and Dorothea Moroney, dated October 6, 1950, and recorded March 19, 1954 with the Siskiyou County Recorder. The deed states that Dorothea Moroney bought Ladd’s mining claims for ten dollars.

    Publication Rights

    The library can only claim physical ownership of the collection. Users are responsible for satisfying any claimants of literary property.

    Processing Information note

    Processing of the Dorothea Reddy Moroney Papers was generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and administered by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). The [ABC repository] was awarded a Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives grant from 2010-2012, "Uncovering California's Environmental Collections," in collaboration with eight additional special collections and archival repositories throughout the state and the California Digital Library (CDL). Grant objectives included processing of over 33 hidden collections related to the state's environment and environmental history. The collections document an array of important sub-topics such as irrigation, mining, forestry, agriculture, industry, land use, activism, and research. Together they form a multifaceted picture of the natural world and the way it was probed, altered, exploited and protected in California over the twentieth century. Finding aids are made available through the Online Archive of California (OAC).

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Ladd, John, H.
    Moroney, Dorothea Reddy
    Chromite--California, Northern
    Geology--California, Northern
    Mines and mineral resources--California--Siskiyou County
    Uncovering California's Environmental Collections Project