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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Access
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Related Materials in the Huntington Library
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Overview of the Collection

    Title: Louis Janin Papers
    Dates (inclusive): 1859-1914
    Bulk dates: 1859-1894
    Collection Number: mssJanin, Louis papers
    Creator: Janin, Louis, 1837-1914.
    Extent: Approximately 162 pieces in 3 boxes.
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2129
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: This collection contains the papers of American mining engineer Louis Janin (1837-1914), chiefly consisting of correspondence, primarily from the Concepcion Mining & Milling Co. for the years 1887 through 1889, and 47 notebooks and pocket diaries kept by Janin between 1859 and 1889 containing financial accounts and mining survey notes and experimental data.
    Language: English.

    Access

    Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.

    Administrative Information

    Publication Rights

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. Louis Janin Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Provenance

    Gift of Mrs. Elliot Evans, September 24, 1984.

    Biographical Note

    Mining engineer Louis Janin (Nov. 7, 1837-March 6, 1914), one of three sons in a New Orleans family who followed the profession of mining engineer, figured prominently in Western mining for nearly sixty years. Educated at Yale and then at the Freiberg Mining Academy, Janin began his career out West in 1861, shortly after his return from Europe. He made his first mark on the profession in the early 1860s on the Comstock Lode, where he applied his scientific training to improving the extraction of silver from formerly-discarded tailings. In subsequent years, first in the employ of others and later in his own practice, he obtained experience on mining fields all over the Far West. Having established a considerable reputation as a consulting engineer for accuracy and discriminating judgment, Janin acquired a growing list of clients including investors in Mexican properties and, in 1873, the Japanese government. His many skills and the breadth of his experience particularly attracted litigants in mining suits, who regularly employed Janin to ascertain the facts of the matter or provide corroborative testimony. Although afflicted in later life with a variety of ailments, Janin carried on with his work for some years and attained the profound respect of his peers. The three sons of his marriage to Elizabeth Marshall, Louis, Jr., Eugene, and Charles, chose their father's profession, carrying on the distinguished family name with their own careers.

    Scope and Content

    This collection contains the papers of American mining engineer Louis Janin (1837-1914), chiefly consisting of correspondence, primarily from the Concepcion Mining & Milling Co. for the years 1887 through 1889, and 47 notebooks and pocket diaries kept by Janin between 1859 and 1889 containing financial accounts, addresses, memoranda, experimental data, and rough notes for mining surveys. The collection also includes two letterbooks containing press copies of Janin's business and personal correspondence between 1878 and 1894, and several property appraisals authored by Janin in the 1870s.
    Subject matter includes: Freiberg Mining Academy (1859-1860), mining and milling techniques, mining operations in the trans-Mississippi West (1861-1889), in Japan (1872-1873) and in Mexico (1876-1879, 1880, 1887-1889), Louis Janin's business and financial affairs, Janin family matters including Santa Ynez (Calif.) ranch
    Items of special interest include: three school notebooks from Janin's attendance at the Freiberg Mining Academy (1859-1860) (Box 1, notebooks 1-3); notebooks from his consulting work in Japan (1872-1873)(Box 2, notebooks 19-21) and in Mexico (1876-1879, 1880) (Box 3, notebooks 30, 40); notebooks containing testimony given in a mining debris suit (1878) and Bulwer v. Standard (1889) (Box 3, notebooks 31 and 47); and correspondence between Janin and the Concepcion Mining and Milling Co. concerning company finances and field operations in Mexico (1887-1889) (Box 1, folder 1 and letterbook 2).

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    Arrangement

    The collection is arranged in three boxes Box 1: Correspondence, documents, letterbooks, and notebooks 1-9 Box 2: Notebooks 10-24 Box 3: Notebooks 25-47

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  

    Subjects

    Janin, Louis, 1837-1914 -- Archives.
    Concepcion Mining and Milling Co.
    Königliche Bergakademie (Freiberg, Germany)
    Mines and mineral resources -- California.
    Mines and mineral resources -- Japan.
    Mines and mineral resources -- Mexico.
    Mines and mineral resources -- Nevada.
    Mines and mineral resources -- West (U.S.)
    Mining engineering -- History -- 19th century -- Sources.
    Mining engineers -- Archives.
    Santa Ynez (Calif.) -- History.
    Santa Ynez River Valley (Calif.) -- History.

    Forms/Genres

    Letter books -- West (U.S.)
    Letters (correspondence)
    Notebooks -- West (U.S.)
    Technical reports -- West (U.S.)

    Alternate Authors

    Concepcion Mining and Milling Co.