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Inventory of the Charles Henry Janin Collection, 1858-1937
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Charles Henry Janin Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1858-1937
    Creator: Janin, Charles Henry
    Extent: 15,582 pieces
    Repository: The Huntington Library
    San Marino, California 91108
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Acquired from Louis Janin, Henry Janin and Elizabeth (Janin) Evans, December, 1958.


    Collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information please go to following URL .

    Publication Rights

    In order to quote from, publish, or reproduce any of the manuscripts or visual materials, researchers must obtain formal permission from the office of the Library Director. In most instances, permission is given by the Huntington as owner of the physical property rights only, and researchers must also obtain permission from the holder of the literary rights. In some instances, the Huntington owns the literary rights, as well as the physical property rights. Researchers may contact the appropriate curator for further information.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Charles Henry Janin Collection, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.


    Charles Henry Janin (1873-1937), son of Louis Janin and Elizabeth (Marshall) Janin, was a California mining engineer, who followed the career of his famous father. He began his professional life by working with his father, then established the firm of Janin, Stebbins & Smith (later Janin & Smith) until 1911, when he began working alone. In 1914 he joined the staff of the U. S. Bureau of Mines in Washington D. C., and participated in war work with that bureau during World War I, serving on the advisory committe on tin resources, as a member of the Gold Committee, and was instrumental in securing for the U. S. from Siberia, a large shipment of platinum, a very scarce and highly strategic element during the war years.
    Janin wrote and published a large number of mining articles, many of which were relative to gold dredging, his main field of interest during many years. As an active mining engineer he carried out investigations in gold, silver and tin mining areas in many parts of the world: the Western U. S., Mexico, Central and South America, Africa, Europe, Russia and Siberia, Malaya, Australia and New Zealand. Like his father and grandfather (Louis Alexander Janin. See JANIN FAMILY COLLECTION), he had a strong interest in ranching, and made his home with his family, on Rancho Marcelino near Solvang, Santa Barbara County, California.
    Although the collection consists basically of mining papers, it will also be of interest to researchers investigating Europe during World War I, Russia and Siberia at the time of the Revolution of 1917, or social and political affairs in the various parts of the world where mining engineers traveled and are intelligent observers, and from which they write letters to each other.

    Subject Matter

    • Mining Papers: gold, gold dredging; silver, tin, platinum.
    • Russia, Siberia.
    • Santa Ynez Valley (Calif.)