Giovanni Lavagnino Papers mssHM 63883-63925

Gayle Richardson
The Huntington Library
June 2020
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108

Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
Title: Giovanni Lavagnino papers
Creator: Lavagnino, Giovanni
Identifier/Call Number: mssHM 63883-63925
Physical Description: 2.4 Linear Feet (2 boxes)
Date (inclusive): 1860-1929
Date (bulk): 1880-1919
Abstract: A collection consisting primarily of mining company business records from the career of Giovanni Lavagnino.
Language of Material: Materials are in English.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item]. Giovanni Lavagnino papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Linda V. Lavagnino, January 1997.

Biographical / Historical

Giovanni Lavagnino was born in Alessandria, Italy in 1848. He graduated from the Universit̉a di Palermo and taught mathematics before studying mining engineering in Freiberg, Germany. He spent seven years as a general manager for prominent mining interests in Sardinia, Italy. After coming to the United States in 1879, Lavagnino went to Leadville, Colorado and then on to Butte, Montana. He became associated with Compagnie de Mines et Minerais which owned the Lexington mine and the Old Telegraph mining property at Bingham, Utah. In 1896 he married Mary Lorena Larsen, a Salt Lake City school teacher; together they had a daughter and three sons. A member of the American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers, Lavagnino served as president of the Conglomerate Mining Company, the Lavagnino-Conglomerate Company, and the Rosebud Mill and Mining Company.

Scope and Contents

A collection of 43 items from 1860 to 1929; it consists mostly of business records from the various mining companies that Giovanni Lavagnino worked for, including minutes from meetings, account books, and stock certificates. There are also several Lavagnino family documents from the time Giovanni lived in Italy, as well as his personal notes concerning mining techniques and technologies, smelting, metallurgy, and ore dressing. The collection also includes the diary of Mary Lorena Lavagnino that she kept from 1895 to 1919 while her husband was away traveling on business.

Processing Information

Processed by Mitchell W. K. Toda in 2002. In 2020, Gayle Richardson created the electronic finding aid derived from an earlier finding aid.


Arranged chronologically.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Metallurgy -- History
Mining corporations -- Colorado
Mining corporations -- Utah
Mining engineering -- History -- 19th century -- Sources
Mining engineers -- Colorado
Mining engineers -- Utah
Mining machinery
Smelting -- History
Women -- Diaries
Business records -- West (U. S.) -- 19th century
Business records -- West (U. S.) -- 20th century
Diaries -- Utah -- 20th century
Stock certificates -- Colorado
Stock certificates -- Utah
Lavagnino, Mary Lorena
Conglomerate Mining Company
Lavagnino-Conglomerate Company
Rosebud Mill and Mining Company

Box 1, Folder 1-38

Family documents, mining documents and certificates 1860-1929

Scope and Contents

Box contains family documents from Italy and the United States, mining related documents and manuscripts (mssHM 63883-63920).
Box 2, Volume 1-5

Bound volumes 1893-1927

Scope and Contents

Box contains a Salt Lake City address book, diary of Mary Lorena Lavagnino, minutes of a meeting, account book, and stock certificate book (mssHM 63921-63925).