Gerald John Kane Collection mssKane

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

Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
Title: Gerald John Kane collection
Creator: Kane, Gerald John, 1901-1957
Identifier/Call Number: mssKane
Physical Description: 16 Linear Feet (9 boxes,12 cartons, 3 volumes)
Date (inclusive): 1839-1952
Abstract: A collection of business correspondence, land and mining papers, documents, and volumes dealing with Nevada, Arizona, and California; the material was collected by Gerald John Kane.
Language of Material: Materials are in English.

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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]. Gerald John Kane collection, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from William P. Wreden, January 1961.

Biographical / Historical

Gerald John Kane (1901-1957) was an American collector of autographs and western lore. Kane was born in Chicago but spent most of his life in Nevada. He was interested in the history and development of Nevada and the American West and amassed a large collection of miscellaneous papers, from various sources, dealing with the business, industry, and daily life of its people. Kane was also interested in collecting autographs of famous people; to further his interests, he established and operated a small shop in San Francisco called "The Trading Post." He later moved to Reno, Nevada, and died there in 1957.

Scope and Contents

A collection which consists of approximately 12,500 items; it includes letters, documents, account books, and business records collected by Gerald John Kane related to the history of Nevada (1839-1952). The collection includes material about mining companies, business firms, land, railroads, stage lines, and politics, centering around Austin, Virginia City, Nye County, Ormsby County, Goldfield, Dayton, and Lander County, Nevada. Additionally, there is material about Adolph Sutro and the Sutro Tunnel Company; miscellaneous papers related to land and mining in California and Arizona; Army records of Archie W. Barrie and photographs from the Philippine Islands; and volumes related to taxation in Utah.

Processing Information

Processed by Huntington Library Staff, circa 1965. In 2020, Gayle Richardson created the finding aid derived from a legacy in-house summary report.


Arranged in the following manner: 1. Correspondence; 2. Nevada mining and land material; 3. Account books; 4. Arizona, California, and Philippines material; 5. Volumes.

Related Materials

The Gerald John Kane collection (mssKane) is part of a larger collection acquired from William Wreden that was separated into three distinct collections. The other two collections are: Gerald John Kane literary collection (mssKAL) and Gerald John Kane autograph collection (mssHM 29330-30299). The three collections are now cataloged separately with linked provenance.


Former call number: mssKane collection.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Business enterprises -- Nevada
Coaching (Transportation) -- Nevada
Land use -- Arizona
Land use -- California
Land use -- Nevada
Mines and mineral resources -- Arizona
Mines and mineral resources -- California
Mining corporations -- Nevada
Railroads -- Nevada
Taxation -- Utah
Transportation -- Nevada
Austin (Nev.) -- History -- Sources
Dayton (Nev.) -- History -- Sources
Goldfield (Nev.) -- History -- Sources
Lander County (Nev.) -- History -- Sources
Nevada -- History -- Sources
Nye County (Nev.) -- History -- Sources
Ormsby County (Nev.) -- History -- Sources
Philippines -- Photographs
Virginia City (Nev.) -- History -- Sources
Account books -- West (U.S.)
Business records -- West (U.S.)
Letters (correspondence) -- West (U.S.)
Photographs -- Philippines
Sutro, Adolph, 1830-1898
Sutro Tunnel Company

Box 1, Folder 1-81

Correspondence: A-Ba

Box 2, Folder 1-111


Box 3, Folder 1-87


Box 4, Folder 1-84


Box 5, Folder 1-89


Box 6, Folder 1-80


Box 7, Folder 1-58


Box 8, Folder 1-74


Box 9, Folder 1-36

Dinsmore family correspondence

Box 10, Folder 1-4

Nevada Mining companies: A-M

Box 11, Folder 1-6

Nevada Mining companies: N-R

Box 12, Folder 1-11

Nevada Mining companies: S-Z

Box 13, Folder 1-5

Nevada Miscellaneous land papers

Scope and Contents

Includes material on politics and government, Shoshone Indian affairs, transportation (railroads, stagecoach lines, roads, etc.).
Box 14, Folder 1-7

Nevada: Virginia City, Goldfield, Dayton 1852-1907

Box 15, Folder 1-8

Nevada: Nye County, Ormsby County, Lander County 1862-1937

Box 16, Folder 1-6

Austin: Municipal business, banks, churches, schools, hotels, etc. 1864-1946

Box 17, Folder 1-53

Austin: Miscellaneous business firms, bills, receipts, accounts, etc. undated

Box 18, Folder 1-22

Austin: Business firms - Cresenzo and Son, Dinsmore Bros. 1868-1906

Box 19, Folder 1-6

Austin: Business firms - Dinsmore Bros.

Box 20, Volume 1-11

Miscellaneous account books 1887-1925

Scope and Contents

Includes General store - Hamilton (1887); Henry Heidenreich - Carson City (1890); Lactine Company - Carson City and San Francisco (1915, 1925); Muir and Muniletti - Hamilton (1915-1917); John and William Pardy - Eureka (1887-1917); and unsigned ledgers, etc.
Box 21, Folder 1-8

Arizona mining and land papers, etc. 1865-1920

Scope and Contents

Also includes Kane's indexes and information about Nevada people; California - Sutro Tunnel Company, mining; Philippine Islands.
Volume 1

Utah: Assistant Assessor's Record- U.S. Internal Revenue tax records of: Distilled spirits 1866-1867

Volume 2

Cigar and Tobacco Manufacturers 1872

Volume 3

Records of Special Taxes 1872