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Alexander and Brooklyn Mines Records: Finding Aid
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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Access
  • Administrative Information
  • Historical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Overview of the Collection

    Title: Alexander and Brooklyn Mines Records
    Dates (inclusive): 1921-1950
    Collection Number: mssMudd records
    Creator: Mudd, Harvey Seeley, 1888-1955.
    Extent: 294 pieces in 1 box.
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2191
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: This collection contains records of the Alexander and Brooklyn Mines in Nye County, Nevada including general correspondence of the company from 1921-1944; correspondence dealing with the purchase of the Alexander and Brooklyn Mines by the Coronado Copper and Zinc Company, 1949-1950; and assays and smelter returns from the Alexander and Brooklyn Mines, 1921-1941.
    Language: English.


    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]. Alexander and Brooklyn Mines Records, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.


    Purchased from Fred Holabird Americana, November 4, 2002.

    Historical Note

    The Alexander and Brooklyn Mines, also known as the Silver Palace Mines, Old Grantsville Mine or the Webster Mines, are located in the Union Mining District of Nye County, Nevada, south of Ione. P. A. Haven discovered the Union District in 1863 and the city of Ione and camp of Grantsville were established that same year. The mines were owned by Harvey Seeley Mudd (1888-1955), his father Seeley Wintersmith Mudd (1861-1926), and their associates, including a William J. Webster of the Webster Mines Corporation. They did considerable work there, but the mines were eventually abandoned after unsuccessful attempts to make them profitable both through mining and leasing.

    Scope and Content

    This collection comes from the files of Harvey Seeley Mudd and is divided into three separate sections. The first consists of correspondence dealing with the history of the Alexander and Brooklyn Mines from 1921 to 1944 and covers the following subjects: leasing of the property, difficulties in mining the sulphide ore, status reports on the mines from L. W. (L. Webster) Wickes, the strained partnership of the Mudds with William J. Webster, and the unwatering of the Mitchell mining shaft to explore for ore. The next section contains correspondence that deals with the purchase of the Alexander and Brooklyn Mines by the Coronado Copper and Zinc Company and the last section consists of assays and smelter returns from the Alexander and Brooklyn Mines.


    This collection is organized in three sections as follows, with materials arranged in descending chronological order:
    • 1. General Correspondence 1921-1944 (5 folders)
    • 2. Sale 1949-1950 (2 folders)
    • 3. Assays and Smelter Returns 1921-1941 (2 folders)

    Indexing Terms

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


    Mudd, Harvey Seeley, 1888-1955 -- Archives.
    Webster Mines Corporation.
    Coronado Copper and Zinc Company.
    Mine examination -- Nevada -- Nye County.
    Mine drainage -- Nevada -- Nye County.
    Mines and mineral resources -- Nevada -- Nye County.
    Mineral industries -- Nevada -- Nye County.
    Mining engineering -- Nevada -- Nye County.
    Mining leases -- Nevada -- Nye County.
    Grantsville (Nev.) -- History -- Sources.
    Nevada -- Gold mines and mining.
    Nye County (Nev.) -- History -- Sources.


    Business records -- Nevada Nye County.
    Letters (correspondence) -- Nevada Nye County -- 20th century.
    Letters (correspondence) -- California -- Los Angeles -- 20th century.

    Additional Contributors

    Mudd, Seeley Wintersmith, 1861-1926.
    Webster, William J.
    Wickes, L. W. (L. Webster)