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mssHM 66142-66181  
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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Access
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Related Materials in the Huntington Library
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing: Subjects
  • Indexing Terms

  • Overview of the Collection

    Title: Virginia & Truckee Railroad Papers
    Dates (inclusive): 1865-1906
    Collection Number: mssHM 66142-66181
    Creator: Virginia & Truckee Railroad.
    Extent: 40 pieces in 1 box.
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2129
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: This collection primarily consists of business correspondence addressed to Henry M. Yerington, vice president of the Virginia & Truckee Railroad, dating from 1865-1906. Subjects include mines and mineral resources in Nevada and Cerro Gordo, California; pumping machinery, and water rights in Inyo County, California.
    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]. Virginia & Truckee Railroad Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Provenance

    Gift of Jerome Schwimmer, May 10, 1968.

    Biographical Note

    The Virginia & Truckee Railroad was incorporated in Nevada on May 8, 1867, but construction did not get fully underway until March 5, 1868. This standard gauge railroad went from Minden, Nevada to Reno where it meets the Central Pacific Railroad. It connected the mines of the Comstock Lode near Virginia City, Nevada with quartz reduction mills along the Carson River and lumberyards near Carson City.

    Related Materials in the Huntington Library

    Scope and Content

    This collection primarily consists of business correspondence addressed to Henry M. Yerington, vice president of the Virginia & Truckee Railroad. Subjects include mines and mineral resources in Nevada and Cerro Gordo, California; pumping machinery, and water rights in Inyo County, California. Of particular interest is a payroll sheet for Chinese laborers (HM 66180) at the Carson Dump, a large lumberyard a mile south of Carson City, Nevada, and James A. Yerington’s Hand Book for Homeward- Bound Travellers from India, Australia, and the East, published by Henry S. King & Co., which contain his notes (HM 66181).

    Arrangement

    This collection is arranged in one box with letters (correspondence) arranged in alphabetical order by author with other materials placed at the end.

    Indexing: Subjects

    Chinese – Labor – Nevada
    • 1881, Sept., Chinese payroll. HM 66180.
    Mines and mineral resources – Nevada
    • 1897, May 25, Carson and Colorado Railroad, letter to Henry M. Yerington. HM 66148.
    • 1897, Sept. 1, Carson and Colorado Railroad, letter to Henry M. Yerington. HM 66149.
    Mines and mineral resources – California – Cerro Gordo
    • 1904, Feb. 16, Thomas Boland, letter to Henry M. Yerington. HM 66145.
    • 1901, Feb. 18. James Campbell, letter to Henry M. Yerington. HM 66147.
    • 1905, Apr. 22, The Great Western Ore Purchasing and Reduction Company, letter to Henry M. Yerington. HM 66156.
    • 1901, Feb. 23, Pacific Lumber Company, letter to Henry M. Yerington. HM 66171.
    • 1906, May 13, McAllison Wheeler, letter to Henry M. Yerington. HM 66178.
    Pumping machinery
    • 1872, July 15, E. B. Rail, letter to Henry M. Yerington, HM 66172.
    Water rights – California – Inyo County
    • 1900, July 16, Thomas Boland, letter to Henry M. Yerington. HM 66144.
    Voyages and travel – Guidebooks
    • 1888, Henry S. King & Co., Hand Book for Homeward-Bound Travellers from India, Australia, and the East. HM 66181.
    Voyages and travel – history – 19th century
    • 1888, Henry S. King & Co., Hand Book for Homeward-Bound Travellers from India, Australia, and the East. HM 66181.

    Indexing Terms

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

    Subjects

    Mills, Darius O. (Darius Ogden), 1825-1910.
    Virginia & Truckee Railroad.
    Chinese -- Nevada -- History -- Sources.
    Mines and mineral resources -- Nevada.
    Mines and mineral resources -- California -- Cerro Gordo.
    Pumping machinery.
    Railroads -- Nevada -- History -- Sources.
    Travel -- Guidebooks.
    Voyages and travels -- History -- 19th century.
    Water rights -- California -- Inyo County.
    Working class -- Nevada -- History -- Sources.

    Forms/Genres

    Letters (correspondence) -- 19th century.

    Additional Contributors

    Yerington, Henry M., correspondent.