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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Access
  • Administrative Information
  • Related Materials
  • Historical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Overview of the Collection

    Title: Yellow Aster Mining and Milling Company Records
    Dates (inclusive): 1917-1919
    Collection Number: mssHM 64149-64257
    Creator: Yellow Aster Mining and Milling Company.
    Extent: 109 pieces in 2 boxes
    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 chiefly contains correspondence from the offices of the Yellow Aster Mining and Milling Co. in Los Angeles, California, to its mining facility in Randsburg, California, dating from 1917-1919.
    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]. Yellow Aster Mining and Milling Company Records, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.


    Purchased from Greg Bock, February 17, 1999.

    Related Materials

    • James D. Hague Papers,   Huntington Library (Call number: mssHague Papers). Box 21 contains 4 pieces on the Yellow Aster Mine, 1899-1901.
    • Yellow Aster Mining and Milling Company Records, California State Library, California History Room

    Historical Note

    Charles Austin Burcham, John Singleton, and Frederic M. Mooers staked their claim on the Rand Mine, later renamed the Yellow Aster Mine, on April 25, 1895 in eastern Kern County, California. Approximately 150 men were employed at the Yellow Aster by the end of 1899, and both a thirty stamp mill and a one hundred stamp mill were constructed by 1901. After the deaths of Mooers (1900), Burcham (1913) and Singleton (1914), lawsuits over the ownership of the mine eventually gave way to the control of Albert Ancker and Arthur Asher, whose families had long been associated with the Tehachapi and Mojave areas. However, Dr. Rose La Monte Burcham, wife of Charles Austin Burcham, continued to hold a position on the Yellow Aster’s board of directors and retained many of the company’s shares.


    Wynn, Marcia Rittenhouse. Desert Bonanza: The Story of Early Randsburg, Mojave Desert Mining Camp. Glendale, Calif.: The Arthur H. Clark Company, 1963.

    Scope and Content

    Much of the collection consists of correspondence from the offices of the Yellow Aster Mining and Milling Co. in Los Angeles, California, to its mining facility in Randsburg, Calif. The correspondence (including telegrams) often discusses billing expenses, supplies, and the operations of the mine. Individuals frequently represented in the correspondence include Albert Ancker (Vice President of Yellow Aster), Arthur Asher (President of Yellow Aster), H. L. Bennett, Rose La Monte Burcham, J. H. Farrell, Mr. Manby, George W. Paymal (Superintendent of the Yellow Aster), George W. Schilling, and Mr. Woodling.
    Of note in the collection is some correspondence in April 1918 between the Yellow Aster Mining and Milling Co. and a C. J. Elsasser of the Industrial Accident Commission concerning the injury and disability case of a mine employee named Teodoro Bayo.


    Arranged chronologically in 2 boxes:
    • Box 1: 1917–1918 July 30
    • Box 2: 1918 Aug. 1–1919 Jan. 14

    Indexing Terms

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


    Yellow Aster Mining and Milling Company.
    Gold mines and mining -- California -- Randsburg.
    Randsburg (Calif.) -- History -- 20th century -- Sources.


    Business records -- California, Southern -- 20th century.
    Letters (correspondence) -- California, Southern -- 20th century.
    Telegrams -- California, Southern -- 20th century.

    Additional Contributors

    Ancker, Albert.
    Asher, Arthur.
    Bennett, H. L.
    Burcham, Rose La Monte.
    Farrell, J. H.
    Paymal, George W.
    Schilling, George W.