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Yellow Aster Mine Research Material
MSS 684  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Publication Rights
  • Historical Note
  • Scope and Contents of Collection

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Yellow Aster Mine Research Material
    Identifier/Call Number: MSS 684
    Contributing Institution: Mandeville Special Collections Library
    9500 Gilman Drive
    La Jolla, California, 92093-0175
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 0.2 Linear feet (1 archives box)
    Date (bulk): Bulk, 1942-1950
    Date (inclusive): 1895 - 1977
    Abstract: Clippings, correspondence, notes and documents related to the Yellow Aster Mine and mining life in Randsburg, California.

    Preferred Citation

    Yellow Aster Mine Research Material, MSS 684. Mandeville Special Collections Library, UCSD.

    Acquisition Information

    Not Available

    Publication Rights

    Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.

    Historical Note

    John Singleton, Frederic Mooers, and Charles Burcham staked a claim at what would become the Yellow Aster Mine on April 25, 1895. The discovery was funded in part by Charles' wife, Dr. Rose La Monte Burcham who agreed to help fund her husband's interest in prospecting. The Yellow Aster Mine became one of the major producers of gold in California, attracting prospectors to the area and helping create the town of Randsburg.

    Scope and Contents of Collection

    The collection contains clippings, correspondence, notes and documents related to the Yellow Aster Mine and mining life in Randsburg, California. The collection ranges in date from 1895-1977, with the bulk of the materials dating from 1942-1950. These materials may have been collected by Marcia Wynn Rittenhouse Samelson and used as research for her book Desert Bonanza: The Story of Early Randsburg, Mojave Desert Mining Camp (1949). The collection contains a number of letters both to and from Samelson in which her book is mentioned. Correspondents include Dr. Rose Burcham; Burcham's secretary, Gertrude Alban; Albert A. Burcham; and Clyde Terrell.
    Along with correspondence, the collection contains a scrapbook of clippings related to the Yellow Aster Mine and its owners. Two photographs, one labeled "Dr. Burcham's home," are found on the scrapbook's final page. Also included are a number of notes, several clippings, a typed copy of a 1912 article about Charles Burcham, and a legal agreement between the Burcham's and the law firm of Roddy, Campbell & Metson.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Burcham, Charles
    Burcham, R. L. (Rose L.), 1857-1944
    Mooers, Frederic
    Singleton, John, 1847-1914
    Yellow Aster Mining and Milling Company -- Records and correspondence.
    Gold mines and mining--California--Randsburg
    Randsburg (Calif.)--History