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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Access
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing: Subjects
  • Indexing Terms

  • Overview of the Collection

    Title: Welter Family Papers
    Dates (inclusive): 1833-1954
    Bulk dates: 1900-1923
    Collection Number: mssHM 65976-66054
    Creator: Welter family.
    Extent: 79 pieces in 2 boxes + 5 folders
    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 correspondence to family from Edwin Nicholas Welter as he worked and traveled throughout Alaska and the Yukon and from Stuart Jackson Welter as he mined for iron in Nevada, chiefly dating from 1900 to the early 1920s. There are also four topographic surveys of Meridian, Nevada (1891-1914).
    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]. Welter Family Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Provenance

    Gift of Karyn G. Morris, May 1988.

    Biographical Note

    The Welter Family consisted of Andrew Jackson Welter, his wife Mary Taylor Smith, and their children Edwin Nicholas Welter, Stuart Jackson Welter, Gene Welter Beyette, Grover Welter, Grody Welter, and Rose Murray. The majority of the family lived and worked in such places as Texas and Roswell, N.M. where they ran Welter’s Kandy Kitchen and where Andrew Jackson Welter was justice peace and police judge. The exceptions were Edwin who spent the better part of 23 years in Alaska and the Yukon mining for gold and Stuart who pursued iron mining in Nevada, where he was the vice president of the Gold Basin Mining Milling & Development Company.

    Scope and Content

    This collection primarily consists of correspondence from Edwin Nicholas Welter as he worked and traveled throughout Alaska and the Yukon and from Stuart Jackson Welter as he mined for iron in Nevada. Much of their correspondence is addressed to their family, especially to their sister, Gene Welter Beyette and her daughter, Karyn B. Sanders.
    From the year 1900 till his death in 1923, Edwin spent his time working in various parts of Alaska, such as Nome and Fairbanks, and of the Yukon, such as Dawson. He did briefly visit his family in Rowell, New Mexico, in 1911. His correspondence covered such subjects as his living conditions, gold mines and mining, and his views on the World War, 1914-1918.
    Though much smaller in number, the correspondence of Stuart Jackson Welter covers his interests in the McCoy Mining District in Lander County, Nevada. Of particular interest is the correspondence from his time in Battle Mountain, Lander County, Nevada, where he discusses Uranium mines and mining, and the letter to him from a friend and business acquaintance in Venezuela.
    There are four topographic surveys of Nevada (HM 66051-66054) in the collection, which are contained in separate folders. Additionally there are photostat copies (FAC 1405) of materials related to a pension request for George Smith, a soldier of the Revolutionary War, and housed in a separate folder.

    Arrangement

    This collection is organized in the following manner:
    • 1. Correspondence – arranged alphabetically by author – Box 1
    • 2. Photographs, legal documents, and misc. materials – arranged in chronologically order within each genre – Box 2
    • 3. Topographic surveys – Folder

    Indexing: Subjects

    Frontier and pioneer life – Alaska
    • 1915, Feb. 4. Edwin Nicholas Welter, letter to [Andrew Jackson and Mary Taylor Welter]. 1903, Nov. 14. Edwin Nicholas Welter, letter to Stuart Jackson Welter.
    • 1923, July 14. Edwin Nicholas Welter, letter to Stuart Jackson Welter.
    • 1900, Aug. 25. Edwin Nicholas Welter, letter to “My Dear Gene, Will, and Home folks.”
    Frontier and pioneer life – Yukon
    • 1913, Mar. 26. Edwin Nicholas Welter, letter to Stuart Jackson Welter.
    Gold mines and mining – Alaska
    • 1901, Oct. 18. Edwin Nicholas Welter, letter to Gene [Welter] Beyette.
    • 1908, June 24. Edwin Nicholas welter and Stuart Jackson Welter, letter to William H. Beyette, Gene [Welter] Beyette, and Karyn B. Sanders.
    • 1915, Feb. 4. Edwin Nicholas Welter, letter to [Andrew Jackson and Mary Taylor Welter]. 1907, July 21. Stuart Jackson Welter, letter to “Dear people.”
    Gold mines and mining – Nevada
    • 1924, June 7. Edwin Nicholas Welter, letter to Gene [Welter] Beyette and Karyn B. Sanders.
    Uranium mines and mining – Nevada
    • 1954, July 29. Stuart Jackson Welter, letter to Gene [Welter] Beyette and Karyn B. Sanders.
    World War, 1914-1918 – Public opinion
    • 1915, Feb. 4. Edwin Nicholas Welter, letter to [Andrew Jackson and Mary Taylor Welter].
    Dawson (Yukon) – History – 20th century – Sources
    • 1914, July 13. Edwin Nicholas Welter, letter to Gene [Welter] Beyette.
    Fairbanks (Alaska) – Social life and customs
    • 1907, Oct. 7. Edwin Nicholas Welter, letter to Gene [Welter] Beyette.
    Nome (Alaska) – Description and travel
    • 1901, Oct. 18. Edwin Nicholas Welter, letter to Gene [Welter] Beyette.
    Venezuela – Description and travel
    • 1947, Nov. 3. Sam E. Sorgis, letter to Stuart Jackson Welter.

    Indexing Terms

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

    Subjects

    Welter family.
    Frontier and pioneer life -- Alaska.
    Frontier and pioneer life -- Yukon.
    Gold mines and mining -- Alaska.
    Gold mines and mining -- Nevada.
    Uranium mines and mining -- Nevada.
    World War, 1914-1918 -- Public opinion.
    Dawson (Yukon) -- History -- 20th century -- Sources.
    Fairbanks (Alaska) -- Social life and customs.
    Nome (Alaska) -- Description and travel.
    Venezuela -- Description and travel.

    Forms/Genres

    Letters (correspondence) -- 20th century.

    Additional Contributors

    Beyette, Gene Welter.
    Sanders, Karyn B.
    Welter, Edwin Nicholas.
    Welter, Stuart Jackson.