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Inventory of the Pioneer Reduction Company Records
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  • Creator: Pioneer Reduction Company
    Title: Pioneer Reduction Company Records
    Date (inclusive): 1892-1935
    Extent: 0.8 linear feet
    Abstract: The Pioneer Reduction Company processed gold ore in Nevada City, California. The collection contains organizational records (by-laws, check stubs, bullion book, and stock certificate register) as well as correspondence regarding the plant's operation.
    Physical location: Researchers should contact Special Collections to request collections, as many are stored offsite.
    Repository: University of California, Davis. General Library. Dept. of Special Collections.
    Davis, California 95616-5292
    Collection number: D-559
    Language of Material: Collection materials in English.


    Benjamin Hall was born near Manchester, England on May 28, 1867 to Robert and Rachel (Sykes) Hall. He arrived in Nevada City, California in April 1880. He began his career as a mechanical engineer in a quartz mill in Calaveras County. In 1892, with Joe Northey, Northey's son, and William Black, he purchased the Maltman Reduction Works, a plant established in 1858 in Nevada City. In 1893, they incorporated it as the Pioneer Reduction Company. Hall served as President.
    Hall also owned a reduction plant in Unionville, Nevada.
    He passed away on March 31, 1956.
    Lardner, W. B.(William B.) History of Placer and Nevada Counties California: with biographical sketches of the leading men and women of the counties who have been identified with their growth and development from the early days to the present . Los Angeles: Historic Record Co., 1924.

    Scope and Content

    The collection contains organizational records (by-laws, check stubs, bullion book, and stock certificate regsiter) as well as correspondence regarding the plant's operation.

    Arrangement of the Collection

    The collection is arranged in two series: Organizational Records and Correspondence.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Pioneer Reduction Company--Archives
    Hall, Benjamin--Correspondence
    Mines and mineral resources--California--Nevada County
    Mineralogy--California--Nevada County
    Gold mines and mining--California--Nevada County
    Nevada County (Calif.)--History
    Uncovering California's Environmental Collections Project


    Collection is open for research.

    Processing Information

    Processing of the Pioneer Reduction Company Records was generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and administered by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). UC Davis Special Collections was awarded a Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives grant from 2010-2012, "Uncovering California's Environmental Collections," in collaboration with eight additional special collections and archival repositories throughout the state and the California Digital Library (CDL). Grant objectives included processing hidden collections related to the state's environment and environmental history. The collections document an array of important sub-topics such as irrigation, mining, forestry, agriculture, industry, land use, activism, and research. Together they form a multifaceted picture of the natural world and the way it was probed, altered, exploited and protected in California over the twentieth century. Finding aids are made available through the Online Archive of California (OAC).
    Sara Gunasekara processed this collection with assistance from student employee Michelle Xie.

    Acquisition Information

    Extracted from D-016, Mining Records Collection in 2013.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Pioneer Reduction Company Records, D-559, Department of Special Collections, General Library, University of California, Davis.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright is protected by the copyright law, chapter 17, of the U.S. Code. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections, General Library, University of California, Davis as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.