Jump to Content

Collection Guide
Collection Title:
Collection Number:
Get Items:
John Sproston Papers: Finding Aid
mssSproston papers  
View entire collection guide What's This?
PDF (63.64 Kb) HTML
Search this collection
Collection Overview
 
Table of contents What's This?
Description
This collection contains papers of Nevada and California mine stockholder and insurance agent John Sproston (1832-approximately 1881) and includes diaries and account books kept by Sproston and clients (1856-1879); business and personal letters (ca. 1875-1883); financial records, indentures, and stock certificates (1860-1885); and some photographs and ephemera.
Background
John Sproston (1832-approximately 1881) was born in Gibraltar or Spain, in 1832. His background information is somewhat unclear but census records indicate that he lived in both San Francisco, California, and Virginia City, Nevada. He was married to Mary E. (1847-1911) who was born in New Jersey, but the year of their marriage is unknown. They had at least three children. Hannah, the eldest (1854-1891), was born in Nevada and later married to William H. McClave in 1876. May was born in 1870 and received a diploma from the State of California, Department of Public Instruction in 1895 to teach grammar school. Virginia Nevada was born in Virginia City, Nevada on June 10, 1864. She died from unknown causes on January 27, 1867. Sproston made his living in the life insurance industry. He also owned stock in various gold and mining companies like Allison, Bonny, Consolidated Cedar Hill, Dardanelle, Durgan, Harrison, MaryAnn, and Wells Fargo. He even served as a trustee for the Argonaut Gold and Mining Company of San Francisco and owned a substantial amount of the company's shares. Based on San Francisco city directories, which list John Sproston in 1880 and Mary Sproston as a widow in 1882, Sproston presumably died around 1881.
Extent
454 items in 3 boxes
Restrictions
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.
Availability
Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.