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mssHM 72181-72222  
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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Access
  • Administrative Information
  • Historical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Overview of the Collection

    Title: Wiley Gold Mining Company Records
    Dates (inclusive): 1905-1907
    Collection Number: mssHM 72181-72222
    Creator: Wiley Gold Mining Company.
    Extent: 44 items in 1 box
    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 contains 44 pieces of documents, correspondence, and ephemera of the Wiley Gold Mining Company, incorporated in 1905 with mining claims primarily in Lida, Nevada.
    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]. Wiley Gold Mining Company Records, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.


    Purchased from Jack Reynolds, October 29, 1970.

    Historical Note

    The Wiley Gold Mining Company was incorporated in 1905 and its mining claims were primarily in Lida, Nevada. Dr. James Thompson, the company's secretary, was based in Kansas City, Missouri, and he was responsible for a great deal of the company's day-to-day business. The other officers of the company included Roland Hughes, president; W.F. Wyman, vice-president; and C.C. Marsh; treasurer.

    Scope and Content

    This collection contains 44 pieces of documents, correspondence, and ephemera of the Wiley Gold Mining Company. The collection is divided into two main parts, both arranged chronologically:
    The documents relate to the Wiley Gold Mining Company. James Thompson’s name or signature appears on a majority of the documents. The documents include stock certificates, indentures, mining claim agreements, certificates of location and labor, company by-laws, warranty deeds, and receipts between various members of the company, and they are drawn in Lida, Nevada; Kansas City, Missouri; and Phoenix, Arizona. With documents that contain more than one date, the date of signature is used in cataloging.
    The correspondence also relates to the Wiley Gold Mining Company and includes business letters between employees of the company, as well as letters from officers of the company to potential investors. Several of the letters also include bills for supplies, expenses, and labor. The correspondence contains letters from Big Pine, California; Kansas City, Missouri; Lida, Nevada; and Phoenix, Arizona.
    There are also two folders of ephemera, one containing two printed sketch maps of Nevada and one containing various printed material such as newsletters and pamphlets related to the Wiley Gold Mining Company and to other mining companies in the area. The latter folder also contains a blank “Articles of Incorporation” form.


    This collection is arranged in 1 box in the following order:
    • Documents (HM 72181-72203)
    • Correspondence (HM 72204-72222)
    • Maps and Ephemera (2 folders)

    Indexing Terms

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


    Wiley Gold Mining Company.
    Gold mines and mining -- Nevada.
    Kansas City (Mo.)
    Lida (Nev.)
    Nevada -- History -- 20th century -- Sources.


    Bylaws (administrative records) -- United States -- 20th century.
    Claims -- United States -- 20th century.
    Deeds -- United States -- 20th century.
    Indentures -- United States -- 20th century.
    Letters (correspondence) -- United States -- 20th century.
    Maps -- United States -- 20th century.
    Stock certificates -- United States -- 20th century.