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Kennett, California Photograph Album
MC321  
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Description
Photograph album featuring images of the Mammoth Smelter and related scenes of the Mammoth Mining Company from Kennett, California at the dawn of the 20th century.
Background
Kennett, California was once an important copper mining town near Redding and Shasta in the northern part of the state. It was originally founded as a railroad depot along the California & Oregon Railroad, a subsidiary of the Central Pacific, and the town grew rapidly over the next thirty years, especially after electricity came in 1905 and the Mammoth Copper Company built a copper smelter in 1907. World War I brought Kennett to new heights after a rise in metal prices brought on by the demand for war materials. Success was ultimately short-lived, however, as the town fell on hard times after the war; Kennett was doomed after the Mammoth Mining Company closed in 1923. The Shasta Dam project began in 1935, and by 1944, the town of Kennett was no more.
Extent
1 volume Thirty original photographic prints, including twenty-six silver gelatin prints measuring 6 x 8 inches, and four sepia-toned prints measuring approximately 4.5 x 6.75 inches. Contemporary plain cardstock wrappers, oval opening cut into front wrapper, with photograph mounted on verso.
Restrictions
All applicable copyrights for the collection are protected under chapter 17 of the U.S. Copyright Code. 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 Regents of the University of California as the owner of the physical items. It is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.
Availability
Collection is open for research.