A personal photograph album chiefly depicting mining engineer Chester A. Thomas (1874-1920) and Thomas family members between
1892 and 1898 in mining camps
in Virginia City and Sutro, Nevada; at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California; visiting Harvard University and Cambridge,
Massachusetts; and at Camp Merritt
at the Presidio, San Francisco, in 1898.
Mining engineer Chester Ashley Thomas (1874-1920), known as "Chet," was born in Los Angeles, California, in 1874. Thomas's
father, Colonel Charles Cotesworth Thomas,
was a mining engineer and became superintendent of the Sutro tunnel of the Comstock Lode, Nevada in 1871. Chester Thomas graduated
from Stanford University in 1898 and became a
member of the First California Volunteers at Manila, 1898-99, during the Spanish American War. Thomas became a mining engineer
and later manager of American Smelters Securities
Co. He died in 1920 while in Dawson, Alaska.
104 photographs in 1 album : chiefly cyanotype prints ; images chiefly 12.5 x 16.5 cm, volume 21 x 17 cm
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