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Ruth Pierce Mine Collection
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  • Administrative History
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement of the Collection
  • Access
  • Processing Information
  • Acquisition Information
  • Preferred Citation
  • Publication Rights

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: University of California, Davis Library, Dept. of Special Collections
    Title: Ruth Pierce Mine Collection
    Creator: University of California, Davis. Library
    Identifier/Call Number: MC252
    Physical Description: 0.2 linear feet
    Date (inclusive): 1909-1942
    Abstract: The Ruth Pierce Mine was located in Mariposa County, California. This small collection contains reports about the mine as well as correspondence regarding a lease option.
    Physical Location: Researchers should contact Archives and Special Collections to request collections, as many are stored offsite.

    Administrative History

    The Ruth Pierce Mine, discovered in 1851, was located in Mariposa County, California, about four miles from the town of Hornitos. In May 1913 the mine was owned by the Hornitos Gold Mining Company. As of 1920, the mine was owned by the Ruth Pierce Mining Company, a subsidiary of the Tennessee Mining Company.
    In 1927 a fire at the site burned the mill plant, the boarding house and miners quarters. After the fire, the mine was acquired by Mr. Clarence Jarbeau and associates from Seattle.

    Scope and Content

    The collection contains reports about the mine as well as correspondence regarding a lease option.

    Arrangement of the Collection

    The collection is arranged in two series: Reports and Correspondence.


    Collection is open for research.

    Processing Information

    Processing of the Ruth Pierce Mine Collection 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.

    Acquisition Information

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

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Ruth Pierce Mine Collection, MC252, Archives and Special Collections, UC Davis Library, University of California, Davis.

    Publication Rights

    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.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Mariposa County (Calif.) -- History
    Gold mines and mining -- California -- Mariposa County
    Uncovering California's Environmental Collections Project
    Mineralogy -- California -- Mariposa County
    Mines and mineral resources -- California -- Mariposa County
    Ruth Pierce Mine