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Finding Aid to the Fred H. Dakin papers, 1885-1985 (bulk 1902-1950)
BANC MSS 73/92 c  
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  • Collection Summary
  • Information for Researchers
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Fred H. Dakin papers
    Date (inclusive): 1885-1985
    Date (bulk): 1902-1950
    Collection Number: BANC MSS 73/92 c
    Creator: Dakin, Fred H.
    Extent: 8 cartons, 11 oversize folders, 4 volumes, 1 oversize box (16 linear feet)
    Repository: The Bancroft Library.
    University of California, Berkeley
    Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
    Phone: (510) 642-6481
    Fax: (510) 642-7589
    Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
    URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
    Abstract: The papers of Fred H. Dakin, California mining engineer and antimony ore buyer for the Texas Mining and Smelting Company. Included are mine files, general correspondence and subject files, field notes and other notebooks, some mining financial records, personalia, and some plans/tracings for California canals.
    Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
    Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.

    Information for Researchers


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 94720-6000. Consent is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html. 
    Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.Materials in this collection may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of University of California gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Fred H. Dakin papers, BANC MSS 73/92 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

    Alternate Forms Available

    There are no alternate forms of this collection.

    Separated Material

    Photographs transferred to the Pictorial Collections of the Bancroft Library (BANC PIC 1973.043--AX).

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog
    Dakin, Fred H.--Archives
    Boone's University School, Berkeley, Calif.
    Kappa Sigma Fraternity
    Texas Mining and Smelting Company
    University of California, Berkeley. Class of 1902
    Antimony mines and mining--British Columbia.
    Antimony mines and mining--Mexico--Sonora (State)
    Antimony mines and mining--West (U.S.)
    Mines and mineral resources--British Columbia.
    Mines and mineral resources--Mexico--Sonora (State)
    Mines and mineral resources--West (U.S.)
    Mining engineers
    Redding (Calif.)
    Siskiyou County (Calif.)
    Account books
    Field notes
    Plans (drawings)

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    The Fred H. Dakin papers were purchased from the Estate of Fred H. Dakin in 1972.


    No additions are expected.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Lara Michels in 2012.

    Biographical Information

    Frederick Holroyd Dakin, Jr. (1879-1971) was born in California to Frederick Holroyd Dakin, Sr. and Virginia Casebolt. Frederick H. Dakin, Sr., an immigrant from England, moved to California in the early 1870s and found work in the Asian art trade. He moved his family to Japan in 1880 for five years. Upon returing to California, the elder Dakin took up residence in Redding, California and began mining in Shasta County. He quickly established himself as a prominent figure in California mining circles and formed his own mining company, the Dakin Company. Frederick H. Dakin, Jr. attended school in Redding (Redding School), Berkeley (Boone's University School), and San Francisco (Pacific Heights School). In 1902, Frederick H. Dakin, Jr. graduated from the mining school at the University of California, Berkeley and joined his father in the family's mining business as a mining engineer. He later worked for the Texas Mining and Smelting Company as an ore buyer specializing in antimony ore. He remained active in his profession into his nineties. He and his wife, Margaret McKinnley, had six children.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Mine files, general correspondence and subject files, field notes and other notebooks, some mining financial records, personalia, and some plans/tracings for California canals. The mine files are arranged geographically by state or country and then by mine name, mining company name, or the personal name of a mine owner. These files relate mainly to antimony mines in the western United States (especially California, Nevada, Oregon, and Idaho) and Mexico and may include correspondence, reports on mines written by Fred H. Dakin, and notes. Many of these mine files are from Dakin's work as a ore buyer for the Texas Mining and Smelting Company, but some predate that phase of his career and are related to his own mining ventures, especially in Siskiyou County, California. The general correspondence and subject files include materials on general mining technologies or developments and some general mining correspondence. The field notes and other notebooks consist mainly of Dakin's own field notes from his assessments of various antimony mines. Among the personalia in the collection are report cards and other materials relating to Dakin's early schooling, files on the University of California, Berkeley's class of 1902, and files on the Kappa Sigma fraternity at UC Berkeley.