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Guide to the Kenneth Rank-New Idria Mines Collection
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Kenneth Rank-New Idria Mines Collection
    Box Number: 1557-1562
    Collector: Rank, Kenneth
    Repository: California State Library
    Sacramento, California
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information



    Conditions of Use

    Please credit California State Library.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to California State Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing. Permission for publication is given on behalf of California State Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Kenneth Rank-New Idria Mines Collection, California State Library.

    Access Points

    Rank, Kenneth.
    New Idria Mining Company (Calif.)
    Mercury mines and mining--California--Idria.
    San Benito County (Calif.)--History.


    Correspondence, notes from interviews, foreman`s notebook, geology and production reports, annual reports, microfilm of Congressional reports.


    Kenneth Rank was Chief Geologist for New Idria Mining Company. He collected history and information about the mines in preparation for writing a book. The mine was said to have been discovered in 1851, with state incorporation on January 27, 1858, and federal patent applied for in 1868. California Corporation status was forfeited on December 14, 1905. The mines and town were sold at auction in 1973.


    • Atcheson, Eugene E.
    • Bailey, Edgar H.
    • Balch, Carl S.
    • Brooks, Fern
    • Brooks, Russell R.
    • Bryant, Dolores Waldorf.
    • Cahoon, John M.
    • Cammarota, V. Anthony.
    • Chase, H. Percival
    • Ciravegna, Margaret
    • Clough, Charles
    • Cole, Heather E.
    • Coronado, Nancy L.
    • Fortner, R., Mrs.
    • Fox, Theron
    • L.G.
    • Galli, Lola
    • Gallup, Suzanne H.
    • Gilkey, Lenora P.
    • Goral, Miki
    • Gwerder, Merrilee
    • Hanna, Archibald
    • Henry, Brother Veronius
    • Hill, Dick
    • Hill, Mary R.
    • Hubb, Lorraine
    • Huntington, Nancy A.
    • Jan & Pete (last name unknown)
    • Johnson, Kenneth M.
    • Kettlewell, Clara
    • Land, Robert H.
    • Langley, Christopher
    • Lewis, C. Hyde
    • Lewis, Dorothy
    • Lunde, Joyce E.
    • Mahoney, Ronald J.
    • Mariposa County Library
    • Miller, Evan
    • Moran, Irene
    • Ottley, Allan R.
    • Penn, Martin
    • Perham, Constance
    • Pettitt, Kenneth I.
    • Pilachowski, David
    • Pratt, Mary S.
    • Roberts, William M.
    • Root, Dorothy
    • Rowe, Harold E.
    • Rush, Jody
    • Rust, Virginia
    • Schneider, Jimmie
    • Schoen, Frances E.
    • Schreiner, Lois M.
    • Schuette, C.N.
    • Seaborn, Phyllis
    • Segerstrom, Mary Elta
    • Shadduck, Wesley
    • Steelman, Nodean
    • Suhler, Sam A.
    • Swingle, John
    • Swingle, Maude K.
    • Thollander, Earl
    • Thome, Joe
    • Warel, Mark
    • Williar, Jay
    • Wisner, Philip
    • Wolfinger, Henry J.

    Material Transferred from the Collection


    • McGarrahan, William, plaintiff.

      Bill in equity between William McGarrahan and the New Idria Mining Company. [s.l.: s.n.], 1870?

      (CALIF* 333 M14b).
    • U.S. Congress. Senate. Committee on Public Lands.

      Proceedings of the Committee on Public Lands, United States Senate: having under consideration the memorial of Wm. McGarrahan... Washington: Government Printing Office, 1875-1878.

      (CALIF* HD 211 C2 U485).


    • California. Central. 1956.

      New Idria, Calif.

      MAP c912 C15n 1956
    • California. Central. n.d.

      Map of the New Idria Mine and the adjoining country.

      MAP c912 C15 n.d.
    • California. Central. n.d.

      Topographical map of the Southern portion of the Rancho Panoche Grande...

      MAP c912 C15rp n.d.
    • California. Fresno County. n.d.

      New Idria property located in Mendata, Fresno County, Calif. n.d.

      MAP-S C912 F88n n.d.
    • California. San Benito County. 1937.

      [New Idria (Idria P.O.)].

      MAP-S c912 S194 1937
    • California. San Benito County. 1875.

      Map of the Rancho Panoche Grande in California.

      MAP c912 S194 1875
    • California. San Benito County. 1867.

      Topographical map of the New Idria Mining Cos. property.

      MAP c912 S194 1867
    • California. San Benito County. n.d.

      [Topographical map of New Idria].

      MAP c912 S194 n.d.
    • California. San Benito County. n.d.

      Property map New Idria Quicksilver Mining Co....

      MAP c912 S194 n.d.
    • California. San Benito County. n.d.

      La Rancho Panoche Grande Land Grant.

      MAP c912 S194r n.d.


    • Photo Album #91: photo album with 225 photos of the New Idria Mine.
    • 39 photographs to the Photo File.
    • 9 rolls of negatives to the Photo File.

    Charts, diagrams, tables, etc.

    • 27 charts to Textual File

    Related Collections

    • New Idria Mining Co. Collection.
    • New Idria Mining Co. Collection #2.