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Guide to the Jewett William Adams Papers, 1883-1912
BANC MSS P-G 291  
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    Collection Title: Jewett William Adams Papers,
    Date: 1883-1912
    Collection Number: BANC MSS P-G 291
    Collector: Adams, Jewett William,
    Extent: Number of containers: 5 boxes
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    Berkeley, California 94720-6000
    Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
    Abstract: Letters, financial records, property tax records, and clippings relating mainly to his career as president of the Nevada Lava Stone Company, treasurer of the Nevada Gypsum Company, and to his livestock business, especially his partnership with W.N. McGill.
    Languages Represented: English

    Information for Researchers


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of the Manuscripts Division. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft 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], Jewett William Adams Papers, BANC MSS P-G 291, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley


    Jewett William Adams was born in Vermont in 1835. He emigrated to California in the early 1850s and moved to Nevada in the 1860s. After serving as lieutenant governor of the state for eight years, he was elected governor in 1882. When his term ended in 1886, he served for several years as super-intendant of the mint at Carson City and then devoted the rest of his career to his livestock and other business. He was president and a director of the Nevada Lava Stone Company which was organized about 1895. In the late 1890s he formed a partnership with William N. McGill which became one of the largest livestock companies in the state. In 1908 he helped organize the Nevada Gypsum Company, a corporation formed to mine the gypsum deposits near Mound House which he had worked as the Empire Plaster Company. He was treasurer of the new company until 1912 when it was sold to the Pacific Portland Cement Company. In 1915 he moved to San Francisco and died there in 1920.

    Scope and Content

    The Adams papers were purchased from John Howell Books in January, 1963. They relate to his many business interests, primarily those in which he was involved from 1894 to 1912.