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Guide to the Selby Smelting & Lead Company Records, 1852-1976
1563, 1566  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Access Points
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  • History
  • Correspondents
  • Material Transferred from the Collection
  • Related Collections

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Selby Smelting & Lead Company Records,
    Date (inclusive): 1852-1976
    Box Number: 1563, 1566
    Creator: Selby Smelting & Lead Company
    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], Selby Smelting & Lead Company Records, California State Library.

    Access Points

    Selby Smelting & Lead Company


    Correspondence, contracts, stock certificates, receipts, invoices, tax records, deeds, leases.


    The Selby Smelting Company was orgainzed in 1865 by Thomas H. Selby and Peter Naylor of New York. The lead produced here was used at the Selby Shot Tower in San Francisco. In 1879 the company purchased the property and business of the Pacific Refinery and Bullion Exchange. They refined gold, silver, and lead, and became the only private refinery on the west coast.


    • Bank of California Bessemer Steel Works
    • Black Diamond Steel Works
    • Bradley, F. W.
    • Carson, Jonathan
    • Clemens, Gilbert
    • Gilbert, Frank L.
    • J. J. Moore and Co., Inc.
    • New York Life Insurance Co.
    • Rasmussen, Louis J.
    • Rideout, E. V.
    • Seaman, Jesse
    • Sexton, Roberta
    • Taylor, Chas.
    • Weinberger, Herman
    • William Butcher Steel Works
    • Wingfield, George

    Material Transferred from the Collection


    • Photographs to photo file.


    • Title: California. San Francisco. 1916.
      Selby Smelting & Lead Co. San Francisco. Dec. 29, 1916.
      Identifier/Call Number: (MAP c912 S19d 1916)
    • Title: California. Contra Costa County.
      n.d. [Selby Smelting & Lead Co.]
      Identifier/Call Number: (MAP c912 C76s n.d.)

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