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E.B. Towl and Arthur Van Dusen letters : Calif. and Nev., Neb. and Mont. Territories : photocopies of ALS, and some typed transcripts, 1855-1895.
BANC MSS 94/17 cp
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E.B. Towl and Arthur Van Dusen letters: Calif. and Nev., Neb. and Mont. Territories : photocopies of ALS, and some typed transcripts, 1855-1895


Towl, E. B., creator


Van Dusen, Arthur.


Grier, Sara C.


Findlay, Christie.


Alta Silver Mining Company (Gold Hill, Nev.)


Letters written to various family members and mutual friends by Towl and/or Van Dusen, who are working their way to Calif. to work in the gold mines. Consists of photocopies of typed transcripts for letters from 1855-1859, covering a stop in Omaha City, and their stay in Calif. Also includes photocopies of all 12 original manuscript letters from 1855-1895, and including letters from 1866-1882, which are written by Van Dusen only. One letter from 1866, is from Mont. Terr., followed by 2 letters, 1881-1882, from Gold Hill, Nev. Of the remaining letters, all written to Van Dusen's sister, Mrs. Christie Findlay of Lowell, Mich., 2 are written by Sara C. Grier of Silver City, Nev.: one on his behalf in 1893, and the other reporting Van Dusen's death in 1895; the last 2 letters are from Manasses Boyle, Superintendent of the Alta Silver Mining Company, and Sister Rose of St. Mary's Hospital in Virginia City, where Van Dusen died.
Also contains a photocopy of a newspaper article from the Las Vegas review-journal (July 17, 1988) by Mike Little and Douglas McDonald, relating to Arthur Van Dusen and his role in the rescue of several miners from the Alta mine disaster of 1882.


1855 (issued)


n-us-ca -- n-us-nv
Gold mines and mining -- California
Silver mines and mining -- Nevada -- Comstock Lode
Overland journeys to the Pacific
Mine accidents -- Nevada


Originals in private possession (as of 1996).

Physical Description:

1 portfolio.




BANC MSS 94/17 cp