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J. Henry Strachan letterpress copybook.
BANC MSS 2017/249
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J. Henry Strachan letterpress copybook
John Henry Strachan letterpress copybook


Strachan, J. Henry, 1847-, creator, correspondent.


Smith, Francis Marion, 1846-1931, correspondent.


Letterpress copybook of J. Henry Strachan in his role as superintendant of Francis Marion Smith's mining company, Teels Marsh Borax Mining Company, containing letters dated from July 9, 1887 to August 24, 1890. All letters are signed by J. Henry Strachan and include correspondence, invoices, reports, supply orders, operational details, etc.


1887 (issued)


n-us-ca -- n-us-nv
Strachan, J. Henry -- 1847- -- Correspondence
Smith, Francis Marion -- 1846-1931 -- Correspondence
Teels Marsh Borax Company.
Pacific Coast Borax Company.
Borax mines and mining -- California
Borax mines and mining -- Nevada


J. Henry Strachan letterpress copybook, BANC MSS 2017/249, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Gift of Suzy Green ; 2017.
Related collection: Pacific Coast Borax Company letters (BANC MSS 2004/425 c).
In English.
John Henry Strachan (born July 1847 in New York ; date of death unknown in Alameda, California) was the general manager for Francis Marion Smith's borax mining operations. In 1887, Strachan was sent to California to oversee Smith's expansion of operations helping to form the Pacific Coast Borax Company in 1890.
The Pacific Coast Borax Company history begins in Mineral County, Nevada, east of Mono Lake where, in 1872, a goldminer by the name of Francis Marion Smith spotted Teels Marsh while looking westward from the upper slopes of Miller Mountain where the only nearby trees were growing. Smith and two assistants visited Teels Marsh and collected samples that proved to assay higher than any known sources for borate. Smith and his helpers staked claims and laid the foundation for his career as a borax miner. Mining operations began under the name, Smith and Storey Brothers Borax Co. The Storey brothers interests were subsequently acquired in 1873 and the name was shortened to Smith Brothers Borax Co. and then changed to Teels Marsh Borax Company in circa 1884. In 1888, Smith acquired W.T. Coleman's bankrupt California borax holdings and formed the Pacific Coast Borax Company in 1890.


Letterpress copybooks.

Physical Description:

1 (500 31 x 26 cm




BANC MSS 2017/249