Ophir Mining District records

Ophir Mining District records

Dates: 1870-1879

Group of twenty-three manuscript items, 1870's, concerning various claims in the Ophir Mining District, including the Azure Queen, IXL, Thaddeus Stevens, Ivanhoe, et al. Mostly legal size, some of several pages. Includes certified copies of claims, protest & adverse claim, complaint (with printed forms attached), summons, power of attorney, etc. Appears to be the retained file of Selah Chamberlain, from Cleveland, Ohio, owner of several claims. Several items relate to conflicts with other claims on the vein. Included is a bill from his attorneys covering a period of about three weeks for $2350 for various protests, applications for patents and other legal work.

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Ophir Mining District
  • Call Number: MSS 4083
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84606; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Ophir Mining District records must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 4083; Ophir Mining District records; 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 4083, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Purchased from Bohling Book Company in 1990.
Acquisition Information
Purchased; Bohling Book Company; 1990.
Subject Terms
Agriculture and Natural Resources; Mines and Mineral Resources; Mines and mineral resources--Utah; Ophir (Utah)--History; Tooele County (Utah)--History
Genre / Form
Bills; Claims; Summonses
Processing Information
Processed; H. Christine Swindler; 29 June 2007.
Appraisal Information
Environmental history (Collection development policy of 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts, August 2007).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Ophir Mining District records
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Karen Glenn and H. Christine Swindler, student processors, and John Murphy, curator
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2010-10-07T15:42-0600
Finding Aid Language
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
Biographical Info:

Administrative History

The Ophir Mining District is located on the west slope of the Oquirrh Mountains in Tooele County, Utah. General Patrick Connor and his soldiers established the Mining District Utah on 6 August 1870. It was separated from the Rush Valley District. Most of its claims were recorded in the 1870's and 1890's, although its boom period was over by 1880.

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Ryan Lee
Curator - 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts