These papers largely pertain to geologic and mining work in Alaska and Malaya undertaken by J.F. Newsom, with some materials
pertaining to his son John Branner Newsom. Included is a field book on gold claims in Alaska and British Columbia kept by
J.F. Newsom, 1915; a report by J.F. Newsom on placer gravels in Alaska, 1909; correspondence, reports, charts and tables,
statements, and photographs pertaining to tin mining in Malaya, 1920-26; an undated photograph album of mining operations,
possibly in Malaya; and oversize drawings of drills and a mill by J.B. Newsom, 1929-37.
John Flesher Newsom, student and associate of John Casper Branner, earned his master's and doctorate degrees in geology at
Stanford University in 1892 and 1901 respectively. While engaged in his graduate studies, he also worked summers for Branner
as assistant geologist on the Arkansas State Geological Survey. Newsom taught at Stanford from 1898 to 1910, when he resigned
to do full time exploratory work for mining companies. He died unexpectedly in October 1928.
John Branner Newsom, son of J.F. Newsom, earned his a.b. in geology at Stanford in 1922 and his engineer's degree in 1924.
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