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Guide to the William Miles Read Papers, 1867-1929
BANC MSS P-G 251  
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Correspondence

Ctn. 1

a. The letters of William Miles Read cover the years 1890-1929, and include two letter books (1900-1912) and 662 loose copies (1890-1929). The greatest number of loose copies date from 1912 through 1916, and 1928 through 1929. Letters received by Read number 238, originals and typed copies, and are arranged alphabetically, with groups of two or more letters included in separate folders.

 

b. The correspondence of Mrs. William Miles Read covers the year 1930, and is included in a separate folder.

 

c. The correspondence of Frank Drake, in one folder. (1873-1902)

 

d. The correspondence of E. C. Jeffreys, Read's son-in-law, dealing for the most part with Read's property in San Joaquin Valley, in one folder. (1918-1930)

 

e. The correspondence of Thomas Phillpotts, chiefly as agent for the Everhardt and Aurora Mining Company, Ltd. in the early '70s, in one folder.

 

f. A report by Dora Jeffreys Hoover is included in one folder at the back of this caron, along with a map of the Treasure Hill mines.

 

Papers of the "Eberhardt and Aurora mines."

Ctn. 2

a. Reports on the mining properties, 1885 to 1924, with maps and plans.

 

b. Papers of the White Pine Water Works of California and the White Pine Waterworks Company, Ltd., ca. 1867 to ca. 1877.

 

c. Transfers of the properties from the Eberhardt Mill and Mining Company to the Everhardt and Auora Mining Company, Ltd. (1870), through subsequent transfers to Thistle Consolidated Mines, Ltd. (1896) and sale to William Miles Read.

 

d. Deeds of mines puchased for the Eberhardt and Aurora Mining Company, Ltd. by Thomas Phillpotts in the '70s.

 

e. Workings of the mines, including papers relating to the purchase of wire for the tramway, together with plans and drawings of the tramway; specifications for a quartz mill; methods of reporting on workings, together with such reports; construction of the Centennial Tunnel in 1876; and ore reports of the Monitor Mill, 1887 to 1890.

 

f. Legal documents, including lists of papers pertaining to activities of the mines; papers of Kimber and Ellis, solicitors, 1872 to 1878, including copies of letters; and Power of Attorney given to William Miles Read by the New Eberhardt Company, Ltd. in February, 1893.

 

g. Financial documents, including statements of the Eberhardt and Aurora Mining Company, Ltd. for the years 1870 and 1871; journal account for Eberhardt and Monitor Company, Ltd., 1888; and ledger, journal account and pay roll sheets for the New Eberhardt Company, Ltd. for the years 1889 to 1894.

 

h. Deeds for city building lots, Eberhardt City and Treasure City, Nevada.

 

i. Papers of the Aurora Consolidated Silver Mining Company, and for the South Aurora Silver Mining Company.

 

Personal Papers of William Miles Read and Frank Drake

Ctn. 3

a. Personal journal of William Miles Read covering the period 1890, 1891, 1893, 1899-1929. (2 journals)

 

b. Papers relating to Read's non-Nevada real estate holdings - properties in Berkeley, Piedmont, and Kern County.

 

c. Read's bank deposit slips with the Anglo and London Paris National Bank of San Francisco.

 

d. Deeds and contracts relating to Read's and Drake's mining ventures in Nevada, including papers of the Protection and Rex mines, with maps.

 

e. Deeds and reports on other Nevada and non-Nevada mining properties, included with Read's papers.

 

f. Papers relating to Read's administration of Drake's estate, 1909-1910.

 

g. Miscellaneous financial papers of Read, along with miscellaneous manuscript and printed material included in Read's papers.