Eben Olcott papers, 1877-1929

Overview of the Collection

Olcott, Eben, (Eben Erskine)
Eben Olcott papers
1877-1929 (inclusive)
1.35 cubic ft. (3 boxes)
Collection Number
Contains mostly correspondence documenting Olcott's mining engineer career.
American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming
American Heritage Center
University of Wyoming
1000 E. University Ave.
Dept. 3924
Laramie, WY
Telephone: 3077663756
Access Restrictions
Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions on the materials for research purposes, and the collection is open to the public.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Eben E. Olcott (1854-1929) was a mining engineer in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He received his engineering degree from Columbia University in 1874. From 1876-1886, Olcott worked in mines in several western states, Venezuela, Peru, and Mexico. This included a ten month contract with the Cerro de Pasco Copper District in Peru and examining silver mines in Colorado. He led prospecting expeditions in South America, various Caribbean islands, Canada, and the United States. In 1895, he became manager of the Hudson River Day Line of steamers in New York, to which he devoted much of the remainder of his career.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The bulk of this collection contains correspondence from Olcott to his family members in New York City. The letters document Olcott’s travels as a mining engineer in the western United States, South America, Canada, and Caribbean nations. There are photographs of mines, people, and towns in Peru and Mexico. Also included is biographical information, notes, clippings, and awards.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Copyright Information

The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

Preferred Citation

Preferred Citation

Item Description, Box Number, Folder Number, Collection Name, Collection Number, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Much of the correspondence is organized chronologically. The collection was not rearranged when the EAD was created.

Related Materials

Related Materials

The New York Historical Society has 78 volumes of Eben E. Olcott materials.

Acquisition Information

Acquisition Information

This material was received from Mason Olcott in 1963.

Processing Note

Processing Information

The collection was processed by Laura Jackson in March 2010.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
1 Correspondence 1877-1886
2 Correspondence 1887-1926 and undated
2 Miscellaneous Materials (awards, cards, clippings) undated
2 Photo Albums, Peru and Guadalajara, Mexico undated
3 Biographical Information circa 1929
3 Correspondence, Photocopies, duplicates of letters in Box 1 1879-1885

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Copper mines and mining -- Peru
  • Mines and mineral resources
  • Mining engineering
  • Mining engineering -- Colorado
  • Mining engineering -- Mexico
  • Mining engineering -- Peru
  • Mining engineering -- Venezuela
  • Silver mines and mining -- Colorado