Idaho and Montana Gold Mining Company records, 1888-1890

Overview of the Collection

Idaho and Montana Gold Mining Company
Idaho and Montana Gold Mining Company records
1888-1890 (inclusive)
2 volumes
Collection Number
Mss 381
This collection contains ledgers created by the Idaho and Montana Gold Mining Company between 1888 and 1890.
University of Montana, Mansfield Library, Archives and Special Collections
Archives and Special Collections
Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library
University of Montana
32 Campus Dr. #9936
Missoula, MT
Telephone: 4062432053
Fax: 4062434067
Access Restrictions

Researchers must use collection in accordance with the policies of Archives and Special Collections, the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, and The University of Montana-Missoula.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

When the California Gold Rush of 1848 died down, miners began to explore the rest of the West in search of more gold. By 1860 gold was discovered in Idaho, which was then part of Washington. By the summer of 1862, gold was found in Montana and parts of the Dakotas. The discovery of gold in the Coeur D’Alene Mountains in north Idaho in 1882 brought mining towns to parts of the region that were previously uninhabited.

Mining companies like the Idaho and Montana Gold Mining Company tried to profit from the boom. While it is unclear where the company’s mines were located, many of the shareholders were prominent citizens in Missoula, Montana. Among those shareholders were John Cornish (Fairchild, Cornish & Co. real estate), Charles E. Beckwith (insurance agent), and F.D. Low (Stoddard & Low real estate). Dr. Levi E. Holmes of Butte was one of the leading shareholders. Holmes served as a surgeon in the Civil War, and later established his practice in Butte in 1878.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection includes one stock ledger and one stock transfer ledger dating from 1888 to 1890. The stock ledger also served as a notebook for writing assignments and multiplication tables, and later as a scrapbook for various cards and photos.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. and any other applicable statutes. Copyright not transferred to the University of Montana.

Preferred Citation

[Name of document or photograph number], Idaho and Montana Gold Mining Company Records, Archives and Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, The University of Montana-Missoula.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

Gift of this Missoula Public Library, date unknown.

Processing Note

The actions of the original processors went unrecorded.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
1/1 Stock ledger 1888-1890
1/2 Stock transfer ledger 1888-1890

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Gold mines and mining--Northwest, Pacific
  • Mining corporations--Northwest, Pacific

Form or Genre Terms

  • Business records--Northwest, Pacific