Skip to main content

Finding Aids

University of Idaho Library Special Collections & Archives Guides and Descriptions

X

Collections A-Z



Guide to the National Copper Mining Company Records ; National Copper Mining Mining Company Records

Records

1 of 2
Open Finding Aid
small (250x250 max)
medium (500x500 max)
Large
Extra Large
large ( > 500x500)
Full Resolution

Guide to the National Copper Mining Company Records 1906-1944

Sponsor: Funds for processing were provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, the U.S. Department of Education HEA Title II-C "Strengthening Research Library Resources" program, the Library Associates of the University of Idaho and other donors.Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Overview of the Collection

Title: Records
Creator: National Copper Mining Company
Dates: 1906-1944
Quantity: 4 cubic feet
Abstract:Correspondence and organizational, stock, financial, ore production, personnel, tax and other records of a copper mine in the Hunter Mining District of the Coeur d'Alene region of Idaho.
Identification: MG256
Language: English
Repository: University of Idaho Library Special Collections and Archives
Moscow, ID 83844-2351

Arrangement and Description

There are seven series in this group contained in one records box, with an additional thirteen oversized items. The first series, Records of the Board of Directors and the Stockholders, 1910-1943, reflects organizational activities. One minute book and one folder cover the years 1910-1943, and there are two folders of materials related to special meetings in 1943. A final folder includes incomplete runs of monthly and yearly financial statements from two periods: 1913-1919 and 1941-1943.General Correspondence and Related Records, the second series, contains an alphabetically organized file. Most of the records date from 1942-1944 and concern the disincorporation of National Copper. Giving details of work at the mine before 1920 are an annual report from 1918, work contracts, newspaper clippings, and technical appraisals of progress and prospects.The third series, Capital Stock Records, documents stock trading activities fairly well in a ledger, two journals, and stock transfer records. Assessment records, however, exist only for assessment eighteen. Also included are an audit from 1942, lists of stockholders, 1919-1920, and correspondence, 1911-1914. Later correspondence from stockholders can be found in the General Correspondence Series.The fourth series, Financial Records, contains four ledgers, two journals, two cash books, a check register, voucher records, and monthly balance sheets. Only the ledgers provide continuous and complete coverage. Otherwise, aside from the check register, 1941-1944, coverage is all pre-1924.All Ore Production and Shipment Records date before 1920. Documentation is best for 1917-1919. All Personnel Records date before 1922. Most of the items in these two series are oversized volumes or large unbound sheets.The final series, Tax Records, includes only three folders, each containing only a few items. There is one capital stock return from 1919, and, in the miscellaneous file, some correspondence regarding exemption from federal income tax. The remaining capital stock and Idaho tax records are from 1941-1944.Removal of cancelled and blank stock certificates, vouchers, and duplicate materials reduced the bulk of this collection by 9 cubic feet.

Scope and Content

The records of the National Copper Mining Company span the years 1906 to 1944, though coverage is slight between 1923 and 1941. Included are minutes of meetings, financial statements, reports, contracts, correspondence, stock ledgers and journals, assessment records, financial ledgers and journals, cashbooks, ore shipping and milling records, pay rolls, a daily work record, and tax records.

Related materials can be found in the records of the King Mining Company.


Administrative/Biographical History

The National Copper Mining Company was incorporated in 1906 in the Hunter Mining District, Shoshone County, Idaho. Its claims consisted of the Victor, Victor #2, Bull Frog, Bill #1, Bill #2, Mabel May, Little Bert, and Nellie lodes, and the Mabel May millsite. The first board of directors included D.E. Keys, president; A.P. McRae, vice president; M.J. McHugh, secretary-treasurer; F. Cushing Moore and W.F. Nichols. The board appointed Charles McKinnis the first general manager.

In 1910 the board of directors amended the by-laws of the company to increase the number of directors from five to seven. To secure funds for equipment and construction of a mill, the corporation increased its capital stock in 1913, from 1,250,000 shares to 2,000,000, with a par value of $1 each. Over 600,000 shares were sold at 50 cents per share. The following year National Copper increased its stock to 2,500,000 shares in a successful attempt to acquire the Nellie Lode from the Continental Mining Company. In exchange for the Nellie, Continental shareholders received 500,000 shares of National Copper.

Stockholders were saddled with 18 assessments during the life of the company. The assessments were levied to cover debts, develop the property, or purchase other claims. Mining operations were shut down in 1920 after steadily declining production, and the corporation's charter was forfeited in 1925. Following the 1920 shutdown, National Copper stockholders urged the board of directors to utilize corporate funds in the development of the Homestake property. Members of National Copper's board of directors had been interested in a takeover of Homestake since 1916, and so in 1921 acquired a controlling interest in Homestake Mining Company with 700,000 shares. National increased its holdings to 1,238,955 shares in 1942.

National Copper's charter was reinstated in 1932. By 1935, however, the company had begun to sell off its real and personal property. The Day Mining Company dominated National Copper from 1941 until its dissolution in 1943. National Copper's last board of directors consisted of John Wourms, Henry Buhrmester (both of whom sat on the boards of Homestake and King at the time), F.M. Rothrock, C.O. Dunlop, W.J. Kirby, William Stratton, and Wray Farmin. The board agreed to a stock conversion with King Mining Company, wherein 7.8 shares of National Copper equalled 1 share of King. Ultimately, 209,808 shares of King capital stock were distributed pro rata to National Copper stockholders of record.


Subjects

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Idaho
Mines and Mineral Resources

National Copper Mining Company

Copper mines and mining -- Idaho -- Coeur d'Alene Mining District -- History -- Sources
Mining corporations -- Records -- Idaho -- Coeur d'Alene Mining District

Administrative Information

Source

The records of the National Copper Mining Company are part of the records of Day Mines, Inc., donated to the University of Idaho by Henry Day in 1984 and 1985.

Processing Information

Initial processing of this manuscript group was done by Leslie Smallwood and Judith Nielsen in 1987 and 1988.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I. Records of the Board of Directors and the Stockholders 1910-1943
box-folderbox-folder
1/1-21/1-2Minutes 1910-1943
box-folderbox-folder
1/3-41/3-4Records relating to meetings 1943
box-folderbox-folder
1/51/5Financial statements 1913-1919, 1941-1943
Series II. General Correspondence and Related Records 1912-1944
box-folderbox-folder
1/61/6Annual reports and statements 1918, 1942-1944
box-folderbox-folder
1/71/7B-C 1942-1943
box-folderbox-folder
1/81/8Contracts 1913-1919
box-folderbox-folder
1/91/9Conversion of stock to King stock 1943
box-folderbox-folder
1/101/10D 1943-1944
box-folderbox-folder
1/111/11Decree of Disincorporation 1944
box-folderbox-folder
1/121/12E-N 1942-1944
box-folderbox-folder
1/131/13Newspaper clippings 1918-1920
box-folderbox-folder
1/141/14P-R 1942-1944
box-folderbox-folder
1/15-191/15-19Reports on mine status and prospects 1912-1918
box-folderbox-folder
1/201/20S-W 1918, 1943-1944
Series III. Capital Stock Records 1906-1944
box-folderbox-folder
os/21os/21Stock ledger 1915-1944
box-folderbox-folder
os/22-24os/22-24Stock journals 1906-1941
box-folderbox-folder
os/25os/25Stock transfer journal 1942-1943
box-folderbox-folder
os/26os/26Transfer records: Clearwater stock 1934-1935
box-folderbox-folder
os/27os/27Records relating to assessment #18 1941
box-folderbox-folder
os/28os/28Register for assessment #18 1942
box-folderbox-folder
os/29os/29Audit 1942
box-folderbox-folder
os/30os/30List of stockholders 1919-1920
box-folderbox-folder
os/31os/31Correspondence: H.H. Stambaugh 1913-1914
box-folderbox-folder
os/32os/32Correspondence 1911-1912
Series IV. Financial Records 1906-1944
box-folderbox-folder
os/33os/33Ledger 1906-1913
box-folderbox-folder
os/34-35os/34-35Ledgers 1914-1943
box-folderbox-folder
os/36os/36Ledger 1931-1944
box-folderbox-folder
os/37-38os/37-38Journals 1906-1918
box-folderbox-folder
os/39os/39Cashbook 1913-1923
box-folderbox-folder
os/40os/40Cashbook 1913-1923
box-folderbox-folder
os/40aos/40aCheck register 1941-1944
box-folderbox-folder
os/41-42os/41-42Voucher records 1912-1923
box-folderbox-folder
os/43os/43Monthly balance sheets 1913-1915
Series V. Ore Production and Shipment Records 1913-1919
box-folderbox-folder
os/44os/44Ore shipping and assay records 1914-1919
box-folderbox-folder
os/45os/45Ore shipment record 1917-1919
box-folderbox-folder
os/46os/46Mining and milling record 1917-1919
box-folderbox-folder
os/47os/47Bullion record 1917-1919
box-folderbox-folder
os/47aos/47aMiscellaneous ore records 1913-1916
Series VI. Personnel Records 1914-1921
box-folderbox-folder
os/48os/48Daily work record 1914-1919
box-folderbox-folder
os/49os/49Pay roll 1916-1921
Series VII. Tax Records 1915-1944
box-folderbox-folder
os/50os/50Capital stock tax returns 1919, 1942-1944
box-folderbox-folder
os/51os/51Idaho tax records 1941-1944
box-folderbox-folder
os/52os/52Miscellaneous 1915-1917

Profile Description

Creation: Encoded by ArchProteus2003
Language: Finding aid is in English

you wish to report:


...
Select the collections to add or remove from your search
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
W
X
Y
Z
 
OK