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Guide to the Monitor Mining Company Records 1937-1947

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: Monitor Mining Company
Dates: 1937-1947
Quantity: 12 cubic feet
Abstract:Minutes of meetings, financial statements, correspondence with suppliers and stockholders, annual statements and reports to state agencies, stock ledgers and journals, cancelled stock certificates, assessment records, and financial records of a silver-lead mine in the Coeur d'Alene mining region of northern Idaho.
Identification: MG259
Language: English
Repository: University of Idaho Library Special Collections and Archives
Moscow, ID 83844-2351

Arrangement and Description

The records of the Monitor Mining Company are divided into six series: Records of the Board of Directors and the Stockholders, General Correspondence and Related Records, Capital Stock Records, Financial Records, and Ore Production Records.The first series, Records of the Board of Directors and the Stockholders, includes minutes of meetings, by-laws, and annual reports.General Correspondence and Related Records, the second series, contains a wide variety of records relating to the financing, claims, operations, production, mill shipments, and other activities of the Monitor Mining Company and its predecessors, the Callahan Zinc-Lead, Amazon-Manhattan, Silver State, and Portland mining companies. It is divided into two alphabetical series. In addition to correspondence files, it includes balance sheets, stock transmittal letters, memoranda, telegrams, press releases, financial statements, accident reports, leases, equipment orders, ore settlements, bus accounts, lists of employees, lists of employees terminated, employment contracts, hospital contracts, federal explosive licenses, federal reporting forms for metal lines and mills, annual statements to the state of Idaho, assay reports, metallurgical summaries, federal and state income tax returns, progress and production reports, lists of stockholders, annual reports to stockholders, minutes, copies of governmental rulings and regulations, deeds for road rights of way, maps, silver affidavits, premium affidavits, and other records. They relate specifically to such topics as the consolidation of the Ray-Jefferson Mining Co. into the Monitor, acquisition of the Interstate Mine, financial returns of the Monitor Mining Co., accidents suffered by and health of Monitor employees, particularly silicosis cases, insurance compensation, operating leases of Monitor property, routine business of the company, financial returns, ore production and milling, transportation of workers, merger of the Amazon-Manhattan property into the Monitor, operation of the Monitor boarding house, employment and military deferments, hiring of soldiers, taxation of the Monitor and of the Silver State Mining Co., mine development, ore tests, sales and transfers of stock, diamond drilling, contributions to the Idaho War Fund, registration of motor vehicles, contracts with the Sullivan and Bunker Hill mills, milling equipment, merger with Portland Mining Co., purchase of claims on Sunset Peak, War Production Board quotas and wartime restrictions, approvals of the Office of Defense Transportation for new vehicles and motor fuels tax refunds, wage regulations of the Nonferrous Metals Commission, mine access roads across national forests, distribution of the workforce, and other matters.The third series is Capital Stock Records. Included are stock ledgers and journals, and proxy statements for Day Rock, Happy Day, King, Monitor, Sherman, Tamarack & Custer, and Treasure Vault companies.The fourth series, Financial Records, contains ledgers, journals, voucher registers, a cash book, and voucher index file.Ore Production Records, the fifth series, contains shipment records of the Amazon vein, Carlisle, Idora, Interstate-Daylight, Parrott, Silver Tip, Sitting Bull and Tough Nut claims.Ore Production Records, the sixth series, includes time sheets.Removal of cancelled stock certificates, returned assessment notices, vouchers, paid checks, bank statements, and duplicate materials reduced the size of this collection by five cubic feet.

Scope and Content

The records of the Monitor Mining Company span the years 1937 to 1947, with the bulk of the material covering the years 1940-1947. Included are minutes of meetings, financial statements, correspondence with suppliers and stockholders, annual statements and reports to state agencies, stock ledgers and journals, cancelled stock certificates, assessment records, lists of stockholders, financial ledgers and journals, vouchers, check registers, and tax returns.


Administrative/Biographical History

In June 1940, John Wourms, R.W. Anno, H.J. Hull, S.F. Heitfeld, and Paul Jessup, all executives associated with the Day interests, incorporated the Monitor Mining Company under the laws of the State of Idaho, with the purpose of consolidating management of a number of properties in the Sunset Peak region north of Wallace. The authorized capitalization of the Monitor Mining Co. was two million shares, each with a par value of fifty cents. The first directors of Monitor were Wourms, who served as president; Anno, who became secretary; Hull, vice president; Jessup; and Henry Buhrmester. In December 1940, Henry Day became manager. From 1942 until Monitor's consolidation into Day Mines, Inc., the directors consisted of Henry Day, who succeeded Wourms as president; F.M. Rothrock; S.F. Heitfeld, who also served as secretary-treasurer; H.J. Hull; and Wray Farmin. Jessup served as comptroller and followed Wourms as company attorney.

Throughout its brief existence of little more than seven years, the Monitor Mining Co. constantly acquired additional mines, properties, and stock in mining firms in the Beaver Mining District. By the time Monitor was absorbed into Day Mines, Inc. in 1947 it owned 162 patented claims, covering 2,133.5 acres, and an additional 53 unpatented claims. Most of these claims were in one contiguous group. Many of them had been productive in the decade preceding 1900 and had seen a great deal of activity during World War I. Through exchanges of stock the Monitor initially gained control of the property of the Amazon-Manhattan, Ray-Jefferson, Blue Grouse, and Virginia companies. In 1943 the Portland Mining Company similarly merged its 16 patented and 27 unpatented claims and a majority interest in six other unpatented claims. From the Interstate-Callahan, Monitor in 1945 acquired 79 patented and four unpatented claims, along with a controlling stock interest in the Silver State Mining Company, with its six patented claims adjacent to the Monitor's holdings. In 1945 Monitor also acquired the Reudy Group of nine claims and a mill site on Sunset peaks, and, in the following year, began development of the Galena property of the Vulcan Mining Co. and acquired the Hill property, the McGrath homestead property, and the Callahan cabin.

In August 1942, to finance development, the Monitor Company borrowed $45,000 from its major stockholders. Of this sum, $12,500 came from Eleanor Day Boyce, $7,500 each from Henry Day, the Gallands, and the Paulsens, and $5,000 each from the Leonards and Albert Owes. The Monitor's exploration activities revived this long dormant area, resulting in the establishment of camps and plants at the portals of the Amazon 700 level and the Carlisle adit and the rehabilitation of the Ray-Jefferson mill as a flotation concentrator.

Although Monitor leased out portions of its holdings and itself produced a considerable amount of lead and zinc ore during World War II, as a corporation it was not profitable, claiming a net loss of $320,500 during the last three years of its existence. It never paid dividends. On September 24, 1947, 89.26% of the Monitor stock was voted in favor of consolidation into Day Mines, Inc.


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

Monitor Mining Company

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

Administrative Information

Source

The records of the Monitor 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 Dixie Miller in December 1987.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I. Records of the Board of Directors and the Stockholders 1940-1947
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1/11/1Minutes 1940-1947
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1/21/2By-laws 1940
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1/3-61/3-6Records relating to meetings 1940-1947
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1/71/7Annual reports 1940-1947
Series II. General Correspondence and Related Records 1937-1947
A. General Records 1944-1946
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1/81/8A 1944-1946
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1/9-101/9-10Accidents 1944
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1/10a1/10aAccident reports 1943-1948
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1/111/11E.C. Harding (silicosis case) 1947
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1/121/12Raymond M. Magrini (silicosis case) 1945
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1/131/13John J. Sirilla 1944
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1/141/14Annual reports to State Mine Inspector 1941-1947
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1/151/15Annual statements of domestic corporations 1940-1947
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1/161/16B 1944-1947
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1/171/17Boarding house 1942-1946
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1/181/18C 1944-1947
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1/191/19Callahan Zinc-Lead Company 1945-1946
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1/201/20Annual report 1919-1920
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1/211/21Memorandum of agreement 1945
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1/221/22And Bunker Hill & Sullivan Mining and Concentrating Company: lead contract 1942-1947
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1/231/23And Bunker Hill & Sullivan Mining and Concentrating Company: Zinc contract 1941-1946
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1/241/24Consolidation 1939-1943
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1/251/25Contracts 1943-1944
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1/261/26Contracts: hospital 1942-1947
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1/271/27D 1943-1947
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1/281/28Day, Harry L. 1940-1943
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1/291/29Day, Henry Lawrence 1940-1945
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1/301/30E 1944-1947
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1/311/31Employment: quits and reasons 1942-1943
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1/321/32F 1944-1947
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1/33-341/33-34G 1944-1947
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1/351/35Group: Cooney and Friend 1946-1947
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1/361/36H-I 1944-1946
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1/371/37Idaho State Insurance Fund 1943-1946
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1/381/38J-L 1944-1947
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1/391/39Lease: Doyle & Featherstone 1947
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1/401/40Idora 1944-1945
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1/411/41Kellough and Stokes 1946
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1/421/42Parrott (Quota committee, Caron Brothers) 1946
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1/431/43Silver Tip, Kirby & Semenza 1944-1945
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1/441/44Silver Tip, Henry E. Olson
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2/452/45Sitting Bull Dump, Gardner & Wetherton 1943
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2/462/46Sitting Bull, Dean Wolford and Leland Balley 1944
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2/472/47Sitting Bull: Zanetti 1943
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2/482/48Sunset lease 1944
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2/492/49Tuscumbia and Tough Nut claims, Nelson, Pearson, and Chapen 1946
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2/502/50Virginia - Dan Murphy 1941-1944
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2/512/51M 1944-1947
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2/522/52Mill 1943-1944
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2/532/53N-O 1944-1947
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2/542/54P 1944-1947
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2/552/55Portland Mining Co., prop. by Norman Ebbley, Jr. 1916-1921; 1941-1942
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2/56-572/56-57Portland to Monitor, transfers 1943
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2/582/58R 1945-1947
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2/592/59Ranges, Electric 1943-1945
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2/602/60Reconstruction Finance Corp., Surplus Property Division 1945
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2/612/61Reports - Evaluations, Norman Ebbley, Jr. 1928; 1940-1942
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2/622/62Reports, Production 1943-1948
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2/632/63Reports, Progress 1943-1948
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3/643/64Ruedy, Dr. A.H. 1946
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3/653/65S 1943-1947
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3/663/66Shoshone Credit Association 1943-1947
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3/673/67Silver affidavits 1939-1946
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3/683/68Silver State Mining Company 1945-1947
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3/693/69Sink float 1943
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3/703/70Soldiers - Contract of employment 1943
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3/713/71Soldiers - Request for release 1943
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3/72-753/72-75Statements, Financial 1942-1947
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3/763/76Stockholders list 1941-1943
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3/773/77T 1944-1946
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3/783/78Taxes - Ray Jefferson, excess, profit undated
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3/793/79Taxes - Return of income tax withheld on wages 1946
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3/803/80Taxes - State income tax returns 1940-1950
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3/813/81Truck 1942
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3/823/82U 1944-1946
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3/833/83U.S. Bureau of Mines, form 6-953
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3/843/84U.S. Bureau of Mines, Federal explosives act - licenses 1942-1945
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3/853/85U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Census 1942-1943
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3/863/86U.S. Forestry Department, access roads 1943-1946
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3/873/87U.S. Nonferrous Metals Commission 1942-1945
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3/883/88U.S. Office of Defense Transportation 1942-1944
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3/893/89U.S. War Manpower Commission 1944
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3/90-953/90-95U.S. War Production Board - Premium affidavits 1945-1947
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3/963/96Premium estimates 1945-1947
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3/973/97Production for Quota Committee reports 1945-1946
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3/98-1003/98-100Premium price plan for copper, lead, and zinc 1943-1945
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4/1014/101Quota purchasing 1942-1945
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4/102-1044/102-104Quota Committee monthly reports 1943-1947
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4/1054/105W-Z 1944-1947
B. General Records 1937-1947
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4/1064/106A 1942-1943
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4/107-1084/107-108Accidents 1943-1944
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4/1094/109B-D 1942-1944
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5/1105/110E-G 1941-1944
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5/1115/111G.M.C. bus, Gholson and Spekker 1944
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5/1125/112H-I 1940-1943
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5/1135/113Interstate Mine 1942-1945
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5/1145/114J-L 1941-1943
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5/1155/115Lease: Amazon #1-2 dump, Smith, Nibarger, Kirby 1942-1943
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5/1165/116Lease: Hercules Mill - feed settlements, Murphy 1942-1943
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5/1175/117M-N 1941-1943
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5/1185/118Old ledger sheets 1942
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5/1195/119Ore record, Tuscumbia Mining Company 1911-1930
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5/1205/120Ore shipments, Don Murphy Leasing Company 1939-1943
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5/1215/121Ore shipments 1941-1943
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5/1225/122P 1940-1944
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5/123-1245/123-124Portland Mining Co., consolidation 1927-1943
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5/1255/125R 1942-1943
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5/1275/127Reports - Svendsen, R.H. 1918; 1937-1939
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5/128-1295/128-129Statements, Financial 1942-1943
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5/1305/130S-T 1942-1943; 1947
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5/131-1335/131-133Transfers 1940-1943
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5/1345/134U-V 1941-1943
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5/1355/135Virginia Patent 1921-1922
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5/1365/136W-Y 1943-1944
Series III. Capital Stock Records 1940-1947
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5/1375/137Ledger 1940-1947
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5/1385/138Transfer ledger 1940-1947
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5/1395/139Journal 1940-1947
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5/140-1415/140-141Proxy Statements: Day rock, Happy Day, King, Monitor, Sherman, Tamarack & Custer, Treasure Vault 1947
Series IV. Financial Records 1940-1947
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7/142-1437/142-143Ledger 1940-1945
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7/1447/144Voucher registers 1940-1942
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os/145-146os/145-146Ledger/voucher registers 1942-1947
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os/147os/147Journal 1943-1947
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os/148os/148Cash book 1943-1947
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os/149os/149Voucher index file 1942-1947
Series V. Ore Production and Shipment Records, Settlements 1943-1947
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os/150os/150Amazon vein: lead and zinc 1943
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os/151-154os/151-154Amazon vein: lead to ASARCO 1945-1947
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os/155-162os/155-162Amazon vein: zinc to Sullivan 1944-1947
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os/163os/163Amazon: Hercules Mill 1945
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os/164-167os/164-167Carlisle 1944-1947
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os/167aos/167aCarlisle: monthly summaries 1951-1952
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os/168-169os/168-169Idora 1945
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9/170-1719/170-171Interstate-Daylight 1945-1946
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9/172-1779/172-177Parrott 1943-1947
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9/178-1829/178-182Silver Tip 1943-1946
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9/1839/183Sitting Bull 1943
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9/184-1859/184-185Tough nut
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os/186os/186Shipment and Premium Record 1942-1945
Series V. Personnel Records 1942-1947
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10/18710/187Miscellaneous 1942-1945
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10/188-21810/188-218Time sheets Apr. 1943-Mar. 1945
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11/219-25211/219-252Time sheets Apr. 1945-May 1947
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12/233-25912/233-259Time sheets June-Sept. 1947

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