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Guide to the Sherman Development Company Records 1916-1922

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: Sherman Development Company
Dates: 1916-1922
Quantity: 0.5 cubic feet
Abstract:Minute of meetings, general correspondence, ledger and journal, tax returns, list of Day family stock purchases, assay slips and accident reports of a lead-silver mine in the Lelande Mining District of the Coeur d'Alene mining region of northern Idaho.
Identification: MG269
Language: English
Repository: University of Idaho Library Special Collections and Archives
Moscow, ID 83844-2351

Arrangement and Description

Since there are so few items in this record group, no series designations were made. However the arrangement of the material follows the series order of other collections in the Day Mines group.Removal of cancelled stock certificates and duplicate materials reduced the size of this collection by 0.5 cubic feet.

Scope and Content

The records of the Sherman Development Company span the years 1916 to 1922. Included are minutes of meetings, correspondence with suppliers and stockholders, financial ledgers and journals, and tax returns, a list of Day family stock purchases, assay slips and accident reports.

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

Administrative/Biographical History

On November 27, 1915, A. Swan, under an agreement, option, and lease, acquired the right to purchase for $150,000.00, four mining claims in Shoshone County, Idaho, together with the appurtenances and all other property of the Coeur d'Alene Mining and Concentrating Company, except bills and accounts receivable, and cash on hand.

The Sherman Development Company was organized under the laws of Nevada on May 29, 1916, for the purpose of acquiring all the rights of Swan under the aforementioned agreement by the issue of all its capital stock (2,000,000 shares valued at $500,000) to Swan, who immediately donated to the company 1,000,000 shares valued at $250,000 to be known as treasury stock. Following the directors meeting on June 9, 1916, the company sold 500,000 shares of its treasury stock for $65,000 in cash (4,000 shares at ten cents and 100,000 shares at 25 cents) which was used in development of the property and other expenses. Again in 1917, 160,000 shares of treasury stock were sold at 26 cents per share to pay the indebtedness incurred for supplies and material.

On June 27, 1918, the directors met in a special meeting to consider the matter of finding the necessary funds to meet payments and to arrange for additional funds to be used in carrying on the development work on the property. At this meeting Eugene R. Day, one of the directors, submitted a proposition to purchase 51% of the capital stock of the company for $153,000.00. This offer was approved by the board on June 28. There was not enough stock in the treasury to equal 51%, and a call for the return of stock from stockholders was unsuccessful. Therefore, on November 22, 1918, the Sherman Lead Company was organized under the laws of Idaho, with authorized capital of $875,000, divided into 3,500,000 shares, par value 25 cents, for the purpose of taking over all the property of the Sherman Development Company, and continuing development of its claims, the Union, Bengal Tiger Fraction, Sherman, and Union Fraction lode claims located in the Lelande Mining District of Shoshone County. The stockholders were offered a one for one stock trade, Day received 1,750,663 shares, and the remaining 66,347 shares were retained by the company as treasury stock. The Sherman Development Company was then dissolved.


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.

Mines and Mineral Resources

Sherman Development 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


The records of the Sherman Development 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 Judith Nielsen in March 1988.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I. Records 1916-1922
1/11/1Minutes 1916-1919
1/21/2Records relating to meetings 1916-1919
1/3-41/3-4Correspondence 1916-1922
1/51/5Supply Cards, (Requisitions for Supplies) 1919
1/61/6Ledger 1916-1918
1/71/7Journal 1916-1919
1/81/8Day family stock purchases 1918
1/91/9Assay slips 1917-1919
1/101/10Accidents 1918-1919
1/111/11Time orders and Liberty Bond payments 1918-1919
1/121/12Federal and state tax records and Annual Statements of Domestic Corporations 1919-1922

Profile Description

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

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