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Guide to the Kanaka Corporation Records 1937-1940

Sponsor: Funds for processing were provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.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: Kanaka Corporation
Dates: 1937-1940
Quantity: 1 cubic foot
Abstract:General correspondence and other records concerning the dredging operation, tax returns, and financial records of a gold placer claim near Alleghany, Sierra County, California.
Identification: MG319
Language: English
Repository: University of Idaho Library Special Collections and Archives
Moscow, ID 83844-2351

Arrangement and Description

The records of the Kanaka Corporation are divided into two series.Series one, General Correspondence and Related Records, is organized alphabetically by correspondent or subject and includes material related to stockholders, insurance, leases, equipment rentals, minutes of the 1938 stockholders' meeting, stock certificates, shifters' reports, mining engineering reports, smelter reports, financial statements and other records.The second series, Financial Records, includes a financial ledger, financial journal, and payroll statements.Removal of bank statements, paid checks and vouchers did not significantly reduce the bulk of this collection.

Scope and Content

The records of the Kanaka Corporation span the years 1937 to 1940, with the bulk of the material covering the years 1937 to 1938; the material with the later dates usually concerns insurance or tax cases which were not settled until after the company was taken over by Dakins. Included are general correspondence and other records concerning the operation of the dredging operations, tax returns, and financial records.

Related records can be found in the records of the Dakins Company.


Administrative/Biographical History

The Kanaka Corporation was incorporated on August 12, 1937, by the Guthrie-McDougall Corporation, a contractor in Portland, Oregon. The officers of the mining company were Natt McDougall, president; Albert Burch, vice-president; J.C. Vint, secretary; and Jack McDougall, treasurer and assistant secretary. These four men and R.H. Lewis were the only original stockholders. Kanaka leased gold placer claims on Kanaka Creek about three miles below Alleghany, Sierra County, California, and conducted a dredge operation there. Henry L. Day, Henry B. Kingsbury, and Max T. Smith, all of Wallace, Idaho, purchased the McDougalls' shares in November 1937, and Henry Day became president. That same month rain washed out the gravels, although a futile attempt at dredging resumed between April and July of 1938. At a special meeting on October 14, 1938, Kanaka's stockholders approved the conveyance of all of the firm's assets to the Dakins Company, a partnership of Day, Kingsbury, and Smith, in partial payment of notes owed; Kanaka's officers were authorized to dissolve the corporation.


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.

California
Mines and Mineral Resources

Kanaka Corporation

Gold dredging -- California -- Sierra County
Gold mines and mining -- California -- Sierra County

Administrative Information

Source

The records of the Kanaka Corporation 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 Clay Williams in September 1988.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I. General Correspondence and Related Records 1937-1940
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1/11/1A; Abbot A. Hanks, Inc., Assays 1937-1938
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1/21/2American Smelting and Refining Company 1937-1938
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1/31/3B 1937-1938
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1/41/4Bank of America 1937-1938
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1/51/5Burch, Albert 1937-1938
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1/61/6C; California franchise tax return; California Department of Employment 1937-1939
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1/71/7Carey, Hart, Spencer & McColloch law offices; Contract A.S. & R. Selby Smelting Works 1937-1938
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1/81/8Dakins Company; Depreciation; Diesel caterpillar 1937-1938
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1/91/9Federal income tax returns; G 1937-1938
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1/101/10H; I; Insurance, Compensation; Insurance, Fire & Indemnity 1937-1938
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1/111/11J-K 1938
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1/121/12L 1937-1938
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1/131/13Lazell, E.W.; Leases; Limited Mutual Compensation Insurance Company 1937-1939
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1/141/14M 1937-1940
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1/151/15MacAfee, R.D. 1938
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1/161/16McDougall Company; Minutes of special meeting of stockholders 1937-1938
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1/171/17Ore record sheets; Ore settlements 1937-1938
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1/181/18P; R; Reports; Reports, A. Burch 1937-1938
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1/191/19Reports, C.H. Carmichael; Reports, Daily 1937-1938
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1/201/20S; Smelter comparison 1937-1938
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1/211/21Social Security file 1938
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1/221/22Statements 1937-1938
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1/231/23Stock certificate book 1937
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1/241/24Summary, Monthly; Tonnage estimate; Truck, Dodge 1937-1938
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1/251/25U; United States Mint; V 1937-1938
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1/261/26J.D. Vint correspondence; W 1937-1938
Series II. Financial Records 1937-1938
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1/271/27Financial ledgers 1937-1938
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1/281/28Financial journal 1937
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1/291/29Voucher register 1937-1938
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1/301/30List of checks issued 1937
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1/311/31Check register 1932
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1/321/32Payroll statements June-July 1938

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Language: Finding aid is in English

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