|Jefferson Mining District Establishes Mining Archive
The mining archive recently established by Jefferson Mining District already contains records on hundreds of historic mines inside the district, such as the 200 plus page file on the famous Almeda Mine shown above.
|Responding to the long time need for better maintenence and preservation of Southern Oregon, Northern California and Western Nevada's mining and mineral resource records, at a meeting held at Pottsville, Oregon on January 20th, 2012, miners within the Jefferson Mining District unanimously passed a resolution for the district to establish and maintain an active records archive. The archive will contain not only a library of mining records within the Jefferson Mining District's boundaries, but also books, periodicals, historic maps, photographs and other related material in both a printed and digital format. In addition to actively collecting information, several specialized committees are also conducting an on the ground survey of roads, mining trails and historic mine workings.
"Basically, we are taking on the active role in preserving the rich mining history of this district," said Kerby Jackson, Interim Chairman of the Jefferson Mining District. "Much of this type of information is getting so difficult to find that the important role that mining once played in this region is slowly being lost sight of, not to mention being intentionally downplayed by the anti-mining crowd".
Already, the committee working on this project has managed to amass records on hundreds of mines inside the district's boundaries, as well as numerous books and publications that are all currently being cataloged by the miners involved.
"Some of the records we've already managed to locate are very extensive. As one example, the file we have put together on the Almeda Mine, so far, contains nearly 250 pages of reports, news clippings, assays and maps," Jackson reported.
The material collected will serve not only the needs of the district's functions, but also be available for the research needs of the miners within the Jefferson Mining District, as well as historians and others.
At this time, Jefferson Mining District seeking donations of articles, books, maps, mining records, photographs and other information pertaining to mining, roads and related topics in the following areas:
Oregon: Curry, Coos, Josephine, Jackson, Klamath, Lake, Douglas, Lane, Deschutes, Crook and Harney Counties.
California: Del Norte, Siskiyou, Modoc, Humboldt, Trinity, Shasta, Lassen, Plumas, Tehama, Mendocino, Lake, Glenn, Colusa, Sutter, Tuba, Sierra, Nevada, Placer, El Dorado, Amador, Alpine, Calavaeras, Sacramento, Yolo, Napa and Sonoma Counties.
Nevada: Carson City, Storey, Douglas, Pershing and Lyon Counties.
Donations of these materials, in print or digital format, is not only much appreciated, but essential to help preserve and protect our mining rights. In particular, we are looking for old maps that clearly show old roads and trails, as well as records pertaining to individual mines and mining areas. We also welcome first hand accounts from the old timers who have witnessed the mining history in their area.
If you are a miner inside of our district, we would also like to encourage you to take an active role in the Jefferson Mining District inside your particular mining area by volunteering to get involved in our important work.
To donate information to Jefferson Mining District, please e-mail it to:
District Recorder: Theo Stanley; Theojaybird [A@T] aol [D OT] com
Interim Chairman: Ron Gibson; dritecrg [A@T] hotmail [D OT]com
Jefferson Mining District
Attn: Archive Work Group