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Ophir Mining District records

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 4083

Scope and Contents note

Group of twenty-three manuscript items, 1870's, concerning various claims in the Ophir Mining District, including the Azure Queen, IXL, Thaddeus Stevens, Ivanhoe, et al. Mostly legal size, some of several pages. Includes certified copies of claims, protest & adverse claim, complaint (with printed forms attached), summons, power of attorney, etc. Appears to be the retained file of Selah Chamberlain, from Cleveland, Ohio, owner of several claims. Several items relate to conflicts with other claims on the vein. Included is a bill from his attorneys covering a period of about three weeks for $2350 for various protests, applications for patents and other legal work.


  • Other: 1870-1879


Conditions Governing Access note

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use note

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Ophir Mining District records must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Administrative History

The Ophir Mining District is located on the west slope of the Oquirrh Mountains in Tooele County, Utah. General Patrick Connor and his soldiers established the Mining District Utah on August 6, 1870. It was separated from the Rush Valley District. Most of its claims were recorded in the 1870's and 1890's, although its boom period was over by 1880.


1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Twenty-three items concerning claims in the Ophir Mining District, 1870-1879.

Custodial History note

Purchased from Bohling Book Company in 1990.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Purchased; Bohling Book Company; 1990.

Appraisal note

19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Processing Information note

Processed; H. Christine Swindler; 29 June 2007.

Register of Ophir Mining District records
Karen Glenn and H. Christine Swindler, student processors, and John Murphy, curator
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States