Utah Department of Administrative Services

Division of Archives & Records Service

Series 18130

Willard Mining District (Utah). Recorder Mining records

Dates: 1870-1897.

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These records are housed in the Utah State Archives' permanent storage room.

Historical Note

An agency history is available.

Scope and Content

Mining records contain notices of location which provide the name of the claim, locators, location, legal description and the mining district; proof of labor registers which record the work performed at each mine annually by each worker; and deeds which record information affecting the title to the mining property. Mining records, which constitute a legal record, are kept for the purpose of monitoring and registering mining claims and operations. The Willard Mining District Recorder recorded mining operations in Box Elder County, Utah.

Until the law changed in 1897, mining districts in Utah had the option of electing their own mining district recorder. Many of the large mining districts, including the Willard Mining District, chose to elect their own recorders while claims and other records within smaller mining districts or in unorganized areas were filed with the county recorder. Although the mining district elected its own recorder, mining operations within in the mining district were also recorded with the county recorder during this time. The district recorder ended by 1897 when the law changed and the county recorder assumed sole responsibility for mining records (Laws of Utah, 1897, Chapter 36).

Arrangement

Chronological by date filed

Related Records

Mining records from Box Elder County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 84097, contains mining records for same mining district.

Access Restrictions

This series is classified as Public.

Preferred Citation

Cite the Utah State Archives and Records Service, the creating agency name, the series title, and the series number.

Processing Note

Mining records were first scheduled as permanent records in 1971. The mining records were filmed by the Box Elder County Microfilm Department. The entire series was archivally processed by David Clark in September 1999.

Finding Aids

Indexes: Book C contains an alphabetical locator and claim index at the beginning of the reel and researchers should consult the index to find all related material for the mining operation they are researching.

Indexing Terms

  • Mining districts--Box Elder County (Utah).
  • Mines and mineral resources--Ownership--Box Elder County (Utah).
  • Mining claims--Box Elder County (Utah).
  • Box Elder County (Utah)--Mines and mineral resources.

Container List

REEL VOLUME DESCRIPTION
1 A 1870 Jun 21-1876 Dec 23
2 B 1877 Feb 01-1883 Dec 11
3 C 1883 Dec 11-1897 May 08