Chititu Mines Co. records

Guide to the Chititu Mines Co. records

Collection number: HMC-0088.
Creator: Chititu Mines Company (Alaska).
Title: Chititu Mines Co. records.
Dates: 1925-1949.
Volume of collection: 0.5 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Collection materials in English.
Collection summary: Administrative records from a mining company in the Nizina Mining District near McCarthy, Alaska.

Organizational history:
The Chititu Mines Co. was located in the Nizina Mining District near McCarthy, Alaska. The company was administered by the Central Hanover Bank and Trust Co. under a Deed of Trust created by John E. Andrus in 1921. It operated claims on Rex and Chititu Creeks. Throughout most of its history the company’s operations were managed by Charles H. Kraemer.

Collection description:
This collection consists of administrative records of the mine in Alaska, including correspondence and records on operations, fiscal matters, and Social Security. The correspondence contains over 200 letters relating to operations, supplies, gold shipments, labor and the effects of World War II on mining in Alaska. Most of the correspondence is between Kraemer and the Central Hanover Bank and Trust Co. The operations records include proof of annual labor, mining locations and deposits of bullion. The fiscal records include inventories of supplies, check disbursements, as well as checks, vouchers, receipts, and bank statements. Other files include workmen’s compensation matters, Social Security, and the Alaska Unemployment Tax.

Arrangement: The records in this collection are arranged in series.

Rights note: Copyright to these materials is not held by the Archives.

Preferred citation: Chititu Mines Co. records, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Acquisition note: The collection was given to the Archives by Robert Spude of the National Park Service. He received the materials from the Gagnon Family, who desired to see the materials preserved for research use.

Processing information: This collection was arranged and described in 1984.

Container list:
Series 1: Correspondence; 1933-1945. 0.1 cubic feet.
Letters dealing with operations, supplies including explosives, sales, gold shipments, licenses, taxes, insurance, labor trustees, effects of war on mining, floods and transportation.

Box/Folder Description Date
1/1 Business and operations correspondence, 74 items. 1933-1945
1/2 Correspondence between Kraemer of Chititu Mining Company and Central Hanover Bank and Trust Company and others, 87 items. 1940-1943
1/3 Correspondence between Kraemer of Chititu Mining Company and Central Hanover Bank and Trust Company and others, 62 items. 1944-1945

Series 2: Operations records; 1925-1948. 0.05 cubic feet.
Records concerning annual labor and production, C. H. Kraemer’s mining locations, and stations and bench marks for pipe and ditch line.

Box/Folder Description Date
1/4 Proof of annual labor sworn by C. H. Kraemer, 18 items. 1929-1948
1/5 C. H. Kraemer’s mining locations, 14 items. 1928-1948
1/6 Bullion deposit records, 26 items. 1925-1947
1/7 Tacoma smelter report, 2 items. 1929
1/8 List of stations and bench marks for pipe and ditch line, 1 item. 1929
Oversize List of stations and benchmarks blueprint, 1 item. 1929

Series 3: Workmen’s compensation and social security policies; 1941-1946. 0.1 cubic feet.
Policies, records, claims and letters regarding workmen’s compensation, social security, and Alaska unemployment insurance.

Box/Folder Description Date
1/9 Workmen’s compensation policy and claim correspondence, 36 items. 1941
1/10 Workmen’s Compensation policy, 1 item. 1942-1943
1/11 Quarterly social security and unemployment tax reports, 86 items. 1941-1948
1/12 Workmen’s compensation laws and insurance papers, 7 items. 1946

Series 4: Fiscal records; 1926-1949. 0.2 cubic feet.
Records concerning inventory, invoices, bank statements, checks, accounts, vouchers and receipts..

Box/Folder Description Date
1/13 Current supplies inventory, 3 items. 1945
1/14 Seattle and Cordova invoices, 49 items. 1926
1/15 Check disbursements, 4 items. 1944
1/16 Accounts, 6 items. 1944-1945
1/17 First Bank of Cordova checks, vouchers and receipts, 105 items. 1948
1/18 Seattle-First National Bank vouchers and receipts, 43 items. 1948
1/19 Seattle First National Bank monthly bank account statements, 9 items. 1949
1/20 Seattle First National Bank vouchers and associated receipts, 47 items. 1949

Series 5: Clippings and forms; undated, 1947.  0.05 cubic feet.

Box/Folder Description Date
1/21 “The coming gold cycle” clipping, 1 item. 1947
1/22 Blank forms, 39 items. undated

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