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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.

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 the following series:
Series 1: Correspondence; 1933-1945
Series 2: Operations records; 1925-1948
Series 3: Workmen’s compensation and social security policies; 1941-1946
Series 4: Fiscal records; 1926-1949
Series 5: Clippings and forms; undated, 1947

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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