Series 20081
White Canyon Mining District (Utah). Recorder Mining records

Dates: 1887-1897.

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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, which constitute a legal record, are kept for the purpose of monitoring and registering mining claims and operations. 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; district by-laws; meeting minutes, and district officer election results. The White Canyon Mining District Recorder recorded mining operations in Garfield County and San Juan County in 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 White Canyon 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. The district recorder ended in 1897 when the law changed and the county recorder assumed sole responsibility for mining records (Laws of Utah, 1897, Chapter 36).


Chronological by date filed

Related Records

Mining abstracts from Garfield County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 20084, facilitate access to this series.

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 Garfield County Recorder in 1998. The entire series was archivally processed by David Clark in March 2000.

Finding Aids

Indexes: Series 20084, Mining Abstracts Indexes, 1888-[ongoing], provides access to this series.

Indexing Terms

  • Mining districts--Garfield County (Utah).
  • Mining districts--San Juan County (Utah).
  • Mines and mineral resources--Ownership--Garfield County (Utah).
  • Mining claims--Garfield County (Utah).
  • Mines and mineral resources--Ownership--San Juan County (Utah).
  • Mining claims--San Juan County (Utah).

Container List

1 1887 Sep 06-1897 Apr 20

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