Series 24332
Clifton Mining District (Utah). Recorder Proof of labor record books

Dates: 1874-1939.

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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

The original by-laws of the Clifton Mining District required that miners do one day's work on a claim within sixty days of discovery and two more day's work within the first year in order to hold the claim free from forfeiture. When Congress passed a general mining law in 1872, it imposed a federal requirement of $100 worth of work annually (Statutes at Large, Treaties, and Proclamations, of the United States of America, 1872, vol. 17, chap. 152). When work had been completed in the Clifton District, the district recorder visited the claim to confirm that work had been done satisfactorily and to certify the same in his record. Book P contains statements signed by Clifton District recorders certifying that they had inspected various claims.

In 1897 the Utah State Legislature defined the manner in which work done on mining claims should be recorded (Laws of Utah, 1897, chapter 36). Utah law required the filing of affidavits sworn by claim owners. These affidavits were to describe in detail the work completed, including the amount of earth moved, who actually did the work, and the actual cost. Most proof of labor documents filed in Clifton Mining District after statehood were affidavits complying with these guidelines.


Roughly chronological with early records arranged by mine, thereunder chronological.

Documents in Book P are arranged by mine, and thereunder chronologically by date recorded. Allowance for inconsistency is in order. Documents in Books B-E were recorded chronologically by date filed.

Research Note

Proof of Labor Book P microfilmed here is not the original book recorded by the Clifton District recorder, but is a transcription of it. The first section of Book B contains notices of location.

Related Records

Miners meeting minutes from Clifton Mining District (Utah). Recorder, Series 24163, contain affidavits showing proof of labor for 1899, as well as by-laws which specified labor requirements.

Location notices from Clifton Mining District (Utah). Recorder, Series 24331, contain the record of claims filed in the Clifton District on which annual assessment work was required. These books also contain a few affidavits showing proof of labor (1902-1905).

File books from Clifton Mining District (Utah). Recorder, Series 24333, contain information about assessment work done on claims before 1874.

Intent to hold claim notices from Clifton Mining District (Utah). Recorder, Series 24334, contain notices of intention to hold claims for 1893-1894 when Congress resolved to allow exception to annual assessment work.

Proof of labor index from Clifton Mining District (Utah). Recorder, Series 24463, provides reference to entries in Books (A), B and C of 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.

Gaps in Series

There are no documents in these books showing proof of labor for 1897-1907. Proof of labor documents for 1899 were recorded with miners' meeting minutes (see series 24163). For 1902-1905 proof of labor documents were mixed with notices of location (see series 24331). According to the index, affidavits for 1906 were recorded in Book A, which is missing from this series.

Processing Note

Records for the Clifton Mining District were processed by Rosemary Cundiff in October 2002. Because of the poor quality of the microfilm, these books were refilmed in May 2003 and the inventory was updated.

Finding Aids

Indexes: An index at the beginning of Book P identifies page numbers where documents showing proof of labor were recorded. A separate index provides reference to books (A), B and C.

Indexing Terms

  • Mining claims--Utah--Tooele County.
  • Mines and mineral resources--Property--Utah--Tooele County.
  • Utah--Tooele County--Mines and mineral resources.

Container List

1 1876 May-1900 May; Index, Book P
1 1894 Jan-1894 May; Location notices- Book B
1 1907 Nov-1914 Jan; Proof of labor- Book B, cont.
1 1914 Jan-1917 Dec; Book C
1 1917 Dec-1927 Jun; Book D
1 1927 Jun-1939 Jan; Book E

Page Last Updated October 18, 2012.