Manuscript Group 260
1 cubic foot
The records of the Amazon-Manhattan Mining Company are part of the records of Day Mines, Inc., donated to the University of Idaho by Henry Day in 1984 and 1985. Initial processing of this manuscript group was done by Marilyn Sandmeyer in May 1987. Processing was completed by Michael Tarabulski in January 1991. Funds for processing were provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, the U.S. Department of Education HEA Title II-C "Strengthening Research Library Resources" program, the Library Associates of the University of Idaho and other donors.
The Amazon-Manhattan Mining Company was located in the Beaver Mining District in Shoshone County, Idaho. The claims included the Amazon, Manhattan, New York, Ajax, Staten Island, Glenwood, Monitor, Monitor Fraction, and Merrimac. The principle ores extracted were silver, zinc, and lead.
The Amazon-Manhattan was never a consolidated mine but rather it existed as a partnership with Eugene Day as general manager. A certificate of ownership from 1921 lists the following: Jerome Day, Joseph Morton, Frederick Robertson, Fred Miller, and John Gleason. Since the mine was never incorporated, we do not have the benefit of board of directors' minutes or stockholders' meetings.
The Amazon-Manhattan was never a big producer. Most activity associated from the mine came in 1918. According to the tax return for that year, the company's total assets were $42,826.00. Otherwise, the mine filed their returns as a "non-productive" company. According to the documents, the only function of the company was to hold the title to the property itself. Assay records do indicate that the mine was excavated from the 500 foot level to the 1500 foot level. Most of this work appears to have taken place between 1917 and 1922.
It would seem that the Amazon-Manhattan was part of a larger conglomerate of consolidated interests namely, the Callahan Mining Company New York. A 1919 letter from the United States Fuel Administration concerning the Amazon-Manhattan was addressed to this New York company.
The records of the Amazon-Manhattan Mining Company span the years 1917 to 1941, with the bulk of the material covering the years 1917 to 1925. Included are financial statements, correspondence with suppliers and stockholders, annual statements and reports to state agencies, stock ledgers and journals, cancelled stock certificates, assessment records, lists of stockholders, financial ledgers and journals, vouchers, check registers, and tax returns.
Related materials can be found in the records of Henry Day and the Monitor Mining Company.
The records of the Amazon-Manhattan Mining Company are divided into three series; General Correspondence and Related Records, Ore Production and Shipment Records, and Financial Records.
The first series, General Correspondence and Related Records, is an alphabetically arranged series containing bills of lading, court cases, contracts, correspondence, financial information such as tax returns, bank statements, and annual reports, contracts, accident reports, and leasing arrangements.
The second series contains information on the shipments of zinc for the year 1918.
The third series is Financial Records and contains a 1918 voucher register and a ledger for the years 1917-1922.
Payroll records for 1917-1919 can be found among the records of the Monitor (item 362). Monthly time books for these years were discarded. Removal of cancelled stock certificates, returned assessment notices, vouchers, paid checks, bank statements, and duplicate materials reduced the size of this collection by one cubic foot.
Container I. General Correspondence and Related Records, 1917-1941 1 II. Ore Production and Shipment Records, 1918 1 III. Financial Records, 1917-1922 1
Box Folder Description
1 1 A, 1917-1928 2 Anchor Group, 1919-1924 3 Annual Statements, 1922-1927 4 B, 1917 5 Bills of lading, 1918 6 Board account, 1918 7 Burke, Patrick: court case, 1918 8 C, 1917-1922 9 Capital Stock Returns, 1924-1926 10 Contracts, Mining, 1918 11 Coeur D'Alene Hardware & Foundry Co., 1918-1923 12 D-E, 1918 13 Estate of Dennis Riordan, 1918 14 Explosives, 1918 15 F-H, 1917-1919 16 Hospital contract, 1919-1920 17 I, 1918-1920, 1933 18 Income tax, 1920-1930 19 Industrial Accident Board, 1918-1921 20 Industrial Accident Board: cases, 1918-1920 21 Insurance, fire, 1918-1919 22 J-L, 1917-1921, 1932 23 Labor contracts, 1918-1919 24 Liberty loan records, 1918 25 Lovette, Mike, 1918 26 Lumber and stulls, 1917 27 M, 1917-1920 28 Miscellaneous lists and statements, 1918 29 Minerals Separation Corporation, 1918 30 N, 1917-1923 31 Northport Smelting and Refining Co., 1918-1919 32 O, 1917-1918 33 Ownership file, 1918-1923 34 R, 1917-1925, 1937 35 Requisition for supplies, 1917-1918 36 Road tax, 1917-1918 37 S, 1917-1927 38 Statements, 1917-1921, 1937 39 State Mine Inspector reports, 1918-1921 40 T-W, 1917-1927, 1937 41 Washoe sampler, zinc quotations, 1918 42 Workmen's compensation, 1925
43 Annual reports, 1928-1941 44 Bank statements, 1917-1939 45 Carlisle tunnel, 1940 46 Federal income tax returns, 1928-1932 47 Lease: Evans, Carl, 1937 48 Miscellaneous, 1926-1938
49-50 Zinc Shipments, 1918
51 Voucher register, 1918 o.s. 52 Ledger, 1917-1922