Manuscript Group 305
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The records of the Diem Mines Limited 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 Clay Williams in April 1988, with funds provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. Processing was completed by Judith Nielsen in July 1992.
"Diem Mines Limited (Non Personal Liability)" was the name of a Canadian subsidiary of Day Mines, Inc., which was incorporated in Victoria, British Columbia, October 12, 1950. As a result of exploration in the Metaline-Salmo mining areas astride the U.S.-Canadian border, Day Mines had acquired 29 claims in Canada and eight in the United States adjoining the boundary. These initial Canadian claims covered an area four miles long and 1/2 mile wide from the Pend Oreille River westward along the boundary. Diem Mines, wholly owned by Day Mines, was formed to manage these properties, and may also have subsequently acquired other claims in the Kootenay District of the Nelson Mining Division, British Columbia. In the fall of 1950 its directors included Henry L. Day, president; Paul B. Jessup, vice president; Frank W. Rothrock, secretary-treasurer; Wray D. Farmin; and Leo Simeon Gansner, a barrister at law of Nelson, British Columbia. The directorate of this corporation seems always to have maintained a predominance of Day Mines' executives. These records give no indication that this venture into Canada was profitable for Day Mines. In 1963 there were no employees on the site.
The records of the Diem Mines Limited span the years 1949 to 1959, while the reports and circulars issued by the Mining Association of British Columbia span the years 1959 to 1967. Included minutes of meetings, financial statements, correspondence with federal and provincial agencies, and reports and circulars issued by the Mining Association of British Columbia.
The records of Diem Mines Limited consists of one series, General Correspondence and Related Records, which has been subdivided into two subseries.
The first subseries, General Records, 1949-1959, is arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent or subject. Included are letters, British Columbia mining regulations, claim notices, financial statements, certificates of work, certificate of incorporation, bills of sale of mineral claims, annual reports filed under the companies act, minutes and other items relating to the annual meetings of directors and stockholders, and correspondence with federal and provincial agencies. The correspondence largely concerns prospecting and development, Canadian regulations, customs arrangements, taxes, and workmen's compensation.
The second subseries, Reports and Circulars Issued by the Mining Association of British Columbia, 1959-1967, includes correspondence, booklets, regulations, circulars, questionnaires, minutes of directors and of member firms distributed by the Mining Association of British Columbia. These documents relate to operations of the association, mining laws and regulations, labor agreements, work safety and health.
Container I. General Correspondence and Related Records, 1949-1967 1 A. General Records, 1949-1959 B. Reports and Circulars Issued by the Mining Association of British Columbia, 1959-1967
Box Folder Description
1 1 A; Act, Companies, 1950-1956 2 Bills of sale of mineral claims, 1951-1956 3 C; Canada. Bureau of Economics and Statistics; Canadian Gold Commissioner, 1951-1953 4 Certificates, 1950-1959 5 Claims: Mining; Abandoned; Current, 1949-1953 6 G; O'Shea, Garland & Gansner, 1950-1957 7 Groups: Caviar; Larch, 1955-1956 8 Hamilton, S.B.; I; K, 1950-1956 9 M; MacKenzie, Wayne O., 1950-1956 10 Meetings - Directors & Stockholders, 1950-1954 11 N-P; Receipts, 1950-1954 12 Reports, Annual; Report on the Falcon & Larch groups by F.M. Galbraith, 1952-1955 13 Sims, Dave; Statements, Financial; Taxes, Income; W, 1950-1955
14-15 Annual meeting, 1959-1967 16 Directors' meetings, 1963-1967 17 Miscellaneous reports, 1959-1967 18 Safety Division, 1959-1967 19-22 Safety Division circulars, 1959-1967 23 Silicosis booklet, 1959-1962