Research


New York State Department of State Register of Gold and Silver Mines

Held by the New York State Archives


Overview of the Records

Repository:

New York State Archives

New York State Education Department

Cultural Education Center

Albany, NY 12230

Summary:
This series consists of volumes depicting the ownership of various gold and silver mines discovered throughout New York State. The abstracts and later statements record discoverer's name, exact location of mine (such as county, tract and lot number), and date of statement. Many volumes have indexes.
Creator:
Title:
Quantity:
4.3 cubic feet (23 volumes) Copies: 1 microfilm reel; 35mm.
Inclusive Dates:
1791-1914
Series Number:
A0449

Arrangement

Chronological.

Administrative History

The register was generated pursuant to Chapter 18 of the Laws of 1789, which authorized persons who discovered gold or silver mines within New York State, or who worked the same, to give notice in writing to the Secretary of State describing the nature and location of the mine.

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of twenty-two bound volumes depicting the ownership of various gold and silver mines discovered throughout New York State. The first twenty pages of volume one is an "Abstract of the Description of Gold and Silver Mines Recorded in the Deed Books in the Secretary's Office." It provides the abstract number, discoverer's name, name of county, tract and lot number in which the mine was located, the date recorded and the book and page number in which the record was recorded. These particular entries date from 1791 to 1838 with the last few undated entries appearing to have been added at a much later date.

The remaining entries in volume one and in the other 21 volumes are copies of sworn statements notifying the secretary of state's office of the discovery and location of gold and silver mines. These too provide an exact location of the mine, date of the statement, person's name and signature of the state official attesting to the veracity of the entry.

Use of Records

Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions regarding access to or use of this material.

Related Information

Related Materials

Series A0453 New York State Department of State Record of Deeds, includes recorded notices of discovery of gold, silver, or other minerals, which are abstracted in Series A0449

Series A0376 New York State Department of State Public Notices of Discovery of Gold and Silver in New York State, contains related records

Other finding aids

Many, but not all, of the volumes have their own index in front of each volume. Volume #23 indexes vols. 1-10 only (plus notices recorded in deed books).

Volume list is available at the repository.

Access Terms

Geographic Name(s):
Subject(s):
Genre(s):
Function(s):

Detailed Description

Dates Contents Box Volume

Accretion: A0449-79
1791 December 19-1880 June 18 Register of Gold & Silver Mines No.1 1 1
1880 April 24-1880 October 20 Register of Gold & Silver Mines No. 2 1 2
1880 October 22-1881 December 27 Register of Gold & Silver Mines No. 3 2 3
1881 December 27-1882 August 24 Register of Gold & Silver Mines No. 4 2 4
1882 August 25-1885 December 31 Register of Gold & Silver Mines No. 5 3 5
1885 January 14-1891 May 15 Register of Gold & Silver Mines No. 6 3 6
1891 May 18-1896 May 12 Register of Gold & Silver Mines No. 7 4 7
1896 May 23-1897 September 21 Register of Gold & Silver Mines No. 8 4 8
1897 September 21-November 19 Register of Gold & Silver Mines No. 9 5 9
1897 November 19-1898 January 24 Register of Gold & Silver Mines No. 10 5 10
1898 January 24-March 16 Register of Gold & Silver Mines No. 11 6 11
1898 March 15-September 17 Register of Gold & Silver Mines No. 12 6 12
1898 April 24-August 15 Register of Gold & Silver Mines No. 13 7 13
1898 May 7-August 12 Register of Gold & Silver Mines No. 14 7 14
1898 August 16-September 17 Register of Gold & Silver Mines No. 15 8 15
1898 September 10-December 21 Register of Gold & Silver Mines No. 16 8 16
1899 January 3-Decemer 28 Register of Gold & Silver Mines No. 17 9 17
1900 January 4-1903 December 24 Register of Gold & Silver Mines No. 18 10 18
1904 January 25-1909 December 2 Register of Gold & Silver Mines No. 19 11 19
1910 January 17-December 30 Register of Gold & Silver Mines No. 20 11 20
1911 January 3-December 28 Register of Gold & Silver Mines No. 21 12 21
1912 January 8-1914 December 28 Register of Gold & Silver Mines No. 22 12 22
undated Gold & Silver Mines Index 13 23