Title: Buena Vista Mining District Records
Creator(s): Buena Vista Miners Union.
Collection Number: 2004-10
Dates (inclusive): 1861-1896
Physical Extent: 0.01 cubic feet (3 volumes)
Preferred Citation: Buena Vista Mining District records, 2004-10. Special Collections, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Reno.
Repository: University of Nevada, Reno. Special Collections Department
Permanent Link: http://dewey.library.unr.edu/xtf/view?docId=ead/2004-10-ead.xml

Administrative History

The Buena Vista Mining District was located around the territorial town of Unionville in the Buena Vista Valley on the east slope of the West Humboldt Range.


Scope and Content

The collection contains three ledgers for the Buena Vista Mining District, located in Unionville, Nevada. The first contains the bylaws and minutes of the Buena Vista miners union, from May 1, 1862 to September 28, 1896. Added near the end of this ledger are 50 pages of mining claims from January 25, 1892 to January 8, 1895. There are two Buena Vista Mining District recorder ledgers which contain the sale and location of mining claims, town lots in Unionville and the district, and water rights. The first recorders book covers October 29, 1861 to May 24, 1862, during the time Unionville was in Humboldt County, Nevada Territory, and includes (page 106) the entry for the mining claim that Samuel Clemens bought from Hugo Pfersdorff on January 28, 1862. The second recorders book covers mining and some water claims for December 4, 1867 to July 20, 1891.


Collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Holabird Americana, Auction #28, lots #384, #385, #386, Reno, NV, Purchase, 2004/06/26.



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