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Columbia Mines Company records

Identifier: Bx 103

Scope and Contents note

The Columbia Mines Company records is a small collection consisting of two (2) volumes. The first is a stock certificates book for the company that contains the receipts and the certificates for nine of the twelve stock certificates issued. The certificates were issued to L.A. Lewis, Anna K. Lewis, William H. Hampton, J.N. Teal and A.M. Compton between the years of 1901 and 1913.

The second volume is a Columbia Mines Company records book that contains records, primarily minutes of stockholder and board of directors meetings, dated from April 30, 1901 to 1929. The records book also contains two (2) filing certificates regarding the decrease in capital stock. The minutes include comprehensive descriptions of the lands purchased by the Columbia Mines Company in both Jackson and Josephine Counties, Oregon.

The Columbia Mines Company records is a small collection that does not contain detailed information concerning the mining industry in Oregon at the time. However, it does provide information concerning the business dealings of L.A. Lewis and the company itself. With the exception of meeting minutes which discuss yearly dividends and the issuance of stock certificates, the collection lacks financial records concerning the company.


  • circa 1901-1929


Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

Conditions Governing Use note

Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical/Historical note

The Columbia Mines Company was incorporated on April 30, 1901 by L.A. Lewis, J.N. Teal and James G. Wilson in Portland, Oregon. During the initial meeting of the company, L.A. Lewis was elected president and treasurer of the company. He was also the primary stock shareholder. Other directors and shareholders of the company included Anna K. Lewis, William H. Hampton, and J.N. Teal. The company remained in operation mining primarily quartz until 1929, when it was sold to A.W. Yount for the sum of $25,000.

The Columbia Mines Company held lands in northern Josephine and Jackson counties, where it established placer mines in dense mining zones along Grave Creek and other waters to mine quartz, wich required the use of water. At the turn of the century, companies mined quartz from which they extracted gold. Although expensive, this method of mining gold yielded quartz crystals which the mining company could sell for use in jewelry or technology industries. Some of the mines owned by Columbia Mines were placer mines patented and owner A.L. Lewis held much of the Columbia Mines lands in his own name.


0.15 linear feet (2 containers) : 2 volumes

Language of Materials



The collection contains the record book and the stock certificates book for the Columbia Mines Company.

Guide to the Columbia Mines Company Records
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA