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Herbert Parkyn letters to Robert M. Brereton

 Collection — Multiple Collection Box: [CA 1907 Jan 11] 1
Identifier: CA 1907 Jan 11

Scope and Contents

There are two letters from Parkyn to Brereton, dated January 11th, 1907.

In the letters, Parkyn describes the "Lovett Method" for making steel from iron and recovering the valuable by-products. He describes separators that were developed by Black Sand and Gold Recovery Company to extract iron from the sands of the Columbia River.

Parkyn also enclosed a company pamphlet which contains reprints of government testimony and decisions regarding the black sands of the Pacific Slope, and four newspaper articles regarding black sand discoveries, surveys, and extraction in the Pacific Coast and Columbia River.


  • 1907 January 11


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0.025 linear feet (1 container) : 1 folder

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Herbert Parkyn was a financial agent for the Black Sand and Gold recovery company of Chicago, Illinois. The collection (1907) contains letters and printed material that Parkyn sent to Robert M. Brereton of Portland, Oregon regarding black sand (iron extraction) in the Pacific Coast and the Columbia River.

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This collection received a basic level of processing including minimal organization and rehousing.

Description information is drawn in part from information supplied with the collection and initial surveys of the contents.

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Finding aid written in English.
Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Repository Details

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