[1888–1910 Archive of Arkansas-based United States Antimony Company].
Antimony mining during the Great Arkansas Gold and Mineral Rush—from profit to ghost town
Early letters and documents of the United States Antimony Company, founded in 1887 during the Great Arkansas Gold and Mineral Rush.
The archive includes an early “Mutual Agreement” concerning antimony mineral claims in Sevier County, Arkansas as well as four letters from the U.S. Antimony Co. in Antimony City, Arkansas and Philadelphia (where the company had an office), 1888–1889.
These letters (typically brief in length) concern the transfer of company stock and list numerous stockholders by name.
The 1890 “Mutual Agreement” is signed by company officials William Lindeburgh and Frederick Von Blucher Jagerfeld.
Around this time, these two men appear to have been involved securing antimony mines in Arkansas on behalf of some London investors whose holdings already included antimony mines in Montana.¹ These Arkansa mines were added to the holdings of the U.S. Antimony Co.
The United States Antimony Company’s operations continued in Arkansas until 1910 after which Antimony City became a ghost town.² The United States Antimony Co. continues to operate today and is based in Montana.
Documents in the archive include a 1904 “Articles of Agreement” concerning the company’s purchase of four Arkansas mining claims, and an 1897 “Declaration of Trust” concerning a company judgment note. The latter document lists by name nearly 100 beneficiaries.
Other corporate documents found herein include 82 partly printed Board of Directors waiver forms signed from 1898; 33 signed stockholder proxies, 1891–1903; 4 receipts, 1909–1910; and two envelopes.
Description: [1888–1910 Archive of Arkansas-based United States Antimony Company].
Antimony City, Arkansas; Philadelphia; Henrietta, Texas, and St. Louis, Missouri; 1888–1910. 132 Items comprising 1 Mutual Agreement; 1 Articles of Agreement; 1 Declaration of Trust; 8 Autograph Letters Signed or Typed Letters Signed, all of brief length; 82 Waivers Signed; 33 Proxies Signed; 4 Receipts; 2 envelopes. Folios, 4tos, 8vos, Sm 8vos. Folds; very good.
Notes. 1. Rothwell, ed. The Engineering and Mining Journal. Volume L, No. 11 (New York, September 13, 1890), p315. 2. Great Arkansas Gold and Mineral Rush (Revised 2010) accessed online.