Series 24166
Shambip Mining District (1894-1897). Recorder Mining records

Dates: 1894-1897.

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These records are housed in the Utah State Archives' permanent storage room.

Historical Note

An agency history is available.

Scope and Content

In the shadow of large mining districts like Ophir, Rush Valley, and Camp Floyd, a number of small mining districts were organized in Tooele County in the 1890s. Residents of Clover and St. John organized the Shambip Mining District in February 1894, with boundaries extending in the area north and west of St. John and Clover. The records kept by the Shambip Mining District recorder begin with the minutes of miners' meetings as they met to organize the district. The minutes include a copy of the by-laws. These records are followed by notices of location for claims staked in the district. According to federal law, mineral deposits in the public domain were free and open to exploration, and locators of the same had exclusive right of possession. Local mining districts managed mining operations and recorded claims. (Statutes at Large, Treaties, and Proclamations, of the United States of America, vol. 17, 1872, chap. 152). Location notices for the Shambip District affirm compliance with federal and local laws. Each location notice names the locator, provides a name for the claim, and describes it both in terms of dimensions and location. Notices provide dates of discovery and filing and are signed by the district recorder.


Miners' meeting minutes are followed by notices of location. Within each section documents are chronological by document date.

Research Note

The last two documents in Book C were signed by the county recorder.

Related Records

Mining records from Tooele County (Utah). County Recorder, Series 6150, contain mining records for the Shambip District recorded after 1897.

Access Restrictions

This series is classified as Public.

Preferred Citation

Cite the Utah State Archives and Records Service, the creating agency name, the series title, and the series number.

Processing Note

Shambip Mining District records were processed By Rosemary Cundiff in August 2002.

Finding Aids

Indexes: The Shambip Mining District recorder created an index to location notices which appears at the beginning of the reel. This index provides reference by claim name and identifies book and page number where location notices were recorded,.

Indexing Terms

  • Shambip Mining District (1894-1897)—Utah—Corporate minutes.
  • Shambip Mining District (1894-1897)—Utah—By-laws.
  • Mining claims—Utah—Tooele County.
  • Mines and mineral resources—Property—Utah—Tooele County.
  • Utah—Tooele County—Mines and mineral resources.

Container List

1 Index to Books A-C
1 1894 Jan-1896 Feb; Book A
1 1896 Feb-1896 Jun; Book B
1 1896 Jun-1897 May; Book C

Page Last Updated October 18, 2012.