Savage Mine Payment Receipts

Identifier: 2010-14

Scope and Contents

The Savage Mine Payment Receipts contains three monthly payment receipts for work completed by unnamed workers on the Savage Mine (Virginia City). The first receipt is from May 31, 1874, is signed by Bray, and is for $64.00 for 16 days of work completed in May at $4 per day. The other two receipts are from March 31 and June 30, 1876. The March receipt is for $150.00 for 31 days of work and is signed by Corbitt. The final receipt, from June, is for $24.00 for 6 days of work at $4.00 per day and is signed by R. Uren.


  • 1874-1876


Conditions Governing Access

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.

Historical note

The Savage Mine was owned by the Savage Mining Company and located in Virginia City, Nevada, one of the mines of the Comstock Lode. Formally incorporated as the Savage Mining Company in 1862, the company was sometimes referred to as the Savage Silver Mining Company, and in 1904 it was reorganized as the Savage Gold and Silver Mining Company.

Situated between Gold Hill and Virginia City, the Savage Mine was bounded on the north by the Gould & Curry mine and on the south by the Hale & Norcross mine. The physical proximity of Savage and Hale & Norcross led to a common history, and although they maintained separate corporate identities, they experienced the same problems and successes. Both were supervised by James G. Fair in the 1870s and R. P. Keating in the 1880s. The companies exchanged material and personnel and in 1875 cooperated with the Potosi and Chollar mining companies to sink the Chollar-Norcross-Savage Shaft. In the 1890s when the Brunswick Lode was discovered, the Savage and Hale & Norcross joined forces with Gould & Curry, Best & Belcher, Consolidated California & Virginia, Chollar, and Potosi to dig the shaft.

[Much of the above information is from the Guide to the Savage Mining Company and Associated Records WA MSS S-1318, held by the Beinecke Rare Books and Manuscript Library at Yale University Library.]


0.41 Linear Feet (3 items)

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The Savage Mine was owned by the Savage Mining Company and located in Virginia City, Nevada, one of the mines of the Comstock Lode. The collection contains three payment receipts for work completed on the mine in 1874 and 1876.


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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Holabird-Kagin Americana in May 2010.

Savage Mine Payment Receipts Guide
Jessica Maddox
March 2018
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. Special Collections Department Repository

Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center
1664 N. Virginia St.
Reno Nevada 89557-0322 USA
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