Ellemerie Putnam Morgan Wickham Papers

Identifier: NC1435

Scope and Contents

Ellemerie Putnam Morgan Wickham Papers contains biographical information about Wickham, photographs of Wickham's involvement in mining in Nevada and California, and a mining memoir by Taylor Boyd.


  • 1934-2022


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.

Biographical / Historical

Ellemerie Rebecca Briggs was born on January 29, 1897, in Indianapolis, Indiana, to Genevieve Lamson and Harry Wason Briggs. At 16, Wickham was a member of the Ziegfeld Follies before marrying her first husband, Scott Putnam, with whom she had one son. In the 1920s, she moved with her mother to Georgetown, California, where she met her second husband, Joseph L. Morgan; they were married on January 22, 1927, and had one son, J. Patrick Morgan. On April 17, 1950, she married her third husband, Frank W. Wickham, in the Opalite Mining District, Humboldt County, Nevada.

In the 1930s, Wickham became interested in mining. From 1932-1946, she worked as a field engineer for the South African Goldfields Mining Company in Canada and the United States. At that time, the company was making a comprehensive mineral survey of the Mother Lode country on the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California. Beginning in 1946, Wickham worked as a consultant for others in the industry and eventually worked as a field engineer for the E. A. Wiltsee Company of Oroville, California.

Throughout the 1940s and until her death, Wickham owned and operated a number of mining claims, successfully developing many of them, including the Three Queens Mine near Foresthill, Placer County, California, and the Ohio Mine in Humboldt County, Nevada.

Ellemerie Morgan Wickham died in San Francisco, California, following heart surgery on September 23, 1958.

[Note adapted from obituaries included with the collection and FamilySearch.org, accessed February 7, 2023.]


0.625 Linear Feet (3 folders in two shared boxes)

Language of Materials



Ellemerie Putnam Morgan Wickham (1897-1958) was a mining field enginieer and prospector/owner of mines in Nevada and California. The collection contains biographical materials, photographs of Wickham at various mining locations, and a mining memoir written by Taylor Boyd.


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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Jerry and Susan Putnam in January 2023.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Jessica Maddox in February 2023. During processing, standard archival preservation measures were taken to ensure the longevity of the materials. This includes rehousing into appropriate acid-free containers and sleeving photographic prints.



Guide to the Ellemerie Putnam Morgan Wickham Papers
Jessica Maddox
February 2023
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Repository Details

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

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