Overman Silver Mining Company Records

Identifier: NC86

Scope and Contents

The Overman Silver Mining Company records include financial information, legal records, correspondence and general information regarding the company, such as the bylaws, assessments and bullion assays. Bylaws include a reference to an "Immigrant Tunnel" which may have been the name of an early claim. Some of the volumes in Series 1 are marked as "exhibits" and may have been used to prove the legal ownership of the claim.


  • 1860-1903


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.

Administrative History

The Overman Silver Mining Company was a mine on the main Comstock Lode located in Gold Hill, Nevada. The claim was originally staked in 1859 by John Overman, an immigrant from Indiana. Operations on the Overman Mine began in 1860 and contained about 1,200 feet along the Comstock Lode adjoining that of the Segregated Belcher Mine. A three-compartment shaft was begun in the early 1860s but in the early 1870s operations were suspended because of flooding at the lower levels. In order to remedy the problem, pumps were installed in the mid-1870s. The Overman Shaft was part of a “third line” of vertical shafts sunk in the mid-1870s to tap the Comstock Lode at great depths. The mine was operated intermittently until it was taken over by the Consolidated Chollar, Gould & Curry, and Savage Mining Company in the early 1930s.

John Overman is reported to have been a quiet, older man who sold his mining interests for a trifle.

[Biographical/Historical information taken from: Anasari, Mary B. Mines and Mills of the Comstock Region: Western Nevada. Camp Nevada, Reno, Nevada, 1989.]


0.9 Linear Feet (3 boxes)

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The Overman Silver Mining Company was a mine on the main Comstock Lode located in Gold Hill, Nevada. The collection includes bylaws; minutes, 1860-1865; correspondence, 1875-1882; daily and annual reports, 1880-1903; accounts, 1862; time book, 1874-1901; and deeds, 1861-1863 and 1890.


Arranged in the following series: 1) Financial; 2) Legal; 3) Correspondence; 4) Miscellaneous

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acquired from an unknown source circa 1965. Additions of receipts, assay reports, a payroll sheet, and a partial stock ledger received in May 2011 from Glendale Public Library, Special Collections.


Guide to the Overman Silver Mining Company Records
Jacquelyn Sundstrand
January 2010
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Repository Details

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

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