Fonds PR-1229 - Britannia Beach Mining and Smelting Company fonds

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Britannia Beach Mining and Smelting Company fonds

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  • 1900-1973 (Creation)
    Britannia Beach Mining and Smelting Company

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41 m of textual records and other material

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Copper mining activities began at Britannia Beach, B.C., in 1898 under the auspices of the Britannia Syndicate. In 1908 control of the property passed to the Howe Sound Company of New York which operated the mine as a wholly-owned subsidiary, Britannia Beach Mining and Smelting Company Ltd. The scale of operations expanded until, in the late 1920s, the mine produced the largest copper output in the British Empire. The company's property was eventually sold to Anaconda Copper. Mining operations finally ceased at Britannia Beach in 1974.

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The fonds consists of the records of the Britannia Beach Mining and Smelting Company and related companies (Britannia Copper Syndicate , Britannia Smelting Company, Chelan Copper Mining Company, El Potosi Mining and Howe Sound Exploration and Howe Sound Company). The fonds includes annual reports, correspondence, accounting records, exploration records, engineering plan, leases, contracts, agreements, photographs, maps, and one fire insurance plan.

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Archives code(s): MS-1221

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Accession number(s): MS-1221; 198608-010; M867001

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Includes: 212 photographs, 5 boxes of maps and 1 plan.

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