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ALISON HARDON PAPERS

 Collection
Identifier: WH1386

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

The Alison Hardon Papers document Mrs. Hardon's attempt to develop the mining claims initially purchased by her husband, Joseph B. Hardon. The claims consisted of: Hiddden Treasure, Frederikton and a portion of the Montezuma Group which consisted of five patented claims, all located in Burnt Timber Gulch in La Plata County, Colorado. Some early correspondence dated 1894 and 1895 to Joseph B. Hardon about his mining claims is located in the beginning of the collection. Mrs. Hardon's correspondence spans ten years, 1904-1914. She corresponded with men in Durango and the town of La Plata about the state of mining in the region. She also solicited advice from family and friends, including women, regarding possibilities and offers to develop the claims. In 1911, Mrs. Hardon became involved in creation of The Montezuma Gold Reef Mining and Milling Company to develop the Montezuma Group. Newspaper clippings in Series Two from The Durango Herald and other unidentified La Plata county newspapers provide updates on mines in the region.

SERIES 1 MINING CORRESPONDENCE 1894-1895, 1904-1914 BOX 1

The series contains correspondence about Mr. and Mrs. Hardon's mining claims in La Plata County, Colorado. The correspondence documents Mrs. Hardon's careful decision making process in choosing a developer for her mining properties. Correspondence from Lillian Hartman Johnson, a Colorado suffragette, discusses her opinion regarding the state of the women's movement in Colorado in 1911.

SERIES 2 LA PLATA COUNTY MINES 1906-1910, n.d. BOX 1

The newspaper clippings, primarily from The Durango Herald, provide background for mining in La Plata County, Colorado.

Dates

  • TBD

ACCESS:

The collection is open for research.

OWNERSHIP:

Alison Hardon Papers are the physical property of the Denver Public Library

PUBLICATION RIGHTS:

All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from material in the collection should be discussed with the appropriate librarian or archivist. Permission for publication may be given on behalf of the Denver Public Library as the owner of the physical item. It is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained by the customer. The Library does not assume any responsibility for infringement of copyright or publication rights of the manuscript held by the writer, heirs, donors, or executors. Reproduction restrictions are decided on a case-by-case basis.

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Joseph B. Hardon died in January, 1902. He left behind his wife, Alison Cleveland Hardon and mining claims in La Plata County, Colorado. Alison Hardon lived in Boston, Massachussetts and Sugar Hill, New Hampshire. According to the 1880 census, Mrs. Hardon was born in 1840. She never visited her mining property in Colorado, at the advice of her doctor.

Extent

1 Boxes (.25 l.f.)

PROVENANCE:

The Western History Department purchased the papers from Michael Vinson Rare Books in 1999. Mining collections processed with funding provided by the El Pomar Foundation.

SIZE:

Number of Boxes: 1 (.25 l.f.)

LOCATION:

WH1386

PROCESSED BY:

Cynthia Rand

July 2004

ENCODED BY:

Cynthia Rand

July 2004

PROJECT MANAGER:

Ellen Zazzarino

Title
ALISON HARDON PAPERS
Date
July 2004
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the Denver Public Library, Western History and Genealogy Repository

Contact:
10 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy
Denver CO 80204 United States