William Lofinck Papers

Collection Summary

Title: William Lofinck Papers
Call Number: MS 94-06
Size: 0.25 linear feet
Acquisition: Purchased from from Michael Vinson Rare Books
Processed By: MTK, 9-9-1993; JEF, 4-27-1998; MN, 1-30-2012
Note: None
Restrictions: None

Literary Rights

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Content Note

The William Lofinck Papers contain five holograph letters and two postcards dating from January 15, 1898 to June 8, 1900 written from Golden and other places in New Mexico. Lofinck writes about the development and financial troubles of a gold mining operation near Golden, New Mexico. The final letter is a descriptive account of a train trip from Topeka, Kansas, to Golden with observations on native New Mexicans and miners written by George Andriano, son of the prime financial backer for the mine.

Detailed Description: Box and Folder Listing

Box 1 FF 1 Contains two postcards written from Golden, New Mexico, to Gustave Andriano dated January 15, 1898 and February 21, 1898. One card is written in German. Both cards concern business affairs
Box 1 FF 2 Contains three letters written from Golden, New Mexico to Gustave Andriano from William Lofinck: February 24, 1898 letter concerns deed for the McKinley gold mine and relates information about mining operation and possible risks of the venture; April 13, 1898 letter concerns progress on log cabin and prospecting the mine, tells of wife’s concerns over lack of funds, hopes to make a strike by summer; May 29, 1898 letter describes building log cabin including cost of materials, life in mining camp and purchase of mining supplies, and also expresses interest in selling property owned in Marysville, Kansas
Box 1 FF 3 Contains a letter dated November 29, 1898 from R. M. Carley, owner of the Gold Standard Mine, concerning legal case over interest in the Gold Coin mine.
Box 1 FF 4 Contains a letter dated June 8, 1900 from George Andriano, son of Gustave Andriano. Letter describes train trip from Topeka, Kansas, to New Mexico and mining camp life. Letterhead lists Gus Andriano as president of McKinley Gold Mining Company.