John B. Troy Papers,1897-1901

Collection Number: 4277

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
John B. Troy papers, 1897-1901.
Collection Number:
4277
Creator:
John B. Troy
Quantity:
.2 cubic ft.
Forms of Material:
Correspondence, photographs, a picture book, photocopies of newspaper clippings, and personal documents.
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Letters written by John B. Troy to his family in Spencer and Ithaca, N.Y. from Helena, Montana, Dawson City, Yukon Territory; and Skaguay, Alaska during the gold rush. His letters discuss a gold miner's life in the Klondike district and include descriptions of the gold mining process, harsh weather and working conditions, fluctuating wages, the high cost of living, medical care, gambling and lawlessness, and the difficulty of making a fortune. The collection also includes photographs, a picture book, photocopies of newspaper clippings, and several personal documents.
Language:
Collection material in English


COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Letters written by John B. Troy to his family in Spencer and Ithaca, N.Y. from Helena, Montana, Dawson City, Yukon Territory; and Skaguay, Alaska during the gold rush. His letters discuss a gold miner's life in the Klondike district and include descriptions of the gold mining process, harsh weather and working conditions, fluctuating wages, the high cost of living, medical care, gambling and lawlessness, and the difficulty of making a fortune. The collection also includes photographs, a picture book, photocopies of newspaper clippings, and several personal documents.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Troy, John B.

Subjects:
Gold mines and mining--Canada.
Gold miners--Canada.

Places:
Skagway (Alaska)--Description and travel.
Canada--Description and travel.
Canada--History--1867-1914.
Yukon Territory--Description and travel.
Klondike River Valley (Yukon)--Gold discoveries.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Cite As:
John B. Troy papers, #4277. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Personal documents
Box 1
United States Service Commission Report of Averages: Farmer Examination, Washington, D.C., to John B. Troy, Helena, Montana, Feb. 3, 1987 - exam taken Dec. 5, 1896 (70=pass, which proves eligibility).
Box 1
Dominion of Canada Free Miners Certificate issued Apr. 22 for 1 year beginning Apr. 28, 1901.
Box 1
Department of Interior, Office of the Board of Mineral Land Commissioners, Helena, Montana, Nov. 22, 1895: Troy "has charge of the Field Outfit of the United States Bureau of Mineral Land Commissioners in the Helena, Montana Land District ... from May until the end of November 1895" plus general letter of recommendation.