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Minerals Division

Black and white image of an open copper pit mine

Open pit mining
Copper pit at Ruth, White Pine County, Nevada (1954).
Image from the State Archives (PLA-0250).

This collection contains (NvSA-000230) the records of the Minerals Division from 1952-1995. The 43 c.f. of materials consist of correspondence, minutes, reference files, and permits.

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Contents Dates Extent

General Office Files

Miscellaneous collection of office files arranged alphabetically by topic, from Administrative through Workers' Compensation.

1982-1987 7 cu. ft.

Nevada Advisory Mining Board

This Board was created in 1943 to further the mining industry and was answerable to the Governor. Records in this series consist of files of the Chairman, Douglas Miller, the bulk of which are related to the controversy over Bureau of Land Management regulations on mining. Included also are budget papers for 1977, possibly the last before it was abolished in this year.

1974-1977 1 cu. ft.


Included in this series are minutes, notices, announcements and resolutions from the Boards and Commissions under the Department of Conservation and Minerals. The files are scattered throughout several boxes of correspondence and other materials.

1957; 1974-1988 4 cu. ft.


Correspondence and reference files covering the many topics related to the mining industry: Interstate Oil Compact Commission, mineral resources, regulations, oil and gas conservation law, geothermal regulations, agreements, etc.

1952-1985 6 cu. ft.


This series records the implementation of the agency's goal to administer and plan for the use of mineral resources in the best interest of the State and its citizens through a hearing process which each party was required to go through before accessing the State's mineral resources. Each case was assigned a docket number. The collection includes audio cassette tapes of the hearings.

1954; 1984-1988 10 cu. ft.


This series consists of Oil and Gas Conservation Commission records of permits granted (#160-300), expired permits, files about oil companies no longer drilling in Nevada, and geothermal expired or never drilled permits. The former are arranged consecutively by permit number, the latter ones are in alphabetical order.

1974-1995 15 cu. ft.

Minerals Division

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