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At a Glance
This collection consists of three notebooks or field books kept by Fletcher G. Downs and a copy of his 1908 mining thesis, Gilpin County Colorado. The notebooks (I, II and IV) record Down's "Mine Trip" during the Summer of 1907. The books include drawings and schematics of equipment (pumps, shaft guides, brakes, gears, drainage valves, etc.) and field details of the West Vulcan mines.
Using the Collection
Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Restrictions on Access
You will need to make an appointment in advance to use this collection material in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. You can schedule an appointment once you've submitted your request through your Special Collections Research Account.
There are no restrictions on this collection.
This collection is located onsite.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Fletcher G. Downs notebooks; University Archives, Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Columbia University in the City of New York.
No additions are expected.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
2007.016: Source of acquisition--W. H. Gill. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--July 2007.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Originally from Jersey City, New Jersey, Fletcher Gardner Downs received an AB from Columbia College in 1906 and an EM (Degree of Engineer of Mines) from the Columbia School of Mines in 1908. He worked for the Fixico Mining Co., in Fixico, Alabama; the Eustis Mining Co., in Eustis, Quebec, Canada; and the Instituto de Geologia y Perforaciones in Uruguay before returning to the US. Downs died in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1962.