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Historical Mining Research: Mining Stock Certificates and Historical Mines


Please keep these points in mind when researching your mining stock and historic mine:

Stocks were often issued for mines/mining companies for which very little information may be obtained because little or no activity actually occurred.

Information on a Nevada mine/mining company may be based on:

  1. An annual report to the Nevada State Inspector of Mines, if a Nevada mine/stock.
  2. An article in a publication of that time--but only if the mine was major!

The library staff is not able to determine if there is any value to a stock today.

We regret that we do not have staff to search the references outlined below for you, but we will assist you in the library and suggest the tools you can to use to verify the existence of a mine/mining company and/or refer you to sources which, for a fee, may research for any value.

There is no one place to locate this information; it differs by state and country; this research takes time and patience.

To help you in your search, the staff will need to know the mine name, state and county of activity and approximate dates of activity.

The Goldsheet Mining Directory includes a helpful web page of suggestions for tools to use to research obsolete stock certificates.

Nevada Mining Stocks & Historical Mines

Online Resources

  • Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology (NBMG) - Mining Records & Documents

  • Nevada Division of Minerals: search for Mining Stock Certificates and/or Claims

  • Bureau of Land Management, live access to Federal land conveyance records for the Public Land States, including image access to more than five million Federal land title records issued between 1788 and the present.

  • The Nevada Mineral Industry  Reference & stacks TN 24 .N3 S644  1979- 2007  & Online 1979 - present (2014)

Historic: Search year before or after the date of the stock certificate to verify existence/activity:

  • Copper Handbook DeLaMare TN12 .W6 1901-1913
  • Mineral Resources of the United States (title varies) I 28.37: year - DeLaMare Library. 
    • Review NV section, by country, Metallic and Non-Metallic volumes; mentions primary activity
  • Nevada File - card file in DeLaMare Library, especially helpful for citations from historical mining resources such as Mining and Scientific Press.  Please ask Map Librarian to access card file. 
  • Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology Publications through 1989  -  Z6034 .N44 T56 1991 - DeLaMare Library or NBMG online
  • Directory of Obsolete Securities HG4961 .D56 1981 -  UNR Knowledge Center MARS
  • Nevada Division of Minerals: Mining Stock Certificates: Mining Stock Certificates 
  • Nevada Historical Society - 775-688-1190 | 1650 N. Virgina Street, Reno NV 89557
  • Nevada State Archives, Carson City - 775 -684-3310 for pre-1920 incorporation information
  • Nevada Secretary of State - 775-684-5708 Business Center for mine company incorporation information for mines active 1920's - present: fee-based service 


Other States


  • California: Consolidated Index of Publications, 1880-1943. Bulletin 131 
    • Publications of the California Division of Mines to July 1961. 
    • Especially note reports in the Report of the State Mineralogist/Geologists QE89 .A2 
    • Review by mine name and county.
  • To locate other state incorporating information both historic and contemporary: GOLDSHEET
  • U.S. Bureau of Mines Mineral Resources of the United States and earlier titles    I. 28.37: year
  • U. S. Geological Survey Minerals Yearbook - contemporary I19.165:year  Review by state and county, Metallic and Non-Metallic volumes; mentions primary activity
  • International mining manual/American mining and metallurgical manual - DeLaMare Library TN1 .I62 1909, 1911, 1930, 1932

Canada and Foreign Stocks


  • Canadian Mines Handbook. Latest in DeLaMare Library  HD 9506 .C22 C36
  • Stock Research Information, Canadian Consulate, 1251 Avenue of the Americas, NY, NY 10020
  • Canadian mines register of dormant and defunct companies DeLaMare Library HD9506 C22 N6 1960 + 3 supplements

FEE Based Research


For a list of companies which, for a fee, will research for current value of historic stocks, US and Canada:


  • RM Smythe (800) 622-1880
  • Stock Search International (800) 537-4523
  • GeoInformation Nevada, Linda Newman