The W. I. Booth and A. Allen Photograph Album of Goldfield, Nevada (approx. 1900-1910) contains forty-five black-and-white photographs taken by photographers W. I. Booth and A. Allen. The images depict the Goldfield, Nevada townsite; mines, miners, camps, and equipment; horses pulling freight and carriages across the desert; and topographical features of Goldfield and outlying areas. The photographs document the mining boom in the Goldfield area during the early 20th century.
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Scope and Contents Note
The W. I. Booth and A. Allen Photograph Album of Goldfield, Nevada (approx. 1900-1910) contains forty-five black-and-white photographs taken by photographers W. I. Booth and A. Allen. The images depict the Goldfield, Nevada townsite; mines, miners, camps, and equipment; horses pulling freight and carriages across the desert; and topographical features of Goldfield and outlying areas. Mines and leases include the Florence, Jumbo, Combination, January, Vernal, and Tonopah mines; and the Curtis, Richards, Velvet, and Ricker-Ryder leases.
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Materials remain in original order.
Biographical / Historical Note
W. (William) I. Booth was a photographer, mining company president, and real estate agent in Goldfield, Nevada. Booth operated a photography gallery and studio in the Weber Building on Main Street in Goldfield. He worked in the field photographing views of Goldfield, its mines, and surrounding areas. He also did portrait work in his studio, which opened in 1904. During this time, he also sold residential lots in the Ramsey Addition of Goldfield, which at the time adjoined the townsite to the east and south. In 1905, he became president of the Shoshone Bullfrog Mining Company, which operated seven claims in the Bullfrog Mining District of Nevada.
A. (Arthur) Allen was a photographer who took over Booth’s studio in 1904. Allen continued to photograph life in and around Goldfield and the mines. He controlled the sales and usage of his and Booth’s photographic work. He also worked as the managing editor of the Goldfield Chronicle, a newspaper that ran from 1906 to 1909.
"Local News Nuggets." The Goldfield News, September 30, 1904. Accessed October 14, 2019. https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85058379/1904-09-30/ed-1/seq-3/
Michel, Peter. "Exhibit Highlight - Images in Silver: Photography of Goldfield, America’s Last Great Gold Rush." June 2, 2014. Accessed October 11, 2019. https://www.library.unlv.edu/whats_new_in_special_collections/2014/06/exhibit-highlight-images-silver-photography-goldfield
"News of Bullfrog." The Goldfield News, March 24, 1905. Accessed October 14, 2019. https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85058379/1905-03-24/ed-1/seq-1/
W. I. Booth and A. Allen Photograph Album of Goldfield, Nevada, approx. 1900-1910. PH-00355. Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.
Materials were collected by University Libraries Special Collections and Archives; accession number 2019-110.
In 2019, as part of an archival backlog elimination project, Lauren Paljusaj wrote the finding aid and entered the data into ArchivesSpace.