Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
Arivaca Mill Company (Arivaca, Ariz.) Organizational Records

Finding aid created by
Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: Arivaca Mill Company (Arivaca, Ariz.) Organizational Records
Creator: Arivaca Mill Company (Arivaca, Ariz.)
Inclusive dates: 1843-1885, and undated
Extent: 1 cubic foot (in 2 boxes)
The collection includes financial and legal records, correspondence, and stock certificates of the Arivaca Mill Company (Arivaca, Ariz.).

Call number: MSS.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University
250 East Preston Street
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: 989-774-3352
Fax: 989-774-2160

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Acc# 890

Access Restrictions:

Arivaca Mill Company (Arivaca, Ariz.) Organizational records are open for research.


Copyright is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

Arivaca Mill Company (Arivaca, Ariz.) Organizational records, Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


Collection is organized alphabetically..


Organizational History:

The Arivaca Milling, Mining, and Commercial Company (AMM and C Co.) was incorporated on March 28, 1878 by John W. Dunn, George P. Reed, and William H. H. Witherell in Jefferson City, Missouri. In 1881, the company’s name was changed to Arivaca Mill Company. The company mined for silver, copper, and gold near Arivaca, Arizona, 1878-1885.

William H. H. Witherell was a lawyer in New Orleans, Louisiana. According to his 1870 unsigned will, he had his “present wife” Catherine E., and daughters, Florence, Elizabeth, and Emma Cecilia. From 1856 to 1860, he was in business with Robeson, Dennett, and Witherell in New Orleans. In 1880, he was President of the AMM and C Co.

William F. (Frank) Witherell was probably William H. H. Witherell’s cousin. He was a New York (State) native. He attended Clinton Liberal Institute in Clinton, New York, and was a West Point cadet. After the Civil War, he was associated with Witherell and Company, New Orleans Commission Merchants. The Clarke Historical Library has a booklet he wrote, Arizona as a silver country, (1878). [His letters and one from William H. H. Witherell are in the Louisiana State University Archives.]

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection includes legal records, correspondence, telegrams, stock certificates, and other materials related to the AMM and C Co. Correspondence and legal papers concerning other business interests of both Witherells are also included.

Subject Terms

    • Arivaca Mill Company (Arivaca, Ariz.)
    • Witherell, William H.H.
    • Witherell, William F. (William Frank)
    • Gold mines and mining--Arizona.
    • Silver mines and mining--Arizona.
    • Copper mines and mining--Arizona.
    • Arivaca (Ariz.)--History.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Arivaca Mill Company (Arivaca, Ariz.) Organizational records. [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Accounts of W. F. Witherell, 1868-1872
    Box   1 F   2
    Business Correspondence, to John W. Dunn, 1878-1883
    Box   1 F   3
    Business Correspondence, to William H. H. Witherell, 1843-1883
    Box   1 F   4
    Business Correspondence, to/from W. F. Witherell, 1865-1885
    Box   1 F   5
    Business Correspondence, from E. B. Gage, 1878-1879
    Box   1 F   6
    Business Correspondence, of Mining Superintendent, 1870-1884, undated
    Box   1 F   7
    By-laws and Incorporation Papers, 1878-1879
    Box   1 F   8
    Ephemera, Wallet of James Witherell, undated
    Box   1 F   9
    Inter-State Telephone and Telegraph Company (W. F. Witherell), 1881-1884, undated
    Box   1 F   10
    Last Will and Testament of W. H. H. Witherell (unsigned), January 22, 1870
    Box   1 F   11
    Legal Papers, Miscellaneous, 1880-1884, undated
    Box   1 F   12
    Legal Papers, W. F. Witherell, 1863-1878
    Box   1 F   13
    Legal Papers, W. H. H. Witherell, 1873-1879
    Box   1 F   14
    Mining Abstracts, Records, Policies, 1872-1881
    Box   1 F   15
    Smith Patent for Furnaces, undated
    Box   1 F   16
    Stock Certificates (Various Companies), 1878-1881
    Box   1 F   17
    Telegrams, 1878-1879
    Box   2 F   1
    Letterpress Books with Business Correspondence, volume 1 of 3, 1874
    Box   2 F   2
    Letterpress Books with Business Correspondence, volume 2 of 3, 1879-1885
    Box   2 F   3
    Letterpress Books with Business Correspondence, volume 3 of 3, 1882-1884