Mark Van Winkle submitted this report on a recent research excursion to the National Archives in Fort Worth, TX. Thanks!
It may come as a surprise to many readers, as it did to our cataloging staff, to learn that some of the New Orleans Mint records are in the National Archives in Fort Worth. Two weeks ago the Heritage cataloging staff (me, John Dale Beety, Dave Stone, and Mark Borckardt) went on a “field trip” and spent the day examining some of the documents of the mint and the later assay office. We were able to examine letters and invoices relating to the repair of the mint building from 1856-1858, a register of gold bullion, coins, and jewelry received from 1850 through 1860, and the record of department letters received from 1897 to 1911.
No one seems to know why these documents are in Fort Worth or even how long they have been there. One of the Archivists said the mint records had been examined “only a couple of times.” In a previous conversation another Archivist said “never.” The documents are listed under general categories by going to:
For illustration I used an image of a postcard of the New Orleans Mint building supplied earlier by Mark Borckardt. Nice find. Great opportunity for a DVD book like Roger Burdette's works on the Assay Commission and Pittman Act records!
Wayne Homren, Editor
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