A petition signed by Sol Star and Seth Bullock and letters from Homestake Mining Co. lawyers are among a trove of documents that will be organized and prepared for use in exhibits at Deadwood's Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center, according to a report from the South Dakota Humanities Council.
Steven T. Mitchell, author of the book Nuggets to Neutrinos: The Homestake Story, will be a consultant on the project. He was employed at Homestake and has worked with the Sanford Lab.
The collection includes 65 boxes of correspondence, logs, maps, legal documents, engineering drawings and other materials showing how Homestake gained control of water rights for the area, thus enabling the company to become the driving economic engine in the region for 126 years.
The report did not specifiy the amount of the grant but described it as "major."