Much of the collection consists of correspondence from the offices of the Yellow Aster Mining and Milling Co. in Los Angeles, Calif., to its mining facility in Randsburg, Calif. The correspondence (including telegrams) often discusses billing expenses, supplies, and the operations of the mine. Individuals frequently represented in the correspondence include Albert Ancker (Vice President of Yellow Aster), Arthur Asher (President of Yellow Aster), H.L. Bennett, Rose La Monte Burcham, J.H. Farrell, Mr. Manby, George W. Paymal (Superintendent of the Yellow Aster), George W. Schilling, and Mr. Woodling.
Of note in the collection is some correspondence in April 1918 between the Yellow Aster Mining and Milling Co. and a C.J. Elsasser of the Industrial Accident Commission concerning the injury and disability case of a mine employee named Teodoro Bayo.
Charles Austin Burcham, John Singleton, and Frederic M. Mooers staked their claim on the Rand Mine, later renamed the Yellow Aster Mine, on April 25, 1895 in eastern Kern County, California. Approximately 150 men were employed at the Yellow Aster by the end of 1899, and both a thirty stamp mill and a one hundred stamp mill were constructed by 1901. After the deaths of Mooers (1900), Burcham (1913) and Singleton (1914), lawsuits over the ownership of the mine eventually gave way to the control of Albert Ancker and Arthur Asher, whose families had long been associated with the Tehachapi and Mojave areas. However, Dr. Rose La Monte Burcham, wife of Charles Austin Burcham, continued to hold a position on the Yellow Aster's board of directors and retained many of the company's shares.
Yellow Aster Mining and Milling Company records. The Huntington Library, San Marino, CA.