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Tikwah Mining Corporation Photograph Albums

Identifier: MSS 0592

Scope and Content

The collection contains two photo albums of the Tikwah goldmine in British Guiana. The albums include 97 photos documenting the region, the mining operations, and the mining camp. Most of the photographs were taken between 1948 and 1949, and each one is labeled and dated. The pages contain pencil annotations describing the photos.

The Album Vol.1 (1946-1948) contains 65 photos showing the Mazaruni and Karanang Rivers, the mountains, the Issano Village, Tikwah and Peter’s Mine, Bartica Road, Tikwah workers and office staff (each person is identified by name and position), and a group photo of eight Black women. The album also includes photographs of “pork knockers”; individuals who work at gold and diamond deposits by manual methods and work either alone or in the company of other workers.

The Album Vol. 2 (1948-1949) contains 32 photographs illustrating the Puruni, Issano, Eping, and Mazaruni Rivers, Peter’s Mine, a police station in Enachu, the Kurupung mining community, the Tikwah Mines, and an incident in which a boat got trapped between rocks at Kaburi Falls.


  • Creation: 1946-1949
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1948-1949


The collection is open for research.

Biographical/Historical Note

In 1929 the gold-quartz vein of the Tikwah mines was discovered near the Karanang River and the right bank of the Mazaruni River. The Tikwah Mining Corporation conducted subsurface and exploration work at the mines from 1942 to 1949. Samuel Hirsh Holzman was the owner and managing director of the Tikwah Mining Corporation, as well as the vice president of the Mining Association of British Guiana. In April 1950, the Tikwah Mining Corporation ceased operations at the mine and transferred its staff to work at the Peters Mine.


.25 Linear Feet (2 Albums. 97 photographs)

Language of Materials



Two photograph albums of the Tikwah goldmine in British Guiana documenting the region as well as the mining camp and its operations.


The photographs are arranged in the order in which they were arranged in the album.


University of Florida Smathers Library Building

Acquisition Information

The albums were purchased from Buckingham Books in 2021.

Processing Information

The photo albums are undergoing conservation treatment to remove the excess silvering present in many of the photographs.

A Guide to the Tikwah Mining Corporation Photograph Albums
Finding aid created by Nelissa E. Caraballo-Ramos
March 2022
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Finding Aid Prepared Using Dacs
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Description is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida Repository

George A. Smathers Libraries
PO Box 117005
Gainesville Florida 32611-7005 United States of America