Scope and Contents note
This subject category-Mining consists of material related to the mining industry from the nineteeth and twentieth centuries. The documents span the period circa 1836-1980, but the majority of the materials date from circa 1870-1915. The overwhelming majority of this collection of material relates to mining businesses and related industries in North America, and particularly in the states and territories of the American Southwest (California, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico). The collection consists of company correspondence, reports, and other matter; trade literature; investment prospectuses (for individual companies, for brokerage firms specializing in the mining industry, and for particular resources and locations, i.e., Canadian uranium or Coloradan gold); brochures advertising mining, milling, and smelting equipment, or promoting chemical processing techniques for mined materials; tool catalogs; stock certificates; blank forms for professional association membership; subscription blanks for professional journals; articles of incorporation, legislative charters, and other official papers; journal, magazine, and newspaper articles related to mining activity; photographs, stereographs, postcards, and business cards; and one map. Topics covered by the collection include prospecting; financial outlook and economics of the mining industry; working conditions in mines; the nature of mining activity; technological advances in tunneling, drilling, pumping, and refining techniques and equipment; business culture of the late 19th and early 20th centuries; and the social life of mining people. Mined resources covered by the documents in the collection include gold, silver, copper, lead, nickel, uranium, cobalt, zinc, coal, and various forms of stone, sand, and gravel.
Mining company records is the largest series in the Mining collection and the majority of the materials date from circa 1870-1915. Most of the companies represented operated in North America; there are a few companies included which operated in other parts of the world. The documents are primarily promotional material intended to attract investment: brochures, prospectuses, annual reports, and forms for stock subscription. Also included, for some companies, are business correspondence, blank stock certificates, business cards, press releases. Mined resources covered by the documents in the series include gold, silver, copper, lead, nickel, uranium, cobalt, zinc, coal, and various forms of stone, sand, and gravel. The material is arranged in alphabetical order by company name.
Mining equipment and processing companies represent companies and individuals engaged in the production and development of equipment for mining, as well as techniques for processing the extracted material. The majority of the materials date from circa 1880-1905. Most of the companies represented are American. The material is, as in series one, largely of a promotional nature: advertising brochures, fliers, and handouts for specific types of machinery or equipment; reports on new chemical processing techniques. There are also selected pieces of correspondence related to equipment orders, as well as tool catalogs and blank order forms. The material is arranged in alphabetical order by company name.
Mining locations is region-based. Materials are generally of a promotional nature, intended to encourage people to move to the area or to invest in companies working in the area. The places covered are mostly in the United States, but a few foreign regions are represented. The majority of the material consists of brochures or small booklets detailing a particular region’s mining activity, or particular types of mining in an area. The material arranged in alphabetical order by name of mines.
Mining Brokers & Investment Companies contains material produced by brokerage firms and other companies specializing in investment in the mining industry. These are largely companies headquartered in Eastern cities, offering investment opportunities in operations in the American West, Canada, and Mexico. Most of the documents date from the turn of the twentieth century. The material consists of brochures, forms, order blanks, testimonial letters. Some of the companies represented focus of particular species of mining (gold, cobalt, uranium), while others offer investment possibilities in many different types of mining. The material is arranged in alphabetical order by company name.
Mining Organizations and Institutions includes the American Institute of Mining Engineers. Also covered are mining schools and professional congresses devoted to mining activity. The material consists of subscription forms, membership requests, reports, and articles on various topics. It is arranged in alphabetical order by the name of the organization.
General Mining Material consists of a wide variety of general material related to mining such as mining certificates; copies of legislation related to mining; mining reference information; and postcards, photographs, and other images of mines, mining activity, or mining towns. The material is arranged in alphabetical order by subject.
Mining Publications is divided into three subseries. Subseries one consists of individual articles on mining-related topics from general publications and is arranged in alphabetical order by the title of the article . Subseries two contains full or partial issues of journals or magazines related to the mining trade and is arranged in alphabetical order by the name of the publication. Subseries three is a single folder consisting of random, mining-related pieces, some fragmentary and incomplete, such as one page from an issue of Mexican Mining Record from 1905. The material is arranged in alphabetical order by title.