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Kennecott mine powder logbook

Guide to the Kennecott mine powder logbook

Collection number: HMC-1452.
Creator: Unknown.
Title: Kennecott mine powder logbook.
Dates: 1914-1915.
Volume of collection: 0.02 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Collection materials are entirely in English.
Collection summary: A logbook noting the date, name of miner, and amount of powder used in an unidentified Kennecott mine.

Biographical note:
Biographical information on the creator is not available at this time. The Alaska Syndicate and then the Kennecott Copper Corporation mined copper in the Wrangell Mountains near the Kennicott Glacier from 1900 until 1938. The Kennecott Mines consisted of five main mines: Bonanza, Jumbo, Mother Lode, Erie, and Glacier.

Collection description:
This collection contains a single logbook noting the date, name of miner, and the amount of materials used in blasting. “Powder: Fuse and Caps No. 4” is written on the cover of the logbook. The dates run from October 18, 1914 to May 24, 1915. The logbook also notes bulldozing activities, car runs, and the amount of materials sent to other mines. The other mines named include Jumbo and Glacier, indicating this logbook is likely from another of the Kennecott mines.

Arrangement: The collection materials are in the original order in which they were found.

Digitized copies: This collection has not been digitized. For information about obtaining digital copies, please contact Archives and Special Collections.

Rights note: The Archives does not hold copyright to this collection.

Preferred citation: Kennecott Mine powder logbook, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Works used in preparation of inventory:

Grauman, Melody Webb. “Kennecott: Alaskan Origins of a Copper Empire, 1900-1938.” The Western Historical Quarterly 9, no. 2 (1978): 197–211. https://doi.org/10.2307/966827.

Gilbert, Cathy, Paul White, and Anne Worthington. “Cultural Landscape Report: Kennecott Mill Town.” Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Alaska (2001).

Related materials: For more archival material relating to the Kennecott Mines, see the Holmes family papers (HMC-0138) and the Robert H. Thompson family papers (HMC-1247). For other archival collections at Archives and Special Collections that relate to mining in Alaska in general, see the Research Guide to Miners and Mining Collections.

Acquisition note: This item was found in the Archives in 2024.

Processing information: This collection was described by Becky Butler in 2024.

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