Selected Readings On Lake Superior Copper Mining
(alphabetical by author)
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Benedict Harry. Red Metal (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1952).
*A history of the Calumet & Hecla Consolidated Mining Company, written by
one of its lead engineers/executives.
QE 75.A1p Oversize
Butler, B.S., and W.S. Burbank. The Copper Deposits of Michigan. U.S.
geological survey Professional Paper 144. (Washington, 1929).
*Comprehensive federal study of the geology and mining of copper in Michigan's
Keweenaw Peninsula carried out in the 1920's
HD 9506.U62 C5
Chaput, Donald. The Cliff: America's First Great Copper Mine. (Kalamazoo,
*Good analysis of early mining in the Keweenaw; includes many photographs and
TN 443.Z6 C621 1997
Fields, Richard A. Range of Opportunity: A Historic Study of the Copper Range
Company (Hancock: Quincy Mine Hoist Association, 1997).
*History of the Copper Range Company, owner of the Baltic, Trimountain and
Champion mines on the South Range
TN 443.M5 G2
Gates, William B. Michigan Copper and Boston Dollars: An Economic History of
the Michigan Copper Mining Industry (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1951)
*Scholarly appraisal of economic development of mining in the Michigan copper
district, ties to east coast families and finance, and international copper
TN 443.A5 H93 1998
Hyde, Charles K. Copper For America: The United States Copper Industry from
Colonial Times to the 1990s (Tucson: The University of Arizona Press, 1998)
*Recent scholarly study of copper industry in the United States. Includes good
chapters on Michigan copper and provides a context for national and
international developments in the copper industry.
F 572.K43 K73 1992
Krause, David J. The Making of a Mining District: Keweenaw Native Copper,
1500-1870 (Detroit: Wayne State University Press 1992).
*Biographies of central figures in discovery and early development of the
HD 9539.C7 U547 1997
Lankton, Larry D. Beyond the Boundaries: Life and Landscape at the Lake
Superior Copper Mines, 1840-1875 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1997).
*Social history of the early days of the Keweenaw copper district, examining
the daily lives of pioneers and miners
HD 9539 C7 U548 1991
Lankton, Larry D. Cradle to Grave: Life, and Work and Death at the Lake
Superior Copper Mines (New York: Oxford University Press, 1991).
*Scholarly social and economic study, considered by many to be the "standard"
history of the area
HD 9539.C72 Q54
Lankton, Larry D., and Charles K. Hyde. Old Reliable: An Illustrated History of
the Quincy Mining Company (Hancock: Quincy Mine Hoist Association, 1982).
*History of the Quincy Mining Company
E 78.S87 M37 1999
Martin, Susan R. Wonderful Power: The Story of Ancient Copper Workings in the
Lake Superior Basin (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1999)
*Recent scholarly study of the prehistoric mining of copper along the Keweenaw
Peninsula and Isle Royale. Written by a respected prehistoric archaeologist,
the book also discusses how native copper was worked and traded throughout the
North American continent.
TN 443.M5 M85
Murdoch, [William] Angus. Boom Copper (Calumet: Drier/Koepel, c1943).
*Quirky, non-scholarly history of copper mining in Michigan
TN 443.M5 R5
Rickard, T.A. The Copper Mines of Lake Superior (New York, 1905).
*Seminal work by the nation's first mining historian
E 574.C2 T48
Thurner, Arthur W. Calumet Copper and People: History of a Michigan Mining
Community (Chicago: By the Author, 1974).
*History of Calumet and the Calumet and Hecla Mining Company
HD 5325.M73 1913 T47
_______.Rebels on the Range: The Michigan Copper Miner's Strike of 1913-1914
(Lake Linden, Mich.: J.H. Forster Press, 1984).
*Good treatment on the district's most significant labor dispute
F 572.K43 T49 1994
______. Strangers and Sojourners: A History of Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula
(Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1994).
*Most recent scholarly social and economic history of the area
TN 443.M5 W54 1992
Wilson, Marc L., and Stanley J. Dyl. The Michigan Copper Country.
*Special issue of the Mineralogical Record (Volume 23, Number 2, March/April
1992) devoted to the history, geology and Mineralogy of the Keweenaw copper
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