Nevada Copper Mining History Collection
Thank you to all our amazing supporters! The University Libraries has met our goal to purchase the Nevada Copper Mining History Collection!
Help the University Libraries Save an Important Piece of Nevada's Mining History!
Imagine it’s the year 1882 and the Edison Electric Illuminating Company of New York has just been formed with the help of Thomas Edison. Electricity is new but its safety and cleanliness are making it a turn-of-the-century disruptor. There were many resources required for the electricity industry to grow into a household convenience and copper was one of them. And Nevada had it.
In 1902, the president of the Eureka and Palisade Railroad, Mark Requa, visited the mining district in White Pine County. Realizing the value of the copper deposits, he optioned $150,000 in copper claims and on February 15, 1903, organized the White Pine Copper Company. What followed was a complicated trail of mergers and acquisitions, eventually resulting in the formation and incorporation of the Nevada Consolidated Copper Company in November of 1904.
Today, the University Libraries Special Collections and University Archives at the University of Nevada, Reno has the opportunity to acquire a remarkable collection called the Nevada Consolidated Copper Mining Collection. Comprised of 11 photographic albums, ledgers, boxes of correspondence, records and manuals, the collection details copper mining in White Pine County from 1907 until the smelting plant’s closure in the 1970’s.
The cost of the collection is $17,500 and we are just $2,500 away from meeting our goal to acquire this beautiful and important collection. Help us save a significant piece of Nevada mining history by giving today.
Like Nevada, the University of Nevada at Reno has a long relationship with mining. Originally created as the School of Mines in 1888, and now called the Mackay School of Mines, the school has educated mining professionals for many decades. And the University Libraries has made preserving the history of mining a focus for its Special Collections.
Special Collections and University Archives cares for many collections related to the Comstock Lode and Virginia City, but has virtually no mining records from the northeastern portion of the state. Adding the Nevada Consolidated Copper Mining Collection to Special Collections and University Archives would have three main benefits:
Creating a comprehensive mining collection for mining scholars, railroad scholars and history enthusiasts
The Nevada Consolidated Copper Mining Collection is an important addition to the collections housed in Special Collections because of the rarity of the photos and documents from the northeastern part of the state. The addition of the Nevada Consolidated Copper Mining Collection would enable the University Libraries to offer researchers a more complete history of mining in Nevada.
Give the collection a home where it will be well cared for
University Libraries Special Collections and University Archives has the talent, expertise and facilities to care for and preserve these precious historical documents, as well as the ability to make them available for generations to come.
Ensure the collection is kept intact and not destroyed
Currently there are two options for the collection — maintain the structural integrity and historical context of the collection by keeping it intact or separate the collection into pieces. If we are unable to acquire the collection, it is possible the current collection owner will separate and sell the collection in pieces which destroys the historical narrative and increases the chances that a significant part of our state history will be forever lost. UNR Special Collections is a natural home for the collection because of our dedication to preserving mining history and our proximity to the region.
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Special Collections and University Archives features a reading room and a reference desk staffed by knowledgeable librarians who are available in person, by phone or via email. Customized sessions can be scheduled for classes and groups. Individual instruction in locating and using research materials is available upon request.
In 2018 alone, Special Collections and University Archives assisted 1,334 researchers!
For questions or to learn more about supporting this project, the Special Collections, or the University Libraries, contact Robin Monteith, associate director of development at (775) 682-5656 or firstname.lastname@example.org.