Mining History, The World Museum of Mining


The material encompasses all hard rock mining related material in the Museum's collections. The objects range in date from the 1860s to 1960s. The preponderance of objects date from 1890 to 1930. The objects contained in the collection relate to mining history, history of technology, and labor history. The collection records the history of mining in significant detail. The collection contains a wide range of mining related materials including the following. Published material: books, magazines, equipment brochures; Non-published material: manuscripts, paper, mining ephemera, business ledgers, financial records, correspondence, mining company records, newsletters, yearbooks; Photographs; Films; Artifacts: tools,equipment.


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Amount Awarded

Year Added



World Museum of Mining


  • Dolores Cooney

Collection Size

65000 objects

Date Range

1860 - 1960

Geographic Scope

The geographic areas covered by the collection is the City of Butte, Southwest Montana, State of Montana, the Western United States