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School of Mines Records, 1912-1943

Collection Overview

Title: School of Mines Records, 1912-1943

ID: RG 186

Primary Creator: Oregon State College. School of Mines

Extent: 1.0 cubic feet

Arrangement: Organized into two series: 1. Correspondence; 2. Reports. Each series arranged by subject and then chronologically.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The School of Mines Records document mining industries and interests in Oregon.

Scope and Content Notes

Both series pertain to the Oregon Bureau of Mines and its relationship to various mining industries and interests in Oregon and elsewhere. Records include correspondence from mining companies, venture companies seeking to develop mining areas, and individuals requesting testing of ore samples or information about mining areas or prospects for various types of ores.

Biographical / Historical Notes

Mines courses were first taught at Oregon Agricultural College in 1900. In 1913 the state legislature authorized the establishment of the School of Mines at OAC. Money was also authorized for the Oregon Bureau of Mines, which was placed under the School's dean. The School of Mines consisted of four departments -- Mining Engineering, Ceramic Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Geology. As part of cutbacks throughout higher education in Oregon, the school was closed in 1932. Mining related courses continued to be taught in the Schools of Science and Engineering. The school's deans included Henry M. Parks (1913-17), E. K. Soper (1917-18), C. E. Newton (1919-28), and J. H. Hance (1928-32). Parks was also director of the Oregon Bureau of Mines from 1913-1923.

Administrative Information

Related Materials: Other materials pertaining to the School of Mines are in the OSU Memorabilia Collection (MSS MC).

Preferred Citation: School of Mines Records (RG 186), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

Other URL: A preliminary container list was created for this collection on or before Decemeber 11, 2015.


Oregon State College. School of Mines
Hance, James Harold
Parks, Henry Martin (1872-)

People, Places, and Topics

Coal mines and mining--Oregon.
Gold mines and mining--Oregon.
Mineral industries--Oregon.
Mines and mineral resources--History.
Mines and mineral resources--Oregon.
Mining districts--Oregon.
Mining schools and education--Oregon--Corvallis.
Natural Resources
Oil well drilling--Oregon.
Oregon and Ohio Mining Company
Oregon Bureau of Mines and Geology
Oregon State College. School of Mines
University History

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