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Building the West: Mining Landscape Project

MSS 190

Boise State University, Albertsons Library, Special Collections Department

A collection of field notes, tape-recorded interviews, sketches, slides, and other papers, documenting buildings, structures, architecture, and landscapes associated with mining and mining history in the Coeur d’Alene and Silver Valley region of northern Idaho.

Compiled 1995 by faculty and students from Boise State University and University of Utah and by local researchers for the Silver Valley Solidarity Committee. Transferred to the Special Collections Department by Professor Robert McCarl of the Anthropology Department, March 2000.

Includes photocopies of documents and clippings dating back to 1887. Interviews contain information on labor history as well as mining.

Assembled in 9 volumes (in 3 boxes).  Plus 111 cassette tapes.   An accompanying "User’s Guide" was compiled by project staff and presented to the Special Collections Department along with the collection.

This collection forms part of the Ethnographic Archive of the Intermountain West.


Summary contents

Volume 1: Interview logs; Measured drawings

Volume 2: Transcripts of Hardrock Mining Culture conference, 1990
                    Interview transcripts
                    Administrative materials

Volume 3: Interview transcripts

Volume 4: Interview transcripts

Volume 5: Interview transcripts (Pete Piekarski)

Volume 6: Interview transcripts, reminiscences (Pete Piekarski)

Volume 7: Northwest Metal Workers Auxiliary scrapbooks 1960-71 (photocopies)
                   Administrative material

Volume 8: Slides

Supplement: Partial duplication of volume 2, plus administrative material

Short vol 1: Abridged version of Volume 1, without oversize measured drawings and sketches

Tape cassettes (111) in tape drawers

Additional papers presented by Pete Piekarski, in Box 4

Folder 1    Mine, Mill, and Smelter Workers Union, Local 18: Newsletters (1954-1961)

Folder 2    Mine, Mill, and Smelter Workers Union: News bulletins (1953-1959),

Folder 3    Mine, Mill, and Smelter Workers Union, Local 18: Strike bulletins (1955-1960)

Folder 4    Mine, Mill, and Smelter Workers Union: Miscellaneous

Folder 5    United Steelworkers, Local 7854: Newsletters (1962-1977)

Folder 6    United Steelworkers, Local 7854: Strike bulletins (1977)

Folder 7    Mine-Mill vs. Steelworkers representation campaigns (1955-1962)

Folder 8    Union songs, etc.

Folder 9    Miscellaneous labor publications

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