New Library Digital Collection: Consolidated Copper Photo Albums

Valuable Record of Mining History in Nevada Added to the Libraries’ Digital Archive

Image of trestle taken from roof of concentrator at the Consolidated Copper facility.

Image of trestle taken from roof of concentrator at the Consolidated Copper facility.

New Library Digital Collection: Consolidated Copper Photo Albums

Valuable Record of Mining History in Nevada Added to the Libraries’ Digital Archive

Image of trestle taken from roof of concentrator at the Consolidated Copper facility.

Image of trestle taken from roof of concentrator at the Consolidated Copper facility.

Image of trestle taken from roof of concentrator at the Consolidated Copper facility.

The University Libraries has recently added close to 1,000 images from the Nevada Consolidated Copper Records collection to its digital archive. These images date from the 1920s and 1930s and were digitized from 11 photo albums with cyanotype and black & white photographs. The Chief Engineer’s Office for the company captured these historic images, which depict mining operations, equipment, and progress from within the mining pits. The collection was acquired from Fred Holabird of Holabird Western Americana in Spring 2019. More than 20 generous donors contributed to the fundraising effort through a web-based crowdfunding campaign.  

Copper Flat Negatives page 079, Steam Shovel Boom and Dipper Side View
Copper Flat Negatives page 079, Steam Shovel Boom and Dipper Side View.

University students, faculty, and staff can access these records at the University of Nevada, Reno Libraries' Digital Archive, in Nevada Consolidated Copper Company Records. Users interested in viewing other digital collections of unique materials, can browse them on the Libraries’ Digital Archive

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