University of Washington School of Mines Trips 1911 and 1912 Photograph Collection, 1911-1912  PDF

Overview of the Collection

University of Washington School of Mines Trips 1911 and 1912 Photograph Collection
1911-1912 (inclusive)
33 photographic prints (1 folder)
Collection Number
Photographs of trips made by the University of Washington mining classes in 1911 and 1912 to various mines near Index and Irondale, Washington and to Canada
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
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Entire collection can be viewed on the Libraries' Digital Collections website. Permission of Visual Materials Curator is required to view originals. Contact Special Collections for more information.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Professor Milnor Roberts was born in New York City in 1877, the son of civil engineer William Milnor Roberts, who was Chief Engineer for the Northern Pacific Railway until he was hired by the Brazilian government. Roberts, upon his graduation in 1899 from Stanford University, began graduate study at Stanford working as a teaching assistant. In 1901 he came to the University of Washington as Professor of Mining Engineering. He was made Dean of the College of Mines in 1903, a position he held until his retirement in 1947, after which he became Dean Emeritus. His association with the University continued until his death in 1965. He was a highly regarded private consultant in the field of mining and metallurgy in addition to his university work.

Clarence Raymond Corey was born in Darby, Connecticut in 1881. In 1907 he was hired as an instructor of mining and metallurgy in the School of Mines for the University of Washington. In his classes, he introduced the newly discovered concepts of cell structures in metals using metalloscopes. In 1914 he became the official Assistant Professor of Metallurgy.

Historical BackgroundReturn to Top

In the late 19th century, mining was one of the top industries in the state of Washington. The School of Mining Engineering was chartered in 1893 in response to the growing importance of mining in Washington. A curriculum was developed and instruction began in 1895 with the first degree earned in 1901. Within a decade, enrollment in the School of Mines doubled. The School of Mines was renamed in 1911 to the College of Mines. In the following decade, the curriculum broadened to include metallurgy and a speciality in coal mining. Student interest and the College's presence on campus also increased. Throughout all the changes, one constant was Dean Roberts' emphasis on maintaining connections between the College and working professionals, and students toured mines to gain hands on experience. Today the College of Mines has evolved into the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

The Ethel, Sunset, and Apex Mines are located near the town of Index in Snohomish County, Washington. Ethel Mine produced copper and operated between 1902 and 1918 and again briefly in 1942. Sunset Mine was the largest copper mine in the area and operated until 1950. Apex was a gold mine.

In 1909, Irondale was a town of 1,000 with plans to accommodate 20,000. At the time, Irondale was primed to become the largest and most important manufacturing center in the western United States. However in 1911, the Western Steel Corporation abruptly declared bankruptcy, causing economic collapse in the town.

Texada Island is the largest island in the Strait of Georgia in British Columbia, Canada. Van Anda is one of the main settlements on the island and the site of a major copper discovery in 1898. Nearby is the Marble Bay Mine which produced copper and later limestone. The shaft house of the mine was called "The Chinese Pagoda" because there was a Chinese community in Van Anda. The Cornell Copper Mine was also nearby. Powell River is a small town located east of Texada Island on mainland Canada. It was the company town of the Powell River Paper Company which had a pulp mill that was serviced by the Powell Lake dam. The mill produced its first roll of paper in 1912.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Photographs of trips to various mines made by the University of Washington mining classes in 1911 and 1912. Photographs may have been made by Clarence Raymond Corey, a professor in the School of Mines.

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UW School of Mines Trip 1911Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Folder item
1 1 1911
UW mining students at mines near Index, Washington
Folder item
1 2
 UW mining student group outside building on field trip, likely near Index, Washington
Written on verso: Carr, Hallock, McDonald, Swarva, Dean [Milnor O.] Roberts, Baumann, McPhee, Jenkins, Searing, Lewis, Thomason, Canton, Denny, Bissell, Roberts, Corey, Smith, Swokie, Dunbar, Heus (died) 1912.
1 3
 UW mining student group sitting on large log at Ethel Mine near Index, Washington
Written on verso: Hallock, Lewis, McPhee, Searing, Roberts, Swarva, Carr, Jenkins, Corey, Baumann, Heuss, Miss Roberts, Miss Dabney, Bissell, Swokie, McDonald, Dean Roberts
1 4a 1911
OS7 4b 1911
1 5 1911
1 6 1911
1 7 1911
1 8 1911
1 9 1911
1 10 1911
1 11 1911
UW mining students at Irondale, Washington
Folder item
1 12 1911
1 13-14 1911
1 15 1911
1 16 1911

UW School of Mines Trip 1912Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
UW mining students on Texada Island, B.C., Canada
Folder item
1 17 1912
1 18 1912
1 19 1912
1 20 1912
1 21 1912
1 22
 Town of Van Anda showing church and shaft house of Marble Bay Mine, Texada Island, B.C., Canada
Written on verso: View from porch of house where bunch stayed Marble Bay shaft in distance
1 23 1912
1 24
 View of Van Anda on Texada Island, B.C., Canada
Written on verso: View of Van Anda from Shaft House of Marble Bay Mine
1 25 1912
1 26
 Group of men standing around railroad tracks and mine opening, Texada Island, B.C., Canada
Written on verso: Mining trip 1912. Face of rock near Iron Property on Texada Is. B.C.
Powell River during UW School of Mines field trip, B.C., Canada
Folder item
1 27
 View of the town Powell River from the water in B.C., Canada
Written on verso: site of paper mill
1 28-29
 Powell River power dam, B.C., Canada
Written on verso of 29: Dam construction, 125,000 H.P. available, 4,5000 generated
1 30
 Powell Lake dam near Powell River, B.C., Canada
Written on verso: Dam of Powell River paper co.
1 31-32 1912

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • College students--Washington (State)--Seattle--Photographs
  • Dams--British Columbia--Powell River--Photographs
  • Mines and mineral resources--British Columbia--Photographs
  • Mines and mineral resources--Washington (State)--Index--Photographs
  • Mines and mineral resources--Washington (State)--Photographs
  • Corporate Names :
  • University of Washington. School of Mines--Archives
  • University of Washington. School of Mines--Photographs--Faculty
  • University of Washington. School of Mines--Photographs--Students
  • Geographical Names :
  • Index (Wash.)--Photographs
  • Irondale (Wash.)--Photographs
  • Powell River (B.C.)--Photographs
  • Texada Island (B.C.)--Photographs