Mammoth Miners Memorial oral history collection 2003-2004

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Mammoth Miners Memorial oral history collection 2003-2004

MS 398


Collection Summary

Creator: Mammoth Miners Memorial Oral History Project and Renee Ross.
Collection Name: Mammoth Miners Memorial oral history collection
Inclusive Dates: 2003-2004
Physical Description:1 linear foot
Abstract:The Mammoth Miners Memorial Oral History Collection memorializes the experiences of underground copper miners in the Mammoth, Arizona area and particularly workers in the San Manuel Mine. Contains audio cassettes of recorded interviews with former miners of the San Manuel mine near Mammoth, Arizona. Also included are the transcripts of these tapes. Renee Ross, project manager of the Mammoth Miners Memorial Oral History Project interviews former miners on topics such as folklore, women in mining, pay, safety, administration, strikes and others.
Collection Number:MS 398
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: University of Arizona Libraries, Special Collections
University of Arizona
PO Box 210055
Tucson, AZ 85721-0055
Phone: 520-621-6423
Fax: 520-621-9733
URL: http://speccoll.library.arizona.edu/
E-Mail: LBRY-askspcoll@email.arizona.edu

Biographical Note

The Mammoth Miners Memorial Oral History Collection memorializes the experiences of underground copper miners in the Mammoth, Arizona area and particularly workers in the San Manuel Mine. The San Manuel Mine, located 45 miles northeast of Tucson, opened in 1952 and by the time its closure was announced by new owner BHP Billiton in 1999 had mined a record breaking 14 billion tons of ore and was the largest underground copper mine in the country. Around 2,200 miners were employed to mine 356 miles of tunnels. The mine and its predecessors supported the nearby town of Mammoth, Arizona where many workers lived. In 2003 the mine officially stopped production and the remaining mining structures were demolished. The Mammoth Miners Memorial group was formed to commemorate the experience of these miners and the more than 50 men who lost their lives in the San Manuel mine.


Scope and Content Note

Papers, 2003-2004. This collection contains transcripts of recorded interviews with 22 former San Manuel miners (including a female miner) and two wives of miners. Topics covered include mining folklore, women in mining, pranks, mining terminology, rescue and safety, nicknames, strikes, administration, pay, life in Mammoth, and many others. Also included are 29 audio cassettes of recorded interviews with former miners.


Arrangement

This collection is organized into 2 series:

Restrictions

Restrictions

There are no restrictions on this collection.

Copyright

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission to publish from the owner of the copyright (the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates, or literary executors). The user agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Arizona Board of Regents for the University of Arizona, its officers, employees, and agents from and against all claims made by any person asserting that he or she is an owner of copyright.


Access Terms

Personal Name(s)
Borboa, Victor -- Interviews.
Garcia, Mick -- Interviews.
Gomez, Vern -- Interviews.
Gutierrez, Janet -- Interviews.
Lutich, John -- Interviews.
Miranda, Rodolfo -- Interviews.
Ramirez, Enrique -- Interviews.
Ramirez, Mary -- Interviews.
Ross, Renee.
Ross, Stephen -- Interviews.
Swanson, Art -- Interviews.
Thomas, Betty -- Interviews.
Thomas, Lloyd -- Interviews.

Subject(s)
Copper miners -- Arizona -- San Manuel -- Interviews.
Copper miners -- History -- Sources.
Copper mines and mining -- Arizona -- History -- 20th century.
Mines and mineral resources -- Arizona -- History -- 20th century.
Mines and mineral resources -- Arizona -- San Manuel -- History.
Oral history -- Arizona -- San Manuel.


Administrative Information

Credit Line

Mammoth Miners Memorial oral history collection (MS 398). Special Collections, University of Arizona Libraries.

Processing History

Processed by Staff.