January 22, 2022

Archives: Northern Michigan University Digitizes Thousands of Historic Mining Documents and Photos


[Northern Michigan] University’s (NMU) Archiving Department recently scanned and posted over 70,000 documents relating to CCI’s (Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Mining Company) annual reports and lumber company.

They also scanned over 500 maps and 200 photographs.

It took the staff of five over a year to scan and touch up the documents.

NMU acquired the records from from the State of Michigan in 2003 as part of NMU’s local government project

From the Digital Archive Web Site:

The Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Mining Company Digitization project, funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, focuses on three record series from the Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Mining Company collection. The three series include over 70,000 historical documents contained in lumber, land, and mining annual reports, and over 235 maps dated 1893-1960. There is also a blog documenting the progress of the project; an assortment of photographs pertaining to or contained within the collection; and lesson plans utilizing the source materials to meet Michigan education standards.

See Also: Archiving team at Northern Michigan University offers online access to old mining documents (via AP)

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