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Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Mining and Metallurgy student laboratory reports

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Identifier: AC-0072

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The collection contains volumes of laboratory instructions including diagrams, data sheets, and tabulated results of student laboratory experiments conducted at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology during the period 1899 to 1926.

The instructing staff of the Department of Mining and Metallurgy teaching the classes represented in this collection include Edward E. Bugbee (at MIT 1907-1937) and Rufus C. Reed (at MIT 1907-1944). Eight volumes of reports for their classes include results for Potassium Cyanide Percolation and Agitation Test, Barrel Chlorination Test, Plattner Chlorination Test, and Chloridizing Roast and Hyposulphite Lixiviation Test. Reports for Professor Hayward (at MIT 1906-1946) include experiments with Roasting Pyrite, Cupelling Lead and Desilverization of Base Bullion, Blast Furnace Smelt, Washoe Pan Amalgamation and Electro-Deposition of Copper. Laboratory reports for Professor Charles E. Locke (at MIT 1901-1937) include experiments on Concentration of a Lead Ore and Work with Magnets; Milling of a Gold Ore; Crushing Tests; Glass Table Run; Oil Flotation; Embrey Vanner Run on Canvas Table Concentrates; Crushing, Sizing and Hand Picking Tests. There is also a set of student laboratory tests for Professor Richard W. Lodge (at MIT 1889-1907).


  • Creation: 1899 - 1926


Access note

This collection is open.

Conditions Governing Use

Access to collections in the Department of Distinctive Collections is not authorization to publish. Please see the MIT Libraries Permissions Policy for permission information. Copyright of some items in this collection may be held by respective creators, not by the donor of the collection or MIT.

Historical note

The Department of Mining Engineering and Metallurgy began in 1865 as the Department of Geology and Mining. In 1889, after a series of name changes and curriuculum changes, the study of metallurgy was formally absorbed and the department became the Department of Mining Engineering and Metallurgy. As time passed, the name changed again several times and two distinct departments emerged: Geology and Metallurgy. The most recent change came in 1975 when the Department of Metallurgy and Materials Science became the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (Course III).


2.6 Cubic Feet (8 manuscript boxes)

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Related Materials in the Institute Archives and Special Collections, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Robert H. Richards papers (MC 116).

Department of Mining Engineering curricula (AC 214).


  • Bever, Michael B. Metallurgy and Materials Science and Engineering at MIT: 1865-1988. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1988.
  • Shrock, Robert R. Geology at M.I.T., 1865-1965: A History of the First Hundred Years of Geology at M.I.T. Cambridge: MIT Press, 1977.
Guide to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Mining and Metallurgy Student Laboratory Reports, 1899-1926
Joan Haas
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