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Title: Frank Klepetko Michigan Mining Cyanotype Album

Collection Date(s): circa 1880

Extent and Forms of Material: .33 cubic foot (1 box)

Creator: Frank Klepetko

Abstract: Album of cyanotype photographs of mills, mines and mining equipment, and the shipping of iron ore, mostly in Michigan.

Repository: Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.Archivescenter@si.edu 202-633-3270 www.americanhistory.si.edu/archives

Collection Number: AC1042

Processing Note: Processed by Kiley Orchard (intern), 2008; supervised by Vanessa Broussard Simmons, archivist.

 

INFORMATION FOR USERS OF THE COLLECTION

Conditions Governing Access: The collection is open for research use.

Physical Access: Researchers must handle unprotected photographs with gloves.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use: Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Reproduction permission from Archives Center: fees for commercial use. All duplication requests must be reviewed and approved by Archives Center staff.

Preferred Citation: Title and date of item, Henry Davis Cyanotype Album, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, box number X, folder number XX, digital file number XXXXXXX

 

IN-DEPTH INFORMATION ABOUT THE COLLECTION

Administrative History: The album is inscribed, “To Henry Davis from Frank Klepetko.” Klepetko was a metallurgical engineer who was an authority in copper smelting and refining. Born in Czechoslovakia in 1856, he emigrated to Cleveland, Ohoi in 1867, and obtained his degree of Engineer of Mines at Columbia University in 1880. Though it is unclear whether Klepetko was the photographer of the images in the album, the album was given to Henry C. Davis in 1880. Davis had been made president of a new Conglomerate Mining Company, originally formed on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in 1863.

Scope and Content: The collection is an album of cyanotype photographs depicting mills, mines and mining equipment, and the shipping of iron ore. The photographs are captioned and indicate that the images were mostly taken in cities in Michigan, including Calumet, Marquette, Franklin, Sault Ste. Marie, and Hancock. Some images of Buffalo and Cleveland are also included. The photographs are arranged by the cities in which they were taken.

System of Arrangement: The collection is arranged in one series.

Series 1, Cyanotype Album, circa 1880

Acquisition Information: The collection was transferred to the Archives Center from the Division of Work and Industry in 2007.

Existence and Location of Copies: A digital reproduction and copy prints of the cyanotype album available in the Archives Center.

Related Archival Materials: Underwood & Underwood Glass Stereograph Collection

Access Points:

Subject/Names:
Davis, Henry
Klepetko, Frank

Subject/Topical:
Iron-- Michigan
Iron foundries-- Michigan
Iron mining-- Michigan
Mining equipment-- Michigan
Ore-- Michigan

Geographical:
Michigan

Form/Genre:
Cyanotypes
Photographs--1880-1890--Cyanotypes
Photograph albums--19th century

CONTAINER LISTING

 

Box

Folder

 

 

 

Series 1, Cyanotype Album, circa 1880

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1

Pages 1-20 (original)

 

2

Pages 21-40 (original)

 

3

Covers and scraps, circa 1880 (original)

2 1 Digital reproductions of cyanotype album
  2 Copy prints of cyanotype album (reference)

 

 

 

 

 

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