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Wesley Williams scrapbook

Identifier: SLC-018

Scope and Contents

The Wesley Williams scrapbook documents the Calumet community and mining industry through newspaper clippings, political cards and community club invitations. The scrapbook was compiled around 1950, and its contents range from the 1910s to the 1940s. Prominent topics include the Calumet and Hecla copper mining strike of 1913-1914 and the Italian Hall disaster.


  • 1910 - 1950

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions. Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The scrapbook itself is not in copyright, but some of the newspaper articles within it are. (In copyright--

Biographical / Historical

Nothing could be found about the creator of the scrapbook, Wesley Williams.

One of the prominent topics in the scrapbook is the Copper Miners' Strike of 1913-1914. This strike against all of the copper mines in the Keweenaw Peninsula lasted for nine months and was organized by the Western Federation of Miners. The strike is best known for the "Italian Hall Disaster," a Christmas party for the strikers at which 59 children and 14 adults died when someone falsely yelled "fire," causing a stampede.


474 Megabytes

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Existence and Location of Originals

The original records are held by the Calumet Public-School Library. They can be contacted at (906) 337-0311 Ext 1107.

View This Collection Online

This collection is part of UPLINK, the Upper Peninsula Digital Network. You can see it on the UPLINK website here.

Wesley Williams scrapbook
Annika Peterson
28 April 2022
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Repository Details

Part of the Superiorland Library Cooperative Repository

1615 Presque Isle Avenue
Marquette MI 49855
(906) 228-7697


This collection guide includes collections from member organizations of UPLINK (the Upper Peninsula Digital Network) as well as the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives. UPLINK collections document the history of the Upper Peninsula broadly, while the Central UP & NMU Archives focuses on such topics as Northern Michigan University history, the local iron mining industry, and the politics, economics, religion, environment, and culture of the Central Upper Peninsula region.

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