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Canisteo Mining Company records

 Collection — Box: 21-01-03
Identifier: MSS-261

Scope and Contents

This collection documents the Canisteo Mining Company president's office's executive activities for the Canisteo Mining Company from 1904 to 1932. The collection contains correspondence, leases and related negotiation memorandums, exploration records, statements: expense, inventory, labor, payroll, property taxes, and royalty documents all pertaining to Mesabi Iron Range (Minnesota) properties.

Record Series 1. Financial records, including payroll, invoices and receipts for operations, invoices and expenses for W. G. Swart (Mining Engineer), royalty account statements, tax assessments and receipts. Record Series 2. Correspondence concerning Oliver Mining Company leases in 1904-1905 and 1911-1912. Record Series 3 is General items and includes washing test reports, operations reports, indentures and information on leasing land for the Trout Lake concentrator, reports for bovey Mine #2 on shipment and non-shipment of ore and reports on Mining Leases.


  • 1904 - 1931


Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions. Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from the Canisteo Mining Company records, MSS-261, must be obtained from the University Archivist. The University Archivist may be reached by phone at 906-227-1225, or e-mail, The University Archivist may also be reached in Room 126 of the Learning Resource Center, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI.


Chester Adgate Congdon (1853-1916), lawyer and capitalist, served as a United States Attorney for the District of Minnesota (1881-1886) and as a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives (1909-1913), in addition to his work as the primary owner and president of the Canisteo Mining Company, which was located on the Mesabi Iron Range in Minnesota. The papers in this collection come from Congdon's executive offices. In 1929 Cleveland Cliffs Industry (CCI) leased the Canisteo Mine, and Canisteo Mining Company would later become a subsidiary of U.S.Steel. Most of the business activities found in the collection relate to Itasca County, Minnesota, but some documents are connected to Ishpeming, Michigan.


1 Cubic Feet (1 Archival box)

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Canisteo Mining Company records
Karen Kasper
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Repository Details

Part of the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives Repository

Harden Learning Resources Center 126
1401 Presque Isle Ave
Marquette 49855 United States
906-227-1333 (Fax)


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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