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Roland Juchemich memoirs

 Collection — Box: 19-01-03
Identifier: MSS-336

Scope and Contents

The Roland Juchemich memoirs, MSS-336, consists of five series with a total of 8 folders.

Series 1: Events -- Biannual Tracy Mine Reunion, 1 folder containing flyers and news articles referencing the reunions.

Series 2: News Clippings, 1 folder containing newspaper and newsletter articles relating to the Tracy Mine. The majority of these clippings were taken from the Jones and McLaughlin Ore Company newsletters.

Series 3: Memories, 1 folder containing Roland Juchemich's memories of working at the Tracy Mine and the story of the history of the Tracy Mine. Mr. Juchemich has also included some poetry about the mining in Negaunee, a copy of Leo LaFond's story "The Miner's Guardian Angel at the Breitung Mining Company" from August 1997, and a copy of "A Miner's Nightmare" showing Poet Unknown.

Series 4: Photographs, 4 folders containing original photographs the construction of the Tracy Mine and the miners, photocopies of pictures of the Tracy Mine and miners, original photographs taken at Tracy Mine Reunion dinners and parades.

Series 5: Rosters, Tracy Mine Employees, 1 folder containing lists of employee names and badge numbers.


  • 1951 - 1993


Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions. Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from MSS-336, Roland Juchemich memoirs, 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.

Biographical / Historical

The Tracy Mine was owned solely by the Jones and Laughlin Ore Company of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a company that also had interests in the steel rope division and coal mining, and held a large interest in the Cleveland Cliffs Iron Company. Excavation began at the Tracy Mine on July 16, 1951, and on August 31, 1951. By 1971, the Tracy Mine had reached its maximum depth of 2,800 feet. Production began in 1955 with production goals of 1,000,000 tons per year and an employee target of 650 men. 1956 was the peak production year for the Tracy Mine; 400,000 tons were produced and employment was at 435 men. During its twenty years of operation, two fatalities took place at the Tracy Mine.

Roland Juchemich (b. March 19, 1925; d. January 11, 2009) was a lifelong resident of Negaunee, Michigan. Roland worked at the Tracy Mine during its twenty years of operation. He held many positions at the mine, among them pipe man and electrician. When the mine closed in 1971, Roland supported his family with unemployment and sub pay while searching for another job. After working as a custodian and then an electrician at Northern Michigan University, Roland took a position he was offered with the Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Company. Roland Juchemich compiled the materials in this collection in honor of the men who were employed at the Tracy Mine, especially the two men who lost their lives there. On his introductory page Juchemich states, “The Tracy miners were not neighbors some men lived in Houghton, Lanse Baraga and Michigame to the west others came from Chatam Munising and Trenary from the east so we were not neighbors but we acted as we were.”


8 folders

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The materials in the Roland Juchemich memoirs are arranged thematically.

Custodial History

The materials in this collection, MSS-336, Roland Juchemich memoirs, were donated to the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives by Clifford Waters in October 2014. Mr. Waters received the materials from Roland Juchemich's daughter Donna Danielson prior to bringing them to the NMU Archives.


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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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