Thesis Now Available at Van Pelt Library

Although I finished and defended my thesis last August, the document itself had not been bound and available to the public until this past week. For those interested in reading what I and the 2010 field crew found over last Spring and Summer, there are a few ways you can access the document.

A hard copy is available at the Michigan Technological University’s Van Pelt Library. It can be found on the third floor and with the Call Number LD3300.T2010 G614. A hard copy is also kept at the Michigan Tech and Copper Country Historical Collections Archives, located on the Garden Level of the Van Pelt Library.

The Library also provides a digital (.pdf) format of the document with color photos and the in the same presentation format as the hard copy. The file is pretty large due to the number of photographs but you can either read it on your computer or download it and read it on a Kindle, Nook, or other E-Reader device. I just downloaded the .pdf to my Kindle and although all the images are in black and white on a Kindle, it is still very readable.

It can be accessed here:

This is not a perfect document, and certainly not the final word on the Cliff Mine. It is however, something that I hope people will find useful in understanding the importance of this historic resource and that this is a place that needs preserving, not exploitation. The Cliff is an integral part of what makes the Keweenaw a special place. I hope we never forget that.



About Sean Gohman

Currently a PhD Degree seeking student in the Michigan Tech University's Industrial Heritage and Archaeology program.

One response to “Thesis Now Available at Van Pelt Library”

  1. Joe Dancy says :

    Sean –

    First, congrats in defending your thesis!

    Second, thank you so much for making this available to us. I was going to inquire about it next time I got to Houghton. I am printing the entire document out and will put it in a 3 ring notebook for reference after I read your work.

    I had heard that maybe next year there will be a summer project at the mine – that would be great.

    Thanks for preserving this piece of history – the significance of the mine to the mining industry and Michigan is substantial – yet few know much about the mine.

    Joe Dancy

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