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Henry H. Wade papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: ua45

Scope and Content

The collection contains the papers of Henry H. Wade, including correspondence, publications, notes, field research, and a diary kept by Wade during the time of his leadership of the Mines Experiment Station. Also included are brochures, diary entries, notes, and reports about metallurgic research conducted at the Mordea Factory in Gijon, Spain.


  • Creation: 1912-1962


Use of Materials

Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only.


Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). Requests to publish should be arranged with the University of Minnesota Archives.

Biographical Note

Henry Hopkins Wade was born June 13, 1894, in Hopkins, Minnesota (1). He earned his engineer of mines degree from the University of Minnesota in 1915 (2). Upon completing his degree, Wade became a metallurgist at the Mines Experiment Station (1915-1948). He became assistant director of the station in 1948 and director in 1951. He remained in this position until his retirement from the University of Minnesota in 1962. Henry Wade died September 22, 1992, at the age of 98 (1). He was known as an authority on iron ore beneficiation and taconite processing, and he developed the modern processing method of taconite ore that made the industry possible in Minnesota.


(1) Biographical File, Wade, Henry H., Information files collection, University Archives.

(2) Commencement Program, 1925.


0.60 Cubic Feet (2 record boxes)

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Collection contains the papers of Henry H. Wade, director of the Mines Experiment Station, School of Mines and Metallurgy at the University of Minnesota. These papers cover research about the Mines Experiment Station, as well as geology and metallurgy in Minnesota, and Gijon, Spain.


The collection is arranged in the following series:

  • Series 1: Research and Notes, 1912-1962
  • Series 2: Personal and Professional Material, 1924-1925
  • Series 3: Publications, 1912-1930

Source of acquisition

This collection was donated to the University Archives on February 10, 1993.

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Processing Information

Processing completed with funds from the State of Minnesota from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the Minnesota Historical Society (2021-2022).

Henry H. Wade papers
Karen Spilman; Katelyn Morken; Adriana Esparza
April 2005; April-June 2021
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Revision Statements

  • May-June, 2021: Contents list added; Notes updated

Collecting Area Details

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