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Horace V. Winchell papers

Identifier: ua-00806

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This is a collection of business papers of Horace Winchell. The correspondence, for the most part, pertains to mine and mineral examinations and to efforts to develop and finance mines. The majority of the papers consists of reports on mines or mining fields in California, Colorado, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Washington, Alaska, Canada, and Mexico. Also included is a reprint of an interview with Winchell by T. A. Richard containing a great deal of biographical material, as well as some discussion of the Alaskan coal fields situation culminating in the 1910 Ballinger-Pinchot controversy, a dispute between U.S. Forest Service Chief Gifford Pinchot and U.S. Secretary of the Interior Richard Achilles Ballinger that contributed to the split of the Republican Party before the 1912 Presidential Election and helped to define the U.S. conservation movement in the early 20th Century. There are also maps of mineral areas and charts of mineral production. Many of these relate either to California or Manitoba, Canada.


  • Creation: 1885-1920


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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 Sketch of Horace V. Winchell 1865-1923

Horace V. Winchell, assistant state geologist of Minnesota from 1889-1891, was born in Michigan in 1865. He studied at the University of Minnesota, before finishing his geology degree at the University of Michigan in 1889. After graduation, Winchell began working as an assistant on the Minnesota Geological Survey, and studied the Mesabi iron range, acting as assistant state geologist of Minnesota until 1891. For eight years, until 1906, he was in charge of the Geological Department of the Amalgamated Copper Company.

Horace V. Winchell's father was Newton Horace Winchell, founder of the Minnesota Geological Survey, serving as its director for 28 years, and who was the first head of the geology and geophysics department at the University of Minnesota.


1.75 Cubic Feet (2 boxes (1 record carton, 1 oversize))


This is a collection of mining reports and correspondence of Horace Vaughn Winchell. He served as assistant state geologist of Minnesota 1889-1891 and assistant on the Minnesota Geological Survey.

Related Material in University Archives

Newton Horace Winchell papers

Minnesota Geological Survey records

Minnesota Geological Survey field notebooks

Other Related Materials

The Minnesota Historical Society holds a collection of Newton H. Winchell family papers

Horace V. Winchell papers, 1885-1920
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June 2006
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