Babbit, Minnesota and Mesabi Iron Company Sinter Plant photograph collection
Scope and Contents
The collection consists of 60 photographs of the town of Babbitt, Minnesota and the sinter plant of the Mesabi Iron Company. One group of photographs was taken June 6, 1920 by W.G. Sevant who identified them and sent them to his wife. One photo of the Sinter Plant employees is dated April 1921. Two photographs are of the Babbitt School and pupils dated May, 1930. A group of 7 recently made copy prints were taken by the Caterpillar Tractor Co. and dated Sept. 17, 1946.
Conditions Governing Access
Open for use in the Kathryn A. Martin Library, Archives and Special Collections.
Conditions Governing Use
This collection may be protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law.
The village of Babbitt began to take shape in the spring of 1920, when the Mesabi Iron Company began to erect its ore treating plant in the vicinity. The village rapidly grew to about 400 persons. Expansion was limited by the fact that the Mesabi Iron Company owned outright, or had leased, the land: there could be no other enterprises coming into the location within ten miles. It therefore maintained the status of a “one company town.” The mining company erected buildings to house the population, also a hospital was built. There was no independent building in Babbitt. It cost the company $3,000,000 to establish the plant and bring it into operation yet its capacity was only 3,000 tons a day. It was anticipated that 100,000 tons would be treated daily at mills in the vicinity of Babbitt. The first mill unit of the plant was begun in August, 1920. The plant was not in operation between 1922 and 1948, but Mesabi Iron Company maintained it
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Language of Materials
The collection consists of 60 photographs of the town of Babbitt, Minnesota and the sinter plant of the Mesabi Iron Company.
This collection is located at the University of Minnesota Duluth Archives. For more information about this collection or to make an appointment, contact us at email@example.com or 218-726-8526.
This collection is part of the Northeast Minnesota Historical Collections, which are housed in the University of Minnesota Duluth Archives at the Kathryn A. Martin Library, and are on permanent loan from the St. Louis County Historical Society.
- Babbitt (Minn.) Subject Source: Lcnaf
- Employees Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Mesabi Iron Company
- Mesabi Iron Range (Minn.) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Mesabi Range (Minn.) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Photographs Subject Source: Local sources
- Schools Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Students Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Views Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Guide to the Babbit, Minnesota and Mesabi Iron Company Sinter Plant photograph collection
- Finding Aid Authors: P. Maus.
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
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Collecting Area Details
Contact The University of Minnesota Duluth Archives and Special Collections Collecting Area
Kathryn A. Martin Library
University of Minnesota Duluth
416 Library Drive
Duluth MN 55812-3001