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About this collection

The Mines Mining and Geology Collection contains approximately 4,000 photographs from the State Geologist Photographs and Negative Files, RG 50-2-33. The photographs were taken primarily by S.W. McCallie and R.W. Smith, Georgia State Geologists, and other staff members of the State Geological Survey, later known as the Department of Mines, Mining and Geology. 

 

Although a majority of the images are of geological sites, others show old bridges, roads, industrial sites, water wheels, iron works, and gold mines. The bulk of the images were taken between the 1910s and the 1940s. Consequently, this collection documents rather completely the early industrial development of Georgia. These photographs moreover depict the variety of natural beauty of the State.

 

Photographs from this collection were used in the Georgia Geologic Survey Bulletins, published by the Department of Mines, Mining and Geology. Additionally, Outdoors in Georgia, the official magazine of the Department of Natural Resources, very often utilized this collection as a source of illustrations showing the natural environment. A small portion of the collection depicts scenes in other southern states.

 

Note about indexing and digital collections: Keyword search the county, town or subject you wish to search and click the Search button. Subjects assigned by the Department include minerals and geological resources (gold, kaolin, marble, coal…), geological terms (Richmond formation, stratigraphy…), natural features (rivers, springs, mountains, waterfalls…) and topics related to the department’s work (archaeology, education, state parks, roads…). Descriptions may include the names of companies engaged in mining or mineral industries, names of land or prospect owners, members of the Georgia Minerals Society and names of people involved in mining or geology work including employees of the Department, USGS geologists, other state geologists, owners and staff at mining operations and WPA surveyors.

 

Usage Note: Students and teachers may use images in classroom reports and presentations if the following credit line is included with the image: Courtesy of the Georgia Archives. Each image has a "Cite as" field in the Document Description. Users can form a complete citation by combining the "Title," "Date" and "Cite as" fields for the individual image.

 

Publication in any form, including print, website, social media and blogs, requires permission.  We charge not-for-profit and commercial use fees to support maintenance of the collection.  

 

Ordering: To order reproductions and apply for permission to publish, please contact Reference Services. Refer to a photograph by the collection name and identification number (e.g. "Mines, Mining and Geology mmg25-3048").

 

Contact:
Reference Services
archives-photos@usg.edu
Georgia Archives

 

This collection was completed and launched in May 2017.

 

© 2017 Georgia Archives

 
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