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Over 13,000 Images Now Hosted on the Keweenaw Digital Archives

Michigan Technological University Marketing and Communications Photograph Collection ACC 10-010-143

The Keweenaw Digital Archives surpassed an impressive milestone in April 2015 – the online repository for the Michigan Tech Archives’ digital images now hosts just over 13,000 images.

J. W. Nara Photograph Collection ACC-05-097A-022

The Digital Archives got its start as a grant project funded by the Michigan Humanities Council in 2004-2005. The project was geared at providing online access to a database of key-word-searchable digitized historic images from the archives’ collections, while allowing users to add comments to the images online.

The Digital Archives also facilitates an interface for duplication service requests, and provides secure, off-site storage for digital surrogate files.

Today, it acts as a portal to  the Copper Country’s visual past that is visited by thousands worldwide every month.

This milestone has been met thanks to hard work by many different members of Archives staff over the past decade.

To visit the Keweenaw Digital Archives and search for historic Copper Country images, click the following link:

If you have any questions about the Keweenaw Digital Archives, please call us at (906) 487-2505 or
email us at to learn more.


Daily Mining Gazette Photograph Collection MS051-012-001-002

Second Floor Improvements Underway


The renovation is underway!



The library’s second floor enhancement is in full swing! For those of you who are away from campus for the summer, here are some sneak previews of what the second floor of the library will look like upon your return.

As more students turn to the library as space for their diverse academic endeavors, this new innovative furniture will allow the students to make the most of this flexible space while working on collaborative projects and group study sessions. Scroll through the pictures below to see some of the different furniture types that now occupy the second floor.

These exciting improvements have been made possible by a generous gift from John and Ruanne Opie.



Computers with common CORE software will be mounted to these multi-user desks in the loft, which has 24 hour availability.
White boards, chairs and tables are all mounted on casters, and all able to move freely within the space.
More tables, more chairs and more electrical outlets are being added!
More loft furniture, geared at student collaboration.
Varieties of flexible seating options will appeal to an array of learning types.
Students showed a strong preference for rectangular tables, so that’s what we are giving them!


Talking Rocks, Talking Sky: Authors of Books that Bridge Oral and Earth/Planetary History to Visit Houghton April 14-15



Two distinguished authors from Duluth, Ron Morton and Carl Gawboy, will visit Houghton and Michigan Tech as part of the Carnegie Seminar Series in Keweenaw Natural History. Morton is a geologist and emeritus professor from the University of Minnesota Duluth. Gawboy is an Ojibwa elder and well-known artist. They have taught unique classes together that bridge legend and geological science.

There will be two special public events in Houghton. On Tuesday, April 14, there will be a reception at the Carnegie Museum Community Room at 6 p.m. where discussion, introductions and light refreshments will be featured. This will be followed by a joint presentation titled “Talking Rocks: Common Ground Geology in the Lake Superior Region and Native Americans.”

On Wednesday, April 15 a book signing—for two books: Talking Rocks andTalking Sky—will be held in the East Reading Room of the Van Pelt and Opie Library at 4 p.m., followed by a joint presentation at 4:30 p.m. titled “Talking Sky: Ojibwe Constellations and Sky Stories—How They Used Them to Live On and With the Land.”

This special visit is sponsored by the Carnegie Museum of Houghton with additional support from the Departments of Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences, and Social Sciences, the Van Pelt and Opie Library, the Indigeous Issues Discussion Group and the Isle Royale and Keweenaw National Parks Association. If you wish to meet with these visitors contact Elise Nelson 482-7140 or

More information about these special events is online.

Dr. Chelsea Schelly to Present her Research on American Rainbow Gatherings




Sociologist Chelsea Schelly, Ph. D. will present a talk entitled, “The Rainbow Way: Participation and Experience in the Rainbow Gathering Culture,” based on her recent book, Crafting Collectivity: American Rainbow Gatherings and Alternative Forms of Community.

The will take place Wednesday, March 25, in the Van Pelt and Opie Library East Reading Room, Michigan Technological University. The event is part of the Library’s Nexus: The Scholar and the Library series. Join us at 4 pm for refreshments. The talk begins at 4:15 pm.

Parking on campus is free after 4 pm.


5th Annual Winter Carnival Photo Contest Results

Below are the winning student photos from the 5th Annual Winter Carnival Photo Contest. Krishna Angal, the photographer of the grand prize winning photograph received a Pebble Smartwatch. The second place prize was a Friends of the Van Pelt Library blanket, third place won a $25 gift certificate and the two honorable mention photographers recieved 2’ x 3’ posters of photographs of their choosing.

As in previous years, the winning photographs were chosen by the student assistants of the J.R.V.P. Library.


1st Place, "Blizzard - MTUWC"
1st Place, “Blizzard – MTUWC”


Grand prize winner, Krishna Angal is a Graduate Student in the Electrical Engineering department from Nizamabad, India.


2nd place, "Winter Carnival Celebration"
2nd place, “Winter Carnival Celebration”


Anil K Malik, photographer of “Winter Carnival Celebration,” is a graduate student in the Mechanical Engineering department from India.


3rd place, "Quick Moving Bliss"
3rd place, “Quick Moving Bliss”


This photograph, taken by Davy McLeod of Ypsilanti, Michigan, won third place. McLeod is a freshman of the Mechanical Engineering department.


Honorable Mention #1, "Unusual Bright Winter Nights Through the Windshield"
Honorable Mention #1, “Unusual Bright Winter Nights Through the Windshield”


This photograph, entitled, “Unusual Bright Winter Nights Through the Windshield,” was taken by Prudhvidhar Kallum, a graduate student in the Electrical Engineering department.


Honorable Mention #2, "Abbey Road"
Honorable Mention #2, “Abbey Road”


Second honorable mention goes to Ruilong Han, a graduate student of the Civil Engineering department.


Fire, Miners and Elephants: Hancock in Photos and Words, 1860-1940

Local author, John Haeussler will discusses the research process and photographs used for his Images of America book about Hancock on Thursday, March 12 in the library’s East Reading Room.
Local author, John Haeussler will discuss the research process and photographs used for his Images of America book about Hancock at 5 pm on Thursday, March 12 in the library’s East Reading Room.


Please join us for a talk by local author John Haeussler at 5:00 pm on Thursday, March 12 in the East Reading Room of the Van Pelt and Opie Library on the Michigan Technological University campus. This event is free of charge and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Haeussler’s presentation will begin with a brief overview of his recent work, Images of America, Hancock, from Arcadia Publishing, and progress to outline the importance of the Michigan Tech Archives’ role as a historic image repository for projects such as this one. After exploring his research process, the remainder of the presentation will be a discussion of pre-1940 images of Hancock from the Michigan Tech Archives. This exploration will include readings from contemporary newspaper accounts that pertain to some of the historic photos. There will be allotted  time for questions, answers and discussion following the presentation, though audience participation is encouraged throughout the talk.

Along with his authorship of Hancock, a part of Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series, Haeussler co-authored and co-edited Hancock’s sesquicentennial publication, Hidden Gems and Towering Tales: A Hancock, Michigan Anthology. This earlier text was published by the City of Hancock in 2013.  John, his wife Megan and their children Maggie and Jack have resided in Hancock since 2007.

For more information, feel free to call the Michigan Tech Archives at 906-487-2505, email at, or visit on the web at

2015 Travel Grant Program Call for Proposals

An early photograph of the library at the Michigan Mining School, now Michigan Technological University. Photo courtesy of the Keweenaw Digital Archives.
An early photograph of the library at the Michigan Mining School, now Michigan Technological University. Photo courtesy of the Keweenaw Digital Archives.


The Michigan Technological University Archives and Copper Country Historical Collections is currently accepting applications for its annual Travel Grant Program, which brings outside scholars and researchers to Michigan Technological University to work with the Archives’ collections. Financial support for the Travel Grant Program is provided by the Friends of the Van Pelt Library, a support organization for the Library and Archives of Michigan Tech. Grants are awarded for up to $750 to defray the costs of travel to visit and research in Houghton, Michigan.

The Michigan Tech Archives houses a wide variety of historical print, graphic and manuscript resources related to the Copper Country and Michigan Technological University. Subject coverage includes university and campus life, regional towns and cities, local industries and businesses, as well as social organizations, events and personalities of the Copper Country and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Primary topical research areas include the western Upper Peninsula, industrial history, particularly copper mining and its ancillary industries, social history, community development along the Keweenaw Peninsula, transportation and the environment. Finding aids for some of the collections can be found here:

To apply for funding through the Travel Grant Program please visit the program website:

Applications are due on March 15, 2015. Award recipients will be notified by March 31. The successful candidate must complete their travel by December 11, 2015. Electronic submission is preferred.

For further information, please contact:
Lindsay Hiltunen, Senior Archivist
Michigan Technological University Archives and Copper Country Historical Collections
J. Robert Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library
1400 Townsend Drive
Houghton, MI  49931
Phone: (906) 487-2505

Culture, Immigration and Identity: A Book Talk about Serbians in Michigan

Please join us for visiting scholar Paul Lubotina at 4:00 pm on Wednesday, January 14 in the East Reading Room of the Van Pelt and Opie Library on the Michigan Technological University campus. This event is free of charge and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

In this presentation, Lubotina will give a research talk on his new book Serbians in Michigan, published by the Michigan State University Press as a part of its Discovering the Peoples of Michigan series. The talk will examine the lives of Serbian immigrants from lowland areas of the Balkans and the distinct highland culture of Montenegro. Lubotina will provide cultural background to Serbian society that serves as a benchmark for the changes that occurred amidst the population after arriving in Michigan. A key theme in Lubotina’s book is how the Serbian Orthodox Church has maintained Serbian heritage and nationalism through several generations in America. The talk will conclude with a discussion of Serbian cultural contributions, including music, religion, dancing and food.

Lubotina was born into a third generation iron mining family of Serbian and Finnish heritage on Minnesota’s Mesabi Iron Range. He has studied at the University of Minnesota, the University of Helsinki, the Renvall Institute and Saint Louis University. His studies of Finnish diplomatic history led him to cultivate relationships with Vatican scholars, who helped him complete his master’s thesis on Finnish-American relations in the World War II era. These Jesuit scholars also supported his admittance to the graduate history program at Saint Louis University. While in Saint Louis, his focus on European history began to examine the integration process of immigrants who came to the United States. In his doctoral dissertation, he wrote about the role conflict played in restructuring Nordic, Slavic and Latin communities in Minnesota mining districts. He currently teaches at Middle Tennessee State University where he has published articles on ethnicity, integration, immigrant labor organizations and racism.

Lubotina’s research visit and presentation are supported by a travel grant from the Friends of the Van Pelt Library. Since 1988, the Michigan Technological University Archives Travel Grant program has helped scholars advance their research by supporting travel to the manuscript collections at the Archives.

For more information, feel free to call the Michigan Tech Archives at 906-487-2505, email at, or visit on the web at

ARTstor is here!

Check it out through the library’s database A-Z list.

ARTstor is a collection of digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities and social sciences covering many time periods and cultures.  The images are contributed by museums and libraries around the world.

ARTstor provides tools and software to search, present, and share the images both online and offline for research and educational purposes. Registering as a user enables extra features for working with the images. Get started with the quick start pamphlet  or learn more about it through the ARTstor FAQs.

Instructors may request privileges which provide them with special features to organize images for an assignment or for a course. Copyright information, when it applies, is readily available. For further information and instructor privileges please contact

Library Module: Incorporating Information Literacy into Instruction

The Van Pelt and Opie Library invites faculty and graduate students to attend a module consisting of three, one-hour sequential workshops exploring strategies for incorporating information literacy skills into instruction. Using the framework of the Michigan Tech information literacy rubric for undergraduate students (learning goal #6), we will explore the library’s information resources, digital tools for keeping current in a field of study, and assignment elements that allow students to practice information literacy skills. Participants will also have the option to workshop an assignment from their own teaching to incorporate information literacy.

The workshop sessions are scheduled for Thursday Nov. 6, 13 and 20 from 1 p.m., to 2 p.m., in Library 243. Please register here, and if you have any questions contact

Faculty and graduate students are welcome to register only for this workshop module or or to participate as part of the Center for Teaching and Learning’s UTL Course Design program.