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Robert Cleland Research Collection on Phelps Dodge Corporation
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Scope and Contents
  • Related Materials
  • Arrangement

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
    Title: Robert Cleland research collection on Phelps Dodge Corporation
    Creator: Cleland, Robert Glass, 1885-1957
    Identifier/Call Number: mssPhelps
    Physical Description: 5.22 Linear Feet (9 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1861-1940
    Abstract: The Phelps Dodge Corporation collection consists of manuscript drafts, notes, research materials, and interviews compiled by Robert Glass Cleland for his book A History of Phelps Dodge (1952), from 1861-1940.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. Robert Cleland research collection on Phelps Dodge Corporation, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Phelps Dodge Corporation via Robert Glass Cleland, April 1953.

    Biographical / Historical

    Phelps Dodge Corporation was an American mining company founded in 1834 as an import-export firm by Anson Greene Phelps and his two sons-in-law William Earle Dodge, Sr., and Daniel James. Originally, Phelps, Dodge & Co. (renamed the Phelps Dodge Corporation after the Copper Queen Consolidated Mining Company acquired its assets in 1917) provided many of the raw materials that fueled America's early industrial expansion and helped build frontier communities of the American West. In 1881, the Phelps Dodge Corporation invested in copper mining in Arizona and continues to mine those claims today.
    Robert Glass Cleland (1885-1957) was an educator, historian and scholar who received his B.A. from Occidental College in 1907 and his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1912. He served as professor of history and held numerous positions at Occidental College from 1912-1943. Upon retiring from Occidental College, he joined the Permanent Research Group at the Huntington Library. Cleland used Arthur Train, Jr. and John L. Lawler's unpublished manuscript on the history of Phelps Dodge extensively for his book A history of Phelps Dodge .

    Scope and Contents

    The Robert Cleland research collection on Phelps Dodge Corporation consists primarily of chapter drafts written by Arthur Train, Jr., comments from readers at the Huntington, research notes, interviews, history essays, and printed ephemera about the history of the Phelps Dodge Corporation from 1861-1940. The chapter files usually include manuscript drafts, notes, some also include interview questions, excerpts, and photographs. Of note are the interviews, interview notes, and questions conducted by Train in 1939 and 1940. The identification of interviewees is very poor, with some interviews identified only as "Mr. Wilson." Included are index notes created by Cleland for microfilm he made of Train's research and notecards referencing various sources with citations for Train's work. The location and existence of this microfilm is not known. Also included are records from the District Court (1st Judicial District, Cochise County, Arizona), transcripts of a court testimony from the Supreme Court of New Mexico, articles of agreement from the Recorder's Office in Pima County, Arizona, and a smelter register. The contents of two loose leaf binders, which contained miscellaneous information organized by subject with references to the microfilm reels and interviews, has been re-housed in folders. Included is an unpublished and undated typescript entitled Men and Mines: the story of Phelps Dodge by Arthur Train, Jr. and John L. Lawler.
    Source: Dennis Preisler, "Readers Guide to the Phelps Dodge Collection at the Huntington Library," 1998.

    Related Materials

    Phelps Dodge papers, 1836-1849 [microform]. mss MFilm 00262
    Phelps, Anson G. Diary of Anson G. Phelps, 1806-1853 [microform]. mss MFilm 00263
    Cox, Annie M. The history of Bisbee, 1877-1937 [microform]. mss MFilm 00264
    Miscellaneous material relating to the Phelps, Dodge & Co., 1906 [microform]. mss MFilm 00265
    Phelps-Dodge papers [microform]. mss MFilm 00266
    Cleland, Robert Glass. A history of Phelps Dodge, 1952. HD9506.U64 P43


    Cleland's original files were maintained and arranged in loose alphabetical order by folder title.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Copper Miners' Strike, Bisbee, Ariz., 1917
    Copper mines and mining -- Arizona -- History -- Sources
    Deportation -- Arizona
    Mining corporations -- United States -- History -- Sources
    Railroads -- Southwest, New.
    Strikes and lockouts -- Copper mining -- Arizona
    Ajo (Ariz.) -- History -- Sources
    Bisbee (Ariz.) -- History -- Sources
    Copper Queen Mine (Ariz.)
    Douglas (Ariz.) -- History -- Sources
    Morenci (Ariz.) -- History -- Sources
    Nacozari Viejo (Mexico) -- History -- Sources
    Verde River Valley (Ariz.) -- History -- Sources
    Drafts (documents)
    Notes (documents)
    Research (documents)
    Cleland, Robert Glass, 1885-1957
    Train, Arthur, Jr., 1901-1981
    Arizona. District Court (1st Judicial District, Cochise County)
    Phelps Dodge Corporation
    Phelps Dodge Corporation -- History -- Sources