Robert Cleland Research Collection on Phelps Dodge Corporation mssPhelps

Gina C Giang
The Huntington Library
October 2019
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108

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

Box 1, Folder 1

Arizona. District Court. Divorce proceedings, James Daily versus Angela Dias de Daily 1891

Physical Description: Fragile.
Box 1, Folder 2

Arizona. District Court. Indictment for murder, The Territory of Arizona versus James Daily 1890

Physical Description: Fragile.
Box 1, Folder 3

Arizona. District Court. Judgement roll, Copper Queen Consolidated Mining Company versus Arizona Prince Copper Company 1886

Box 1, Folder 4-5

Chapter on Ajo 1939-1940

Scope and Contents

Includes Ajo Mining District histories by Phelps Dodge Corporation.
Box 1, Folder 6

Chapter on Ajo and Other Camps 1939-1940

Box 1, Folder 7

Chapter on Arizona 1939-1940

Box 1, Folder 8

Chapter on Bisbee, Arizona 1939-1940

Box 2, Folder 1

Chapter on Bisbee, Arizona (1 and 2) 1939-1940

Box 2, Folder 2-3

Chapter on Bisbee, Arizona (2) 1939-1940

Box 2, Folder 4

Chapter on Bisbee, Arizona (3) 1939-1940

Box 2, Folder 5

Chapter on Bisbee, Arizona (4) 1939-1940

Box 3, Folder 1-2

Chapter on Bisbee, Arizona (9 and 9.5) 1939-1940

Box 3, Folder 3

Chapter on Bisbee, Arizona (9, 9.5, and 10) 1939-1940

Box 3, Folder 4

Chapter on Calumet and Arizona 1939-1940

Box 3, Folder 5

Chapter on the Company's Expansion 1939-1940

Box 3, Folder 6

Chapter on the Expansion of Phelps Dodge 1861-1940

Box 4, Folder 1-2

Chapter on the Expansion of Phelps Dodge 1939-1940

Box 4, Folder 3

Chapter on Geology 1939-1940

Box 4, Folder 4

Chapter on Labor 1939-1940

Box 4, Folder 5-6

Chapter on Morenci, Arizona 1929-1943

Box 5, Folder 1

Chapter on Nacozari, Mexico 1939-1940

Box 5, Folder 2-3

Chapter on Railroads 1939

Box 5, Folder 4-5

Chapter on Verde, Arizona 1935-1940

Scope and Contents

Includes a report regarding United Verde Copper Company.
Box 6, Folder 1

Copper Queen Mines: [printed ephemera] 1877-1938

Scope and Contents

Includes clippings and The Copper Queen Mines: Phelps Dodge Corporation by American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers.
Box 6, Folder 2

Frederick E. Murray diaries and letters: [typescripts] 1886-1887

Box 6, Folder 3

Harry C. Wheeler testimony in Bisbee, Arizona deportation case 1918

Box 6, Folder 4

History of Dawson, New Mexico by Phelps Dodge Corporation 1940 June

Box 6, Folder 5

History of Douglas, Arizona smelter undated

Box 6, Folder 6-8

History of Queen Copper Mines 1939-1940

Scope and Contents

Includes excerpts, interview questions, interviews, manuscript drafts, notes, and two photographs.
Box 7, Folder 1

Interviews with Starr Williams, Bill Luttley, Mike Cunningham, John Jeffrey, John A. Campbell, Hoval A. Smith, [George] Watkins, Wilson -----, and Welsh ----- 1939

Box 7, Folder 2

Interviews with William C. Robinson, James Logie, Louis D. Ricketts, and Ida H. Pratt 1939-1940

Scope and Contents

Includes clippings, interview questions, and manuscript drafts.
Box 7, Folder 3

Men and Mines: The Story of Phelps Dodge by Arthur Train, Jr. and John L. Lawler undated

Box 7, Folder 4-6

Miscellaneous notes (A-F) 1940

Physical Description: Previously housed in a loose leaf binder 1.
Box 8, Folder 1-3

Miscellaneous notes (M-Z) 1940

Physical Description: Previously housed in loose leaf binder 2.
Box 8, Folder 4

New Mexico Supreme Court transcripts of court testimony, Adolph Ladenburg versus The Old Dominion Copper Company 1887

Box 8, Folder 5

Notecards 1940

Scope and Contents

Citations for Arthur Train's work.
Box 9, Folder 1

Phelps Dodge Corporation subsidiaries 1933-1940

Scope and Contents

Includes excerpts, interviews, notes, and Industrial Los Angeles County volume 5, number 4.
Box 9, Folder 2

Pima County (Ariz.) Recorders Office. Articles of Agreement for purpose of mining and smelting ore in Mule Mountain Pass 1880

Box 9, Folder 3

Presbyterian Copper: Phelps Dodge: A Pious Royal Family and a Vertical Integration; A New Mine, A New Man; Tariffs, Curtailments, Copper in Bisbee, and Christians in Beirut: [stats (copies)] undated

Box 9, Folder 4

Smelter register. Laurel Hill and Nichols Copper Company 1895-1898

Physical Description: Fragile.