Title

The Establishment of the Mississippi Valley Branch of the U. S. Bureau of Mines

Presenter Information

Konya Lafferty

Department

History and Political Science

Major

History, Minor in Writing

Research Advisor

Schramm, Jeffrey W., 1969-

Advisor's Department

History and Political Science

Abstract

This paper examines the history of the Bureau of Mines in Rolla, Missouri - The Mississippi Valley Branch. As Rolla is home to the University of Missouri, I am reflecting the connection between the two institutions and the town, while, taking into consideration events of society that forego the founding and played a role in laying the groundwork for this branch.

In taking a look at the United States Bureau of Mines, I have noticed that its branches are in larger cities across the United States. It was therefore, surprising to see that this organization of mine safety and scientific research and development would select the small Ozark town of Rolla, Missouri as one of its branch locations in 1920. This paper exhibits the prominent figures who brought the branch to Rolla, and the kinds of research done, discoveries made, and new processes developed. Also, I look at the technologies of the time to see how that may have affected any advancements that were made.

Biography

Konya Lafferty is a senior undergraduate in the History department. She is also working on a Writing minor. Her hometown is Searcy, Arkansas.

Research Category

Humanities/Social Sciences

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Document Type

Presentation

Presentation Date

12 Apr 2006, 9:00 am

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The Establishment of the Mississippi Valley Branch of the U. S. Bureau of Mines

This paper examines the history of the Bureau of Mines in Rolla, Missouri - The Mississippi Valley Branch. As Rolla is home to the University of Missouri, I am reflecting the connection between the two institutions and the town, while, taking into consideration events of society that forego the founding and played a role in laying the groundwork for this branch.

In taking a look at the United States Bureau of Mines, I have noticed that its branches are in larger cities across the United States. It was therefore, surprising to see that this organization of mine safety and scientific research and development would select the small Ozark town of Rolla, Missouri as one of its branch locations in 1920. This paper exhibits the prominent figures who brought the branch to Rolla, and the kinds of research done, discoveries made, and new processes developed. Also, I look at the technologies of the time to see how that may have affected any advancements that were made.