Find yourself some gold in Michigan

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Gold in Michigan
MARC Geologic Research Services

This is more pamphlet than book. It is more of a general summary of gold discoveries in Michigan. This is basically a county guide to gold discoveries. It is geared to the lay person and it would be a natural choice for any public library in Michigan.

It is a weeder because its physical binding is gone, the typeset is terrible to read and the images are fuzzy. There are also no direct citations other than an author’s note that the information was from state and national records. However, depending on the item’s condition and collection parameters, it might be a keeper. I doubt this would be important to geology research, but it could be helpful for historical or genealogical leads.

The UP (Upper Peninsula for you non Michigan people) has a rich mining history and the discovery of gold is just another chapter. The 1913 strike and Italian Hall disaster remain the defining event for the mining industry. To learn more about mining history in Michigan, browse the archives of Michigan Technological University.


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  1. My experience with anything related to gold mining is that you keep it until it finally gets stolen. Would-be prospectors don’t care about condition, currency, or accuracy. They are just looking for clues as to where they might strike it rich, and they will glean hints from the oddest passing comments. It may not be encouraging the wisest choices, but the material will get used.

  2. A typewriter book? Did IBM Selectrics have the ability to justify type? Seems unlikely… So maybe an early word processor instead. I had one (still have it somewhere, I think), where you could input text into memory and see it on a little tiny three-line screen before you had it print. Very cumbersome, but I still managed to churn out scores of (too-long) cover letters back in the 1980s.

    1. Omniviewer, I still have my Smith-Corona word processor from the late 80s! Printed with a daisy wheel , and was definitely able to justify text. Additionally, sometime during the 1940s, justifying typewriters went into production. They were pricey, but certainly could have been used for a book like this, if it wasn’t done on an early word processor.

    2. When I learned “keyboarding” in the late 80’s we did some typewriter work as well. One of the things we learned was centering and justification. It’s mind-blowing today, but the process for centering involved counting the number of characters in each line, advancing to the center of your page, then back-spacing half the number of characters before you typed. Justification was a little trickier because you had to set your margins, count the character space available, count the characters in the text you wanted to type, and then do a hateful amount of math to figure out how to break the text, how many spaces between each word, etc. Then you finally typed, very, very carefully. Very painful process!

      1. I remember learning how to center type. I still do that, mentally, sometimes, when something doesn’t seem to line up. But justification, wow — no way.

        I learned to type in summer school — my school didn’t offer it but an interim teacher took off points on a paper because it wasn’t typed. My parents hit the roof. I don’t remember what happened with that paper — the teacher was bad in numerous other ways — but my parents did decide that I should have a typing course. It was at Commerce High, in a classroom devoted to teaching typing, with rows of big old manual typewriters that had blank keys — we were supposed to look only at the giant keyboard at the front of the room. (I did become a pretty good touch typist, though not good enough to overcome my stage fright at taking typing tests at job interviews.)

        The only thing is numbers — I never learned those. Maybe the course ended before tackling them or maybe we got machines with keys on the characters? Anyway, I always have to look to type anything numerical.

        1. Interesting. My high school required you to pass typing to graduate. I took it in summer school too because I knew I’d be bad at it and would need to spend every evening practicing if I didn’t want my GPA to fall. (Since my going to college depended upon getting at least a partial scholarship)

          After 6 weeks concentrated effort on the IBM Selectric every morning, and our typewriter at home every night, I managed to get the blazing speed of 30 wpm after errors.

          And I still look at the keyboard sometimes, and the backspace key is the best thing ever.

  3. In 1987 this could have been printed either on:

    1. one of those typewriters with a tiny preview screen (a friend had one like Omniviewer mentions at this time)

    2. on a daisy wheel printer hooked up to a computer with a word processor — which I used starting about 1982 after a college surplused the printer (into my husband’s car).

    That font looks ever so familiar; the daisy wheels were deliberately made to look just like the IBM Selectric output. We had TWO wheels, so had the great luxury of producing papers in either 10 or 12 pitch. That and the easy margin adjustment enabled me to make my papers come out just the right length, since professors hadn’t figured out that dodge yet. I swear the difference between an A- and a B+ was how good my papers looked, all justified and with no Liquid Paper. Ah, the good old days when I was hip.

    As to the usefulness of this daisy-wheel pamphlet, I’d expect this info to all be online by now. This work might even have been digitized by now. If not, Michigan Tech surely has this info.

    Maybe put it in the book sale to get a little money out of one of the treasure hunters Michael mentioned, or someone from a mining family (like my husband).

  4. This is exactly the kind of thing our professors who work with local history LOVE. If it doesn’t fit your library, it would be worth checking to see if the local historical society wants it.

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