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Seeing Underground: Maps, Models and Mining Engineering in America

thumbnail imageBy Vienna McGrain

Eric Nystrom never really intended to study mining history. But his fascination with an underground mining map he found in a Smithsonian storeroom—and the fact that it wasn’t nearly as filthy and sooty as it should have been—changed all that.

Through his research, Nystrom, associate professor of history in the College of Liberal Arts, realized that this map, and many others, weren’t ... (more)