The Michigan Tech Archives is pleased to announce three recipients of awards in its travel grant program. Funding for the program is provided by the Friends of the Van Pelt Library, and encourages out-of-town scholars to visit Houghton to undertake research using the collections of the Michigan Tech Archives.
Aaron Goings, a professor at Saint Martin’s University in Washington State, will visit campus in August to continue his research into aspects of the 1913 Michigan Copper Miners’ Strike. Goings has particular interest in working-class organization and activism in the region and argues that labor unrest in 1913 was the product of decades of class-based activity by Copper Country workers. The travel award will allow him to examine company correspondence from both the Quincy and Calumet & Hecla copper companies to assess how local mine managers cooperated to obstruct these activities. Goings, who holds a PhD in history from Simon Fraser University, is co-authoring a book about the 1913 strike to be published by Michigan State University Press.
Louis Slesin, editor and publisher of Microwave News, will examine research reports and local response to two United States Navy radio transmission installations in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and northern Wisconsin. Developed under the project names “Sanguine” and “Seafarer,” the sites operated extra low frequency (ELF) transmitters for communication with naval submarines from 1989 to 2004. Concerns about potential ecological and health effects of electromagnetic field (EMF) radiation prompted a series of scientific studies, some conducted by researchers at Michigan Technological University. Slesin, who holds a PhD in environmental policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and intends to produce a book-length study of ELF EMF effects from the submarine transmitter as well as power lines providing electricity to the facilities.
Susan Evans, associate professor in the Department of Art and Art History at Michigan’s Oakland University, will visit in May to examine historical photographs of Finnish immigrants to the region. A photographer and artist, Evans is seeking parallels between how Finnish photographers capture aspects of culture in their work. Following her visit to Houghton, Evans will travel to Haukijarvi, Finland, for a summer residency with the Arteles Creative Center. While in Finland, Evans plans to compare her Michigan research to historical Finnish photographic images and create new photographic work using historic wet plate techniques which are inspired by her archival research. The resulting images will be incorporated into Evans’ professional exhibition, presentation, and publication projects.
As part of their research visits, travel award recipients will present a public presentation – either on their research in progress or on a topic from their previous work. Information about these events will be distributed as they are scheduled.
Since 1998, the Friends of the Van Pelt Library have supported more than 25 scholars and researchers from across the United States, Canada, and Europe to access the Archives’ collections. Books, articles, presentations and web content have resulted from the work of travel grant recipients, helping to draw attention to the holdings of the Michigan Tech Archives and the history of Michigan’s Copper Country and Upper Peninsula.
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