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Guide to the Bunker Hill Company. Research And Development Division Records 1922-1982

Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Overview of the Collection

Title: Records
Creator: Bunker Hill Company. Research And Development Division
Dates: 1922-1982
Quantity: 8 cubic feet
Abstract:Brochures issued by the company, organizational manuals, research and development project reports, legal documents concerning electric power rates, flow charts, aerial photographs of the plant and smelter, and visitor registers.
Identification: MG187
Language: English
Repository: University of Idaho Library Special Collections and Archives
Moscow, ID 83844-2351

Arrangement and Description

Most of the papers in this record group were in labeled file folders or three ring notebooks, but were in no discernible order. Therefore, while folder and notebook headings were retained, a series order was imposed during processing. The folders in each series are in alphabetical order and the original order of the material is maintained throughout.The first series contains material concerning the overall organization of the division, including budget manuals, policies manuals, supervisors manuals, and work rules.The second series, or research files, is divided into two subseries, one is the material that was originally in file folders, the second is the material originally contained in notebooks. Most items in this series deal with the operation of the plant, and various experiments performed. There is a section on patent applications, and a list of patents held by the company.The Washington Water Power rate increase requests are arranged by case number. Included are petitions and other legal documents, transcripts of testimonies, and occasionally legal documents from court cases resulting from the application.The final series contains blueprints of the lead and zinc plants, aerial views of the zinc plant and smelter, a University of Idaho thesis, flow sheets, and two visitors registers.Annual reports of the Bunker Hill Company, and the session papers of the American Mining Congress were removed from the collection and sent to the library's gift receiving office for possible cataloging into the library's main collection. Suppliers catalogs, annual reports from other companies, and duplicate materials were discarded. Material from notebooks was transferred to file folders. By these means the bulk of the records was reduced by 7 cubic feet.

Scope and Content

The records of the Bunker Hill Research and Development Division span the years 1922 to 1982, with the bulk of the material covering the years 1945 to 1975.

The papers include brochures issued by the company, organizational manuals, reports on various research and development projects, papers dealing with Washington Water Power requests for rate increases, drawings of plant flow sheets, aerial views of the plant and smelter, and visitors registers.

Two other Bunker Hill groups in the University of Idaho Special Collections Library are MG 130 and MG 188, both of which deal with the mining aspects of the company and contain legal documents relating to mining claim litigations.


Administrative/Biographical History

The Bunker Hill Company was founded following the discovery of the Bunker Hill Mine in 1885; it was incorporated in 1887. It grew from a strictly mining enterprise to a large industrial complex capable of carrying out every step in the production process from removing ore from the ground to fabricating finished metal products. The company was an important supplier of the nation's requirements for lead, zinc, silver, and cadmium. The lead smelter had the capacity to produce 135,000 tons of refined lead per year, or 17% of the U.S. capacity, while the electrolytic zinc plant produced 104,000 tons, or 14% of the U.S. capacity. The company also produced over 9 million troy ounces of silver, over one million pounds of refined cadmium, and a variety of by-products including 1000 ounces of refined gold. In 1968 Bunker Hill merged with Gulf Resources.


Subjects

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Idaho
Mines and Mineral Resources

Bunker Hill Company. Research and Development Division

Mines and mineral resources -- Idaho -- Shoshone County -- History -- Sources
Mining corporations -- Idaho -- Shoshone County -- Records and correspondence

Administrative Information

Source

The records of the Research and Development Division of the Bunker Hill Company were donated to the University of Idaho Library by the company between November 1986 and January 1987.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I. Organization 1966-1981
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1/11/1Brochures 1968-1980 7 items
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1/21/2Building and equipment manual 1975 1 item
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1/31/3Capital budget procedures 1974-1981 15 items
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1/41/4Capital expenditure manual 1973 1 item
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1/51/5Chart of accounts 1976 1 item
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1/61/6Keys 1979 4 items
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1/71/7Library filing index 1966-1968 2 items
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1/81/8Marketing division manual 196-? 1 item
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1/9-101/9-10Policies and procedures manual 1979 1 item
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1/111/11Quality Control Preventative Maintenance Program Plan, by John Benjamin 1979 1 item
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1/121/12Supervisor's manual 1967 1 item
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1/131/13Supervisor's handbook 1973 1 item
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1/141/14Supervisor's newsletter 1980-1981 4 items
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1/151/15Warehouse catalog 1981 1 item
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1/161/16Work rules 1974 1 item
Series II. Research Files 1922-1982
A. File Folders 1922-1982
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1/171/17American Journal of Mining: facsimile of first issue in 1886 1941 1 item
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1/181/18Assay ranges 1970-1972 1 item
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1Battelle Northwest
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1/191/19Air pollution 1968-1970 12 items
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1/201/20Bunker Hill research 1965-1969 57 items
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1/211/21Carbon Sorbates 1968-1969 21 items
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1/221/22Cl, F, and SB removal from solution of ZnO fume in acid 1969-1970 36 items
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1/231/23Development of a Fused Salt Catalytic Extraction Process for Removal of So2 from Flue Gas 1970 2 items
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1/241/24Monitoring equipment (Y-40539) 1968-1969 23 items
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1/251/25Proprietary agreement 1968 2 items
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1/261/26Bunker Hill lead and zinc concentrates 1981 7 items
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1/271/27Bunker Hill medallion 1981-1982 17 items
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1/281/28Byproducts 1978 7 items
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1/291/29Cadmium 1974-1975 10 items
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1/301/30Cadmium - Gould contract 1975 8 items
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1/311/31Calcium-lead alloy 1974-1981 7 items
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1/321/32COD 1975 4 items
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1/331/33Colombia samples 1980-1981 91 items
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1/341/34COMINCO 1981 1 item
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1/351/35Concentrates 1975-1976 4 items
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1/361/36Copper 1961 1 item
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1/371/37Correspondence, submissions 1978 1 item
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1/381/38Determination of lead in ores 1973-1982 4 items
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1/391/39Exide Management and Technology Company 1980 3 items
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2/402/40Gould MF-10 alloy 1977-1980 38 items
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2/412/41Henwood, Arthur B. 1903-1968 10 items
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2/422/42ILZRO Program Review Committee 1969 1 item
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2/432/43International Precious Metals Institute 1978-1980 8 items
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2/442/44Investigation of Arkansas bauxite 1948 1 item
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2/45-462/45-46Lead 1972-1978 24 items
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2/472/47Lead-antimony alloy 1978 1 item
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2/482/48Literature search on process for removal of lead from zinc fume 1975 1 item
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2/492/49LME (London Metal Exchange) 1974-1980 32 items
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2/502/50Material safety data sheets 1971-1981 39 items
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2/512/51Memos 1976 2 items
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2/522/52Miller, J.L. 1981 4 items
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2Patent Applications
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2/532/53Ammonium chloride 1929-1931 33 items
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2/542/54Hydrometallurgical process for removing chlorides from chloride bearing zinc oxides 1970-1971 9 items
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2/552/55Precipitating arsenic from solution 1968-1970 10 items
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2/562/56Process for the hydrometallurgical treatment of argentiferous tetrahedrite minerals 1971 9 items
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2/572/57Recovering indium from leach solutions 1967-1970 14 items
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2/582/58Recovery of lead from waste storage batteries 1976 5 items
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2/592/59Recovery of metallic values from phosphorus electric furnace dust 1968-1969 6 items
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2/602/60Simultaneous leaching of zinc and manganese ores 1956-1970 20 items
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2Patents
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2/612/61Abstracts of 1942-1964 25 items
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2/622/62Bethune/Bunker Hill 1960-1965 6 items
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2/632/63Bunker Hill patents 1969-1976 1 item
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2/642/64Canadian patents 10
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2/652/65Pleasant Valley Coal District, Utah undated 3 items
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2/662/66Prospective shippings 1975 4 items
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2/672/67Request for analysis 1976-1978 4 items
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2/682/68Research and development 1978 28 items
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2/692/69Research progress reports 1977 44 items
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2/702/70Review of chemical abstracts related to electrolytic zinc deposition 1948-1963 1 item
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2/712/71Sample preparation 1967-1969 15 items
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2/722/72Sample storage and preparation 1967 6 items
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2/732/73Sampling 1969-1977 6 items
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2/742/74Sampling and preparation 1973 7 items
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2/752/75Scrap 1977-1978 4 items
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2/762/76Silver 1977-1979 4 items
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2/772/77Skeen International Company 1978 6 items
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2/782/78Smelter 1978 1 item
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2/792/79Sulfuric acid 1972-1978 27 items
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2/802/80Supervision 1968-1977 21 items
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2/812/81Volcanic ash 1980-1981 6 items
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2/822/82Weekly mercury analyses of sulfuric acid plants 1972-1981 24 items
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2/832/83X-Ray values 1978 10 items
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2/842/84Zinc 1970-1978 37 items
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2/852/85Zinc, samples of 1922-1928 1 item
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2/862/86Zinc alloys 1977 1 item
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2/872/87Zinc concentrate sampling 1972 2 items
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2/882/88Zinc dust - Pasco 1967-1975 65 items
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2/892/89Zinc oxide flue dust 1974 5 items
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2/902/90Zinc oxide fume to zinc plant 1981 6 items
B. Notebooks 1929-1981
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2/912/91Aluminum and alumina 1957-1959 11 items
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2American Society for Testing and Materials
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2/922/92Committee B-2, Nonferrous Metals and Alloys 1966-1981 14 items
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2/932/93Committee B-2-02 1977-1981 32 items
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2/942/94Committee B-2-04 1974-1980 15 items
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2/952/95Committee B-2-05 1977-1980 10 items
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2/962/96Committee B-6, Die Cast Metals and Alloys 1973-1981 22 items
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2/972/97Committee B-6-02 1967-1976 12 items
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2/982/98Committee E-2-06, Development of Lead Standards 1976 3 items
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2/992/99Committee E-3-05.09, Silver 1977 5 items
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2/100-1012/100-101Committee E-16, Taskforce on Lead and Zinc 1969-1976 130 items
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3/1023/102American Zinc Institute Symposium on Plating of Zinc Die Castings 1959 1 item
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3/1033/103Antimonial and arsenical lead production 1946-1960 40 items
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3/1043/104Antimony and its Smelting, by Walter Wendt 1951 1 item
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3/1053/105Arsenic control program 1954-1959 28 items
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3/1063/106Arsenic purification Burt solution 1941 1 item
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3/1073/107Baghouse 1954-1962 53 items
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3/1083/108Barium chemicals 1957 40 items
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3/1093/109Battelle Memorial Institute 1954-1964 45 items
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3/1103/110Budget 1953-1961 26 items
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3/1113/111Bunker Hill-Bailey Meter Density Recorder and Controller, by Alvin F. Kroll 1964 1 item
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3/112-1133/112-113Bunker Hill zinc plant expansion and cell room mechanization study 1973 2 items
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3/1143/114By-Products 1976-1977 1 item
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3/1153/115Cadmium plant, letters, experiments, etc. 1947-1965 33 items
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3/1163/116Casting 1954-1961 23 items
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3/1173/117Charge preparation and pelletizing plant 1949-1963 59 items
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3/1183/118Cobalt information 1956-1957 2 items
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3/1193/119Combustion burners 1950-1955 10 items
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3/1203/120Comparison and weighted averages on zinc concentrates and cadmium sponge purchased 1957-1964 1 item
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3/1213/121Computers 1968-1970 5 items
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3/1223/122Continuous softening 1950 6 items
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3/1233/123Copper dross smelting 1955-1963 18 items
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3/1243/124Copper matte and speiss 1953-1963 42 items
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3/1253/125Cost distribution and economics 1953-1954 47 items
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4/1264/126Cost statements, analytical lab 1967 1 item
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4/1274/127Cost Statements, combined lab 1967-1981 1 item
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4/1284/128Cost Statements, Coeur d'Alene lab 1972-1981 1 item
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4/1294/129Cottrell 1956-1960 7 items
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4/1304/130Dechloridizing-Defluorodizing zinc fume 1950-1962 5 items
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4/1314/131De-Golding, de-Silverizing 1962 1 item
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4/1324/132Diversification 1956-1959 28 items
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4/1334/133Drossing 1955-1964 17 items
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4/1344/134Dry ore plant, Sb ore reports 1940-1942 38 items
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4/1354/135Economics - smelting margins 1957-1959 19 items
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4/136-1374/136-137Electric furnace 1950-1964 116 items
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4/138-1394/138-139Environmental health 1970-1977 63 items
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4/1404/140Environmental health - lead 1978-1980 7 items
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4/1414/141Environmental Sciences Associates, blood lead 1973-1979 22 items
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4/1424/142Environmental Sciences Associates, lead testing 1977-1979 25 items
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4/1434/143Experimental laboratory notebook 1930-1936 1 item
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4/1444/144Foundry alloys 1980 8 items
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4/145-1464/145-146Fuming plant 1943-1963 120 items
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4/1474/147Hard lead run costs 1954 2 items
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4/1484/148Indirect cost and general expense 1953-1958 3 items
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4/1494/149Laboratory notebook undated 1 item
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4/1504/150Laboratory notebook 1971 1 item
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4/151-1534/151-153Lead hygiene 1972-1979 61 items
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4/154-1554/154-155Lead refinery 1931-1960 90 items
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5/1565/156Lead uses 1953-1959 62 items
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5/1575/157Material flow and balances 1950-1959 18 items
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5/158-1595/158-159Material specifications and analysis 1975-1981 1 item
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5/1605/160Mining and metallurgical qualifications for engineering and construction. Wellman-Power Gas, Inc. 1972 2 items
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5/1615/161Miscellaneous 1954-1962 77 items
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5/1625/162New Cottrell 1954-1957 34 items
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5/1635/163Optical emission quantometer fortran programs 1979 1 item
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5/1645/164Optical emission specification limits 1971 1 item
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5/165-1665/165-166Ore purchases 1952-1963 334 items
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5/1675/167Ore receiving and handling 1953-1961 9 items
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5/1685/168Ore settlements, cost distribution 1947-1952 4 items
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5/1695/169Ore stock and smelting rate 1954-1955 10 items
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5/1705/170Other plants 1955-1959 22 items
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5/1715/171Other plants - visits 1952-1961 24 items
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5/1725/172Outside work 1953-1959 43 items
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5/1735/173Overtime and absences 1980-1981 1 item
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5/1745/174Patent: Beasley combustion igniter 1929-1931 190 items
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5/1755/175Product certification 1979-1981 12 items
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5/1765/176Proposed sintering plant 1954-1960 11 items
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5/1775/177Research and development procedures notebook undated 1 item
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5/1785/178Retreatment of cobalt residue undated 1 item
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5/1795/179Retreatment of zinc plant residue 1930-1936 4 items
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5/1805/180Sales 1954-1959 61 items
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5/1815/181Sherrit Gordon Mines, Ltd. 1966-1967 7 items
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5/1825/182Silver manuscript by Donald B. Macurda 1964? 4 items
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5/1835/183Silver refinery 1942-1963 55 items
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5/1845/184Sinter plant and Cottrell 1953-1963 30 items
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5/1855/185Sintering 1951-1959 12 items
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6/186-1876/186-187Slag fuming plant 1942-1943 6 items
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6/188-1906/188-190Slag fuming plant, operating data 1953-1965 1 item
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6/1916/191SO2 in Peabody effluent, L. Hoffman notes 1972-1978 9 items
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6/1926/192Super pure antimony 1957-1964 89 items
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6/1936/193Unidentified scientific notes 1941-1942 3 items
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6/1946/194Vacuum dezincing 1954-1960 13 items
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6/1956/195Wheelabrator baghouse 1953-1962 53 items
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6/1966/196Zinc alloy manual 1970 1 item
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6/1976/197Zinc oxide benefication 1956-1965 50 items
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6/198-1996/198-199Zinc plant melting furnace 1956 60 items
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6/2006/200Zinc plant research work 1956-1962 31 items
Series III. Washington Water Power Cases 1966-1982
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6/201-2036/201-203WWP standard prepared testimonies and exhibits for rate cases 1981 2 items
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7/2047/204Case P-300-16. Consideration of essential needs rates 1980-1981 6 items
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7/2057/205Case P-300-18/U-1008-144. Consideration of certain ratemaking standards 1981 4 items
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7/2067/206Case U-1006-159. Application of Idaho Power Company for authority to increase rates and charges 1981 2 items
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7Application of the Washington Water Power Company for an Order Approving Revised Rates and Charges for Electric/Gas Service in the State of Idaho.
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7/2077/207Case U-1008-86. Reporter's transcript 1974 1 item
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7/2087/208Case U-1008-93/94 1975-1981 19 items
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7/2097/209Case U-1008-109. WWP surcharge 1978 1 item
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7/210-2127/210-212Case U-1008-101/102 1966-1967 7 items
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7/2137/213Case U-1008-112 1977-1980 20 items
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7/2147/214Case U-1008-117. WWP vs. Bunker Hill 1977-1978 17 items
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7/215-2167/215-216Case U-1008-133/134. Testimony 1979 3 items
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7/2177/217U-1008-144/145. Rebuttal testimony 1980 2 items
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8/218-2198/218-219Case U-1008-147. Legal documents and testimony 1980-1981 35 items
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8/2208/220Case U-1008-154/155 1981 2 items
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8/221-2228/221-222Case U-1008-155/156 1980-1981 48 items
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8/2238/223Case U-1008-161 1981 3 items
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8/2248/224Related material 1981-1982 21 items
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8/2258/225Related material - Bonneville Power Co. 1981 2 items
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8/2268/226Idaho Public Utilities file of J.E. McKay, vice president for Technical Services 1973-1975 60 items
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8/2278/227Idaho Public Utilities Commission. Summary of utilities activities 1980-1981 8 items
Series IV. Other Material 1956-1980
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8/2288/228Blueprints of lead and zinc plants 1966-1976 11 items
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8/2298/229Aerial views of zinc plant and smelter 1977 2 items
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8/2308/230Publications about Bunker Hill and the Coeur d'Alene mining area 1956-1980 5 items
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8/2318/231Thesis: Decopperizing Lead with Arsenic and Sulphur, by Denton Mark Tucker, University of Idaho 1962 1 item
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8/2328/232The Gold Ingot Mark Book undated 1 item
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8/2338/233Metals recovery facility flow sheet 1967 2 items
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8/2348/234Copper dross flue dust recovery flow sheet 1967 1 item
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8/2358/235Metals recovery plant general arrangement 1967 2 items
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8/2368/236Unidentified drawing undated 1 item
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8/237-2388/237-238Visitors registers 1969-1970 2 items

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