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Guide to the Wallace G. Woolf Papers 1924-1980

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: Papers
Creator: Wallace G. Woolf, 1890-1990
Dates: 1924-1980
Quantity: 1 cubic foot
Abstract:Articles, speeches, correspondence and patents of Wallace G. Woolf, metallurgical engineer at the Bunker Hill Mining Company.
Identification: MG375
Language: English
Repository: University of Idaho Library Special Collections and Archives
Moscow, ID 83844-2351

Arrangement and Description

The papers of Wallace Woolf were in no discernible order when received. Further examination of the records revealed that they were so diverse that making series assignments would be difficult, therefore the papers were sorted by type or subject and the folders placed in alphabetical order.The folder headings are self-explanatory, however, some details should be mentioned. Most of the speeches and articles of Woolf are typescripts, but some also appear in published form. It should be noted that several of the typescripts are incomplete. A majority of the correspondence concerns arrangements for talks or articles, although there is one letter detailing the genesis of a 90th birthday card sent to Woolf. The folder for the Gyro Club includes photographs of his retirement party given by the club. The journals are single issues of various journals which Woolf retained; these are in alphabetical order by title.The only materials discarded were duplicate copies of mimeographed or published material. This did not reduce the volume by a significant amount.

Scope and Content

The papers of Wallace G. Woolf span the years 1924 to 1980, with the bulk of the material covering the years 1929 to 1950.

Included are articles and speeches by Woolf, his notes on the refining of zinc, published articles on zinc, patent applications, and related material.

More information on the Bunker Hill zinc plant which Woolf helped to design and for thirty years manage, may be found in the records of the Bunker Hill Company, MG367.


Administrative/Biographical History

Wallace G. Woolf was born March 9, 1890, in Salt Lake City, Utah. He attended local public schools and the University of Utah School of Mines, from which he graduated in 1912 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mining Engineering. He worked briefly in Nevada then returned to the University of Utah as a recipient of the Co. E.A. Wall Research Fellowship. He specialized in zinc metallurgy and was awarded his M.S. in 1915. He remained at the university for another year as a U.S. Bureau of Mines Fellow, during which he continued his study of zinc. He then spent two years in industrial employment in Utah with the Holt-Dern Process Co. at Silver City, and the Virginia Smelting Co. of West Norfolk, Virginia.

Woolf joined the Bunker Hill Company in 1918, and was given the specific assignment to develop a process for handling the complex zinc ores of the Coeur d'Alene mining district. This he did, utilizing some Tainton-Pring patents with modifications and innovations worked out in the North Mill pilot plant. Encouraged by his results, in 1926 the company went ahead with construction of a zinc processing plant which he, with the help of U.C. Tainton, designed and built. Two years later, as a result of Woolf's research and guidance, the plant produced the first commercially available slab of special high grade 99.99 percent pure electrolytic zinc. He oversaw operations at the plant for almost 30 years, before becoming manager of metallurgy and later vice-president in charge of Kellogg operations, the position he held when he retired from Bunker Hill in 1960. In 1954 he supervised the construction of Bunker Hill's first sulfuric acid plant to treat roaster off-gases. He wrote many professional articles and was active in professional organizations, including serving as a director and vice-president of the Northwest Mining Association, and director of the American Zinc Institute. He was a past master of the Masons, a Shriner, and a member of Gyro International. In 1955 he was presented with Scouting's highest honor, the Silver Beaver Award, for his leadership over many years in Shoshone County Boy Scout activities. He received the National Society of Professional Engineers "Inland Empire Engineer of the Year" award in 1958.

Following his retirement he returned to Salt Lake City where he remained active as a lecturer at his alma mater, and also served as a metallurgical consultant. Woolf died in Salt Lake City on September 15, 1990.


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

Woolf, Wallace G., 1890-1990--Archives.

Bunker Hill and Sullivan Mining and Concentrating Company -- History -- Sources

Metallurgists -- Idaho -- Records and correspondence
Zinc -- Electrometallurgy

Administrative Information

Source

The papers of metallurgist Wallace G. Woolf were donated to the University of Idaho Library by the Hecla Mining Company at the request his daughter Jacqueline Woolf Rosenblatt in October 1993.


Detailed Description of the Collection

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1/11/1American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers 1946 1 item
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1/21/2Armstrong, L.K. Rand Foundation Metal. Endorsement for Stanly Easton 1938 5 items
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1/31/3Bunker Hill apprentice award ceremony 1958 1 item
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1/41/4Correspondence 1925-1980 13 items
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1/51/5Development of the electrolytic zinc process ca. 1924 1 item
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1/61/6Evans-Wallower zinc plant, report to Stanly Easton on 1930 1 item
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1/71/7Gyro club 1959 26 items
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1/8-101/8-10Journals 1929-1964 10 items
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1/111/11Mining Congress Journal, lead and zinc number featuring the operations of Bunker Hill & Sullivan Mining and Concentrating Company November 1931 2 items
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1/121/12Manuscript notes undated 6 items
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1/131/13Mayvolume 1917 1 item
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1/141/14Metals handbook updates 1932 1 item
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1/151/15Miscellaneous 1932-1947 8 items
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1/161/16Miscellaneous articles 1929-1964 7 items
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1/171/17Patent: Electrolytic zinc -- patent digest and patent data 1924 5 items
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1/18-191/18-19Metallurgical filter -- application, assignment, etc. 1929-1931 29 items
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1/201/20Research notes undated 1 item
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1/211/21Spokesman Review Magazine October 6, 1946 1 item
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1/221/22Sullivan Mining Co., average grade of zinc produced and shipped 1929-1939, 1939 1 item
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1/231/23Sullivan Mining Co. Electrolytic zinc plant. Details of construction--capital account 1929-1930 4 items
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1/241/24Woolf, Wallace G., Information about 1956-1985 5 items
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1/251/25Woolf: Articles by 1939-1950 6 items
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1/261/26The outlook for zinc, Mining Congress Journal 1941-1942 9 items
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1/271/27Woolf: Speeches undated 3 items
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1/281/28Idaho Mining Association 1929-1947 6 items
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1/291/29Mining Institute, Seattle January 16, 1947 11 items
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1/301/30North Idaho Chamber of Commerce 1941-1958 3 items
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1/311/31Northwest Mining Association 1951 3 items
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1/321/32Northwest metals and minerals conference 1952 4 items
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1/331/33Sulfuric acid plant undated 4 items
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1/341/34Washington society of professional engineers undated 1 item
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1/351/35Yesterdays mining, with illustrations by Buck O'Donnell 1966? 1 item
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1/361/36Zinc, Articles on 1926-1964 25 items
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1/371/37Zinc, Bunker Hill publications 1926-1978 6 items
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1/381/38Zinc Plant, 50th anniversary 1978 13 items
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1/391/39Zinc Plant, Articles about 1928-1956 11 items
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1/401/40Zinc Plant manual undated 1 item

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