The mission of the World Museum of Mining is to preserve the rich historical legacy of mining and the related culture of Butte, Montana and the surrounding region, and to promote its significant mining heritage by educating the public with a perspective toward total family interest.
The World Museum of Mining Photo Archives has a vast collection of photographs of the history of mining and the historical and cultural aspects of Butte and the surrounding area. The collection spans the timeframe from the 1880’s to the 1950’s. It contains over 14,000 photographs, negatives and glass plates. Browse this sampling of mine photographs found in the collection Mining in Butte. Most of these mines and mining activities are long gone, but their legacy lives on in this photograph collection. This project was made possible in memory of Donald F. Cooney, a lover of Butte and its history.
The World Museum of Mining currently houses over 200 of John J. Powers’ screen prints. These screen prints were developed as safety posters for the Anaconda Copper Mining Company (ACM) in Butte, Montana throughout the 1960s and 1970s. John Powers was a well-known cartoonist for the company’s safety department and also worked as a miner.
This collection of prints is a stunning representation of safety procedures and examples, both of men’s actions mining underground and taking part in everyday life above. The safety posters were designed and printed specifically for the safety department of the ACM. Unique by creator and location, the posters are a treasure to the city of Butte and the state of Montana.