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Collection 1392 - John J. Powers Papers, 1937-1952

Creator: Powers, John J., Jr.

Provenance Note: The John J. Powers Papers were donated to Special Collections by his niece, Mrs. Joe Williams, in 1978.

Historical Note: John J. Powers spent most of his life working as a cartoonist and miner for the Anaconda Mining Company. He began working in the mid 1920s as a cartoonist. During the 1930s he worked as a miner, returning to cartooning in the 1940s. He retired in 1968 and continued to live in Butte for another decade.

Content Description Note: The John J. Powers Papers contain correspondence of the Anaconda Company's Bureau of Safety, safety posters that Powers drew, pamphlets, and photographs. The bulk of the photographs are of mines and miners in Butte in the late 1930s and early 1940s including safety equipment, mining and safety exhibits, work in the stopes, rock drilling, the engine room, work outside the mines, mining gear, and group shots of miners. The papers also contains photographs of soldiers on the front during World War II, including American paratroopers in northern France two days after D-Day, American medics, troops in the Southwest Pacific, and German prisoners of war. Also included are promotional campaigns used during the war to support bond sales. Photographs of Fort Logan (Camp Baker) are also found in the Powers collection.

Contents

Box 1
1. Anaconda Company Bureau of Safety, Correspondence, 1948-1950
2. Anaconda Company Bureau of Safety, Correspondence, February to June 1951
3. Anaconda Company Bureau of Safety, Correspondence, July to October 1951
4. Anaconda Company Bureau of Safety, Correspondence, November to December 1951
5. Anaconda Company Bureau of Safety, Correspondence, February to May 1952
6. Anaconda Company Bureau of Safety, Correspondence, June to August 1952
7. Anaconda Company Bureau of Safety, Correspondence, September to December 1952
8. Anaconda Company Bureau of Safety, Safety Posters
9. Anaconda Company Bureau of Safety, Safety Routine for Mine Supervisors
10. Anaconda Company Bureau of Safety, Pamphlets
11. Photographs #1-11
    #1. Fort Logan (Camp Baker) circa 1874
    #2. Fort Logan (Camp Baker) circa 1871
    #3. Celebration at Fort Logan (Camp Baker) ruins, circa 1915
    #4-5. Fort Logan (Camp Baker) ruins
    #6. Four unidentified men inspecting ruins of Fort Logan (Camp Baker)
    #7-9. Two unidentified men inspecting ruins of Fort Logan (Camp Baker)
    #10. Photograph of page from account book of William Gaddes' Commissary, April 1874
    #11. Unidentified woman
12. Photographs #12-17 (World War II)
    #12. Military Hospital
    #13. Major J. R. McNitt and Captain John M. Smith perform a hernia operation. Station Hospital, somewhere in Australia, September 15, 1942
    #14. Soldier wounded in the first assault of Allied troops against German held beaches in France, is lifted into an ambulance by men of a medical unit. June 8, 1944
    #15. An American medic makes a casualty report on a wounded soldier on a Beachhead somewhere in Northern France. Normandy, France, June 8, 1944
    #16. An American medical officer (Captain) treats a wounded German prisoner on a Beachhead gained by American troops in the early stages of the invasion of France. Normandy, France, June 8, 1944
    #17. View of first aid station located in town of S. Agata, about half a mile behind front lines. Soldier in foreground is being given blood plasma. Sicily, August 9, 1943
13. Photographs #18-25 (World War II)
    #18. American Paratrooper having made successful landings on the continent move cautiously through a French churchyard. Their rifles at the ready, they move into the interior as the men on the right take cover and concealment behind a bush. France, June 8, 1944
    #19. American Paratroopers with assault equipment move along a road in Northern France. France, June 8, 1944
    #20. An American who has gained the comparative safety offered by the chalk cliff at his back, gazes out into the harbor where other landing craft, like those which landed him, move into the beachhead. Normandy, France, June 8, 1944
    #21. American tank in France under shellfire and counter-attack. French girl's doll is in forefront of picture. July 11, 1944
    #22. Members of the control station crew can be seen working the director of a gun the function of which is to mechanically calculate all data necessary for pointing the gun. The unit is installed below the ground in order to give protection to both men and materials against bomb fragments and strafing. Somewhere in Australia, December 23, 1942
    #23. Propeller charge used in 4.2 mortar shell, Arundel Island, Southwest Pacific
    #24. 4.2 Chemical mortarHE shell, Arundel Island, Southwest Pacific
    #25. Regulars in Hitler's west wall army await entry into a prisoner of war camp on the English side of the channel. The soldier in the middle told interviewers he was 21. England. June 8, 1944
14. Photographs #26-34 (World War II)
    #26-32. Children in promotional campaign pictures to support bond sales and keep up morale during World War II
    #33-34. World War II posters
15. Photographs #35-40 (World War II)
    #35. Military band
    #36. Jeanette McDonald, singing star volunteer on concert tour for military posts. Her husband, Gene Raymond, was on duty with US Army
    #37. Jean Arthur
    #38. Unidentified woman. Written on front of picture: To the Butte Office in congratulations on Copper Commando From New York Office
    #39. Actress Ann Miller, one of the many Hollywood stars who performed for servicemen at the USO-Camp shows
    #40. Ilona Massey, made volunteer personal appearance tour of Army camps and Naval stations for USO-Camp shows
16. Photographs #41-48 (Butte Mines - Work in the Stopes)
    #41-48. Rock Drilling
17. Photographs #49-58 (Butte Mines - Work in the Stopes)
    #49-51. Butte miner
    #52. Two Butte miners showing safety equipment
    #53. Miner wearing a safety belt
    #54-55. Safety ringing bell
    #56. Tom Mitchell working on timber hoist
    #57. Butte miners counting out powder for blast. Slip shows amount to be issued.
    #58. Butte miners loading dynamite for blast.
18. Photographs #59-67 (Butte Mines - Work in the Stopes)
    #59. Inside mine shaft
    #60. Butte miner lagging over the set afer timber is blocked
    #61. Butte miners inspecting work
    #62. Door in shaft to remain closed
    #63-67. Butte miners working with mine carts loaded with rock
19. Photographs #68-75 (Butte Mines - Work in the Stopes)
    #68-70. Butte miners working with mine carts loaded with rock
    #71. Sill Mucking Machine Operator
    #72. HNN-IJ double drum air hoist pulling 36" Holcomb scraper in cut and fill stope. Stope is worked both ways from central chute
    #73. Division Tunnel at Junction with Numell Tunnel
    #74. Tunnel
    #75. Mine shaft
20. Photographs #76-82 (Butte Mines - Work in Engine Room and Support Tunnels)
    #76. John Cavanaugh and Jim Sullivan on the 2,800 Quinteplex plunger pumps tightening down pot cover after removing wood chips under valve
    #77. Willie "Dinty" Moore filling oil cups on bearing pump operator and Bill Opee, bass machinist, checking bearings with pump operator. On center of station Bob Combs and William Opee's son blowing med away from pump suction.
    #78. Two miners in support tunnels
    #79. Engine room
    #80. Timber delivered to timber station under ground
    #81. Hundreds of thousands of feet of timber go into the Butte copper mines. This is timber dump at one of the mines.
    #82. Timber at Butte mine
21. Photographs # 83-88 (Butte Mines)
    #83-85. Gallus Frame
    #86. On top of gallus frame
    #87. Outside work at mine
    #88. Anselmo Mine, No. 414, July 7, 1937
22. Photographs #89-99 (Work outside mines)
    #89. Railroad cars loaded with coal
    #90. Loading Railroad cars
    #91. Lumber
    #92. Machinery
#93-98. Miners working outside
    #99. Tom McColgan and J Agard Johnson waiting for cage morning shift
23. Photographs #100-105
    #100-101. Group photographs of Butte Miners
    #102. Group photograph of workers at Leonard Mine
    #103. Group photograph of workers at Leonard Mine, August 2, 1942
    #104. Group photograph of Butte Miners
    #105. Group photograph of workers at Mt. View Mine
24. Photographs #106-113 (Mining and Safety Exhibits)
    #106-113. Jimmy Doran showing safety equipment and miner's gear
25. Photographs #114-118
    #114-116. Miner's gear
    #117. Pat Deasy. Shaft miner, Emma Mine.
    #118. Blasting Accessories display
26. Photographs #119-123 (Mine Visitors)
    #119-122. Mine Visitors
    #123. Anaconda Copper Mining Company posters
27. Photographs #124-128
    #124. Anaconda Copper Mining Club
    #125-126. Crowds
    #127-128. Meeting for War Production Promotion, June 17, 1943

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