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Roscoe H. Channing Collection 1907-1961

MS 465

Collection Summary

Creator: Channing, Roscoe H.
Collection Name: Roscoe H. Channing Collection
Inclusive Dates: 1907-1961
Physical Description:3
Abstract:The bulk of this collection is from 1920-1950 and focuses on mining, both in Arizona and internationally. Most of the international material is from Hudson Bay Mining Company and their various mining operations in Canada. The collection also features personal papers that include confidential correspondence regarding the Labor movement in Canada. Arizona mining materials include information about the Miami Copper Company, Bagdad Mines and the San Manuel Mines.
Collection Number:MS 465
Repository: University of Arizona Libraries, Special Collections
University of Arizona
PO Box 210055
Tucson, AZ 85721-0055
Phone: 520-621-6423
Fax: 520-621-9733

Biographical Note

Roscoe H. Channing was born in New York City in 1868 and was the son of a prominent lawyer, also named Roscoe H. Channing and his wife, Susan. While he attended Princeton College, he was selected for the very first College All-American football team in 1889. After graduating in 1890, he immediately entered the mining field, becoming General Manager of Utah’s Consolidated Highland Boy Mine by 1897. When the Spanish-American War broke out, he resigned his position as General Manager and joined Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders. In 1907 he became the President and General Manager of the Cerro de Pasco Copper Company mine in Peru. Eventually, Channing began managing much of the Whitney family mining businesses. This was followed by the establishment of the Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting Company, with his friend Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, with Channing serving as the President. He died in 1961.

Scope and Content Note

This collection has material on Arizona mining operations, International mining operations and the personal papers of Roscoe H. Channing. The Arizona materials consist of information regarding the Bagdad Mines, San Manuel Mines and the Miami Copper Company, with reports written by John Parke Channing, brother of Roscoe H. Channing and mining engineer. The International mining operations includes information about the Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting Company, in addition to various other operations in Peru and the Yukon. The Hudson Bay papers include correspondence, reports and financial statements.

Papers regarding the Labor Union in Canada include confidential correspondence about individual strikers, Labor Union leaders, and conversations with government officials regarding Labor Laws. There are also some photos of strikes and articles from various newspapers.

The personal papers of Roscoe H. Channing include some photographs, Rough Riders memorabilia, information regarding his house construction, legal papers, research files and Betsy Channing’s (wife of Roscoe H. Channing) personal notebook and correspondence.


This collection is organized into 2 series
Mining, 1907-1958
Personal Papers, 1920-1961





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Access Terms

Personal Name(s)
Channing, John Parke, 1863-
Channing, Roscoe H.

Geographic Name(s)
Flin Flon (Man.)
San Manuel (Ariz.)

Copper mines and mining -- Arizona -- Bagdad -- History.
Copper mines and mining -- Arizona.
Labor union members--Canada.
Mines and mineral resources--Arizona.
Mines and mineral resources--Canada--History.
Mines and mineral resources--Canada.
United States. Army. Volunteer Cavalry, 1st.

Genre Form(s)
printed material

Administrative Information

Credit Line

Roscoe H. Channing Collection (MS 465). University of Arizona Libraries, Special Collections. Collections, University of Arizona Libraries..

Container List

Mining ,
Subseries 1: Arizona Mining
11 Bagdad Mines--Correspondence, Reports , 1911-1916
12 Bagdad Mines, Maps, Charts , 1907-1915
63 Channing, J. Parke, Reports , 1928
64 Channing, J. Parke, Reports , 1929
65 San Manuel Mines, Drilling Charts, Maps , 1946
66 San Manuel Mines, Drilling Reports, Ore Estimates , 1948
67 San Manuel Mines, Registration Statement , 1933
68 San Manuel Mines, Reports , 1929-1947
69 San Manuel Mines, Reports , 1957-1958
Subseries 2: International Mining
21 Hudson Bay, Annual Reports , 1941-1958
22 Hudson Bay, Correspondence, Austin, Eric , 1956-1957
23 Hudson Bay, Correspondence, B-L , 1932-1957
24 Hudson Bay, Correspondence, M-Z , 1944-1956
25 Hudson Bay, Financial Statements , 1928-1957
66 Hudson Bay, Printed Materials, Memos , 1936-1957
67 Hudson Bay, Reports , 1926-1947
38 Hudson Bay, Reports , 1949
39 Hudson Bay, Reports , 1951-1954
310 Hudson Bay, Reports , 1956
311 Hudson Bay, Reports , 1957
31 Miscellaneous Mining Work, Channing, R.H. , 1907-1930
32 Miscellaneous Mining Work, Channing, R.H. , undated
43 Miscellaneous Mining Work, Notebooks , undated
44 Yukon Exploration , 1952-1953
Subseries 3: Labor Party Organizations and Protests
41 Articles and Publications , 1931-1958
42 Correspondence, A-Z , 1934-1956
43 Photos , undated
44 Research , 1934
Series II: Personal Papers ,
51 Betsy Channing , 1934-1961
52 Correspondence- A-Z , 1922-1959
53 House- Construction, Contracts , 1937
54 House- Receipts, Correspondence, Estimates, Drafts , 1936-1951
55 Legal Documents , 1931-1953
56 Memorabilia, includes Rought Riders, College All-American football team, and various materials , 1918-1950s
57 Photos- Landscapes , undated
58 Photos- Outdoor Activities , undated
59 Photos- People , undated
510 Research Files , 1915-1946
511 Research Files , 1947-1957