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This collection contains materials donated by the Arkansas Department of Labor's State Mine Office. It includes records from the Mine Office such as health and safety reports, annual reports, and accident reports on Arkansas mining companies beginning in 1968 and ending in 2002. This collection also includes 328 maps of Arkansas coal mines dating back to 1911 through 1979, which have been digitized.

Biographical/Historical Note

Arkansas' coal fields are concentrated in the western parts of the state along the Arkansas River Valley in Sebastian, Johnson, Franklin, Logan, Pope and Scott Counties. This relatively small geographic area was once home to a growing coal industry beginning in 1840 and lasting until the 1920s when petroleum fuel overtook coal in popularity. The slim quantity of coal beds was another factor preventing Arkansas from becoming an exporter of coal, though the quality of the coal is still well-regarded, and a few mines are still in operation. These maps, collected by the Arkansas Department of Labor, were produced by a number of different surveyors including USGS, and they primarily show underground and surface mines. The oldest maps date to 1911, though most were made in the second half of the 20th century.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

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Arkansas Department of Labor State Mine Office records, MS.000938


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Arkansas Department of Labor State Mine Office records, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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