Digitized Selections from the Ocha Potter Papers, 1898-2008

Collection Overview

Ocha Potter was a copper mining engineer and adventurer who also played an important role in the promotion of Keweenaw County, Michigan as a vacation destination during the 1930s and 1940s. Over the course of his career, Potter made important contributions to the field of copper mining, including the development of a safer, more efficient method of stoping and advocacy for the use of the lighter "one-man" alternative to the ubiquitous two-man drill. He also led and undertook many travels and expeditions both for work and leisure, which he documented in photographs. This collection contains three photo albums, documenting Potter's travels to Alaska (1905-1908), Africa and Europe (1930), and national parks in the American West (1923, 1934 and 1936). It also contains a manuscript of his autobiography, family correspondence about the manuscript, and newspaper clippings and ephemera related to Potter's life, career, and involvement with the Copper Country Vacationist League.

Digitized Collection Contents

Photo Albums, 1905-1936

The Photo Albums series (3 volumes) contains albums of photographs (with annotations) taken by Ocha Potter on his trips to Alaska (1905, 1906, and 1908 ...

Biographical Material

The Biographical Materials series (0.3 linear feet, 1939-2008) includes family correspondence regarding Potter's intentions for the manuscript of his au ...