Travel Grants

The Michigan Tech Archives offers annual travel grants for researchers and scholars from outside the area to conduct research in the Archives, intended to increase awareness of the Archives' collections and encourage use of some lesser-known resources by scholars. The Friends of the Van Pelt Library, a support organization for the Library and Archives of Michigan Technological University, provides financial support for the travel award program. The grant program, first offered during the 1997-98 academic year, provides support for travel, food, and lodging to carry out research using the Archives' collections.

Past recipients of the travel grant have examined topics ranging the role that fraternal orders have played in Lake Superior mining communities, the development of company housing at Hecla Location near Calumet, to the transformation of former mining districts into vacation and tourist destinations after World War II. The Archives has sponsored visiting scholars from throughout the United States and as far away as Sweden and England.

Past Award Recipients


  • Austro-Hungarian Immigrant Identity
    Robert Goodrich, Associate Professor
  • The "Almost Ghost Town" of Winona
    Michael Luokinen, Professor
  • Early Federal Mining Policy in Michigan's Copper Mining District
    Patrick Pospisek, Ph.D.


  • Class Struggle in the Copper Country: The Long View
    Aaron Goings, Assistant Professor
  • U.S. Navy ELF Transmitter
    Louis Slesin, Editor and Author


  • Tuberculosis in the North Woods
    Jennifer Gunn, Associate Professor
  • Life of Pioneer Resident Lucena Brockway
    Kathleen Warnes, Independent Scholar
  • The Black Campus Movement and the Racial Reformation of Higher Education
    Ibrahim H. Rogers, Post-Doctoral Fellow


  • Matching the Care to the Place: Medical Provision in Mining Regions, 1900-1950
    Jennifer Gunn, Associate Professor
  • Economic Development in Lake Superior Iron Mining Towns
    Jeff Manuel, Associate Professor
  • Change of Plans: Blueprint Technology and the Evolution of Engineering Practice
    Eric Nystrom, Assistant Professor
  • U.P. Architect D. Frederick Charlton
    Steven Brisson, Chief Curator for Mackinac State Historic Parks


  • Differently Similar: Comparing the Keweenaw and Nickel Belts
    Peter V. Krats, Assistant Professor
  • The Snowshoe Priest Revisited: A Reappraisal of Frederic Baraga
    James E. Seelye, doctoral candidate, University of Toledo


  • The Peasant and the Palace: Manor Records in Poland
    Cecile Jensen, director, Michigan Polonia
  • Early Polish Immigrants in Houghton County
    Joseph F. Martin, FSC, Lewis University
  • 'Bric-brackers and pot-hunters': Amateur Archaeologists in Nineteenth Century Ontario
    Michelle Hamilton, postdoctoral candidate University of Guelph


  • Immigration and Integration on the Minnesota Iron Range
    Paul Lubotina, Adjunct Professor, Northern Michigan University
  • History with an attitude, eh?
    Kathryn Remlinger, Associate Professor, Grand Valley State University
  • Isolationist or International: The Copper Country's Role in Changing American Perceptions of Europe
    Peter Simons, doctoral candidate, University of Chicago


  • 19th century representations of landscape and place on the Gogebic Iron Range
    Matthew Liesch, master’s candidate, UW-Madison
  • Maps, photographs, and three-dimensional models: the visual culture of American mining
    Eric Nystrom, doctoral candidate, Johns Hopkins University
  • Company paternalism and economic competition on organized labor activity on the Marquette Iron Range and the Keweenaw’s Copper Country
    Marcus Robyns, Archivist, Northern Michigan University


  • Research into the connections between Michigan and Arizona Copper Mining Companies
    Katherine Benton-Cohen, PhD, UW-Madison
  • Ethnic makeup of underground miners
    Stephen LeDuc, MS, Pennsylvania State University


  • Development of the Swedish coal mining industry in Svalbard
    Dag Avango, doctoral candidate, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Development of vacationing and tourism in the Upper Midwest from WWI to the 1950s
    Aaron Shapiro, doctoral candidate, University of Chicago


  • The Role of Fraternal Organizations in International Socio-economic Networking during the 19th Century
    Roger Burt, Prof. Of Mining History, University of Exeter, Devon, England
  • The Legal and Political Career of Copper Country lawyer Patrick O’Brien
    Timothy O’Neil, Assistant Professor, Central Michigan University


  • The History of Hecla Location, C&H worker housing
    Donna Zimmerman, master’s candidate, UW-Madison
  • Resurgent Mining Communities, White Pine, Michigan
    Lisa Wilson, doctoral candidate, UW-Madison


  • Irish immigrants in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, 1840-1920
    William Mulligan, Jr., Associate Professor, Murry State University, Kentucky
  • First Language Shift in the Copper Mining Communities of the Keweenaw Peninsula
    Beth Lee Simon, Assistant Professor, Indiana University/Purdue University


  • C&H Uranium Mining in New Mexico, 1953-1964
    David Salmanson, doctoral candidate, University of Michigan