Mines library receives $25,000 for mineral law collection

GOLDEN, Colo., June 17, 2008 –The Society of Mining Law Antiquarians, in partnership with the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, has established a new endowment at Colorado School of Mines with a $25,000 contribution to Arthur Lakes Library. The RMMLF matched the Society’s initial $12,500 gift, enabling Mines to build a robust mining law history collection to be housed in its Russell L. and Lyn Wood Mining History Archive.

The Society of Mining Law Antiquarians/Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Endowed Fund will support the collection of historical materials exploring the origins and evolution of mining law, particularly in the western United States. “This endowment opens new doors for the Wood Mining History Archive,” says Library Director Joni Lerud-Heck. “Such a generous investment in the future of Arthur Lakes Library enables us to assemble a comprehensive collection of mining law materials that will serve as an important resource for the entire community.”

John Lacy, president of the SMLA, said, “We are delighted to partner with the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation to contribute to Mines in this way, and glad to play a part in strengthening the School’s mining law resources for the benefit of students, faculty, industry and the broader community.”

Craig Carver, RMMLF president, said, “The Foundation is grateful that Mines has committed to preserving these original sources of Western history, and we know that many of our members – faculty and lawyers alike – will be among those who make good use of these invaluable materials. We look forward to an enduring collaboration with the SMLA and Colorado School of Mines, and appreciate the opportunity to assist the library.”

The Society of Mining Law Antiquarians is an organization of mining lawyers and historians that promotes the preservation of books and materials related to the history of mining law.

The RMMLF is a Colorado-based nonprofit educational organization that provides scholarly research on the laws and issues affecting domestic and international mineral and water resources.

Arthur Lakes Library serves the Colorado School of Mines community and the general public, housing technical materials to support teaching and research in engineering and the applied sciences. The Russell L. & Lyn Wood Mining History Archive houses non-circulating collections of books, journals and other materials that cover mining history throughout the world, with emphasis on the Rocky Mountain region. The mining law collection is the newest addition to the archive’s special collections. For more information on Arthur Lakes Library and its mission, see www.mines.edu/library/. To contribute to the SMLA/RMMLF Endowed Fund, contact the Colorado School of Mines Foundation at 303.273.3275.

Founded in 1874, Colorado School of Mines was established to serve the needs of the local mining industry. Today, the School has an international reputation for excellence in both engineering education and the applied sciences with special expertise in the development and stewardship of the Earth’s resources. For information, visit www.mines.edu.


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