The Miners’ Story Project

March 2012

The Miners’ Story Project is an oral history and documentary project designed to preserve the rich mining history and heritage of the American Southwest. The project records stories told by men and women who have worked in the mines so that their stories will not be lost.

The project not only preserves this important history, but also strives to share the stories and history with the public through a variety of outlets. The interviews are stored as a digital oral history archive at the UA Mineral Museum (in the Flandrau Science Center). Selected stories will be posted on the Miners Story Project YouTube channel: or search for Miners Story Project on YouTube.

PLEASE NOTE: the current website at the old Miners Story Project website address ( is NOT AFFILIATED with the UA Mineral Museum project. The site address was taken by an unknown organization when, due to layoffs of technical staff, the address was not renewed on time. Any information about who now controls the web address is appreciated.

Shipherd Reed, the former Project Coordinator, travels to mining towns in Arizona and New Mexico. Over three hundred interviews were collected in Tucson, Clifton-Morenci, Bisbee, San Manuel, Globe-Miami and the mining districts around Silver City, NM.

Thanks to funding from the mining company Freeport-McMoRan (formerly Phelps Dodge), the fascinating stories of the men and women who worked the mines and grew up in the mining towns of the Southwest will be shared with future generations. Unfortunately, while over 300 interviews have been recorded and archived, and hundreds of historic photos have been digitally preserved, funding for the Miners Story Project ran out in 2010.

As of February 2012, we are working with the Arizona Geological Survey to distribute some of the Miners Story Project content on the Arizona Experience “virtual” web-based centennial museum. Stay tuned for updates and visit us on Facebook.