PHOENIX – For ten years, the Arizona Copper Camp newspaper provided local and global news to the citizens of company town Ray, Arizona. Most of Ray’s citizens worked for the Ray Consolidated Copper Company, and the Arizona Copper Camp reflected the importance of the mining industry and labor concerns through its news stories. Coverage included mining strikes around Arizona, the Bisbee Deportation in 1917, and the start of World War I. Ray was swallowed up by open pit mining, but the history of the mining town lives on in its newspaper.
“The Arizona Copper Camp provides an interesting and intimate glimpse into the mining town of Ray, Arizona,” said Sativa Peterson, National Digital Newspaper Program grant project director and news content program manager for the State of Arizona Research Library. “Mining news was the paper’s main beat, of course, but so too was baseball. Local baseball teams The Miners, The Smelters, The Millers and the Tri-Copper League are covered extensively.”
This is one of 40 newspaper titles from communities around Arizona that were digitized by the Arizona State Library in partnership with the University of Arizona Libraries, thanks to the National Endowment for the Humanities and Library of Congress’ National Digital Newspaper Program. Issues from 1915 to 1920 of the Arizona Copper Camp will be available on the Arizona Memory Project indefinitely and can be viewed for free on any digital device at https://azmemory.azlibrary.gov/digital/collection/azcoppercamp.
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