Michigan Mining School Petrographic Slides

Title

Michigan Mining School Petrographic Slides

Subject

Geology, Mineralogy and Crystallography

Description

Physical Description

Two light-colored pine boxes with no cover or top feature slots for 36 individual glass microscope slides. The boxes do have empty spaces and they are glued together. There is no hardware on either box. The slides display thin rock sections from the US Educational Series of Rock Specimens. Each slide has two labels attached to the glass; on one label is a typed font reading: “MICHIGAN MINING SCHOOL. NO.___ NAME: LOC:” and on the other label, in hand-written ink, reads the name, number location of the specific mineral. The glue that holds the slides to the mineral specimen is decaying and causing discoloration to the slides.

Functional Description

The glass slides contains a mineral to be examined at a microscopic level. Slides were used to press thin strips of minerals flat and hold them easily for examination. The slide containing the mineral was placed and secured, and then the microscope is adjusted for viewing.

Creator

Savannah de Luca

Date

c. 1890

Language

English

Type

Physical object

Identifier

none

Physical Dimensions

Box: 21.5cm x 5.5cm x 4cm Slides: 5cm x 3cm or 4.5cm x 2.5cm

Materials

Box: Pine Slides: Glass, paper, mineral

Maker

Michigan Mining School

Inscriptions

Slides: Typed font: MICHIGAN MINING SCHOOL. NO.___ NAME: LOC: Handwritten Ink: Name, number location of mineral Box: 448 in graphite

Location

A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum

Files

MicroscopeSlides (6).jpg

Citation

Savannah de Luca, “Michigan Mining School Petrographic Slides,” Michigan Tech Inventory of Historic Scientific Instruments, accessed July 16, 2018, https://ihsi.omeka.net/items/show/120.

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