Guide to the Georgia Pyrite Mining Reports, 1919-1953

Summary Information

Title: Georgia Pyrite Mining Reports, 1919-1953
Collection: AC.716
Extent: 0.75 linear feet (I manuscript and 1 half-sized manuscript boxes)

This collection consists of three binders with papers and folder maps of exploration of the Standard Pyrites Property in Cherokee County, Georgia; the exploration of the Tallapoosa Mine Area in Haralson County, Georgia; and an Appendix to Little Bob Report, Little Bob, Georgia.

Creator: Arnold, C. F. , Jr.

Biographical/Historical Note

Pyrite's use in the early 1900s was the manufacture of sulphuric acid. In pre-war times, it was mainly used to manufacture fertilizer. In war times, the acid was used in large amounts to produce practically all high explosives. In a 1917 report, it was estimated that between eight and nine million tons of sulphuric acid would be needed in 1918, with Georgia having the greater number of acid plants than any other state.

The Tallapoosa Mine (Waldrop Mine), Haralson County, Georgia was located near Draketown, Georgia. Various minerals came from this mine, including pyrite, dolomite, quartz, malachite, galena and others. In 1918 from a report on the mine, underground work included a vertical shaft 48 feet deep, with the main level being 150 feet down an incline, with a great amount of limestone present.

From a report from Harold Kurtz Shearer and Joseph Poyer Deyo Hull in 1918, it was stated that the Little Bob and Shirley mines which are under the same management, are ready to produce 10,000 tons of pyrite a month if they can get the necessary labor. They had explored 450 feet within the Little Bob mine at that time, and was predicted to have a life of many years. Little Bob mine was located in Paulding County, Georgia.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of three binders: Exploration of the Standard Pyrites Company Property, Cherokee County, Georgia, by C.F. Arnold, Jr., April 1953; Exploration of the Tallapoosa Mine Area, Haralson County, Georgia, by C.F. Arnold, Jr., April 1953; Appendix to Little Bob Report (October 1919): Supplemental Applied Potential Resistivity Surveys, Little Bob, Georgia, by C.F. Arnold, Jr. There is also a duplicate copy of the 1919 Report on Little Bob Mine, Paulding County, Georgia, by E.J. Olsen, October 1919 in a separate folder.


Two books are dated 1953 and the third is undated.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

This collection was purchased from Bookworm and Silverfish in 1999. Accession number AC.2002.038

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Anita Elliott, December 2013. This collection was processed as part of a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The grant funded extensive processing of the backlog within the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection between 2012 and 2014.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.716: Reports, Georgia Pyrite Mining by C.F. Arnold, Jr. and Other Papers, W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

Mining reports, 1919-1953 Boxes 1-2