The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum’s mission is to
“tell the story about mining, its people, and its importance to the American public.”
In support of its mission statement, the NMHF&M collects artifacts and specimens that pertain to the mining industry, aid in telling the story about mining and honor those in the Mining Hall of Fame. We have approximately 19,500 cataloged objects and specimens in our collection.
The collections are organized into four curatorial areas:
- Objects – The objects collection encompass personal mining artifacts including helmets, uniforms and other adornment; communication artifacts including personal symbols, awards, and other memorabilia; tools and equipment for mining; and rock and mineral specimens.
- Archives – The archives collection includes historical records in a variety of formats, including manuscripts, periodicals, correspondence, scrapbooks, and booklets pertaining to the mining industry.
- Library – The library is comprised of published materials including books, periodicals, serials and atlases in relation to the mining industry.
- Photography – The photography collection contains photographic materials ranging from film negatives and transparency slides to digital prints and photo albums, all in relation to the mining industry and/or the Hall of Fame.
Interested in using our library or collections for your research? Check our Research
page for our policy and procedure.
We allow personal photography in all areas of the museum. If you would like to take professional photographs for commercial or publication use, please review our Photography Policy
for proper procedure.
For more information about the museum's collection, please contact our Curatorial Department: