Guide to the Donald Leslie Masson Papers 1911-1969
Cage 322

Summary Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Masson, Donald Leslie
Donald Leslie Masson Papers
Cage 322
Date [inclusive]
250.0 items.
General Physical Description note
1.5 linear feet of shelf space.
Mining consultation reports and drafts of articles, technical bulletins and an unfinished book, all concerned with hard-rock mining.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description]. Cage 322, Donald Leslie Masson Papers. Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

Donald Leslie Masson was born in 1903 and educated as a mining engineer in Oregon schools during the 1920s. The early part of his adult life was spent as a mining engineer in Mexico. In 1946, he became an engineering professor at Washington State University, assuming most of the responsibility for instruction in the mining curriculum until his retirement in 1969. He died in 1971.

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Scope and Contents note

Donald L. Masson's papers consist of consultation reports and drafts of articles, bulletins, and an unfinished book, all relating to mining engineering. Most mining reports are relative to mineral examinations in the inland Northwest. The writings stress metallurgical and "hard rock" mining; these were composed during the years Masson was at Washington State University.

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Arrangement note

The papers are arranged in two series: one of consultation reports, and the other of drafts of various writings.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 1976
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open for research use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The papers of Donald Leslie Masson (1903-1971) were donated to the Washington State University Library in March, 1976, by his son, D. Bruce Masson of the WSU College of Engineering

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Masson, D. Bruce. waps
  • Masson, Donald L. --Archives


  • Idaho
  • Mines and Mineral Resources
  • Mines and mineral resources--Northwest, Pacific
  • Mining engineering--Handbooks, manuals, etc.
  • Montana
  • Oregon
  • Washington (State)

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: Consultations and Reports 

Box Folder

Alexander-Brooklyn Mine, Nye County, Nevada 1951 

1 1

Chicken Creek Mines, Baker, Oregon 1947 

1 2

Galbraith Manganese Deposit, Ferry Co. Washington undated 

1 3

Hansy Property, St. Regis Mining District, Adair, Idaho 1952 

1 4

Hecla Project (Rockbolt-Photoelectric Gage Load Cell) WSU 1966 

1 5

Maple Leaf Gold Mining Company, Ymir, British Columbia 1955 

1 6

C. H. Oldenburg Uranium Examination, Hawk Creek and Lake Roosevelt, Washington 1952 

1 7

Potlatch Forests Inc. Mineral Reconnaisance, Northern Idaho 1953-1954 

1 8

H. A. Salisbury Property, Sanders Co. Montana 1951 

1 9

Spokane furniture store explosion, Spokane, Washington, March 1962 

1 10

Viles Report, Sanders Co. Montana and Stevens County Washington 1952 

1 11

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Series 2: Writings 

Box Folder

Precision Mine Surveying, M. E. Thesis, notes and draft 1947   20.0 items.

1 12

How to Draw the Line Between Ore and Waste, draft 1954   2.0 items.

1 13

Limiting Grade Calculation for Mine Control of Ore Grade. Drafts, employing several different titles ca. 1953-1956   6.0 items.

1 14

Annual Mining Summary of Inland Empire. Series of articles written for the annual Progress Edition of the Spokane Spokesman-Review ca. 1955-1969   40.0 items.

1 15


2 16-22

Book: [Various titles: Fundamentals of Hard Rock Mining, Fundamentals of Applied Geomechanics and Fundamentals of Geomechanics.] Drafts of unfinished textbook on mining engineering ca. 1959-1960   40.0 items.

3 23-27

Extension Bulletins: Notes and drafts of several technical bulletins published by Washington State University ca. 1948-1965   40.0 items.

3 28

Instructional and teaching notes. Notes and drafts ca. 1946-1965   40.0 items.

3 29

Profiles in Mineral Industry Education: Washington State University, draft 1965   2.0 items.

3 30

Relationship of Humanities to Engineering Education at State College of Washington, draft ca. 1950   1.0 item.

3 31

Correspondence, photographs, souvenirs ca. 1935-1960   25.0 items.

3 32

Mining reports collected by Masson   3.0 items.

Box Folder

Summit Group, Sheep Creek, West Kootenay District, Br. Col 1911 

3 33

Tract in Mesabi Range, Minnesota 1917 

3 33

Morton Mercury Field, Lewis Co. Washington 1930 

3 33

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