About the records

Title Records of Minerals Separation Ltd
Date Range 1895 - 1933
Reference Accession Number: 90/93
Provenance Peter Crabb
Extent 116 items
Repository University of Melbourne Archives
Abstract In the first five years of the twentieth century, Minerals Separation Ltd, a small London-based company, was involved in developing a revolutionary technique of ore extraction. Its work, along with that of others, emerged in response to 'the Sulphide Problem', seen by some historians as the most serious metallurgical crisis faced by any Australian mining field in the nineteenth century.

Administrative Information

The records of Minerals Separation Ltd had been held in a warehouse owned by the Crabb family. When the warehouse was closed down by the family business Peter Crabb took custody of the records.

The collection was housed in large tin trunk and all files appeared to be in their original folders with the titles and markings of the creators of the files present. In an early attempt to ascertain the contents of the trunk Peter Crabb numbered all the files as he removed them. These numbers are in black ink at the top right-hand corner of the front covers of the folders.

To avoid further numbering of the files, and given that the collection is not very large, the records have been filed in numerical order according to the numbers given by Peter Crabb. This constitutes their 'Physical Arrangement'. In appraising the collection it was apparent from the patterns evident in the list of file titles that the records could best be understood in terms of three series. Accordingly, an 'Intellectual Arrangement' was developed to give greater access to, and control over, the collection than was afforded by the simple numerical ordering.

Both the intellectual arrangement and the physical arrangement are presented in this guide to the collection.

  • The collection is comprised of records from 1 accessions. The codes used to uniquely identify each accession range from MINE1990-001 to MINE1990-001.
  • The records have been allocated to 3 series. The codes used to uniquely identify each series range from MINES001 to MINES003.
  • Through the processing of the records, 1 provenance entity was identified. The code used to uniquely identify this provenance entity, i.e. records creator or custodian, is MINEP01.
  • The inventory covers 116 items, and may include records of continuing value, records sentenced for destruction and records that have been destroyed. The codes used to uniquely identify each inventory item range from 001 to 114. The total collection occupies linear cm of shelf space (or its equivalent).
  • The documentation of the records at inventory level started on 28 January 2004. The latest additions were made on 28 January 2004. The latest modifications were made on 17 October 2019. This collection profile was updated on 17 October 2019.

Published by the Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre on AustehcWeb, April 2004
With support from Peter Crabb and The University of Melbourne
Listed by Mark Scillio and Gavan McCarthy with Tim Sherratt
HTML edition Ailie Smith
Updated 17 October 2019

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