Chicago University – Mine Accidents in the Northern Coalfield

Researchers at the University of Chicago are working on compiling a database to track the relation between mining accidents and the increasing depth of coalmines in the northeast between 1780-1843.

They aim to test the hypothesis of a correlation between mine depth and accident frequency using a variety of nineteenth century sources to construct an accident database. This particular study is part of a larger book project on the science and politics of coal mining and coal consumption from the Seven Years War to end of the Victorian era. As much as possible, they will try to corroborate the details of specific accidents by looking at contemporary newspapers and other chronicles. Comments and suggestions from members on this research are most welcome.

Contact Information

Prof Fredrik Jonsson
Associate Professor of History
University of Chicago

James Hu,
Undergraduate Research Assistant
University of Chicago

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