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Pennsylvania Mines and Mining

Information and resources about Pennsylvania mining and mineral resources.

General Information

Historic Statistics of Pennsylvania's Mineral Industries

Annual Reports on Mining Activities (PA)

Published since the 1870's this report contains production statistics, mine names, locations, owner information, and accident statistics. Prior to the mid-1880's the reports for anthracite and bituminous coal were produced by separate agencies, therefore early reports for bituminous coal are available as part III "Industrial Statistics" of the Annual Report of the Bureau of Statistics of Pennsylvania, later the Annual Report of the Secretary of Internal Affairs of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Industrial minerals were included in these reports beginning with 1973.

Year Title Call Number
1870's-1930's Report of the Department of Mines of Pennsylvania HD9547.P4A33

Annual Report. PA Anthracite Division

1931-1955 Annual Report. PA Bituminous Coal Division HD9547.P4A35
1969-1978 Annual report on mining, oil and gas, and land reclamation and conservation activities HD9547.P4A36
1979-present Annual Report on Mining Activities HD9547.P4A3601


For historic data, consult Pennsylvania's Mineral Heritage (for print holdings see our catalog), which contains information and useful statistics by commodity and by county through 1941.


For information about mining activities prior to 1870, sources are limited.  I suggest consulting the following:


Mine Locations and Mine Maps

Mine Data Retrieval System

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) maintains the Mine Data Retrieval System database of information on both active and inactive mines for the United States. The database is searchable by location, mine name, mine operator, commodity, and other parameters.

The USGS also reports state-level data as part of their Minerals Information service, some of which is provided in Excel format. Also useful is a simply map showing the location of commodity mining by county.