Renée Blackburn holds a BA in Anthropology from Oakland University and a MS in Industrial Archaeology from Michigan Technological University. Her previous research focuses on the early 20th century and involves gender and the development of playgrounds and kindergartens and women as lighthouse keepers. Her additional research involves the management practices of Michigan’s copper mines in the first half of the 20th century. She used material culture, archival materials, and oral histories to reconstruct how the mine offices of two major copper companies operated from their peaks until the Second World War. In the future, she would like to continue to focus on gender and industry, specifically in the late 19th and early 20th century, using multiple methods like material culture and oral histories.
industrial archaeology; history of technology; business history; GIS; gender; material culture; mining