220 S. 34th St at Smith’s Walk
Lower Level of the Fisher Fine Arts Library
Change Over Time Dialogues
Landscapes of Extraction in the Anthropocene
Fredric L. Quivik is an industrial historian, industrial archaeologist, and architectural historian living in Houghton, Michigan, where he recently retired from teaching in Michigan Technological University’s Department of Social Sciences and that department’s graduate program in Industrial Heritage and Archaeology. He continues working as an expert historian in Superfund litigation and related litigation. After completing an MS in Historic Preservation at Columbia University in 1977, he moved to Butte, Montana, where he worked for more thirteen years in various facets of historic preservation, developing a particular interest in historic sites with an industrial or engineering character. In 1990, he returned to graduate school, to complete a PhD in Penn’s Department of History and Sociology of Science. He completed his dissertation, “Smoke and Tailings: An Environmental History of Copper Smelting in Montana, 1880-1930,” in 1998. While researching the dissertation, he began working for the U.S. Department of Justice as an expert witness in U.S. v. ARCO, the Clark Fork Superfund case, concerning the Superfund site that embraces Butte and Anaconda, and is the largest Superfund site in the United States. Since then, he has continued working on Superfund and related environmental cases, and has also completed several documentation projects for the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER). In January 2010, he began teaching at Michigan Tech, and a year later he became the editor of IA: The Journal of the Society for Industrial Archeology, in which capacity he organized several theme issues, including the 2013 volume on the “Industrial Archeology of Industrial Waste.” Fred retired from teaching at Michigan Tech in 2015, and he continues to work as an expert historian in environmental litigation. Among the trials at which he’s testified for the United States are U.S. v. Asarco, et al, the Bunker Hill Superfund case in Idaho, and U.S. v. BP, the Deepwater Horizon case in New Orleans.