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BMI Newsletter

This collection includes the entire run of The Big Job and Basic Bombardier, newsletters published by Basic Magnesium, Inc. (BMI) between 1942 and 1944.

Published primarily for BMI employees, the newsletters cover a variety of topics, from BMI operations and the importance of magnesium production for World War II to the many recreational activities and various services available to employees and their families at Basic townsite (later called Henderson).
These newsletters not only capture the rich historical beginnings of both BMI and the city of Henderson, but they bring to life the ways in which residents of a small town responded to and contributed to World War II.

The newsletters unveil unique personal histories and at the same time, provide insight into the kinds of lives led by many Americans during the early 1940s.

Click here to access the BMI Newsletters Collection


Type of materials in this collection: Newsletters

Timeframe: 1942-1944

Items included: Every issue of The Big Job and Basic Bombardier has been included in this digital collection.

Copyright information: The newsletters in this collection are in the public domain and may be used freely.

Digitization process and software needed: The original newsletters were microfilmed. The microfilm was then digitized and saved as several searchable PDF files. You must have a PDF reader in order to view the items in this collection.

Related items/digital collections:
  • BMI Photographs: When an image in an issue of a newsletter also appears in our BMI Photographs digital collection, there is a link in the newsletter's descriptive information to the image in the BMI photographs collection.
  • Henderson's History in Scrapbooks: See scrapbooks 001-042.
  • Henderson Memories: Many of the items in this collection include information about BMI and life in 1940s Henderson.