I am looking for an indication, possibly an Index, as to the value or importance of common minerals for the Industrial Revolution. So, for example how important was Manganese (or Lead, or Zinc..) relative to other minerals for the Industrial Revolution.
To be more precise, I mean economic importance as in "importance of a mineral for the whole economy" (and not for an arbitrarily chosen company). Also, I am mainly interested in a mineral's price as the measure of its value.
I am mostly interested in the U.S. and the time frame from 1830 to 1880.
This publication, suggested by AllnOne, gathers a lot of information for the time after 1900. Before, however, information is often missing.
This being said, I realize it might be difficult to find exact price data for the 19th century (any suggestions still highly welcomed).
An index of relative importance of minerals would be sufficient for me too. Say, I just discovered Zinc resource on my own ground in 1850, how valuable would that be compared to Manganese resource?
Any suggestions are highly appreciated, especially if they refer to historical articles that have tried to classified minerals or, even better, historical price data for such materials.