Labor

Furniture Factory
 
The Archives documents the story of work and labor in the region. What results is not the story of common or ordinary people, but rather the story of extraordinary people in ordinary circumstances.

Furniture Factory
 

 



APPALACHIAN COLLECTIONS

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Edwin C. Alexander

Includes newspapers clippings that relate to the establishment of two rayon plants in Elizabethton, Tenn., in the 1920s and to the strike at these plants in 1929.



Broadside Television

Includes video-recorded programs on such topics as Appalachian economic conditions, coal mining, craft work, farming, foundry work, labor migration, strikes and lockouts, and trade unions.



Bernard H. Cantor

Collection of Johnson City, Tenn. attorney and labor arbitrator includes records of arbitration awards (1959-78), Arbitration Review Board decisions (1975-78), labor contracts (1967-78). Many companies and unions are included, especially the United Mine Workers of America and the Bituminous Coal Operators' Association.



Communication Workers of America, East Tennessee Office

Includes minutes, correspondence, reports, grievance case files, pamphlets and posters related to the union's activities (1959-79).



First Tennessee-Virginia Development District

Records of this association of local governments examine such issues as regional economic conditions and development, labor, and occupational training.



Buford Goldstein

Includes payroll ledger, 1926-33, from American Bemberg Co. in Elizabethton, Tenn.  Also, correspondence, reports, and prospectuses relating to American Bemberg.



Charles Gunter, Jr.

Includes oral history recordings regarding agriculture, Appalachian economic conditions, coal mining, farm life, logging, railroading, trade unions, and the woodworking industry.



International Woodworkers of America, Local 5-313

Includes records (1963-79) of contracts, negotiations, litigation, local and national union publications, minutes, correspondence, financial records, local membership records, and newsclippings.



Johnson City Foundry and Machine Works

Records of this major Johnson City, Tenn. industry include material on labor relations, trade unions, industrial accidents, company employees, and the International Association of Bridge, Structural and Ornamental Iron Workers, Local 727.



Kingsport Press Strike

Includes correspondence, reports, pamphlets, articles, newsclippings, speeches, audio recordings, broadsides, and memorabilia documenting events surrounding the strike at Kingsport Press, 1961-67.



Dale K. Larkin

Includes correspondence, financial documents, publications, newsclippings, and memorabilia related (1959-85) to the Communications Workers of America, its Local 10871, the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL- CIO), United Inter-Mountain Telephone Company, the Upper East Tennessee Central Labor Council, and collective bargaining.



Magnet Mills

The records (1916-70) of this Clinton, Tenn. hosiery mill include material related to labor relations, contract negotiations and agreements, personnel records, grievances and grievance arbitration, insurance records, publications, and newsclippings.



Marat Moore

Includes audio recordings, transcriptions, and photographs of Moore's interviews (1980-86) with women coal miners. Topics discussed include mining, collective bargaining, strikes and lockouts, sexual harassment, and reminiscences of the "Ludlow (Colo.) Massacre" (1914) and the 1973-74 Brookside Mine strike in Harlan County, Ky.



Helen Raulston

Films and interviews from the spring 1929 strikes at the American Bemberg and American Glanzstoff rayon plants in Elizabethton, Tennessee.



June Rostan

Includes manuscript material, audio recordings, and photographs related to the Coal Employment Project, Southern Empowerment Project, coal mining, the Appalachian Alliance, Highlander Research and Education Center, the 1980 Memphis Furniture Strike, the Tennessee Committee on Occupational Safety and Health, and the United Furniture Workers of America.



Sullivan, Hawkins, Hancock Central Labor Council

Includes correspondence, newsletters and other publications, pamphlets, brochures, newsclippings, minutes, constitution and by-laws.

 
          
 



SPECIAL COLLECTIONS

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Anderson, Sherwood. Nearer the grassroots: and an account of a journey--Elizabethton. PS3501.N4 Z47 1929

Billings, Dwight B. Confronting Appalachian stereotypes: back talk from an American region. F210.C66 1999

Borman, Kathryn M. From mountain to metropolis: Appalachian migrants in American cities. F217.A65 F76 1994

Conway, Mimi. Rise gonna rise: a portrait of Southern textile workers. 1979. HD8039.T42 U642

Dunaway, Wilma. The first American frontier: transition to capitalism in southern Appalachia, 1700-1860. HC107.A127 D86 1996

Eller, Ronald D. Miners, millhands, and mountaineers: industrialization of the Appalachian South, 1880-1930. HC107.A127 E4 1982

Fisher, Stephen L. Fighting back in Appalachia: traditions of resistance and change. HN79.A127 F54 1993

Fones-Wolf, Ken. Glass towns: industry, labor and political economy in Appalachia. HD9623.U46 A645 2007

Gaventa, John. Communities in economic crisis: Appalachia and the South. HC107.A127 C65 1990

Lee, Tom. The Tennessee-Virginia Tri-cities: urbanization in Appalachia, 1900-1950. HT123.5.A67 L44 2005

Lewis, Helen Matthews. Attitudes of selected zinc miners and their wives in East Tennessee. HD9539.Z51 T44 1968

Mooney, Jack. Printers in Appalachia: the International Printing Pressmen and Assistants Union of North America. 1907-1967. Z243.U5 .M66 1993

Petro, Sylvester. The Kingsport strike. 1967. HD5325.P92 1963 .K53

Puckett, Anita. Seldom ask, never tell: labor and discourse in Appalachia. HN79.A127 P83 2000

Salstrom, Paul. Appalachia's path to dependency: rethinking a region's economic history, 1730-1940. HC107.A127 S24 1994

Virginia Employment Commission and Bristol (Va.) Chamber of Commerce. Labor supply survey of Bristol, Virginia-Tennessee. HD5726.B8 V82 1964

West, Don. Songs for Southern workers: 1937 songbook of the Kentucky Workers Alliance. 1973. PN6110.L15 W4

Widick, B. J. Labor today; the triumphs and failures of unionism in the United States. 1964. HD6508.W48