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Includes audio recordings of coal mining and labor union songs.

Broadside Television

Videotape recordings include reminiscences of union struggles in the eastern Kentucky coalfields in the 1930s, modern coal mining, strip mining (including in Germany), labor unions, the Brookside (Ky.) strike, the Hyden mine disaster, mining music, and a miner's protest in Washington, D. C. in the 1970s.


Includes audio recordings of coal mining and labor union songs.

Bernard H. Cantor

Includes papers related to Cantor's work as a labor lawyer as well as an arbitrator between the United Mine Workers of America and the Bituminous Coal Operators' Association.

Coal Employment Project

Extensive records relating to women employed in the coal mining industry (1977-91) include such topics as mine safety, health issues, sexual discrimination and harassment, the Pittston Coal Company strike (1989-90), and the training of women miners.

Congress for Appalachian Development

Materials relate to such topics as Appalachian economic development, coal and coal mining, absentee land ownership, land use, strip mining and the reclamation of mined areas, miner protests, coal power, the coal tax issue, pollution, and coal company profits and taxes.

Cumberland Mountain Media Project

Consists of 51 video recordings of retired coal miners who lived and worked in Anderson, Campbell, and Claiborne counties from the 1930s through the 1960s. Topics include mining methods, working conditions, mine safety, wages, and community life.

Charles Gunter, Jr.

Includes audio recorded interviews discussing coal mining (modern and historically), strip mining, reclamation of land, the miner's life, mining accidents and safety, mining on the Cumberland Plateau, in southwest Virginia, and in West Virginia, and unions.

Paul J. Kaufman

Contains statements given before Congress and the Federal Power Commission regarding coal mining, Appalachian economic conditions, and Congress for Appalachian Development v. Appalachian Power Company.

Carl B. Knight

Consists primarily of correspondence and reports relating to Knight's work as a director of the Carolina, Clinchfield, and Ohio Railway (1972-83), some of which concerns the topics of coal mining and coal gasification, especially a plant at Dungannon, Va.

Marat Moore

Consists of audio recordings and transcriptions of interviews Moore conducted with women coal miners (1980-86) as well as some photographs of women miners.

Pittston Coal Company Strike

Consists of videotape footage of strike activities in southwest Virginia in 1989 taken by WKPT-TV, Kingsport, Tenn.

Jeanne M. Rasmussen

Includes photographs, manuscripts, correspondence, and miscellaneous printed matter related to coal mining and miners, coal camps and coal communities, mine health and safety, black lung disease strikes, strip mining, the Buffalo Creek, W. Va. flood, the United Mine Workers of America, and Joseph A. Yablonski.

Cecil Rose

Includes writings, clippings, and photographs on various Appalachian topics, including coal and coal mining, strikes, and the "Matewan Massacre."

June M. Rostan

Includes correspondence, scrapbooks, and clippings relating to Rostan's work with the Coal Employment Project, with women coal miners, and union organizing.


Burns, Shirley Stewart. Bringing down the mountains: the impact of mountaintop removal surface coal mining on southern West Virginia. HD9547.W4 B87 2007

Condee, William Faricy. Coal and culture: opera houses in Appalachia. PN2273.A66 C66 2005

Cook, Samuel R. Monacans and miners: Native American and coal mining communities in Appalachia. E99.M85 C66 2000

Corbin, David. Life, work, and rebellion in the coal fields. The southern West Virginia miners, 1880-1922. 1981. HD8039.M62 U61775

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

Ewen, Lynda Ann. Which side are you on?: the Brookside Mine strike in Harlan County, Kentucky, 1973-1974. 1979. HD5325.M63

Fetherly, Dale. Mother Jones, the miner's angel: a portrait. 1974. HD8073.J6 F48

Finley, Joseph E. The corrupt kingdom: the rise and fall of the United Mine Workers. 1972. HD6515.M7 U7733

Foner, Philip S. Coal Creek rebellion: East Tennessee miners vs. convict labor system. HD8039.M615 F664 1973.

Green, Archie. Only a miner: studies in recorded coal-mining songs. 1972. ML3780.G74

Hevener, John. Which side are you on? the Harlan County coal miners , 1931-1939. 1978. HD6515.M616 H373

Lane, Winthrop D. Civil War in West Virginia: a story of industrial conflict in the coal mines. HD5325.M62 L34 1969 [reprint., 1921 ed.]

Laslett, John H. M. The United Mine Workers of America: a model for industrial solidarity? HD6515.M616 U5584 1996

Lunt, Richard D. Law and order vs. the miners: West Virginia, 1907-1933. 1992. HD6515.M616 W44

McAteer, J Davitt. Monongah: the tragic story of the worst industrial accident in US history. TN313.M338 2007

Parkinson, George. Guide to coal mining collections in the United States. 1978. Z6738.C6 P37

Patterson, Charles. Paint Creek miner. M1977.M5 P37 1970.

Prescott, E. J. The story of the Virginia Coal and Iron Company, 1882-1945. 1946. TN805.Z6

Reece, Erik. Lost mountain: a year in the vanishing wilderness: radical strip mining and the devastation of Appalachia . TD195.S75 R43 2006

Shifflett, Crandall A. Coal towns: life, work, and culture in company towns of southern Appalachia, 1880-1960. 1991. F217.A65 S54

Shnayerson, Michael. Coal river. TN805.W4 S56 2008

Thesing, William B. Caverns of night: coal mines in art, literature, and film. NX650.C665 C37 2000

Trotter, Joe William. Coal, class, and color: Blacks in southern West Virginia, 1915-32. HD8039.M62 U66943 1990

Wagner, Thomas E. African American miners and migrants: the Eastern Kentucky Social Club. E185.5 .W34 2004

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