Interview with Bruce Stephens, Jr., June 28, 1989

Project: Appalachia: Coal Operators Oral History Project

Interview Summary

Bruce Stephens is considered an expert on coal leases, deeds, and the various legal aspects of buying and selling coal properties. In these interviews, he discusses the broad form deed and other verbal and/or written agreements regarding coal land. Stephens cites a large number of cases in order to place the long form deed in its historic context. He discusses the procedures by which John J.C. Mayo secured properties, and presents his views on the controversial Widow Combs situation which took place in 1965. He provides his opinion on various leaders of the coal industry and public officials who deal with the coal industry. He specifies the contributions the Kentucky River Coal Company made to the community. Stephens describes the situations which led to the unionization of the eastern Kentucky coal fields and whether the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) has a role in the future of the coal in industry in eastern Kentucky

Interview Accession

1989oh208_app249

Interviewee Name

Bruce Stephens, Jr.

Interviewer Name

Henry C. Mayer

Interview Date

1989-06-28

Interview Keyword

Coal Operators

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Stephens, Bruce, Jr. Interview by Henry C. Mayer. 28 Jun. 1989. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Stephens, B., Jr. (1989, June 28). Interview by H. C. Mayer. Appalachia: Coal Operators Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Stephens, Bruce, Jr., interview by Henry C. Mayer. June 28, 1989, Appalachia: Coal Operators Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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