Immigrants in the Coal Fields Oral History Project

Description: 
This project documents the lives of immigrant coal miners in eastern Kentucky. In the early twentieth century, people from Belgium, Hungary, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Scotland, Russia, and Yugoslavia settled in Hazard, Himlerville (now Beauty), Jackson, Lynch, and other eastern Kentucky towns. Immigrants and their descendants discuss schools, prejudice and other problems they have experienced, the roles of women in mining camps, social activities, ethnic clubs, moonshine, World War II, housing, coal mining, mechanization, union activities, the United Mine Workers of America, Miners for Democracy, United States Steel, wages, mine safety, company stores, scrip, and mine bosses.

Project Accession: 
APP017
LC Subjects: 
Appalachian Region   Beauty (Ky.)   Belgian Americans   Clubs   Coal miners   Coal miners' spouses   Coal miners--Kentucky--Beauty   Coal miners--Kentucky--Hazard   Coal miners--Kentucky--Jackson   Coal miners--Kentucky--Lynch   Coal miners--Labor unions.   Coal mines and mining   Coal mines and mining--Kentucky--Beauty   Coal mines and mining--Kentucky--Hazard   Coal mines and mining--Kentucky--Jackson   Coal mines and mining--Kentucky--Lynch   Coal mines and mining--Management   Coal mines and mining--Safety measures   Coal mines and mining--Technological innovations   Company stores   Distilling, illicit   Ethnicity   Ethnicity--Kentucky--Beauty   Ethnicity--Kentucky--Hazard   Ethnicity--Kentucky--Jackson   Ethnicity--Kentucky--Lynch   Hazard (Ky.)   Housing   Hungarian Americans   Immigrants   Immigrants--Kentucky--Beauty   Immigrants--Kentucky--Hazard   Immigrants--Kentucky--Jackson   Immigrants--Kentucky--Lynch   Italian Americans   Jackson (Ky.)   Lynch (Ky.)   Mexican Americans   Miners for Democracy   Polish Americans   Race relations   Racism   Russian Americans   Schools   Scottish Americans   United Mine Workers of America   United States Steel Company   United States Steel Corporation   Wages--Coal miners   Women   Women coal miners   World War, 1939-1945.   Yugoslav Americans  

Restriction: 
No Restrictions
Number of Interviews: 
31

 
 Interviewee(s)
 Accession Number
 Date
 Interviewer
 Access
 Restrictions
Victor Delpont  
1986oh194_app061  
1986-06-16
Doug Cantrell
Online
No restrictions
Vincent J. Mongiardo  
1986oh195_app062  
1986-06-17
Doug Cantrell
Online
No restrictions
Willis Haws  
1986oh196_app063  
1986-06-23
Doug Cantrell
Online
No restrictions
Dorabelle Keleman  
Andrew A. Keleman  
1986oh197_app064  
1986-06-24
Doug Cantrell
Online
No restrictions
Ann Tiabian  
Pete Tiabian  
1986oh201_app066  
1986-06-27
Doug Cantrell
Online
No restrictions
Verona M. Smith  
Margaret Andriga  
Steve Andriga  
1986oh257_app069  
1986-06-25
Doug Cantrell
Online
No restrictions
Betty Costagnaro  
Guido Costagnaro  
Joseph M. Costagnaro  
1986oh259_app070  
1986-07-18
Doug Cantrell
Online
No restrictions
Bessie Funich  
Tony Funich  
1986oh260_app071  
1986-07-21
Doug Cantrell
Online
No restrictions
Robert Lee Lootens  
1986oh261_app072  
1986-07-22
Doug Cantrell
Online
No restrictions
Margaret Montemitro  
1986oh262_app073  
1986-07-23
Doug Cantrell
Online
No restrictions
Joseph A. Scopa  
1986oh263_app074  
1986-07-24
Doug Cantrell
Online
No restrictions
Bessie Funich  
1986oh264_app075  
1986-07-25
Doug Cantrell
Online
No restrictions
Kathryn B. Overbeck  
1986oh265_app076  
1986-07-26
Doug Cantrell
Online
No restrictions
Joseph E. Phipps  
1986oh268_app077  
1986-08-15
Doug Cantrell
Online
No restrictions
Abel DeLeon, Jr.  
1986oh270_app078  
1986-08-18
Doug Cantrell
Online
No restrictions
Anna B. Lasslo  
1986oh271_app079  
1986-08-18
Doug Cantrell
Elizabeth Barrett
Online
No restrictions
Tony Funich  
1986oh272_app080  
1986-08-19
Doug Cantrell
Online
No restrictions
Joseph A. Scopa  
1986oh273_app081  
1986-08-19
Doug Cantrell
Online
No restrictions
Verona M. Smith  
1986oh274_app082  
1986-08-19
Doug Cantrell
Online
No restrictions
Steve Andriga  
1986oh275_app083  
1986-08-19
Doug Cantrell
Online
No restrictions
Martha Johnson  
1986oh276_app084  
1986-08-20
Doug Cantrell
Online
No restrictions
Pearl W. Davis  
1986oh277_app085  
1986-08-21
Doug Cantrell
Online
No restrictions
Victor Delpont  
1986oh278_app086  
1986-08-22
Doug Cantrell
Online
No restrictions
Johann M. Groeber  
1988oh048_app124  
1988-02-20
David M. Andrew
Online
No restrictions
Isabelle Rizzardi  
1988oh049_app125  
1988-02-21
David M. Andrew
Online
No restrictions
Ernest W. Wilder  
1988oh070_app126  
1988-03-18
David M. Andrew
Online
No restrictions
Lena Brannon  
1988oh081_app127  
1988-05-05
David M. Andrew
Online
No restrictions
Coy H. Brannon  
1988oh082_app128  
1988-05-05
David M. Andrew
Online
No restrictions
Nina Andrew  
1988oh083_app129  
1988-05-05
David M. Andrew
Online
No restrictions
Ernest W. Wilder  
1988oh084_app130  
1988-05-05
David M. Andrew
Online
No restrictions
Coy H. Brannon  
1988oh115_app135  
1988-07-08
David M. Andrew
Online
No restrictions

  

  

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