Coal Operators Oral History Project

Description: 
These interviews with major coal operators document their personal histories and the history of the coal industry in eastern Kentucky during the twentieth century. Kentucky communities discussed include Artemus, Burdine, Jenkins, Jellico, Van Lear, and Wheelwright; and Kentucky counties include Bell, Clay, Floyd, Harlan, Johnson, Knox, Leslie, Letcher, Martin, Perry, Pike, and Pulaski. Narrators discuss the following coal companies: Blue Diamond, Consolidated, Cypress, Finley, Hurricane Creek, Kentucky River, Massey, and Allais Coal Mine. Other topics include coal associations, organized labor, the United Mine Workers of America, the Kentucky Department of Mines and Minerals, Mine Education and Safety (MESA), Inland Steel, the Tennessee Valley Authority, Citizens for the Commonwealth, the Civilian Conservation Corps, and United States Steel. Information on various aspects of the mining industry includes deep mining, surface mining, mining techniques, land reclamation, politics and mining, mine safety and accidents, the role of the state and federal governments in mine safety, state and federal legislation, mine inspections, marketing coal, acid rain, company towns, media coverage of the coal industry, black and immigrant miners, employer-employee relations, the conspiracy trial of 1938, the Kentucky-Virginia Compact, Buchanan versus Watson, Brush Creek, and John L. Lewis.

Project Accession: 
APP014
Themes: 
LC Subjects: 
A.T. Massey Coal Processing Plant   Acid rain   African American coal miners   Appalachian Region   Bell County (Ky.)   Blue Diamond Coal Company   Burdine (Ky.)   Clay County (Ky.)   Coal mine accidents   Coal miners--Kentucky--Artemus   Coal miners--Kentucky--Bell County   Coal miners--Kentucky--Burdine   Coal miners--Kentucky--Clay County   Coal miners--Kentucky--Floyd County   Coal miners--Kentucky--Harlan County   Coal miners--Kentucky--Jenkins   Coal miners--Kentucky--Johnson County   Coal miners--Kentucky--Knox County   Coal miners--Kentucky--Leslie County   Coal miners--Kentucky--Letcher County   Coal miners--Kentucky--Martin County   Coal miners--Kentucky--Perry County   Coal miners--Kentucky--Pike County   Coal miners--Kentucky--Pulaski County   Coal miners--Kentucky--Van Lear   Coal miners--Kentucky--Wheelwright   Coal miners--Labor unions   Coal miners--Tennessee--Jellico   Coal mines and mining   Coal mines and mining--Government policy   Coal mines and mining--Kentucky--Artemus   Coal mines and mining--Kentucky--Bell County   Coal mines and mining--Kentucky--Burdine   Coal mines and mining--Kentucky--Clay County   Coal mines and mining--Kentucky--Floyd County   Coal mines and mining--Kentucky--Harlan County   Coal mines and mining--Kentucky--Jenkins   Coal mines and mining--Kentucky--Johnson County   Coal mines and mining--Kentucky--Knox County   Coal mines and mining--Kentucky--Leslie County   Coal mines and mining--Kentucky--Letcher County   Coal mines and mining--Kentucky--Martin County   Coal mines and mining--Kentucky--Perry County   Coal mines and mining--Kentucky--Pike County   Coal mines and mining--Kentucky--Pulaski County   Coal mines and mining--Kentucky--Van Lear   Coal mines and mining--Kentucky--Wheelwright   Coal mines and mining--Law and legislation   Coal mines and mining--Law and legislation--Appalachian Region   Coal mines and mining--Management   Coal mines and mining--Safety measures   Coal mines and mining--Safety regulations   Coal mines and mining--Technological innovations   Coal mines and mining--Tennessee--Jellico   Coal trade   Company towns   Consolidated Coal Company   Floyd County (Ky.)   Harlan County (Ky.)   Immigrants   Inland Steel Company   Jellico (Tn.)   Jenkins (Ky.)   Johnson County (Ky.)   Kentucky and Virginia resolutions of 1798   Kentucky River Coal Company   Kentucky. Dept. of Mines and Minerals   Knox County (Ky.)   Leslie County (Ky.)   Letcher County (Ky.)   Lewis, John L. (John Llewellyn), 1880-1969.   Martin County (Ky.)   Mine safety   Perry County (Ky.)   Pike County (Ky.)   Pulaski County (Ky.)   Reclamation of land   Strip mining   Strip mining--Law and legislation--Appalachian Region   Tennessee Valley Authority   Trials (Conspiracy)   United Mine Workers of America   United States Steel Corporation   Van Lear (Ky.)   Wheelwright (Ky.)  

Restriction: 
No Restrictions
Number of Interviews: 
46

 
 Interviewee(s)  Interview Date  Restrictions  Access
David A. Zegeer
1988-09-21 No restrictions
David A. Zegeer
1988-09-21 No restrictions
Frank C. Thomas
1988-11-16 No restrictions
Frank C. Thomas
1988-11-16 No restrictions
Frank C. Thomas
1988-12-01 No restrictions
Edward Lee Cawood
1988-12-08 No restrictions
James L. Rose
1989-02-24 No restrictions
Isaac Congleton
1989-02-22 No restrictions
Clyde E. Goins, Sr.
1989-02-09 No restrictions
George E. Evans, Jr.
1989-02-08 No restrictions
George E. Evans, Jr.
1989-03-08 No restrictions
George E. Evans, Jr.
1989-04-20 No restrictions
Cloyd D. McDowell
1989-04-22 No restrictions
Cloyd D. McDowell
1989-04-23 No restrictions
James M. Daniel
1989-04-21 No restrictions
James M. Daniel
1989-04-21 No restrictions
Douglas Lee Blair
1989-02-11 No restrictions
Douglas Lee Blair
1989-03-20 No restrictions
Samuel M. Cassidy
1989-03-28 No restrictions
Samuel M. Cassidy
1989-04-05 No restrictions
Lon B. Rogers
1989-05-30 No restrictions
Harry LaViers, Jr.
1988-11-04 No restrictions
William B. Sturgill
1988-11-14 No restrictions
Duane L. Bennett
1988-12-08 No restrictions
Willard Stanley
1989-01-12 No restrictions
Willard Stanley
1989-01-19 No restrictions
B. W. Whitfield, Jr.
1989-02-09 No restrictions
Elmer Whitaker
1989-02-18 No restrictions
James L. Rose
1989-03-28 No restrictions
Elmer Whitaker
1989-04-07 No restrictions
Boyd F. Reed
1989-04-05 No restrictions
Raymond A. Bradbury
1989-05-11 No restrictions
Bruce Stephens, Jr.
1989-06-01 No restrictions
Eddie J. Moore
1989-06-02 No restrictions
Duane L. Bennett
1989-06-20 No restrictions
Raymond A. Bradbury
1989-06-27 No restrictions
Bruce Stephens, Jr.
1989-06-28 No restrictions
Ronald M. Gaudiano
1989-06-28 No restrictions
George E. Evans, Jr.
1989-08-06 No restrictions
Boyd F. Reed
1989-04-20 No restrictions
Jay R. Barlow
1989-06-20 No restrictions
Duane L. Bennett
1989-11-18 No restrictions
Stonie Barker, Jr.
1989-11-23 No restrictions
Robert E. Garbesi
1989-11-29 No restrictions
Robert E. Garbesi
1989-11-30 No restrictions
Harry LaViers, Jr.
1989-11-30 No restrictions

  

  

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