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)
 Accession Number
 Date
 Interviewer
 Access
 Restrictions
David A. Zegeer  
1988oh227_app191  
1988-09-21
Henry C. Mayer

No restrictions
David A. Zegeer  
1988oh229_app193  
1988-09-21
Henry C. Mayer

No restrictions
Frank C. Thomas  
1988oh248_app197  
1988-11-16
Henry C. Mayer

No restrictions
Frank C. Thomas  
1988oh249_app198  
1988-11-16
Henry C. Mayer

No restrictions
Frank C. Thomas  
1988oh250_app199  
1988-12-01
Henry C. Mayer

No restrictions
Edward Lee Cawood  
1989oh001_app207  
1988-12-08
Henry C. Mayer

No restrictions
James L. Rose  
1989oh035_app219  
1989-02-24
Henry C. Mayer

No restrictions
Isaac Congleton  
1989oh104_app220  
1989-02-22
Henry C. Mayer

No restrictions
Clyde E. Goins, Sr.  
1989oh105_app221  
1989-02-09
Henry C. Mayer

No restrictions
George E. Evans, Jr.  
1989oh106_app222  
1989-02-08
Henry C. Mayer

No restrictions
George E. Evans, Jr.  
1989oh107_app223  
1989-03-08
Henry C. Mayer

No restrictions
George E. Evans, Jr.  
1989oh108_app224  
1989-04-20
Henry C. Mayer

No restrictions
Cloyd D. McDowell  
1989oh109_app225  
1989-04-22
Henry C. Mayer

No restrictions
Cloyd D. McDowell  
1989oh110_app226  
1989-04-23
Henry C. Mayer

No restrictions
James M. Daniel  
1989oh111_app227  
1989-04-21
Henry C. Mayer

No restrictions
James M. Daniel  
1989oh112_app228  
1989-04-21
Henry C. Mayer

No restrictions
Douglas Lee Blair  
1989oh113_app229  
1989-02-11
Henry C. Mayer

No restrictions
Douglas Lee Blair  
1989oh114_app230  
1989-03-20
Henry C. Mayer

No restrictions
Samuel M. Cassidy  
1989oh115_app231  
1989-03-28
Henry C. Mayer

No restrictions
Samuel M. Cassidy  
1989oh116_app232  
1989-04-05
Henry C. Mayer

No restrictions
Lon B. Rogers  
1989oh150_app233  
1989-05-30
Nyoka Hawkins

No restrictions
Harry LaViers, Jr.  
1989oh193_app234  
1988-11-04
Henry C. Mayer

No restrictions
William B. Sturgill  
1989oh194_app235  
1988-11-14
Henry C. Mayer

No restrictions
Duane L. Bennett  
1989oh195_app236  
1988-12-08
Henry C. Mayer

No restrictions
Willard Stanley  
1989oh196_app237  
1989-01-12
Henry C. Mayer

No restrictions
Willard Stanley  
1989oh197_app238  
1989-01-19
Henry C. Mayer

No restrictions
B. W. Whitfield, Jr.  
1989oh198_app239  
1989-02-09
Henry C. Mayer

No restrictions
Elmer Whitaker  
1989oh199_app240  
1989-02-18
Henry C. Mayer

No restrictions
James L. Rose  
1989oh200_app241  
1989-03-28
Henry C. Mayer

No restrictions
Elmer Whitaker  
1989oh201_app242  
1989-04-07
Henry C. Mayer

No restrictions
Boyd F. Reed  
1989oh202_app243  
1989-04-05
Henry C. Mayer

No restrictions
Raymond A. Bradbury  
1989oh203_app244  
1989-05-11
Henry C. Mayer

No restrictions
Bruce Stephens, Jr.  
1989oh204_app245  
1989-06-01
Henry C. Mayer

No restrictions
Eddie J. Moore  
1989oh205_app246  
1989-06-02
Henry C. Mayer

No restrictions
Duane L. Bennett  
1989oh206_app247  
1989-06-20
Henry C. Mayer

No restrictions
Raymond A. Bradbury  
1989oh207_app248  
1989-06-27
Henry C. Mayer

No restrictions
Bruce Stephens, Jr.  
1989oh208_app249  
1989-06-28
Henry C. Mayer

No restrictions
Ronald M. Gaudiano  
1989oh209_app250  
1989-06-28
Henry C. Mayer

No restrictions
George E. Evans, Jr.  
1989oh210_app251  
1989-08-06
Henry C. Mayer

No restrictions
Boyd F. Reed  
1989oh276_app252  
1989-04-20
Henry C. Mayer

No restrictions
Jay R. Barlow  
1989oh277_app253  
1989-06-20
Henry C. Mayer

No restrictions
Duane L. Bennett  
1989oh300_app254  
1989-11-18
Henry C. Mayer

No restrictions
Stonie Barker, Jr.  
1989oh301_app255  
1989-11-23
Henry C. Mayer

No restrictions
Robert E. Garbesi  
1989oh302_app256  
1989-11-29
Henry C. Mayer

No restrictions
Robert E. Garbesi  
1989oh303_app257  
1989-11-30
Henry C. Mayer

No restrictions
Harry LaViers, Jr.  
1989oh304_app258  
1989-11-30
Henry C. Mayer

No restrictions

  

  

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