University of Kentucky Libraries: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Coal Operators Oral History Project

Appalachia Oral History Collection



Coal mines and mining, 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 mines and mining--Kentucky--Artemus, 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--Government policy, 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.), A.T. Massey Coal Processing Plant, 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.),

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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. The complete collection record can be accessed on SPOKEdb, the Nunn Center's online collection catalog: <a href="