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Herndon Evans photographs, 1931

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Title

Herndon Evans photographs

Date

1931

Repository

University of Kentucky Special Collections

Arrangement

Collection is arranged chronologically.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation Note

pa82m1: [identification of item], Herndon Evans photographs, University of Kentucky Special Collections.

Extent

0.25 Cubic feet

1 box, 39 items

Abstract

The Herndon Evans photographs document miners and mining towns in Harlan County and Pineville, KY from 1931.

Biography/History

Herndon J. Evans (1895-1976), a resident of Bell County, Kentucky, was editor of the Pineville Sun and local correspondent for the Associated Press (AP) in the early 1930s, a period of labor unrest in the Kentucky coalfields, especially in Harlan and Bell Counties.

Evans closely followed events in the Pineville area, paying attention to the strikes and attempts by the United Mine Workers of America and the Communist Party's National Miners Union to organize the miners. He was particularly concerned with two delegations composed mainly of writers, including Sherwood Anderson, John Dos Passos, Theodore Dreiser, Waldo Frank and Mary Heaton Vorse, who travelled to eastern Kentucky to investigate the conditions of miners and their families and who eventually published their findings in Harlan Miners Speak: Report on Terrorism in the Kentucky Coal Fields (Harcourt, Brace, 1932). Evans was also keenly interested in the various groups of college students who came to support the miners. Opposed to the activities of these delegations, Evans worked to undermine their presence and credibility by using his journalistic skills to write editorials for the Pineville Sun and articles for the AP.

Scope and Content

The Herndon Evans photograph collection consists of 39 gelatin silver prints of miners and mining towns in Harlan County and Pineville, KY from 1931. Included are photographs of protest marches, visiting authors and ministers, and the National Guard. Separated from the manuscript collection 82M1.

Subjects

  • United Mine Workers of America.
  • Bell County (Ky.)--History
  • Harlan County (Ky.)--History
  • Dos Passos, John, 1896-1970
  • Dreiser, Theodore, 1871-1945
  • Evans, Herndon J., 1895-1976
  • Frank, Waldo David, 1889-1967
  • Vorse, Mary Heaton, 1874-1966
  • Coal miners--Kentucky
  • Coal mines and mining--Economic conditions.
  • Communism--Kentucky.
  • Strikes and lockouts--Coal mining--Kentucky.

Related Material

Herndon J. Evans Collection, 82M1; Harlan County Mine Strike photographic collection, 81PA109; and Harlan County, U. S. A. film collection, 87AV1.

Collection Inventory

I Miners and National Guard, 1931
5 miners, 1931
Gelatin silver print [Box: 1, Item: 1] browse
National Guard, 1931
Gelatin silver print [Box: 1, Item: 2] browse
Tank in coalfield, 1931
Gelatin silver print [Box: 1, Item: 3] browse
Group of girls. "Girls- Lunch Room / Balkan Ky" noted on back photo, 1931
Gelatin silver print [Box: 1, Item: 4] browse
Group of boys. "Boys at Lunch Room / Balkan Ky" noted on back photo, 1931
Gelatin silver print [Box: 1, Item: 5] browse
II Visiting authors, ministers, and prominent figures, 1931
Judge D.C. Jones and Theodor Dreiser on steps of Continental Hotel. "H.J. Evans, Pineville, Ky." noted on back print, 1931
Gelatin silver print [Box: 1, Item: 6] browse
John Dos Passos, Adelaide Walker, and Charles Rumford Walker. "...writers investigating conditions Harlan mine field. H.J. Evans / Pineville Ky." noted on back print, 1931
Gelatin silver print [Box: 1, Item: 7] browse
Harold Hickerson and Doris Parks, 1931
Gelatin silver print [Box: 1, Item: 8] browse
Harold Hickerson and Doris Parks, 1931
Gelatin silver print [Box: 1, Item: 9] browse
Dr. J.W. Brooks, Mayor of Pineville, 1931
Gelatin silver print [Box: 1, Item: 10] browse
Dr. J.W. Brooks, Mayor of Pineville, 1931
Gelatin silver print [Box: 1, Item: 11] browse
Unidentified man, 1931
Gelatin silver print [Box: 1, Item: 12] browse
Visiting Reverends G.W. Haggard, E.L. McClurkan, C.P. Hall, R.P. Mahon, Reinhold Niebuhr, W.B. Spofford, L.C. Kelly, L.W. Buckley, S.E. Tull, W.F. Pettus, and C.R. Barnes, 1931
Gelatin silver print [Box: 1, Item: 13] browse
Reverends C.R. Barnes, C.P. Hall, Reinhold Niebuhr, and W.B. Spofford, 1931
Gelatin silver print [Box: 1, Item: 14] browse
Reverends C.P. Hall and C.R. Barnes with two unidentified men, 1931
Gelatin silver print [Box: 1, Item: 15] browse
III Continental Hotel/registry, 1931
Exterior of Continental Hotel, Pineville, Ky, 1931
Gelatin silver print [Box: 1, Item: 16] browse
Exterior of Continental Hotel, Pineville, Ky. "Dreiser and Pergain rooms were on court and not visible in this photo" noted on back photo, 1931
Gelatin silver print [Box: 1, Item: 17] browse
Photographic copy of signatures in Continental Hotel registry, including those of Charles Rumford and Adelaide Walker, John dos Passos, Theodore Dreiser, and Marie Pergain, 6 November 1931
Gelatin silver print [Box: 1, Item: 18] browse
Photographic copy of signatures in Continental Hotel registry, including those of Charles Rumford and Adelaide Walker, John dos Passos, Theodore Dreiser, and Marie Pergain, 6 November 1931
Gelatin silver print [Box: 1, Item: 19] browse
IV Protesters and deportation, 1931
Bell County jail. "Where Dreiser and companions would have been placed had the first warrant been served Sat. nite" noted on back photo, 1931
Gelatin silver print [Box: 1, Item: 20] browse
Protest march. "Men march past Bell County jail. About 2000 miners in Pinevillle early in January in answer to call for 'mass demonstration' by Communist National Miners Union" noted on back photo, 1931
Gelatin silver print [Box: 1, Item: 21] browse
Protest march. "Marchers demand release Communist prisoners / Pineville, Ky." noted on back print, 1931
Gelatin silver print [Box: 1, Item: 22] browse
Protest march, 1931
Gelatin silver print [Box: 1, Item: 23] browse
Two men and two women, 1931
Gelatin silver print [Box: 1, Item: 24] browse
Three men and two women walking down street in Pineville, Ky, 1931
Gelatin silver print [Box: 1, Item: 25] browse
Crowd of protesters, 1931
Gelatin silver print [Box: 1, Item: 26] browse
Crowd of protesters. "Crowd assembled in front of courthouse Pineville, Ky., protesting arrest of Communists held on criminal syndication charges" printed on back photo, 1931
Gelatin silver print [Box: 1, Item: 27] browse
Crowd of students. "Students stopped near Fonde, Ky. near Middlesboro before deportation from state" noted on back photo, 1931
Gelatin silver print [Box: 1, Item: 28] browse
Crowd of students around bus. "Students at Gap" noted on back photo, 1931
Gelatin silver print [Box: 1, Item: 29] browse
Students at door of bus, 1931
Gelatin silver print [Box: 1, Item: 30] browse
VI Mining camp/buildings, 1931
House beloging to Cloversprint Coal Co, undated
Gelatin silver print [Box: 1, Item: 31] browse
Row of houses. "Cloversprint Coal Co." noted on back photo, undated
Gelatin silver print [Box: 1, Item: 32] browse
Row of houses. "Cloversprint Coal Co. houses / Harlan Co., Ky." printed on back photo, undated
Gelatin silver print [Box: 1, Item: 33] browse
Row of houses. "Houses in the Cloversprint Coal Co. Camp, Harlan Co., Kentucky" noted on back photo, undated
Gelatin silver print [Box: 1, Item: 34] browse
Houses at Mary Helen Coal Co., Harlan County, Ky, undated
Gelatin silver print [Box: 1, Item: 35] browse
VII Landscape, 1931
Aerial view of Pineville, Ky, undated
Gelatin silver print [Box: 1, Item: 36] browse
Field with Pineville, Ky. in the distance, undated
Gelatin silver print [Box: 1, Item: 37] browse
Hillside, undated
Gelatin silver print [Box: 1, Item: 38] browse
Field, undated
Gelatin silver print [Box: 1, Item: 39] browse