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Harlan County Mine Strike Photographic Collection
University of Kentucky Special Collections
Lexington, Kentucky 40506
Conditions Governing Access note
The collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Preferred Citation Note
[Identification of item], Harlan County Mine Strike Photographic Collection, 81PA109,Special Collections, University of Kentucky.
.25 cu. ft. (1 box): 22 items
In 1939, a general strike was in effect in Harlan County, Kentucky, and all mining operations among the numerous coal companies were shut down. On May15th, 1939, some 900 Kentucky National Guard, under the command of General Ellerbe Carter, was ordered by Governor A. B. "Happy" Chandler to Harlan to intervene between striking miners and mine operators. The National Guard contingent was viewed by some as a peace-keeping force and by others as a move to break the strike. The National Guard remained in the county for nine months.
Scope and Content
The collection consists of twenty-two black and white sliver prints of Kentucky National Guardsmen and Harlan County mine workers during a strike in 1939.
- Coal mines and mining--Kentucky
- Harlan County (Ky.)--History
- Strikes and lockouts--Coal mining--Kentucky--Harlan County
- Coal miners--Kentucky--Harlan County
Day, John F. . Garden City, N. Y.: Doubleday, 1941.
Forester, William D. . [S.L.] : Forester, 1986.
Hevener, John W. . Ann Arbor, Mich.: University Microfilms International, 1978.
Titler, George J. . Beckley, WV: BJW Printers, 1972.
Woolley, Bryan and Ford Reid. . Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1975.
Three National Guardsmen at a table, 1939
[Box: 1, item: 0001]
Nine miners sitting in a coal mine, 1939
[Box: 1, item: 0002]
National Guardsmen on a hillside, overlooking a road, 1939
[Box: 1, item: 0003]
National Guardsmen around an outdoor fire, 1939
[Box: 1, item: 0004]
Strings of empty coal cars on railroad tracks, 1939
[Box: 1, item: 0005]
A crowd of miners lined up to pick up lunch, 1939
[Box: 1, item: 0006]
Miners on a mining cart leaving a mine entrance, 1939
[Box: 1, item: 0007]
A crowd of men and women walking on a road with cars parked at the side, 1939
[Box: 1, item: 0008]
Miners leaving a mine entrance in a cart with police watching, 1939
[Box: 1, item: 0009]
National Guardsmen watching a crowd of miners blocking a road, 1939
[Box: 1, item: 0010]
A crowd of miners blocking a road, 1939
[Box: 1, item: 0011]
A crowd of miners confronting soldiers, 1939
[Box: 1, item: 0012]
National Guardsmen dismounting from trucks at an assembly point, 1939
[Box: 1, item: 0013]
Troops confronting miners on a railroad track, 1939
[Box: 1, item: 0014]
A National Guardsmen talking with an elderly man, 1939
[Box: 1, item: 0015]
A crowd of miners in the bed of a truck, under guard, 1939
[Box: 1, item: 0016]
A line of miners with troops leading them, 1939
[Box: 1, item: 0017]
A grinning miner surrounded by National Guardsmen, 1939
[Box: 1, item: 0018]
An officer reading some document to three men, 1939
[Box: 1, item: 0019]
National Guardsmen and civilians talking, 1939
[Box: 1, item: 0020]
Two women with an injured man, 1939
[Box: 1, item: 0021]
National Guardsmen at a trestle, 1939
[Box: 1, item: 0022]