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George J. Titler Collection, 1939-1976, 1939

Part of George J. Titler Collection, 1939-1976

87m59Guide to the George J. Titler Collection, 1939-1976Processed by Kate Black; machine-readable finding aid created by Eric WeigSpecial Collections2005ManuscriptsUniversity of KentuckyMargaret I. King LibraryLexington, Kentucky40506-0039 USAPhone: (859) 257-8611Fax: (859) 257-6311Email: sclref@lsv.uky.eduURL: http://www.uky.edu/Libraries/libpage.php?lweb_id=84&llib_id=13<ab_rank=3University of Kentucky Libraries. All rights reserved.Machine-readable finding aid derived from typescript by rekeying. Date of source: March 1988Description is in English.Guide to the George J. Titler Collection, 1939-1976Contact InformationSpecial CollectionsManuscriptsUniversity of KentuckyMargaret I. King LibraryLexington, Kentucky40506-0039Phone: (859) 257-8611Fax: (859) 257-6311Email: sclref@lsv.uky.eduURL: http://www.uky.edu/Libraries/libpage.php?lweb_id=84&llib_id=13<ab_rank=3Processed by: Kate BlackDate Completed: March 1988Encoded by: Eric WeigCopyright 2005 University of Kentucky. All rights reserved.George J. Titler Collection, 1939-197687M59Titler, George J., 1895-19766 cubic ft.The materials are in English.University of Kentucky Libraries, Special CollectionsCollection is open for research.Copyright has not been assigned to the University of Kentucky.[Identification of item], George J. Titler Collection, 1939-1976, 87M59, Special Collections, University of Kentucky Libraries, LexingtonBoyle, William Anthony, 1904-1985.Yablonski, Joseph A., 1910-1969.United Mine Workers of America.Miners for Democracy.Coal mines and mining - Kentucky.Coal mines and mining - Appalachian Region.Coal miners - Labor unions - Organizing - Kentucky - Harlan County.Harlan County (Ky.) - History.George J. Titler is perhaps best known as the author of Hell in Harlan, an account of his union organizing days in Harlan County, Kentucky in the late 1930's. But Titler also served as Vice-President of the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) from 1966-1972. It was during his term, and that of President Tony Boyle, that many UMWA miners began challenging the union management.Initially, the insurgent miners focused on electing Joseph (Jock) Yablonski as the reform candidate for President in the December 9, 1969 election, but Boyle and Titler won the race. Yablonski challenged the legality of that victory; however, before the Labor Department began its investigation, Yablonski, his wife, and daughter were murdered--an act planned by various UMWA officials, including Boyle. Following Yablonski's death a more radical mood dominated and the Miners for Democracy movement emerged from the rank and file.Materials in this collection deal primarily with the period of reform that surrounded Titler's term as Vice-President of the UMWA. They include correspondence, memoranda, typescripts of speeches, broadsides, memorabilia, and clippings. Additional InformationRelated MaterialIn addition to the office records and personal papers, the George J. Titler Collection contains 129 photographs located in the Division's Audio-Visual Archives (PA87M59).Container ListOFFICE FILES, 1969-1972These are the personal files kept by Titler during his vice-presidency. The files have been left as found except that clarification has been provided in brackets where necessary and many of the newspaper clippings which were deteriorating rapidly have been replaced by photocopies. The correspondence, memoranda, typescripts of speeches, broadsides and clippings contained in these files are a rich source for describing the daily workings of the UMWA during this period. The topics covered in each file are also evidence of the union's tone and focus at the time. Included are correspondence, memoranda, typescripts of speeches, broadsides, and clippings.Yablonski Campaign, 196911Brown, Elmer12Campaign Against Yablonski13Campaign for Yablonski14District 29, Local Unions 5997 and 708615District 5016Election Irregularities Charged by Yablonski17Hechler, Ken [Congressman, West Virginia]18Law Suits by Yablonski19News Clippings110Platform111Water Properties Owned by YablonskiUMWA Campaign/Election, December 9, 196921Anonymous letter22Autonomy23Campaign by Budzanoski, Michael [President, District 5]24Campaign by Childers, Alex25Campaign by Titler26Campaign by Yablonski27Candidates--Boyle, Titler, and Owens28Candidates--Kochis and Huffman29Candidates--Wolford, Brown and Thornsberry210Coal Miners' Wives [Committee]211Congratulations212District 23--Committee for Boyle Titler, and Owens213District 29--Committee for Boyle Titler, and Owens214District 30--Committee for Boyle Titler, and Owens215District 50216Hechler, Ken [Congressman, West Virginia]217Invitation to Speak218Miners' Committee for Boyle, Titler, and Owens219News [Media]220News Clippings221Nominations222Pensioners223Voting Instructions224Voting Results225West Virginia (Charleston) Meeting, [May 4, 1969]226West Virginia (Fairmont) Meeting, [April 27, 1969]227West Virginia (Richwood) Meeting, [April 20, 1969]228West Virginia (Welch) Meeting, June 13, 1969Post - UMWA Election, 196931Examination by Labor Department32GeneralThese materials cover topics from "challenges to election" to Miners for Democracy.Post - UMWA Election. Senate Subcommittee [on Labor] Investigations of UMWA, 196941Automobile Workers42Autonomy43District 5, Officials Indicated44District 5, Officials Summoned45District 28, Officials Indicated46Election Investigation, UMWA47[General]48Pension Raise49Political Contributions410Record Keeping411Support UMWA Letters to Nixon412Welfare Fund413Williams, Harrison [Senator, New Jersey]414YablonskiUMWA Election, 197251Boyle51[General], 1970-197251[General]51Miller [Arnold]51Miller, Trbovich, Patrick51[Nomination Meeting Schedules]51Titler51Trbovich[People]61Anderson, L.T.62Boiarsky, Mose63Bolin, Coyet64Hechler, Ken - Mine, Health and Safety65Hechler, Ken - Miscellaneous66Hechler, Ken - Rockefeller, John D., IV67Hechler, Ken - Strip Mining68Hechler, Ken - UMWA Election69Hechler, Ken - UMWA, General610Hechler, Ken - UMWA Officials611Hechler, Ken - Welfare Fund612Hechler, Ken - West Virginia Election613Hechler, Ken - Yablonskis614Kee, James [Congressman, West Virginia]615Miller, Arnold616Miller, Myrl617Moore, Arch [Governor, West Virginia]71Rockefeller, John D., IV, 1969-197072Rockefeller, John D., IV, 197173Rockefeller, John D., IV, 197274Rockefeller, John D., IV, n.d.75Silverstein, Harry, 1966-1971CLIPPINGS AND PUBLICATIONS, 1941-1976ClippingsBiographical Materials (Oversize)81Miscellaneous82Scrapbook, January 15, 1966 - June 17, 1973Yablonski Murder and Subsequent Investigations911970921971931972UMWA, General941959951964961965971966981968991969910197091119719121972UMWA, General (Oversize)101Scrapbook, January 1972 - May 197310219731031976104n.d.Miscellaneous1051953-1977, n.d.Publications11UMW JOURNAL, April 1, 1956 - January 16, 1975[scattered issues]121UMWA Constitution, 1964, 1968, 1973122UMWA Constitution, District 1, 1965122UMWA Constitution, District 5, 1970123UMWA Construction Agreement, 1972, 1974124UMWA Convention Proceedings, 1968125UMWA Treasurer's Report, 1964-1971126UMWA Wage Agreement, 1958, 1968127UMWA Wage Agreement Typescript, 1971128UMWA Wage Agreement, 1971, 1974129UMWA Wage Agreement for Districts 30 and 31, 1941-1968CALENDARS, DIARIES, AND NOTEBOOKS, 1939-1972131Date Book, 1939132Trip Diary, June 29, 1952 - August 3, 1952133Appointment Calendars, 1966-1972134Miscellaneous handwritten notes135Notebook of Wage Contract terms, ca. late 1960's136Address Books, Lists of telephone numbers137Sada Titler's Diary [George Titler's first wife]138Sada Titler's Funeral Register, September 25, 1966CORRESPONDENCE, SPEECHES, AND HELL IN HARLAN, 1966-1976CorrespondenceOther correspondence is located throughout the section, "Office Files", where it was originally placed by Titler's office.141General, 1967-1974This contains some letters and memoranda to and from other UMWA personnel, including Tony Boyle.142Letters to the editor. Drafts and published copies.143Personal, 1966-1976, n.d.144Sympathy letters following Titler's death, May 1, 1976145Christmas. Cards received and sent, gift acknowledgements, gift lists.Speeches1461966-1969 HELL IN HARLAN (1972)147Draft of Chapter 26, Epilogue148Reviews and related materials149Records of orders and salesBUSINESS AND FINANCIAL RECORDS151Black Lung Benefits152Campaign Expenses, 1969153Contributions154Health Insurance155Metropolitan Life Insurance156Organizing Expenses, 1968-1971157Social Security158Union Dues and other club dues159UMWA Health and Retirement Funds1510Vacation BenefitsMEMORABILIAOversize161Appointments, awards, and memberships.162"Bloody Harlan County Blues" [anti-UMWA tract].163The Day the Red Baron Died. Book by Dale Titler [probably George Titler's nephew]164Bumper stickers, campaign card, and license plate.165Miscellaneous illustrations166Stationery samples167UMWA CommissionsArtifacts171Hard Hat, white with "Tony Boyle, District 19" in black letters.172Gavel from 45th Consecutive Constitutional Convention, UMWA, Denver, Colorado, September 4-13, 1968.173Paperweight with Slab Fork Coal Company insignia.174ButtonsAUDIO-VISUAL MATERIALS 18Arnold Miller Viewpoint. Reel-to-reel, July 31, 197218Coal Miner Songs by Merl[e] Travis, Hobo Jack, and the Goins Bros. Reel-to-reel. 7 1/2 ips. Fulltrack. WLSI, Pikeville, Kentucky.18"Coal Miners for Boyle, Titler, Owens." 33 1/3 rpm singles (2 copies).George J. Titler Collection, 1939-1976