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Sherrill Martin papers, 1937-1954, undated

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Sherrill Martin papers


1937-1954, undated


University of Kentucky Special Collections

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation Note

87m1: [Identification of item], Sherrill Martin papers, University of Kentucky Special Collections


0.63 Cubic feet

2 boxes


The Sherrill Martin papers (1937-1954, undated; .63 cubic feet, 2 boxes) primarily comprise Carrs Fork Coal Company newsletters (1940-1945) containing line-drawing illustrations by Martin accompanying articles and letter-format lectures on mine safety by general superintent P.A. Grady.


Sherrill Martin was born on March 4, 1927 and grew up in Perry County, Kentucky. He attended Vicco High School in Vicco, Kentucky, from 1941 through February 1945. It was during his high school years that Martin created the illustrations contained in this collection for the Carrs Fork Coal Company. When Martin left Perry County for his tour of duty with the U.S. Navy on February 22, 1945, the safety-oriented newsletter continued on without his illustrations. After concluding his stint in the service on August 1, 1946, Martin entered the Chicago Art Institute, where he studied commercial art through 1950. In 1951, he began an eleven-year career as a commercial artist for firms in Louisville, Kentucky; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Dayton, Ohio. His work included a televised animated commercial. Martin died of a heart attack on June 19, 1962.

C.A. Dupree (1903-?) was Sherrill Martin's uncle. He worked as a miner at the Carrs Fork Coal Company and the Stocker Coal Company, 1943-1953.

The Carrs Fork Coal Company at Allock, Perry County, Kentucky (located approximately one mile from Vicco, Kentucky) operated from 1919 to 1958 and had approximately 300 employees. The Stocker Coal Company at Scuddy, Perry County, Kentucky, operated from 1946-1957 and had approximately 75 employees.

-Source:, accessed 9/5/2013.

Scope and Content

The Sherrill Martin papers (1937-1954, undated; .63 cubic feet, 2 boxes) primarily comprises Carrs Fork Coal Company newsletters (1940-1945) containing line-drawing illustrations by Martin that accompanied articles and letter-format lectures on mine safety by general superintent P.A. Grady. The newsletter was either attached to, or on the reverse of, a pay stub. Martin's illustrations reminded the miners receiving the pay stub/newsletter that mine safety was their responsibility and also their patriotic duty as part of the World War II war effort. The articles, lectures, and illustrations in the newsletters warned miners that if safety was not a priority in their daily work, they were aiding and abetting the enemy.

The collection also includes a series of pay stubs issued to Martin's uncle, C.A. Dupree, from the Carrs Fork Coal Company and the Stoker Coal Company, 1937-1953. Other items include union and mine safety booklets and manuals, including a Coal Miner's Safety Manual (1942), By-Laws of Carrs Fork Coal Co. Employees Burial Fund (undated), and a contract agreement between Hazard, KY Coal Operator's Association and the UMWA, District 30 (1937-1939).

In most cases, the newsletters are photocopies of the originals. In addition, photographs of some of the line drawings are included.


  • Carrs Fork Coal Company.
  • Hazard Coal Operator's Association.
  • Stoker Coal Company.
  • United Mine Workers of America.
  • Perry County (Ky.)
  • Martin, Sherrill, 1927-1962.
  • Coal mines and mining--Kentucky--Perry County
  • Illustrators.
  • Mine safety -- Illustrations.
  • Newsletters
  • World War, 1939-1945--Economic aspects
  • World War, 1939-1945--Social aspects--United States

User Restrictions

Property rights reside with the University of Kentucky. The University of Kentucky holds the copyright for materials created in the course of business by University of Kentucky employees. Copyright for all other materials has not been assigned to the University of Kentucky. For information about permission to reproduce or publish, please contact Special Collections.

Collection Inventory

Series I. Newsletters, 1940s
144 Killed 5760 Injured, undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 1] browse
1150 Killed 50,000 Injured, 1941 Feb. 22
[Box: 1, Folder: 2] browse
Accident Death Toll, 1945 Jan. 20
[Box: 1, Folder: 3] browse
Accidents Help The Enemy, undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 4] browse
All Employees Letter, 1946-1947
[Box: 1, Folder: 5-6] browse
America Has Just Begun, undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 7] browse
An Employee's Safety Letter, 1947 Aug. 12
[Box: 1, Folder: 8] browse
Any Job Is A Safe Job for A Careful Workman, 1942 Mar. 7
[Box: 1, Folder: 9] browse
A Well Placed Post Will Protect Your Life, undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 10] browse
Be Careful And You Will Not Lose Your Neck, undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 11] browse
Be Careful The Life you Save May Be Your Own, 1925-1948
[Box: 1, Folder: 12] browse
Be Not Forgetfull Mr. Miner To Your Own Dangers Watch Your Top, undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 13] browse
Can You Save A Life, 1945 Feb. 18
[Box: 1, Folder: 14] browse
Careless Lifeless, undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 15] browse
Compensation Does Not Pay Steady Work Does. Work Safely, undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 16] browse
Couplers Press For Safety, undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 17] browse
The Death Score For January In The Mines Of Kentucky, 1942 Feb. 7
[Box: 1, Folder: 18] browse
Don't Let The Old Devil Catch You, undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 19] browse
Forgotten Men, 1925-1945
[Box: 1, Folder: 20] browse
Greetings Merry Christmas Happy New Year, 1940 Nov. 30
[Box: 1, Folder: 21] browse
Having trouble Miner? So am I!... But were not doing much, 1943 Jun. 12
[Box: 1, Folder: 22] browse
I Passed A Blind Man, 1940 Mar. 15
[Box: 1, Folder: 23] browse
I'll Toss You-To See Who Gets Him, undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 24] browse
I've Rode The Front Bumper Before, undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 25] browse
Keep Your Name Off This List, 1942 Nov. 28
[Box: 1, Folder: 26] browse
Lose One And You Are always Suspected Of Having Been Careless, undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 27] browse
Miners, 1944 Apr. 29
[Box: 1, Folder: 28] browse
The Miner, The Machine Crew, The coupler, 1942 Jul. 11
[Box: 1, Folder: 29] browse
Miner And Supervisor In Unison Lets Whip This Fellow, undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 30] browse
Motormen And Couplers, undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 31] browse
Motormen Are Killed, undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 32] browse
Motormen Are Kille! StrikingHead, 1944 Apr. 15
[Box: 1, Folder: 33] browse
Not Whipped Yet, 1945 Jan. 6
[Box: 1, Folder: 34] browse
One Miner, One Union, One Guard, undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 35] browse
One Out Of Every Ten Will Be Injured or Killed 1944, 1944
[Box: 1, Folder: 36] browse
Our Job, 1942 Apr. 4
[Box: 1, Folder: 37] browse
Remember-Next To Your Own Family Your Formen Is Most Interested In Your Safety, undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 38] browse
Riding The Man-Trip, undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 39] browse
The Safe Mine Worker, 1940 Apr. 14
[Box: 1, Folder: 40] browse
Safety Paralysis, 1942 Oct. 31
[Box: 1, Folder: 41] browse
Sound Your Top Often Watch Your Top Always, undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 42] browse
The Ten Little Mine Workers, undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 43] browse
They Give Their Lives For A Cause Accident Victims-Die Needlessly, undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 44] browse
They Mark The Spot For Careless Workers, undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 45] browse
This Machine Man Was Fatally Injured, undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 46] browse
To Our Employees Wages and Compensation, 1940 Mar. 15
[Box: 1, Folder: 47] browse
To The Miners Working In The 2 North Section Of West Mines, 1942 Mar. 10
[Box: 1, Folder: 48] browse
Two Roads To Victory, 1943 May 15
[Box: 1, Folder: 49] browse
Umbrella Of Safety A Protection Against Accidents, undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 50] browse
Use The Right Ammunition, undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 51] browse
Watching For The Chance-Takers, undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 52] browse
You Always Spend Your Money, undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 53] browse
You Can Help Win The War, 1941 Dec. 27
[Box: 1, Folder: 54] browse
Your Buddy In Every Careless Act, 1944 Oct. 14
[Box: 1, Folder: 55] browse
Waste Is Sabotage, undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 56] browse
Watch Your Draw Slate, undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 57] browse
Watch Your Hands & Fingers Feet & Toes, undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 58] browse
A Weekly Safety Letter, 1947 Apr. 21
[Box: 1, Folder: 59] browse
When You Are Injured In An Accident The Chances Are You Will Not Be Thinking, undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 60] browse
Series II. C.A. Dupree Timesheets, 1945-1953
Carrs Fork Coal Company, 1943-1949
[Box: 1, Folder: 61-72, Box: 2, Folder: 1-2]
Stocker Coal Company, 1951-1953
[Box: 2, Folder: 3]
Series III. Booklets and Manuals, 1937-1942, undated
By Laws Of Carrs Fork Coal Co. Employees Burial Fund, undated
[Box: 2, Folder: 4] browse
Appalachian & District Agreement Hazard Coal Operators Association International Union, 1937 Apr. 1-1939 Mar. 31
[Box: 2, Folder: 5] browse
Coal Miners Safety Manual, 1942
[Box: 2, Folder: 6] browse
Dupree C. A. Credit slip, 1943 Nov.13
[Box: 2, Folder: 7]
United Mine Workers Of America Union dues receipt, C.A. Dupree, 1954 Aug.5-Oct. 9
[Box: 2, Folder: 8]