xt7ghx15n111 https://nyx.uky.edu/dips/xt7ghx15n111/data/mets.xml https://nyx.uky.edu/dips/xt7ghx15n111/data/87m59.xml Titler, George J., 1895-1976 19391976 6 cubic ft. collections  English University of Kentucky This digital resource may be freely searched and displayed.  Permission must be received for subsequent distribution in print or electronically.  Physical rights are retained by the owning repository.  Copyright is retained in accordance with U. S. copyright laws.  For information about permissions to reproduce or publish, contact the Special Collections Research Center. George J. Titler Collection, 1939-1976 George J. Titler Collection, 1939-1976 text George J. Titler Collection, 1939-1976 1939 2005 true xt7ghx15n111 collection false 87m59 Guide to the George J. Titler Collection,  1939-1976 Processed by Kate Black; machine-readable finding aid created by Eric Weig Special Collections 2005 Manuscripts University of Kentucky Margaret I. King Library Lexington, Kentucky 40506-0039 USA Phone: (859) 257-8611 Fax: (859) 257-6311 Email: sclref@lsv.uky.edu URL: http://www.uky.edu/Libraries/libpage.php?lweb_id=84&llib_id=13<ab_rank=3 University of Kentucky Libraries. All rights reserved. Machine-readable finding aid derived from typescript by rekeying.  Date of source:  March 1988 Description is in  English. Guide to the George J. Titler Collection,  1939-1976 Contact Information Special Collections Manuscripts University of Kentucky Margaret I. King Library Lexington, Kentucky 40506-0039 Phone: (859) 257-8611 Fax: (859) 257-6311 Email:  sclref@lsv.uky.edu URL:  http://www.uky.edu/Libraries/libpage.php?lweb_id=84&llib_id=13<ab_rank=3 Processed by: Kate Black Date Completed: March 1988 Encoded by: Eric Weig Copyright 2005 University of Kentucky. All rights reserved. George J. Titler Collection,  1939-1976 87M59 Titler, George J., 1895-1976 6 cubic ft. The materials are in  English. University of Kentucky Libraries, Special Collections Collection 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, Lexington Boyle, 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 Information Related Material In 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 List OFFICE FILES, 1969-1972 These 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, 1969 1 1 Brown, Elmer 1 2 Campaign Against Yablonski 1 3 Campaign for Yablonski 1 4 District 29, Local Unions 5997 and 7086 1 5 District 50 1 6 Election Irregularities Charged by Yablonski 1 7 Hechler, Ken [Congressman, West Virginia] 1 8 Law Suits by Yablonski 1 9 News Clippings 1 10 Platform 1 11 Water Properties Owned by Yablonski UMWA Campaign/Election, December 9, 1969 2 1 Anonymous letter 2 2 Autonomy 2 3 Campaign by Budzanoski, Michael [President, District 5] 2 4 Campaign by Childers, Alex 2 5 Campaign by Titler 2 6 Campaign by Yablonski 2 7 Candidates--Boyle, Titler, and Owens 2 8 Candidates--Kochis and Huffman 2 9 Candidates--Wolford, Brown and Thornsberry 2 10 Coal Miners' Wives [Committee] 2 11 Congratulations 2 12 District 23--Committee for Boyle Titler, and Owens 2 13 District 29--Committee for Boyle Titler, and Owens 2 14 District 30--Committee for Boyle Titler, and Owens 2 15 District 50 2 16 Hechler, Ken [Congressman, West Virginia] 2 17 Invitation to Speak 2 18 Miners' Committee for Boyle, Titler, and Owens 2 19 News [Media] 2 20 News Clippings 2 21 Nominations 2 22 Pensioners 2 23 Voting Instructions 2 24 Voting Results 2 25 West Virginia (Charleston) Meeting,  [May 4, 1969] 2 26 West Virginia (Fairmont) Meeting,  [April 27, 1969] 2 27 West Virginia (Richwood) Meeting,  [April 20, 1969] 2 28 West Virginia (Welch) Meeting,  June 13, 1969 Post - UMWA Election, 1969 3 1 Examination by Labor Department 3 2 General These materials cover topics from "challenges to election" to Miners for Democracy. Post - UMWA Election.  Senate Subcommittee [on Labor] Investigations of UMWA, 1969 4 1 Automobile Workers 4 2 Autonomy 4 3 District 5, Officials Indicated 4 4 District 5, Officials Summoned 4 5 District 28, Officials Indicated 4 6 Election Investigation, UMWA 4 7 [General] 4 8 Pension Raise 4 9 Political Contributions 4 10 Record Keeping 4 11 Support UMWA Letters to Nixon 4 12 Welfare Fund 4 13 Williams, Harrison [Senator, New Jersey] 4 14 Yablonski UMWA Election, 1972 5 1 Boyle 5 1 [General],  1970-1972 5 1 [General] 5 1 Miller [Arnold] 5 1 Miller, Trbovich, Patrick 5 1 [Nomination Meeting Schedules] 5 1 Titler 5 1 Trbovich [People] 6 1 Anderson, L.T. 6 2 Boiarsky, Mose 6 3 Bolin, Coyet 6 4 Hechler, Ken - Mine, Health and Safety 6 5 Hechler, Ken - Miscellaneous 6 6 Hechler, Ken - Rockefeller, John D., IV 6 7 Hechler, Ken - Strip Mining 6 8 Hechler, Ken - UMWA Election 6 9 Hechler, Ken - UMWA, General 6 10 Hechler, Ken - UMWA Officials 6 11 Hechler, Ken - Welfare Fund 6 12 Hechler, Ken - West Virginia Election 6 13 Hechler, Ken - Yablonskis 6 14 Kee, James [Congressman, West Virginia] 6 15 Miller, Arnold 6 16 Miller, Myrl 6 17 Moore, Arch [Governor, West Virginia] 7 1 Rockefeller, John D., IV,  1969-1970 7 2 Rockefeller, John D., IV,  1971 7 3 Rockefeller, John D., IV,  1972 7 4 Rockefeller, John D., IV,  n.d. 7 5 Silverstein, Harry,  1966-1971 CLIPPINGS AND PUBLICATIONS, 1941-1976 Clippings Biographical Materials (Oversize) 8 1 Miscellaneous 8 2 Scrapbook,  January 15, 1966 - June 17, 1973 Yablonski Murder and Subsequent Investigations 9 1 1970 9 2 1971 9 3 1972 UMWA, General 9 4 1959 9 5 1964 9 6 1965 9 7 1966 9 8 1968 9 9 1969 9 10 1970 9 11 1971 9 12 1972 UMWA, General (Oversize) 10 1 Scrapbook,  January 1972 - May 1973 10 2 1973 10 3 1976 10 4 n.d. Miscellaneous 10 5 1953-1977, n.d. Publications 11 UMW JOURNAL,  April 1, 1956 - January 16, 1975 [scattered issues] 12 1 UMWA Constitution,  1964,  1968,  1973 12 2 UMWA Constitution, District 1,  1965 12 2 UMWA Constitution, District 5,  1970 12 3 UMWA Construction Agreement,  1972,  1974 12 4 UMWA Convention Proceedings,  1968 12 5 UMWA Treasurer's Report,  1964-1971 12 6 UMWA Wage Agreement,   1958,  1968 12 7 UMWA Wage Agreement Typescript,  1971 12 8 UMWA Wage Agreement,  1971,  1974 12 9 UMWA Wage Agreement for Districts 30 and 31,  1941-1968 CALENDARS, DIARIES, AND NOTEBOOKS, 1939-1972 13 1 Date Book,  1939 13 2 Trip Diary,  June 29, 1952 - August 3, 1952 13 3 Appointment Calendars,  1966-1972 13 4 Miscellaneous handwritten notes 13 5 Notebook of Wage Contract terms,  ca. late 1960's 13 6 Address Books, Lists of telephone numbers 13 7 Sada Titler's Diary [George Titler's first wife] 13 8 Sada Titler's Funeral Register,  September 25, 1966 CORRESPONDENCE, SPEECHES, AND  HELL IN HARLAN , 1966-1976 Correspondence Other correspondence is located throughout the section, "Office Files", where it was originally placed by Titler's office. 14 1 General,  1967-1974 This contains some letters and memoranda to and from other UMWA personnel, including Tony Boyle. 14 2 Letters to the editor.  Drafts and published copies. 14 3 Personal,  1966-1976, n.d. 14 4 Sympathy letters following Titler's death, May 1, 1976 14 5 Christmas.  Cards received and sent, gift acknowledgements, gift lists. Speeches 14 6 1966-1969    HELL IN HARLAN  (1972) 14 7 Draft of Chapter 26, Epilogue 14 8 Reviews and related materials 14 9 Records of orders and sales BUSINESS AND FINANCIAL RECORDS 15 1 Black Lung Benefits 15 2 Campaign Expenses,  1969 15 3 Contributions 15 4 Health Insurance 15 5 Metropolitan Life Insurance 15 6 Organizing Expenses,  1968-1971 15 7 Social Security 15 8 Union Dues and other club dues 15 9 UMWA Health and Retirement Funds 15 10 Vacation Benefits MEMORABILIA Oversize 16 1 Appointments, awards, and memberships. 16 2 "Bloody Harlan County Blues" [anti-UMWA tract]. 16 3 The Day the Red Baron Died .  Book by Dale Titler [probably George Titler's nephew] 16 4 Bumper stickers, campaign card, and license plate. 16 5 Miscellaneous illustrations 16 6 Stationery samples 16 7 UMWA Commissions Artifacts 17 1 Hard Hat, white with "Tony Boyle, District 19" in black letters. 17 2 Gavel from 45th Consecutive Constitutional Convention, UMWA, Denver, Colorado,  September 4-13, 1968. 17 3 Paperweight with Slab Fork Coal Company insignia. 17 4 Buttons AUDIO-VISUAL MATERIALS    18 Arnold Miller Viewpoint.  Reel-to-reel,  July 31, 1972 18 Coal 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).