Harlan County mine strike photographs

Abstract

The Harlan County mine strike photographs (dated 1939; 0.25 cubic feet; 1 box) consists of twenty-two black and white silver prints of Kentucky National Guardsmen and Harlan County mine workers during the Harlan County mine strike in 1939.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Harlan County mine strike photographs
Extent
0.25 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Coal mines and mining -- Kentucky
Coal miners -- Kentucky -- Harlan County
Labor unions -- Kentucky.
Strikes and lockouts -- Coal mining -- Kentucky -- Harlan County.
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Processed by: Staff, Jason Flahardy; machine-readable finding aid created by:Jason Flahardy
Preferred Citation
81pa109: [identification of item], Harlan County mine strike photographs, 1939, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
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 May 15th, 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 Harlan County mine strike photographs (dated 1939; 0.25 cubic feet; 1 box) consists of twenty-two black and white silver prints of Kentucky National Guardsmen and Harlan County mine workers during the Harlan County mine strike in 1939.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.

Contents of the Collection

Three National Guardsmen at a table, 1939

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Nine miners sitting in a coal mine, 1939

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National Guardsmen on a hillside, overlooking a road, 1939

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National Guardsmen around an outdoor fire, 1939

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Strings of empty coal cars on railroad tracks, 1939

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A crowd of miners lined up to pick up lunch, 1939

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Miners on a mining cart leaving a mine entrance, 1939

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A crowd of men and women walking on a road with cars parked at the side, 1939

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Miners leaving a mine entrance in a cart with police watching, 1939

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National Guardsmen watching a crowd of miners blocking a road, 1939

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A crowd of miners blocking a road, 1939

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A crowd of miners confronting soldiers, 1939

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National Guardsmen dismounting from trucks at an assembly point, 1939

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Troops confronting miners on a railroad track, 1939

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A National Guardsmen talking with an elderly man, 1939

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A crowd of miners in the bed of a truck, under guard, 1939

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A line of miners with troops leading them, 1939

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A grinning miner surrounded by National Guardsmen, 1939

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An officer reading some document to three men, 1939

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National Guardsmen and civilians talking, 1939

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Two women with an injured man, 1939

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National Guardsmen at a trestle, 1939

  • Box 1, item 22
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