George J. Titler Collection, 1939-1976

Descriptive Summary

Title
George J. Titler Collection, 1939-1976
Creator
Titler, George J., 1895-1976
Extent
6 cubic ft.
Subjects
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.
Finding Aid Author
Processed by Kate Black; machine-readable finding aid created by Eric Weig
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / 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.
Scope and Content
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.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.

Contents of the Collection

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has been provided in brackets where necessary and many of the newspaper clippings which were deteriorating rapidly have been replaced by photocopies.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

Brown, Elmer

  • Box 1
  • Folder 1
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Campaign Against Yablonski

  • Box 1
  • Folder 2
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Campaign for Yablonski

  • Box 1
  • Folder 3
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District 29, Local Unions 5997 and 7086

  • Box 1
  • Folder 4
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District 50

  • Box 1
  • Folder 5
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Election Irregularities Charged by Yablonski

  • Box 1
  • Folder 6
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Hechler, Ken [Congressman, West Virginia]

  • Box 1
  • Folder 7
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Law Suits by Yablonski

  • Box 1
  • Folder 8
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News Clippings

  • Box 1
  • Folder 9
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Platform

  • Box 1
  • Folder 10
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Water Properties Owned by Yablonski

  • Box 1
  • Folder 11
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UMWA Campaign/Election, December 9, 1969

Anonymous letter

  • Box 2
  • Folder 1
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Autonomy

  • Box 2
  • Folder 2
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Campaign by Budzanoski, Michael [President, District 5]

  • Box 2
  • Folder 3
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Campaign by Childers, Alex

  • Box 2
  • Folder 4
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Campaign by Titler

  • Box 2
  • Folder 5
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Campaign by Yablonski

  • Box 2
  • Folder 6
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Candidates--Boyle, Titler, and Owens

  • Box 2
  • Folder 7
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Candidates--Kochis and Huffman

  • Box 2
  • Folder 8
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Candidates--Wolford, Brown and Thornsberry

  • Box 2
  • Folder 9
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Coal Miners' Wives [Committee]

  • Box 2
  • Folder 10
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Congratulations

  • Box 2
  • Folder 11
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District 23--Committee for Boyle Titler, and Owens

  • Box 2
  • Folder 12
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District 29--Committee for Boyle Titler, and Owens

  • Box 2
  • Folder 13
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District 30--Committee for Boyle Titler, and Owens

  • Box 2
  • Folder 14
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District 50

  • Box 2
  • Folder 15
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Hechler, Ken [Congressman, West Virginia]

  • Box 2
  • Folder 16
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Invitation to Speak

  • Box 2
  • Folder 17
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Miners' Committee for Boyle, Titler, and Owens

  • Box 2
  • Folder 18
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News [Media]

  • Box 2
  • Folder 19
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News Clippings

  • Box 2
  • Folder 20
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Nominations

  • Box 2
  • Folder 21
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Pensioners

  • Box 2
  • Folder 22
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Voting Instructions

  • Box 2
  • Folder 23
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Voting Results

  • Box 2
  • Folder 24
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West Virginia (Charleston) Meeting, [May 4, 1969]

  • Box 2
  • Folder 25
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West Virginia (Fairmont) Meeting, [April 27, 1969]

  • Box 2
  • Folder 26
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West Virginia (Richwood) Meeting, [April 20, 1969]

  • Box 2
  • Folder 27
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West Virginia (Welch) Meeting, June 13, 1969

  • Box 2
  • Folder 28
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Post - UMWA Election, 1969

Examination by Labor Department

  • Box 3
  • Folder 1
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General

  • Box 3
  • Folder 2
These materials cover topics from "challenges to election" to Miners for Democracy.
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Post - UMWA Election. Senate Subcommittee [on Labor] Investigations of UMWA, 1969

Automobile Workers

  • Box 4
  • Folder 1
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Autonomy

  • Box 4
  • Folder 2
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District 5, Officials Indicated

  • Box 4
  • Folder 3
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District 5, Officials Summoned

  • Box 4
  • Folder 4
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District 28, Officials Indicated

  • Box 4
  • Folder 5
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Election Investigation, UMWA

  • Box 4
  • Folder 6
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[General]

  • Box 4
  • Folder 7
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Pension Raise

  • Box 4
  • Folder 8
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Political Contributions

  • Box 4
  • Folder 9
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Record Keeping

  • Box 4
  • Folder 10
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Support UMWA Letters to Nixon

  • Box 4
  • Folder 11
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Welfare Fund

  • Box 4
  • Folder 12
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Williams, Harrison [Senator, New Jersey]

  • Box 4
  • Folder 13
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Yablonski

  • Box 4
  • Folder 14
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UMWA Election, 1972

Boyle

  • Box 5
  • Folder 1
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[General], 1970-1972

  • Box 5
  • Folder 1
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[General]

  • Box 5
  • Folder 1
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Miller [Arnold]

  • Box 5
  • Folder 1
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Miller, Trbovich, Patrick

  • Box 5
  • Folder 1
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[Nomination Meeting Schedules]

  • Box 5
  • Folder 1
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Titler

  • Box 5
  • Folder 1
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Trbovich

  • Box 5
  • Folder 1
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[People]

Anderson, L.T.

  • Box 6
  • Folder 1
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Boiarsky, Mose

  • Box 6
  • Folder 2
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Bolin, Coyet

  • Box 6
  • Folder 3
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Hechler, Ken - Mine, Health and Safety

  • Box 6
  • Folder 4
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Hechler, Ken - Miscellaneous

  • Box 6
  • Folder 5
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Hechler, Ken - Rockefeller, John D., IV

  • Box 6
  • Folder 6
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Hechler, Ken - Strip Mining

  • Box 6
  • Folder 7
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Hechler, Ken - UMWA Election

  • Box 6
  • Folder 8
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Hechler, Ken - UMWA, General

  • Box 6
  • Folder 9
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Hechler, Ken - UMWA Officials

  • Box 6
  • Folder 10
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Hechler, Ken - Welfare Fund

  • Box 6
  • Folder 11
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Hechler, Ken - West Virginia Election

  • Box 6
  • Folder 12
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Hechler, Ken - Yablonskis

  • Box 6
  • Folder 13
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Kee, James [Congressman, West Virginia]

  • Box 6
  • Folder 14
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Miller, Arnold

  • Box 6
  • Folder 15
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Miller, Myrl

  • Box 6
  • Folder 16
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Moore, Arch [Governor, West Virginia]

  • Box 6
  • Folder 17
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Rockefeller, John D., IV, 1969-1970

  • Box 7
  • Folder 1
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Rockefeller, John D., IV, 1971

  • Box 7
  • Folder 2
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Rockefeller, John D., IV, 1972

  • Box 7
  • Folder 3
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Rockefeller, John D., IV, n.d.

  • Box 7
  • Folder 4
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Silverstein, Harry, 1966-1971

  • Box 7
  • Folder 5
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CLIPPINGS AND PUBLICATIONS, 1941-1976

Clippings

Biographical Materials (Oversize)

Miscellaneous

  • Box 8
  • Folder 1
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Scrapbook, January 15, 1966 - June 17, 1973

  • Box 8
  • Folder 2
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Yablonski Murder and Subsequent Investigations

1970

  • Box 9
  • Folder 1
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1971

  • Box 9
  • Folder 2
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1972

  • Box 9
  • Folder 3
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UMWA, General

1959

  • Box 9
  • Folder 4
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1964

  • Box 9
  • Folder 5
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1965

  • Box 9
  • Folder 6
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1966

  • Box 9
  • Folder 7
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1968

  • Box 9
  • Folder 8
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1969

  • Box 9
  • Folder 9
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1970

  • Box 9
  • Folder 10
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1971

  • Box 9
  • Folder 11
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1972

  • Box 9
  • Folder 12
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UMWA, General (Oversize)

Scrapbook, January 1972 - May 1973

  • Box 10
  • Folder 1
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1973

  • Box 10
  • Folder 2
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1976

  • Box 10
  • Folder 3
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n.d.

  • Box 10
  • Folder 4
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Miscellaneous

1953-1977, n.d.

  • Box 10
  • Folder 5
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Publications

UMW JOURNAL, April 1, 1956 - January 16, 1975

  • Box 11
[scattered issues]
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UMWA Constitution, 1964, 1968, 1973

  • Box 12
  • Folder 1
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UMWA Constitution, District 1, 1965

  • Box 12
  • Folder 2
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UMWA Constitution, District 5, 1970

  • Box 12
  • Folder 2
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UMWA Construction Agreement, 1972, 1974

  • Box 12
  • Folder 3
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UMWA Convention Proceedings, 1968

  • Box 12
  • Folder 4
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UMWA Treasurer's Report, 1964-1971

  • Box 12
  • Folder 5
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UMWA Wage Agreement, 1958, 1968

  • Box 12
  • Folder 6
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UMWA Wage Agreement Typescript, 1971

  • Box 12
  • Folder 7
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UMWA Wage Agreement, 1971, 1974

  • Box 12
  • Folder 8
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UMWA Wage Agreement for Districts 30 and 31, 1941-1968

  • Box 12
  • Folder 9
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CALENDARS, DIARIES, AND NOTEBOOKS, 1939-1972

Date Book, 1939

  • Box 13
  • Folder 1
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Trip Diary, June 29, 1952 - August 3, 1952

  • Box 13
  • Folder 2
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Appointment Calendars, 1966-1972

  • Box 13
  • Folder 3
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Miscellaneous handwritten notes

  • Box 13
  • Folder 4
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Notebook of Wage Contract terms, ca. late 1960's

  • Box 13
  • Folder 5
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Address Books, Lists of telephone numbers

  • Box 13
  • Folder 6
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Sada Titler's Diary [George Titler's first wife]

  • Box 13
  • Folder 7
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Sada Titler's Funeral Register, September 25, 1966

  • Box 13
  • Folder 8
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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.

General, 1967-1974

  • Box 14
  • Folder 1
This contains some letters and memoranda to and from other UMWA personnel, including Tony Boyle.
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Letters to the editor. Drafts and published copies.

  • Box 14
  • Folder 2
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Personal, 1966-1976, n.d.

  • Box 14
  • Folder 3
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Sympathy letters following Titler's death, May 1, 1976

  • Box 14
  • Folder 4
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Christmas. Cards received and sent, gift acknowledgements, gift lists.

  • Box 14
  • Folder 5
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Speeches

1966-1969

  • Box 14
  • Folder 6
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HELL IN HARLAN (1972)

Draft of Chapter 26, Epilogue

  • Box 14
  • Folder 7
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Reviews and related materials

  • Box 14
  • Folder 8
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Records of orders and sales

  • Box 14
  • Folder 9
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BUSINESS AND FINANCIAL RECORDS

Black Lung Benefits

  • Box 15
  • Folder 1
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Campaign Expenses, 1969

  • Box 15
  • Folder 2
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Contributions

  • Box 15
  • Folder 3
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Health Insurance

  • Box 15
  • Folder 4
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Metropolitan Life Insurance

  • Box 15
  • Folder 5
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Organizing Expenses, 1968-1971

  • Box 15
  • Folder 6
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Social Security

  • Box 15
  • Folder 7
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Union Dues and other club dues

  • Box 15
  • Folder 8
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UMWA Health and Retirement Funds

  • Box 15
  • Folder 9
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Vacation Benefits

  • Box 15
  • Folder 10
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MEMORABILIA

Oversize

Appointments, awards, and memberships.

  • Box 16
  • Folder 1
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"Bloody Harlan County Blues" [anti-UMWA tract].

  • Box 16
  • Folder 2
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The Day the Red Baron Died. Book by Dale Titler [probably George Titler's nephew]

  • Box 16
  • Folder 3
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Bumper stickers, campaign card, and license plate.

  • Box 16
  • Folder 4
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Miscellaneous illustrations

  • Box 16
  • Folder 5
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Stationery samples

  • Box 16
  • Folder 6
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UMWA Commissions

  • Box 16
  • Folder 7
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Artifacts

Hard Hat, white with "Tony Boyle, District 19" in black letters.

  • Box 17
  • Item 1
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Gavel from 45th Consecutive Constitutional Convention, UMWA, Denver, Colorado, September 4-13, 1968.

  • Box 17
  • Item 2
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Paperweight with Slab Fork Coal Company insignia.

  • Box 17
  • Item 3
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Buttons

  • Box 17
  • Item 4
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AUDIO-VISUAL MATERIALS

Arnold Miller Viewpoint. Reel-to-reel, July 31, 1972

  • Box 18
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Coal Miner Songs by Merl[e] Travis, Hobo Jack, and the Goins Bros. Reel-to-reel. 7 1/2 ips. Fulltrack. WLSI, Pikeville, Kentucky.

  • Box 18
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"Coal Miners for Boyle, Titler, Owens." 33 1/3 rpm singles (2 copies).

  • Box 18
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