Appalachian Coal, Labor, and Activism Book & Pamphlet Collection
AC 013

 Documents, Pamphlets, Reports, Nonfiction, and Fiction books related to Coal and Labor

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McConnell Library Archives and Special Collections
Appalachian Coal, Labor, and Activism Book & Pamphlet Collection
AC 013
Date [inclusive]
3.5 Linear feet
Located in locked compact shelving, level 1.
This collection contains various pamphlets, documents, reports, and other materials related to coal mining and labor unions, primarily in the southern Appalachian coal fields. Topics include Mother Jones, labor strikes, mining safety, labor organizing, labor newspapers, the Paint Creek strike of 1912-13, and other topics. Many of the descriptions were written by Lorne Bair of Lorne Bair Rare Books, and are used with his permission. Also includes a number of non-fiction books, novels, plays, reports, and related to coal mining, labor unions, Appalachian activism, Appalachian music, and other regional topics. A number of the pamphlets were originally published by Appalachian Movement Press of Huntington, WV.

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[Identification of item], Coal and Labor Collection, Appalachian Collection, McConnell Library, Radford University, Radford, VA.

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Processed by Gene Hyde and Adrian Whicker, Fall 2011.

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Collection Inventory


Box 1: Government Documents, Pamphlets, Booklets, Flyers, and Ephemera 


Folder 1: Pamphlet: The Case of the Bituminous Coal Mine Workers, The United Mine Workers of America, 1920. Description: Important pamphlet, written at least in part by the UMWA's new President at the time, John L. Lewis. Lays out the circumstances which led Lewis, later that year, to initiate the West Virginia coalfield strike, precipitating the Battle of Matewan and the ensuing Miners' Rebellion, in which nearly 10,000 West Virginia miners took up arms against the mine owners and their hired militias. 1920 

Folder 2: Pamphlet: A Message to the Miners of West Virginia, by Governor Homer A. Holt. 1939. Description: A lengthy message to the bituminous coal miners of West Virginia from Governor Homer A. Holt (Governor of West Virginia, 1937-1941), in which he expresses his disagreement with president Van Bittner and vice president William Blizzard of District 17 of the UMWA and reprints heated correspondence between himself and president of the West Virginia Industrial Union Council, John B. Easton. After likening these union organizations to Communist labor unions, he reminds miners that the labor methods of Stalin and Hitler are un-American and should be avoided. 1939 

Folder 3: Pamphlet: The Mining and Preparation of D&H Anthracite, Scranton, PA: Hudson Coal Company, 1944. Description: Promotional pamphlet for the D&H [Delaware and Hudson] Anthracite mined and processed by the Hudson Coal Company. With a four page introduction on coal production and safety procedures and regulations enforced by the company. Heavily illustrated with photographs of six local collieries, coal miners, and coal processing machinery. 1944 

Folder 4: Government Document: Coal-Land Laws and Regulations Thereunder, General Land Office, April 12, 1907. Description: Regulations and laws relating to purchasing and maintaining public coal-lands of the United States and its territories. With a second part devoted to extending coal-land laws to the state of Alaska. Including two supplemental instructions issued by Commissioner R. A. Ballinger dated April 24, 1907 and May 20, 1907. 1907 

Folder 5: Pamphlet: Martha Berry and Her Work by Albert Shaw. Reprinted from June Issue, Review of Reviews. Ca. 1920. Description:Small fundraising brochure for the noted Berry Schools, a group of North Georgia settlement schools established by Martha Berry in 1904. Reprints the text of a laudatory article by Albert Shaw which originally appeared in his Review of Reviews. Inside rear wrapper is a pledge form; wrappers illustrated with halftone images of the original Berry School cabin (front) and the Roosevelt Memorial Medal (rear). 1920 

Folder 6: Pamphlet: The Coal Miners. Their Problems in War and Peace, by William Z. Foster. 1945. Description: A conversation between William Foster, Tony Milotte (president of a local Pittsburgh union), two miners (Mike McGuire and Bob Morgan) and a steel worker (Tom Harrison) on war, John L. Lewis, miners' wages, and Roosevelt. 1945 

Folder 7: Pamphlet: Workers' Defense. Official Organ of the General Defense Committee. Vol. 1 Number 1 - October, 1931. Description: First issue of the General Defense Commmittee's short-lived [October 1931 - December 1932] newsletter. Focuses on the imprisonment of seven Harlan Miners following a May, 1931 picket-line melee. 1931 

Folder 8: Pamphlet: Outlaw Strikes in the Anthracite Fields: Suspensions Called in Violation of Agreement to Submit Grievances to Established Agencies for Conciliation and Arbitration. Submitted to the United States Coal Commission on Behalf of the General Policies Committee of Anthracite Operators. May 1, 1923. Description: A bulletin calling for a change in regulations mandated by the United Mine Workers and the Board of Conciliation to result in fewer outlaw strikes and less monetary loss during times of dispute. 

Folder 9: Pamphlet: Bloody Harlan. The Story of Four Miners Serving Life for...Daring to Organize a Union. Daring to Strike. Daring to Picket. Facts from the Court Records in the Harlan Frame-Up Trials, by Kentucky Miners Defense, 1937. Description: Fundraising pamphlet for the defense of Bill Jones, Chester Poore, Jim Reynolds, and Al Benson, four Kentucky miners imprisoned in 1931 on charges of murdering three coal company guards. 1937 

Folder 10: Pamphlet: The Shame that is Kentucky's! General Defense Committee. 1932. Description: Detailed account of events and circumstances leading up to the 1931 Harlan County strike and riot that resulted in the wrongful conviction of seven miners. 1932 

Folder 11: Pamphlet: Coal Miners' Jargon, Madisonville Community College. ca. 1970s. Description:Small pamphlet, filled with 173 coal mining terms and their definitions. Published by Madisonville Community College in cooperation with Mountain Empire Community College and Westmoreland Coal Company Miners in Big Stone Gap, VA. 

Folder 12: Pamphlet: How Much Longer Their Living Death? Seven Years in Prison May 5, 1931 - May 5, 1938. Four Harlan Miners Serving Life for Loyalty to Labor. [WITH] Two printed press releases from the Kentucky Miners Defence Committee. Kentucky Miners Defense Fund. 1938. Description: Together, three items, all pleading the case of four Harlan County miners who were wrongfully imprisoned following a May, 1931 picket-line melee. The pamphlet offers a general account of events leading up to the riot, in which one miner and three Company guards were killed. The two press releases comment upon the declining health of the inmates, especially Jim Reynolds who is said to be suffering from "infectious arthritis." 1938 

Folder 13: Booklet: The Socialist & Labor Star. Huntington, W.Va. 1912-1915, by David Corbin, 1971. Description: Details the short life of the political newspaper, The Socialist and Labor Star, printed in Huntington, WV from 1912-1915. The newspaper "sought to arouse the laboring class of West Virginia to improve their working environment and to demand the profit of their toil, and surplus value." Includes 8pp of photographs and several line illustrations in the text. 1971 

Folder 14: Pamphlet: Jobs, Peace, Unity: John L. Lewis Speaks to Youth! 1940. Description: Reprint of speech given by CIO President John L. Lewis to the Citizenship Institute of the American Youth Congress in Washington, D.C., February 10, 1940. 1940 

Folder 15: Government Document: Investigation of Paint Creek Coal Fields of West Virginia. March 9, 1914. 63rd Congress, 2nd Session. Senate Report No. 321. 1914. Decription: An investigation into alleged official misconduct during the Paint Creek - Cabin Creek Strike of 1912-13. The Investigating Committee included senators Claude Augustus Swanson, Shields, Martine, Kenyon and Borah. 1914 

Folder 16: Government Document: Report of the Committee of Commerce & Manufactures, to Whom Was Referred, on the Twenty-Fifth Ultimo, the Petition of James Heron, and Others, Proprietors of Coal Mines in the State of Virginia. By Order of the House of Representatives, 1798. Description:Reprints and responds to Heron's plea for an increase on the duty on foreign coal, on the premise that Virginia's coal fields were sufficient to meet the needs of the new Republic but that costs of transportation made it impossible to compete with imports. 1798 

Folder 17: Pamphlet: Some Coal Measure Sections ...near... Peytona, West Virginia. (With Two Large Maps.) Reprinted from the Proc. Amer. Philos. Soc., Vol. xxxiii, November 23, 1894. Description: Results of surveys conducted near Peytona, West Virginia in 1872. Includes several charts describing the presence of types of mineral, rock, and coal measured in feet and inches. With two fold-out topographical coal tract maps at rear. 1894 

Folder 18: Booklet: The Incomparable Don Chafin. Review of the life of Logan's dauntless and indomitable sheriff who prevented the invasion of Logan County on two occasions by armed miners from the Kanawha Valley coalfields, by George T. Swain, 1962. Description: Account of the 1920-21 West Virginia Coal War and the role of sheriff Don Chafin, who led an army of 3,000 anti-Union guards to quell the Battle of Blair Mountain. 1962 

Folder 19: Booklet: We're Alright But We Ain't Special. By Three Women From Appalachia (Gail V. Amburgey, Mary Joan Coleman, and Pauletta Hansel), 1976. Description: Poems of the southern West Virginia coal country. The three authors were all members of the Soupbean Poetry Cooperative at Antioch College/Appalachia in Beckley. 1976 

Folder 20: Booklet: Work Stoppages in West Virginia, 1951-55 by Gerald G. Somers, 1957. Description: A study of the work stoppages of West Virginia; outlining trends by strikes, geography, size, and union involvement. Volume 5, Number 3 of West Virginia University Business and Economic Studies. 1957 

Folder 21: Booklet: The Kentucky Miners Struggle. The Record of a Year of Lawless Violence. The Only Complete Picture of Events Briefly Told. American Civil Liberties Union, 1932. Description: Brief history of the Kentucky coal fields in Harlan and Bell Counties, followed by a timeline of the events that occured after the battle at Evarts and the Harlan Miners strike. Seven Harlan County miners were convicted and sentenced to life in prison following a picket-line turned riot on May 5, 1931. Though no investigation was held for the miners' deaths, fifteen miners were tried for conspiring to murder the three guards. In 1935 three of the seven imprisoned miners were freed by Governor Ruby Laffoon. The four remaining prisoners, Jim Reynolds, W.B. Jones, Chester Poore, and Al Benson were not released until 1941. 1932 

Folder 22: Pamphlet: Free the Harlan Miners by Christmas, 1936! by Kentucky Miners Defense, 1936. Description: Pamphlet issued to raise funds for four Harlan County miners who were imprisoned following a May, 1931 picket-line melee. Urges readers to send money to the Kentucky Miners Defense and petitions Governor Chandler of Kentucky to free the miners by Christmas of 1936. 1936 

Folder 23: Sheet music: A Miner's Life by Pearl Stewart, 1933. Description: "A Miner's Life" written by Pearl Stuart and arranged by Al Bishop, "Dedicated to those brave men who risk their lives in the darkened coal mine tob, deep in the bowls of the earth, in order to keep our home fires burning." Though not much can be found of Pearl Stewart, her song lyrics indicate she was a miner's wife who deeply respected the trade and those working within it. The song was performed by the Smith Boy's Trio in the 1930s; the front cover features a photograph of the three boys. Music publisher's advertisements to recto and verso of rear cover. 

Folder 24: Booklet: The Pittston Mentality: Manslaughter on Buffalo Creek, by Thomas N. and Davitt McAteer. 1972. Description: Reprint from the May, 1972 issue of Washington Monthly. Written by editor of the monthly newsletter "Coal Patrol," Thomas Bethell, and lawyer for Ralph Nader's Center for the Study of Responsive Law, Davitt McAteer. 1972 

Folder 25: Pamphlet: John Mitchell Exposed. His Autocratic and Traitorous Conduct in the Colorado-Utah Strike, and His Nefarious Connection with the National Civic Federation Laid Bare, by Robert Randell, 1905. Description: An attack by Wyoming delegate Robert Randell on UMWA president John Mitchell, accusing him of conspiring with mine owners to "sell out" the union. 1905 

Folder 26: Booklet: Songs for Southern Workers: 1937 Songbook of the Kentucky Workers Alliance, by Don West, 1973. Description: Re-issue of West's 1937 song book, originally prepared while he was chairman of the Kentucky Workers Alliance, a militant coalition of WPA workers and unemployed miners active during the Depression. 1973 

Folder 27: Pamphlet: Official Business Directory of the Pocahontas, Tug River and Clinch Valley Coalfields, Containing Names of All Coal Companies on the Norfolk & Western, the Virginian, the Carolina, Clinchfield & Ohio, the South and Western and the Virginia Southwestern Railroads, with Their Post Offices, Shipping Points, General Managers and Buyers. Together with a Complete Directory of the Business Houses in the Principal Towns in this Territory, 1910. Description: Scarce business directory for the southern coalfields of West Virginia and southwest Virginia, providing a comprehensive listing of collieries, along with their shipping points, superintendents, and purchasing managers. Includes a general (but clearly not comprehensive) business directory of the principal towns in the region, including Bluefield, Bramwell, Northfork, Keystone, Pocahontas, Princeton, Roanoke, and Welch. Numerous ads. Apparently issued as an advertising medium for local hotels; this copy stamped "Compliments of Princeton Inn, Princeton, W.Va." on front cover, with a full display ad for this hotel on rear cover. 1910 

Folder 28: Booklet: The Herdsman's Horn, by A.C. Harness. 1875. Description: A scarce imprint, and a delightfully esoteric publication. The text consists of several brief epistolary essays, interspersed with poetry on millenarian (or at least religious-revolutionary) themes; most significant is a 15-point "Bill of Rights" attacking corporate capitalism and calling for the abolition of taxes and church tithes. A footnote following this declaration states, "...The author of this pamphlet has been accused of Communism, because he has proven that Communism will, necessarily, follow the oppression and bad government which has ruled this country and Europe for many years past [...] Then, because we are strong enough, have the physical power, we will cut your throats and take our property back. This is Communism. A public executioner sent to destroy a society which tolerates public robbery." Very scarce home-grown Christian anarcho-syndicalism, likely prompted by local events and not apparently related to any formal political movement of the time (though two of the "letters" are laudatory of the Grangers). 1875 

Folder 29: Booklet: Fighting for Survival: The Bootleg Coal Industry, by William Keating, Paul Mattick, and Louis Adamick. 1973. Description: Two articles about the history and devastating effects of the bootleg coal industry, originally published in Living Marxism (1938) and The Nation (1935). With a poem by miner William Keating printed on front leaf titled "My Wee Coal Hole." 1973 

Folder 30: Pamphlet: Blessed are the Peace Makers, Rev. Donald L. West. ca. 1941. Description: An appeal to the "peace lovers of the South" using quotations from the Bible to warn citizens against fascism, corporations, and foreign wars. West, most notable for his radical literature and as co-founder of the Highlander Folk School, earned his divinity degree at Vanderbilt University in 1931. In the 1930s and 40s he served at local American Congregational churches, including one in Meansville, Georgia, where he presumably wrote and published this piece. After controversy arose from some of his more radical publications, West resigned from the church and pursued his teaching career. We find scant information regarding West's "Country Parsons Press," but the December 1941 issue of The Crisis offers the following account of West's newsletter, also titled The Country Parson: "Mixed in with the announcements of box suppers and missionary society meetings are accounts of resolutions against the poll tax and against peonage passed by women's and youth organizations..." 1941 

Folder 31: Pamphlet: Mother Jones in Appalachia, by Keith Dix, ca. 1970. Description: Reprint of an article originally appearing in the June-July, 1970 issue of "People's Appalachia." 

Folder 32: Booklet: Mother Jones, Woman Organizer. And Her Relations With Miners' Wives, Working Women, and the Suffrage Movement, by Priscilla Long. 1976. Description: An examination of Mother Jones's relation to labor movement as a woman, and her relationships with miners' wives, working women, and women involved in the suffrage movement. 1976 

Folder 33: Booklet: The West Virginia Miners Union, 1931. As Reported at the time in Labor Age, by Appalachian Movement Press. 1972. Description: A selection of articles reprinted from Labor Age dating from April to December 1931 depicting harsh living conditions and general union activities of the West Virginia mountaineer miner. Heavily illustrated with photographs and political drawings. 1972 

Folder 34: Government Document: Governmental Protection of Labor's Right to Organize, National Labor Relations Board, Division of Economic Research. 1936. 1936 

Folder 35: Ephemera found in monographs in this collection: 1) 1933 West Virginia hunting bag limits card; 2) Flyer advertising Don West's collection of poetry, Clods of Southern Earth 

Folder 36: Speech by Charles L. Faulkner, Representative from West Virginia, to the U.S. House of Representatives, April 10, 1876. "Mineral and Agricultural Resources of the State of West Virginia." Speech in support of H.R. No 3022 "making appropriations for the construction, repair, preservation, and completion of certain public works, of rivers and harbors, and for other purposes." 

Folder 37: Booklet: "Some Local Archaeology: A Paper Read Before the West Virginia Historical and Antiquarian Society," by Dr. J. P. Hale, President, on January 18, 1898. Describes Dr. Hale's examination of several burial mounds and stone walls in the Kanawha Valley and Paint Creek. 

Folder 38: Poster: "Go To It, MIners." and "D.D. Stewart 'In Far Famed Kentucky' Flyer. Both have been digitized and are in the RU Digital Collections Appalachian Studies Collection: 

Box 2: International Correspondence Schools: 53 home study books bound in 6 volumes related to coal mining, engineering, mathematics, and related courses. Published by International Correspondence Schools, Scranton, PA, c. 1938-1942 Each booklet "prepared especially for home study." Coal Mining booklets include Mine Ventilation, Drilling and Blasting Coal, Timbering, Mechanics, Rope Haulage in Coal Mining, Mine-Haulage Calculations and Cars, Hydromechanics, Mine Pumps, Coal Cutters, Hoisting, Mine Openings, Methods of Mining Coal, Mine Gases, Explosions, and Fire, Geology of Coal, etc. Related booklets include Trigonometry and Graphs, various mathematics and engineering topics, etc. These were clearly used and studied, quite possibly in mines. 


Box 3: Documents, Pamphlets, Booklets, Flyers, and Ephemera 


Folder 1: Paul Nyden. Black Coal Miners in the United States. New York: The American Institute for Marxist Studies, 1974. Issued as AIMS Occasional Paper No. 15. 

Folder 2: American Friends Service Committee Report of the Child Relief Work in the Bituminous Coal Fields by the American Friends Service Committee. September 1, 1931 - August 31, 1932. Annual report of relief efforts in the coal fields of Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia during the strike year of 1931-2. 

Folder 3: Pamphlet: Don West. Southern Mountain Folk Tradition and the Folksong "Stars" Syndrome. Huntington, WV: Appalachian Movement Press, [ca 1970]. Two articles by Don West, originally published in the magazine "The Appalachian South," critiquing the commercial folk song "industry" of the Sixties. West portrays the "Folk Stars" cult as violating "...the nature and spirit of folksong...either their sponsors lack respect for the folk tradition, are ignorant of it, or just chase a fast buck." 

Folder 4: Flyer: Appalachian Movement Press. Introductory Subscription Information. Huntington, WV: Appalachian Movement Press, N.d. (ca 1970). Early prospectus for Don West's Appalachian Movement Press, offering standing orders for the company's publications covering the "culture, history and present day political and economic situation of the region." Subscriptions were available on a sliding scale, based upon the customer's ability to pay - from $7.50 per annum for "Working Appalachians" to $25 for "wealthy Appalachians (incomes over $15,000 yearly);" free for unemployed workers. The Appalachian Movement Press issued some fifty publications from its founding in 1969 through the mid-Seventies. Don West (1906-1992) was a prominent civil rights activist, labor organizer and agitator on behalf of southern Appalachian culture. He was a co-founder of the Highlander Folk School in Monteagle, Tennessee and, later, of the Appalachian Folk Life Center in Pipestem, West Virginia. 

Folder 5: National Labor Relations Board The Effect of Labor Relations in the Bituminous Coal Industry Upon Interstate Commerce Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1938. Includes detailed analyses of the UMWA strikes of 1919, 1922, and 1927; the subsequent decline in union membership; and the reintroduction of collective bargaining during the Great Depression. Large folding map at rear showing the bituminous coal regions of southern Appalachia. 

Folder 6: Pamphlet: Mary A Bufwack & Robert K. Oermann Songs of Self-Assertion: Women in Country Music Somerville, MA: New England Free Press, [1979]. Important analysis of the proletarian roots of American country music, and the pathway to solidarity and self- definition that the genre has historically provided to working-class women. 

Folder 7: Pamphlet: James Branscome. Annihilating the Hillbilly: The Appalachians' Struggle with America's Institutions Huntington, WV: Appalachian Movement Press, [ca 1970]. Critique of the portrayal of Appalachia in popular culture and governmental institutions. The author was director of Youth Leadership Development for the Appalachian Regional Commission. 

Folder 8: Chapbook: Don West. A Time For Anger. Huntington, WV: Appalachian Movement Press, [1970]. Reprints poems from West's collections Clods of Southern Earth (1946) and The Road is Rocky (1951). Edited, with a foreword by Tom Woodruff. Cartoons and graphics added for this edition. 

Folder 9: Pamphlet: William C. Blizzard. West Virginia Wonderland. Huntington, WV: Appalachian Movement Press, [ca 1970]. Critique of the exploitation of West Virginia's people and natural resources by industry and absentee landowners. Concentrates especially on the case of West Virginia governor William Marland (1954-8), whose support of a severance tax on natural resources resulted in his ouster by Big Coal. The coal operators' attacks on Marland were so successful that by the mid-1960s he was forced to support himself as a taxi driver in Chicago. Reprinted from the magazine "Appalachian South." 

Folder 10: Pamphlet: Barry Barkan and R. Baldwin Floyd. Picking Poverty's Pocket. Huntington, WV: Appalachian Movement Press, [ca 1970] Detailed attack on the exploitative practices of Big Coal in southwest Virginia, focusing on the activities of Pittston Coal Company and the Penn-Central railroad. The article was originally published in "Article One: A Magazine for the New Virginia." 

Folder 11: Pamphlet: Don West. Robert Tharin: Biography of a Mountain Abolitionist Huntington, WV: Appalachian Movement Press, [ca 1970]. Biography of Tharin, an Alabama lawyer who led a little-known abolition movement in the mountains of Alabama in the 1860s. Based upon contemporary newspaper accounts, this is apparently the only published biography of Tharin. 

Folder 12: Pamphlet. Thoughts of Mother Jones Compiled from Her Writings and Speeches. Huntington, WV: Appalachian Movement Press, [ca 1970] Brief compilation of quotes from the writings of Mary "Mother" Jones, the fiery IWW orator and organizer of the West Virginia coalfields. 

Folder 13: The Appalachian South: Cultural Heritage - Folklore, Song, History, People. Vol I, no. 1. Charleston, WV: Appalachian Associates, 1965. Inaugural issue of this short-lived but ambitious periodical devoted to southern Appalachian culture and welfare. The cover illustration is a full-page portrait of the North Carolina folksinger Hedy West, who is profiled within in a lengthy article by Cratis Williams. Other contributors include Bruce Crawford, Carter Woodson, and May Justus. 

Folder 14: Pamphlet. Vance Randolph. Funny Stories about Hillbillies. A Haldeman-Julius "Big Blue Book," featuring several dozen jokes and longer vignettes reinforcing the hillbilly stereotype. The foreword states that most of the stories have their origin in Ozark folk culture. The author, a noted folklorist from the Ozarks, deliberately attributes Ozark settings whenever possible. 


Nonfiction books on mining and labor unions 


Book: From Humble Beginnings. West Virginia State Federation of Labor, 1903-1957 Charleston, WV: West Virginia Labor History Publishing Fund Committee, 1960. By Evelyn L. K. Harris and Frank J. Krebs. Description: A history of the West Virginia State Federation of Labor from its inception in Huntington, WV in 1903. 

Book: The Child That Toileth Not: The Story of a Government Investigation. New York: Gracia Publishing Company, 1912. By Thomas Robinson Dawley. xii+490pp; illus. Description: A largely favorable review of working conditions for children in the cotton mills of the New South. Dawley was a pioneer sociologist, among the first to focus on the phenomenon of white poverty in Appalachia and the mountain South; his findings, however, ran so counter to the reformist spirit of the times that this report was suppressed by the Department of Labor, forcing him to publish his research independently in this volume. More than 100 plates and text illustrations after photographs by the author. 

Book: Coal and Unionism. A History of the American Coal Miners' Union Silver Spring, MD: Lynald Books, 1939. By David J and Edward A. Lynch. 226pp. Description: A history of the United Mine Workers of America from the first organized union in 1849. With a rate table on last leaf of daily wages from 1892-1939. 

Book: Keeping the Home Fires Burning: a Book About the Coal Miner. By Damon D. Watkins. Millfield Disaster Memorial Edition. Columbus, OH: The Ohio Company, 1937. Description: Early days of the UMWA in Ohio, with an account of the 1930 Millfield Mine disaster. 

Book: The Miner's Freedom: a Study of the Working Life in a Changing Industry. By Carter Goodrich. New York: Workers Education Bureau, 1926. 189p. Description: Workers Education Bureau Series no. 1 - a reprint of the 1925 Boston edition. 

Book: Tin Soldiers: The Organized Militia and What it Really Is. By William Merriam Pratt, Boston: Richard Badger, 1912. First Edition. 185pp. Description: A plea for volunteer militias organized to quell strikes and bust unions. 

Book: Proceedings of the Forty-First Consecutive Constitutional Convention of the United Mine Workers of America, Washington, D.C. October 7 to 15, 1952. Volume One. Washington DC: United Mine Workers of America (UMWA), 1952. 537, iv pp. 

Books: The Social Unrest: Capital, Labor, and the Public in Turmoil. Edited by Lyman P. Powell. New York Review of Reviews Company. 1919. Two volumes. 

Book: John L. Lewis, Leader of Labor. An impartial appraisal by Cecil Carnes. New York: Robert Speller, 1936. Description: A lively biography of the great UMWA leader, with chapters on the mine wars of the 1920s 

Book: Conciliation and arbitration in the coal industry of America. By Arther E. Suffern. AMS Press, 1976. Reprint of 1915 Houghton Mifflin Edition. Part of "The Labor Movement in Fiction and Non-Fiction" series. 

Book: The Kingsport Strike, by Sylvester Petro. New Rochelle, NY: Arlington House, 1967. 238pp. Description: Report of the destructive Kingsport Press Strike, lasting four years from March 11, 1963 to April 28, 1967, ending with the disbanding of the three unions involved. 

Book: Images of Appalachian Coalfields. By Builder Levy, with an introduction by Helen Matthews Lewis and with a foreword by Cornell Capa. Philadelphia: Temple University, 1989. Description: Includes 92 duotones of miners at work, taken in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania from the mid-70s to the early 80s. 

Book: Organized Labor: Its Problems, Purposes, and Ideals and the Present and Future of American Wage Earners. by John A. Mitchell, 1903. American Book and Bible House. Description: A pro-labor tract. Mitchell was President of the United Mine Workers Association from 1898 to 1908 and Vice-President of the AFL 1900-1914. "An important labor history" 

Book: Mountain Images: A Photographic Essay of Central Appalachia, by Lorraine Corsale. 1987. Description: Collection of photographs from Eastern Kentucky, mostly Boyle, Hart, Madison and Garrard counties, where the author was a volunteer for the Christian Appalachian Project. 

Book: Us Poor Folk and the Things of Dog Flat Hollow, by Donald L. McCourry. 1975. Description: An autobiographical account of a man who grew up without plumbing, electricity, or a formal education in the small North Carolina town of Dog Flat Hollow. 1975 

Book: Big Sandy, by Jean Thomas. 1940. Description: Folk-life and working culture of the Big Sandy region of Kentucky and West Virginia, with much on the coal industry - then, as now, the region's primary occupation. 1940 

Book: Coal Mining Reference Book, published by the Kentucky Mining Institute, 1945 

Book: The Coal Trade: A Compendium of Valuable Information relative to coal production, prices, transportation, etc., at home and abroad with many facts worthy of preservation for future reference. By Frederick E. Saward, editor of the Coal Trade Journal, 1894. 

Social Fiction related to coal mining 

Book: Wilfred Glenn...or...the Struggle with Wealth, by Gilbert Romine Hammond. 1911. Description: Labor novel dramatizing the miner's struggle against capitalist oppression and the historic antagonism "between Labor and Capital." 1911 

Book: Act of Darkness, by John Peale Bishop. 1935. Description:A case of rape in a small West Virginia town, viewed through the eyes of an adolescent boy. Bishop, a native West Virginian, was a classmate of Fitzgerald's at Princeton and a long-time Vanity Fair editor. He was the model for the character Tom D'Inviliers in Fitzgerald's This Side of Paradise. 1935 

Book: D.C. Images & Other Poems, by P.J. Laska, 1975. Description: The author was a West Virginia native and the son of a coal miner. This is his first published collection, written while he was a professor at the Southern Appalachian Circuit of Antioch College in Beckley, WV. 1975 

Book: Clods of Southern Earth, by Don West. 1946. Description: West's first major collection of poems, dealing with life and labor among the Southern poor, was greeted with wide general acclaim by the left-wing press. 1946 

Book: With Sun in our Blood, by Myra Page. 1950. Inscribed by the author for "Margaret & Corliss [Lamont]," Description: Rideout novel of the struggles of coal miners in the Cumberland Mountains. 1950 

Book: Black Pit, a play by Albert Maltz. 1935. Description: Drama of the coal miner's struggle for work and his obligation to his family. Early work by Maltz, a popular playwright and screenwriter who was later blacklisted as a member of the "Hollywood Ten." 1935 

Book: I Went to Pit College, by Lauren Gilfillan. 1934. Description: Autobiographical novel of the author's experiences in a Pennsylvania coal town during the 1932 mine strike. 1934 

Book: Camerton Slope: a Story of Mining Life, by Rev. R.F. Bishop. 1893. Description: A fictional account of the Mollie Maguires. 1893 

Book: Daughter of the Hills: a Woman's Part in the Coal Miners' Struggle, by Myra Page. 1977. Inscribed by the author. Description: Real-life account of life among the anthracite miners of western Pennsylvania. Page was the author of a number of proletarian novels with similar settings, and was a regular contributor to the Communist Party's literary organ Masses & Mainstream. 1977 

Book: Burning Valley, by Phillip Bonosky. 1953. Inscribed by the author. Description: Account of the conflict between Catholicism and Marxism in the mind and heart of a boy in a coal-mining town 1953 

Book: The Power and the Glory, by Grace MacGowan Cooke, 1910. Description: A romanticized portrayal of the lives of Tennessee textile workers. 1910 

Book: Toil and Hunger, poems, by Don West. 1940. Description: Collection of poems by radical American poet Don West. With woodcut and linocut illustrations by Stanley DeGraff, Howard Swenson, and John C. Rogers.