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WVRHC Subject Guides: Labor History

Archival Collections

Van Amberg Bittner (1885-1949), Labor Leader, Papers Correspondence, legal papers, diaries, clippings, and other papers relate to Bittner's early career in the western Pennsylvania coal fields; his presidency of District 5, UMWA, 1911-1916; and his organizational activities in southeastern Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, northern West Virginia, Oklahoma, and Kansas, 1916-1928.

A. Philip Randolph, Civil Rights and Labor Leader, Papers Papers of Asa Philip Randolph, a prominent civil rights and labor leader, who founded and edited The Messenger, an influential black radical labor newspaper of the 1920s and who organized and presided over the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, the only independent, viable black trade union in the American labor movement.

M.H. Ross, Collector, Papers Broadsides, pamphlets, contracts, publications, ledgers, and letters on union activities and radical movements. Subjects included are mine safety, union organizing, and social justice.

West Virginia State Industrial Union Council, CIO, Archives Subjects include the trade unions and councils allied with the Industrial Union Council; IUC state conventions; the activities of the CIO Political Action Committee at the state and national levels; congressional and presidential elections, 1940-1950; state and national labor legislation, particularly the anti-poll tax bill, fair employment practices legislation, and the Taft-Hartley Act...

Huntington District Labor Council, Papers Correspondence, memoranda, circulars, pamphlets, financial records, and other papers of the Huntington District Labor Council, United Steelworkers Local 1652, and some other local unions

Oral History Collection

55. NICOLA PIZZOFERRATO. Norton, Randolph County, WV, 2 May 1967. An interview with Pizzoferrato, a retired coal miner, conducted by John E. Stealey III as part of an oral history project for the West Virginia Collection of West Virginia University concerning the national labor movement, coal industry working conditions and coal mine mechanization. Partial reel (5") 1 7/8 ips. (R56)

87. ERNEST MAYLE. Galloway, Barbour County, WV, 14 June 1967. An interview with Mayle, a retired coal miner, conducted by John E. Stealey III as part of an oral history project for the West Virginia Collection of West Virginia University. The interview concerns labor organization in the West Virginia coalfields during the 1920s and 1930s. Partial reel (5") 1 7/8 ips. (R70)

138. JOHN MENDEZ. Chapmanville, Logan County, WV, 16 July 1971. An interview with Mendez, a Chicano coal miner, conducted by Paul and Linda Nyden, concerning his activities as a leader in the Black Lung Association and in the Miners for Democracy. He discusses methods used by the coal companies to recruit and contract for minority labor, specifically Mexican‐American miners. One reel (5") 1 7/8 ips. (R107)

231. CAROBERT NEWELL, ALEXANDER GUY, PAUL MYERS. Moundsville, Marshall County, WV, 20 July 1977. An interview with three ex‐presidents of the American Flint Glass Workers Union Local 101507 ‐ Moundsville, WV, conducted by Keith Dix. The three discuss the history of the Local, its formation and relationship with the Fostoria Glass Company, recall various union officials and also offer technical details about the the glassmaking process. Two reels (7") 3 3/4 ips. (R257‐258)

237. PHILIP THOMPSON. Layland, Fayette County, WV, 8 September 1977. An interview with Thompson, a retired Afro‐American coal miner, conducted by Peter Laska concerning the history of Layland Local 5821 of the United Mine Workers of America. Thompson also describes his migration from North Carolina and discusses his experiences as a miner. Partial cassette. (R264)

351.  ROCKWELL WOMEN USWA. Morgantown, Monongalia County, WV. May 13 1974. In this interview conducted by Keith Dix, four employees of Rockwell International (Beatrice Watkins, Eleanor Baine, Bonnie Prett, Joyce Dalton) discuss their stewards. One reel 3 3/4 ips. (R444)