Herndon Evans photographs

Abstract

The Herndon Evans photographs document miners and mining towns in Harlan County and Pineville, KY from 1931.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Herndon Evans photographs
Date
1931
Extent
0.25 Cubic feet
Subjects
Coal miners--Kentucky
Coal mines and mining--Economic conditions.
Communism--Kentucky.
Strikes and lockouts--Coal mining--Kentucky.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged chronologically.
Preferred Citation
pa82m1: [identification of item], Herndon Evans photographs, University of Kentucky Special Collections.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Herndon J. Evans (1895-1976), a resident of Bell County, Kentucky, was editor of the Pineville Sun and local correspondent for the Associated Press (AP) in the early 1930s, a period of labor unrest in the Kentucky coalfields, especially in Harlan and Bell Counties.
Evans closely followed events in the Pineville area, paying attention to the strikes and attempts by the United Mine Workers of America and the Communist Party's National Miners Union to organize the miners. He was particularly concerned with two delegations composed mainly of writers, including Sherwood Anderson, John Dos Passos, Theodore Dreiser, Waldo Frank and Mary Heaton Vorse, who travelled to eastern Kentucky to investigate the conditions of miners and their families and who eventually published their findings in Harlan Miners Speak: Report on Terrorism in the Kentucky Coal Fields (Harcourt, Brace, 1932). Evans was also keenly interested in the various groups of college students who came to support the miners. Opposed to the activities of these delegations, Evans worked to undermine their presence and credibility by using his journalistic skills to write editorials for the Pineville Sun and articles for the AP.
Scope and Content
The Herndon Evans photograph collection consists of 39 gelatin silver prints of miners and mining towns in Harlan County and Pineville, KY from 1931. Included are photographs of protest marches, visiting authors and ministers, and the National Guard. Separated from the manuscript collection 82M1.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access note Collection is open for research.
Use Restrictions
The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections

Contents of the Collection

Miners and National Guard, 1931

5 miners, 1931

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National Guard, 1931

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Tank in coalfield, 1931

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Group of girls. "Girls- Lunch Room / Balkan Ky" noted on back photo., 1931

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Group of boys. "Boys at Lunch Room / Balkan Ky" noted on back photo., 1931

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Visiting authors, ministers, and prominent figures., 1931

Judge D.C. Jones and Theodor Dreiser on steps of Continental Hotel. "H.J. Evans, Pineville, Ky." noted on back print., 1931

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John Dos Passos, Adelaide Walker, and Charles Rumford Walker. "...writers investigating conditions Harlan mine field. H.J. Evans / Pineville Ky." noted on back print., 1931

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Harold Hickerson and Doris Parks, 1931

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Harold Hickerson and Doris Parks, 1931

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Dr. J.W. Brooks, Mayor of Pineville, 1931

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Dr. J.W. Brooks, Mayor of Pineville, 1931

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Unidentified man, 1931

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Visiting Reverends G.W. Haggard, E.L. McClurkan, C.P. Hall, R.P. Mahon, Reinhold Niebuhr, W.B. Spofford, L.C. Kelly, L.W. Buckley, S.E. Tull, W.F. Pettus, and C.R. Barnes., 1931

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Reverends C.R. Barnes, C.P. Hall, Reinhold Niebuhr, and W.B. Spofford., 1931

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Reverends C.P. Hall and C.R. Barnes with two unidentified men., 1931

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Continental Hotel/registry, 1931

Exterior of Continental Hotel, Pineville, Ky., 1931

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Exterior of Continental Hotel, Pineville, Ky. "Dreiser and Pergain rooms were on court and not visible in this photo" noted on back photo., 1931

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Photographic copy of signatures in Continental Hotel registry, including those of Charles Rumford and Adelaide Walker, John dos Passos, Theodore Dreiser, and Marie Pergain., 6 November 1931

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Photographic copy of signatures in Continental Hotel registry, including those of Charles Rumford and Adelaide Walker, John dos Passos, Theodore Dreiser, and Marie Pergain., 6 November 1931

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Protesters and deportation, 1931

Bell County jail. "Where Dreiser and companions would have been placed had the first warrant been served Sat. nite" noted on back photo., 1931

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Protest march. "Men march past Bell County jail. About 2000 miners in Pinevillle early in January in answer to call for 'mass demonstration' by Communist National Miners Union" noted on back photo., 1931

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Protest march. "Marchers demand release Communist prisoners / Pineville, Ky." noted on back print., 1931

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Protest march., 1931

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Two men and two women., 1931

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Three men and two women walking down street in Pineville, Ky., 1931

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Crowd of protesters., 1931

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Crowd of protesters. "Crowd assembled in front of courthouse Pineville, Ky., protesting arrest of Communists held on criminal syndication charges" printed on back photo., 1931

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Crowd of students. "Students stopped near Fonde, Ky. near Middlesboro before deportation from state" noted on back photo., 1931

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Crowd of students around bus. "Students at Gap" noted on back photo., 1931

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Students at door of bus., 1931

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Mining camp/buildings, 1931

House beloging to Cloversprint Coal Co., undated

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Row of houses. "Cloversprint Coal Co." noted on back photo., undated

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Row of houses. "Cloversprint Coal Co. houses / Harlan Co., Ky." printed on back photo., undated

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Row of houses. "Houses in the Cloversprint Coal Co. Camp, Harlan Co., Kentucky" noted on back photo., undated

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Houses at Mary Helen Coal Co., Harlan County, Ky., undated

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Landscape, 1931

Aerial view of Pineville, Ky., undated

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Field with Pineville, Ky. in the distance., undated

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Hillside, undated

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Field, undated

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