Harlan County Mine Strike Photographic Collection,1939

Descriptive Summary

Title
Harlan County Mine Strike Photographic Collection,1939
Creator
Carter, John L.
Extent
.25 cu. ft. (1 box): 22 items
Subjects
Coal mines and mining--Kentucky
Harlan County (Ky.)--History
Strikes and lockouts--Coal mining--Kentucky--Harlan County
Coal miners--Kentucky--Harlan County
Trade-unions--Kentucky
Coal mining
Harlan County, Kentucky
Men
Military
National Guard.
Harlan County, Kentucky
Men.
Coal mining
Harlan County, Kentucky
Men
Military
National Guard.
Coal mining
Harlan County, Kentucky
Men
Military
National Guard.
Coal mining
Harlan County, Kentucky
Railroads.
Coal mining
Harlan County, Kentucky
Men
Railroads.
Coal mining
Harlan County, Kentucky
Men.
Coal mining
Harlan County, Kentucky
Men
Transportation
Women.
Coal mining
Community services
Harlan County, Kentucky
Men.
Coal mining
Harlan County, Kentucky
Men
Military
National Guard.
Coal mining
Harlan County, Kentucky
Men
Transportation.
Coal mining
Harlan County, Kentucky
Men
Military.
Architecture
Coal mining
Harlan County, Kentucky
Men
Military
National Guard
Transportation.
Coal mining
Harlan County, Kentucky
Men
Military
Railroads.
Coal mining
Harlan County, Kentucky
Men
Military
National Guard.
Coal mining
Harlan County, Kentucky
Men
Military
Transportation.
Coal mining
Harlan County, Kentucky
Men
Military.
Coal mining
Harlan County, Kentucky
Men
Military
National Guard.
Coal mining
Harlan County, Kentucky
Men
Military.
Coal mining
Harlan County, Kentucky
Men
Military
National Guard.
Coal mining
Harlan County, Kentucky
Men
Women.
Coal mining
Harlan County, Kentucky
Men
Military
National Guard.
Finding Aid Author
Processed by: Staff, Jason Flahardy; machine-readable finding aid created by:Jason Flahardy
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 May15th, 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 collection consists of twenty-two black and white sliver prints of Kentucky National Guardsmen and Harlan County mine workers during a strike in 1939.

Contents of the Collection

Three National Guardsmen at a table,, 1939

  • Box 1, item 0001
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Nine miners sitting in a coal mine,, 1939

  • Box 1, item 0002
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National Guardsmen on a hillside, overlooking a road,, 1939

  • Box 1, item 0003
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National Guardsmen around an outdoor fire,, 1939

  • Box 1, item 0004
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Strings of empty coal cars on railroad tracks,, 1939

  • Box 1, item 0005
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A crowd of miners lined up to pick up lunch,, 1939

  • Box 1, item 0006
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Miners on a mining cart leaving a mine entrance,, 1939

  • Box 1, item 0007
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A crowd of men and women walking on a road with cars parked at the side,, 1939

  • Box 1, item 0008
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Miners leaving a mine entrance in a cart with police watching,, 1939

  • Box 1, item 0009
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National Guardsmen watching a crowd of miners blocking a road,, 1939

  • Box 1, item 0010
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A crowd of miners blocking a road,, 1939

  • Box 1, item 0011
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A crowd of miners confronting soldiers,, 1939

  • Box 1, item 0012
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National Guardsmen dismounting from trucks at an assembly point,, 1939

  • Box 1, item 0013
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Troops confronting miners on a railroad track,, 1939

  • Box 1, item 0014
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A National Guardsmen talking with an elderly man,, 1939

  • Box 1, item 0015
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A crowd of miners in the bed of a truck, under guard,, 1939

  • Box 1, item 0016
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A line of miners with troops leading them,, 1939

  • Box 1, item 0017
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A grinning miner surrounded by National Guardsmen,, 1939

  • Box 1, item 0018
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An officer reading some document to three men,, 1939

  • Box 1, item 0019
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National Guardsmen and civilians talking,, 1939

  • Box 1, item 0020
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Two women with an injured man,, 1939

  • Box 1, item 0021
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National Guardsmen at a trestle,, 1939

  • Box 1, item 0022
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