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Special Collections Research Center

 HOURS for February 10, 2016:  9:30am - 5:00pm

Teaching with Primary Sources


Interactive Archival Exercises


A Strike Against Starvation and Terror


https://appalachiancenter.as.uky.edu/coal-miners-strike-archive


A new website about Kentucky’s 1931-32 coal miners’ strike


Special Collections has created an interactive site featuring primary source materials from the Herndon Evans papers housed in the Appalachian Collection.  Evans, who was the editor of the local Pineville Sun (Bell County) and an Associate Press correspondent, closely followed the strike as it unfolded in Bell and Harlan counties.  He was particularly concerned when the Communist Party’s National Miners Union arrived to organize the miners after the United Mine Workers of America abandoned the strikers.  Covered by national newspapers, including the New York Times, and magazines such as Time and The New Republic, the strike also brought Theodore Dreiser, John Dos Passos, and other writers to eastern Kentucky to witness the harsh conditions under which miners and their families were living.  In 1932 New York book publisher Harcourt Brace issued the Dreiser Committee’s  Harlan Miners Speak:  Terrorism in the Kentucky Coal Fields --observations and testimony from miners, labor organizers, local law enforcement, and Herndon Evans himself.  It was also during this strike that Florence Reece wrote her now famous song, “Which Side Are You On?”  The site is designed as an archival exercise to teach students how to analyze historical documents and to be a historical source on this touchstone event in Appalachian and labor history. 



Special Collections Research Center is home to UK Libraries' collection of rare books, Kentuckiana, the Archives, the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, the King Library Press, the Bert T. Combs Appalachian Collection, and the Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center

The mission of the Special Collections Research Center is to locate and preserve materials documenting the social, cultural, economic, and political history of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Materials are acquired regardless of format and include both primary and secondary sources; Kentuckiana is collected comprehensively. Special Collections maintains a records management program for all records generated by the University and serves as its archival repository for permanent records. As part of the mission, the Special Collections Research Center advances and supports the research, teaching, and scholarship of the University and beyond by preserving and providing access to its holdings. 

 

Associate Dean Deirdre A. Scaggs

Materials in Special Collections do not circulate.


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Email: sclref@lsv.uky.edu


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