. Chandler was twice governor of Kentucky, 1935-1939, and 1955-1959; a U.S. Senator, 1939-1945; Commissioner of Major League Baseball, 1945-1951. This primary source material consists of personal, political, and general papers, legal papers, and a subject file. There are also photographs, political cartoons, audio-visual material, and memorabilia in this collection. During his first gubernatorial term, the United Mine Workers and other unions were attempting to organize in the eastern Kentucky coal fields. Although generally a friend of labor, Chandler opposed closed shops and sit-down strikes and he sent the National Guard into Harlan County, Kentucky to quell the violence between the coal operators and mine workers. See also the A.B. "Happy" Chandler Oral History Project located in the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky Libraries.
. Clements served in the U.S. House of Representatives, 1945-1947; governor of Kentucky, 1947-1950; and as U.S. Senator from 1950-1956 (Acting Majority Leader 1955-1956). This primary source material consists of personal, political, and legal papers, as well as political cartoons, photographs, audio-visual material, and memorabilia. Clements was a member of Congress during the coal strike of 1946 and the Case bill controversy. See also the Earle C. Clements Oral History Project in the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky Libraries.
. Morton served in the U.S.House of Representatives from1947-1953. He was appointed Assistant Secretary of State in 1953 and served until 1956. In 1957 he was elected to the U.S. Senate and served until 1969. This collection contains files on mine safety, the Coal to Florida Movement, coal pipelines, strip mining, and coal research among others. See also the Thruston B. Morton Oral History Project in the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky Libraries.
Coal Mine Operators Oral History Project. The 45 interviews in this project help to document the establishment of the coal industry in eastern Kentucky in the early twentieth century, changes in the industry over the last 50 years, labor issues, strikes, and mine disasters. This project is located in the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky Libraries.
Family and Gender in the Coal Community Oral History Project. The 64 interviews in this project document life in the coal camps of eastern Kentucky during the twentieth century. The collection contains several interviews with African Americans who lived in the camps. This project is located in the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky Libraries.
Immigrants in Coal Communities Oral History Project. The 31 interviews in this project help to document the immigrant experience in the coal camps of eastern Kentucky during the twentieth century. Several of the interviews mention African Americans in the coal camps. This project is located in the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky Libraries.
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