Guide to the Michael and Ruth Yarrow Coal Mining Interviews, 1978-1989, undated

Summary Information

Title: Michael and Ruth Yarrow Coal Mining Interviews, 1978-1989, undated
Collection: AC.120
Extent: 15.5 linear feet (9 small flat boxes, 1 small cassette box, 3 document boxes)
Abstract:

Michael and Ruth Yarrow Coal Mining Interviews contains interviews capturing narratives of life in the eastern coalfields throughout the 20th Century, primarily in West Virginia but also in Kentucky and Virginia. Among those interviewed were active coal miners, retired miners, women miners, black miners, and mine foremen. Miners' wives were interviewed as well as one miner's husband, three miners' daughters, one coal company president, and three coalfield professionals. Topics covered include working conditions, unionism, race, and experiences of women miners.

Creator: Michael and Ruth Yarrow

Biographical/Historical Note

Michael Norton Yarrow was a sociologist and organizer for peace and justice. Yarrow was born in Swathmore, Pennsylvania and was raised in southern California. He earned an undergraduate degree from Antioch College in Ohio and soon afterward joined the American Friends Service Committee as an alternative service to the draft. During the summer of 1964 he registered voters in Mississippi as part of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee's Freedom Summer. He received a master's degree in sociology at Cornell University and doctorate from Rutgers University. His doctoral thesis at Rutgers focused on the issues affecting the lives of Appalachian coal miners. For 18 years, Yarrow taught sociology at Ithaca College in upstate New York. While at Ithaca, Yarrow focused on efforts to create a liveable wage and end the nuclear arms race. Yarrow and his wife, Ruth, moved to Seattle, Washington in 1997. He worked in Seattle with the Western Washington Fellowship of Reconciliation where he launched the Peace Activist Trainee program. Yarrow was also active in the University Friends Meeting (Quakers), a board member of the Church Council of Greater Seattle, and the pro-soldier anti-war center Coffee Strong. Yarrow passed away in June 2014 at the age of 74.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of 314 cassette tapes of interviews conducted with coal miners, miners' wives, retired miners, and other individuals related to the mining industry. They were produced in the 1970s and 80s by Michael and Ruth Yarrow and cover a wide range of topics related to the coal industry in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Virginia during the 20th century.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged into five series. Series I: Miners, Series II: Miners' Wives, and Series III: Retired Miners are all arranged by Yarrow's original numbering system and retain the titles and text listed on each tape. Series IV: Additional Tapes is arranged alphabetically. Series V: Transcripts is arranged by Yarrow's original numbering system with each transcript corresponding to the tape of the same designation and number.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

The collection was donated by Ruth Yarrow on September 24, 2015.

Processing Information

Processed by Claire Stamper and Trevor McKenzie, October 2015.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.120: Michael and Ruth Yarrow Coal Mining Interviews, W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina 28608.

Container List

Series I: Miners, 1978-1987, undated

Series Description

This series contains interviews with miners working in the southern coalfields in the 1970s and 1980s. Several interviews with women miners are included, indicated by the abbreviation WM. The tapes are organized by Yarrow's original numbering system.

  Box Item

M125, June 23, 1978

1 1

125 Tape I June 28, 1982

1 2

125 Tape II, June 28, 1982

1 3

125, June 29, undated

1 4

126, June 28, undated

1 5

M127, undated

1 6

127 I, July 13,1982

1 7

127 II, July 13, 1982

1 8

M127 Tape I Trans Comp, December 9, 1986

1 9

M127 Tape II Organizer Stories, most trans on comp, December 9, 1986

1 10

M127 Tape I Trans Most, May 14, 1987

1 11

M127 Tape II, May 14, 1987

1 12

M127 Most Trans Comp, July 5, 1987

1 13

M127 Tape I+II, December 7, 1987

1 14

127 David Phillips 320, November 13, 1988

1 15

M128 + Bon, March 17,1978

1 16

M128 II, March 17,1978

1 17

M128, July 3, 1978

1 18

M128 II, July 3, 1978

1 19

Crane Creek Miners M129, March 17, 1978

1 20

M129 M144 Tape I + Biggy, July 20, 1978

1 21

M129 M144 Tape II, July 20, 1978

1 22

M129 M144 Outside of Bluewell WNA Frane Creek at Pool Hall or I, March 17, 1978

1 23

M129, January 20,1987

1 24

M130, March 14, 1978

1 25

M130, July 5

1 26

M131, July 7, 1978

1 27

M131, July 7, 1978

1 28

131, August 12, 1981

1 29

131, July 5, 1982

1 30

M131 Tape I, November 13, 1986

1 31

M131 Tape II, November 13, 1986

1 32

M132, July 5,1978

1 33

M133, July 10, 1978

1 34

M134 I, July 25, 1978

2 1

M134 II, July 25, 1978

2 2

M134 I, June 30, 1982

2 3

134 II, June 30, 1982

2 4

M135, July 13, 1978

2 5

135, July 16, 1982

2 6

M136 I, July 13, 1978

2 7

M136 II, July 13, 1978

2 8

M137 I, July 15, 1978

2 9

137, July 14, 1982

2 10

M138, July 15, 1978

2 11

M139, July 15, undated

2 12

M139-140, July 16, 1978

2 13

139 +140 I, August 11,1981

2 14

139 + 140 II, August 11, 1981

2 15

139 + 140 I, June 5, 1982

2 16

139 + 140 II, June 5, 1982

2 17

139 I, July 4, 1982

2 18

139 II, July 4, 1982

2 19

139 140 I, July 18, 1982

2 20

139 Tape II, July 18, 1982

2 21

M139 + 140, August 5, 1983

2 22

139 Tape I, September 25, 1986

2 23

139 Tape II, September 25, 1986

2 24

140 I Transcribed, June 25, 1982

2 25

140 II Transcribed, June 25, 1982

2 26

140 Tape I, September 8, 1986

2 27

140 Tape II, September 8, 1986

2 28

M140 Tape I, June 22, 1987

2 29

M141, July 18, 1978

2 30

M141 II, July 18, 1978

2 31

M142, July 19, 1978

2 32

M143, July 24, 1978

2 33

M143 I, July 21, 1978

2 34

M143, July 24, 1978

3 1

M143, July 24, 1978

3 2

143, July 16, 1982

3 3

M143, August 5, 1983

3 4

M143, August 5, 1983

3 5

M143 Tape I, August 20, 1986

3 6

M143 Tape II, August 20, 1986

3 7

M144 M129, July 20, 1978

3 8

145, 164, 165 I, June 30, 1982

3 9

145, 164, 165 II, June 30, 1982

3 9

M145, M146 M127, I, July 22, 1978

3 11

M146, July 2, 1987

3 12

M166, 145, M127 II, July 22, 1978

3 13

M148, July 26, 1978

3 14

148 Transcribed, July 16, 1982

3 15

M148 Tape I, November 13, 1986

3 16

M148 Tape II, November 13, 1986

3 17

M149 M150 I, July 29, 1978

3 18

M149 M150 II, undated

3 19

M149 M15, III, undated

3 20

149, August 12, 1981

3 21

149 I, June 23, 1982

3 22

149 II, July 23, 1982

3 23

149 Tape I, August 15, 1986

3 24

149 Tape II, August 15, 1986

3 25

150 I, June 29, 1982

3 26

150 III, Side B Father and Mother Retired Miner, June 29, 1982

3 27

M151, August 1987

3 28

160 Tape I, June 3, 1982

3 29

160 Tape II, June 3, 1982

3 30

M160 Tape I, February 3, 1987

3 31

M160 Tape II, February 3, 1987

3 32

161 I, June 4, 1982

3 33

161 II, June 4, 1982

3 34

162, June 4, 1982

4 1

162 II, June 4, 1982

4 2

M164, December 4, 1986

4 3

165 I, July 7, 1982

4 4

165 I, July 7, 1982

4 5

166 I, July 9, 1982

4 6

M166 II, June 9, 1982

4 7

167, undated

4 8

168, July 9, 1982

4 9

168 II, July 9, 1982

4 10

M169, July 9, 1982

4 11

171, July 13,1982

4 12

172, July 14, 1982

4 13

WM 172 Tape II (first tape in 1982), April 27, 1987

4 14

173 Foreman, July 15, 1982

4 15

M173 I, February 2, 1987

4 16

M200 Tape I, September 10, 1986

4 17

M201 Tape I, September 18, 1986

4 18

M201, September 12, 1986

4 19

M202, November 20, 1986

4 20

M203, undated

4 21

M204 I, October 1, 1986

4 22

M204 II, October 1, 1986

4 23

M205 I, October 3, 1986

4 24

M205 II, October 3, 1986

4 25

M205 III, October 3, 1986

4 26

M206 Tape I, October 12, 1986

4 27

M207, October 10, 1986

4 28

M207 Tape II, October 10, 1986

4 29

M208 Tape I, October 10, 1986

4 30

M208 Tape II, October 21, 1986

4 31

M208 Day in the Life Tape I, November 20, 1986

4 32

M208 Day in the Life T2, November 20, 1986

4 33

M209 Tape I, October 27, 1986

4 34

M209 Tape II, October 27, 1986

5 1

WM210 Tape I, November 6, 1986

5 2

WM 210 Tape II, November 6, 1986

5 3

WM 210 Tape III, November 6, 1986

5 4

WM210 Day in Life Tape III, November 26, 1986

5 5

WM210 Tape IV, November 26, 1986

5 6

WM210, December 27, 1989

5 7

M211 Tape I, November 6, 1986

5 8

M211 Tape II, November 6, 1986

5 9

M211, January 7, 1987

5 10

M212 Tape I, November 2, 1986

5 11

M212 Tape II, November 21, 1986

5 12

M212 III, November 24, 1986

5 13

M213 Tape I, December 2, 1986

5 14

M213 Tape II, December 2, 1986

5 15

M214 + RM 17 Tape I, December 4, 1986

5 16

M214 + RM 17 Tape II, December 4, 1986

5 17

M215 Tape I, December 7, 1986

5 18

M215 Tape II, December 7, 1986

5 19

M216, December 23, 1986

5 20

M217 Tape I, January 8, 1987

5 21

M217 Tape II, January 8, 1987

5 22

M218 + M 219 Tape I, January 12, 1987

5 23

M218 M219 Tape II, January 12, 1987

5 24

M218 M219 Tape III, January 12, 1987

5 25

M220 Tape I, undated

5 26

M220 Tape II, November 13, 1987

5 27

M221 + M222 Tape II, January 13, 1987

5 28

M221 + M222 Tape III, January 13, 1987

5 29

M223 M224 RM20 M226 Tape I, January 15, 1987

5 30

M223 M224 M226 RM20 M204 M215 Tape III, January 15, 1987

5 31

M225 Tape I, January 15, 1987

5 32

M225 Tape II, January 15, 1987

5 33

M225 Tape III, January 15, 1987

5 34

M226 I, February 2, 1987

6 1

M226 II, February 2, 1987

6 2

M226 Tape III, February 2, 1987

6 3

M227 Tape I, January 20, 1987

6 4

M227 Tape II, January 20, 1987

6 5

M228 Tape I, January 20, 1987

6 6

M228 Tape II, January 20, 1987

6 7

M229 Tape I, January 22, 1987

6 8

M229 Tape II, January 22, 1987

6 9

M230 Tape I, January 22, 1987

6 10

M230 Tape II, January 22, 1987

6 11

M231 Tape I, January 29, 1987

6 12

M231 Tape II, January 19, 1987

6 13

M231 Tape III, January 29, 1987

6 14

M232 Tape I, March 23, 1987

6 15

M232 Tape II, March 23, 1987

6 16

WM233 Tape I, April 3, 1987

6 17

WM233 Tape 2, April 4 3, 1987

6 18

M234, April 9, 1987

6 19

M235 Tape I, May 14, 1987

6 20

M235 Tape II, May 14, 1987

6 21

M236 Tape I, May 15, 1987

6 22

M236 Tape II, May 15, 1987

6 23

M237 + 8, June 8, 1987

6 24

M239, June 8, 1987

6 25

M240, June 9, 1987

6 26

M240 Tape II, June 9, 1987

6 27

M241 Tape I, June 8, 1987

6 28

M241 Tape II, June 8, 1987

6 29

M242 Tape I, June 19, 1987

6 30

M242 Tape II, June 19, 1987

6 31

M243 Tape I, June 23, 1987

6 32

M243 Tape II, June 23, 1987

6 33

M244, June 26, 1987

6 34

WM245, June 26, 1987

7 1

WM246 and WM247, June 26, 1987

7 2

WM249, June 27, 1987

7 3

WM250, June 27,1987

7 4

M251 Has WM250, June 27, 1987

7 5

WM252 + 253 and WM248, June 27, 1987

7 6
,

Series II: Miners' Wives, 1986-1987, undated

Series Description

This series includes interviews with miners' wives and one miner's husband (abbreviated MH). The tapes are organized by Yarrow's original numbering system.

  Box Item

MW127, December 15, 1987

7 7

MW131, June 18, 1987

7 8

MW131 and MW175, July 11, 1982

7 9

MW140, September 18, 1986

7 10

MW140 Tape 2, Spetember 18, 1986

7 11

MW 149, October 1986

7 12

MW160, February 3, 1987

7 13

MW164 Tape I, January 16, 1987

7 14

MW165 Mike interviewing, July 7, 1982

7 15

MW173, February 2, 1987

7 16

MW180 Tape I, January 19, 1987

7 17

MW180 Tape II, January 19, 1987

7 18

MW200 Tape I, February 2, 1987

7 19

MW200 Tape 2, February 2, 1987

7 20

MW201, November 12, 1986

7 21

MW203 Tape I, October 1986

7 22

MW203 Tape 2, undated

7 23

MW204, April 27, 1987

7 24

MW205 Tape I, January 12, 1987

7 25

MW205 Tape 2, January 12, 1987

7 26

MW207 Tape I, undated

7 27

MW207 Tape 2, undated

7 28

MW208 Tape I, November 10, 1986

7 29

MW208 Tape II, November 10, 1986

7 30

MW211, December 4, 1986

7 31

MW211, December 4, 1986

7 32

MW213 Tape 1, December 2, 1986

7 33

MW213 Tape 2, December 2, 1986

7 34

MW214 Tape 1, January 16, 1987

8 1

MW214 Tape 2, January 16, 1987

8 2

MW217 Tape 1, January 9, 1987

8 3

MW217 Tape 2, January 9, 1987

8 4

MW232 Tape I, March 23, 1987

8 5

MW232 Tape II, March 23, 1987

8 6

MH233 Tape I, April 4, 1987

8 7

MW235, April 13, 1987

8 8

MW236 Tape I, June 8, 1987

8 9

MW236 Tape II, June 8, 1987

8 10

MW237, June 8, 1987

8 11

MW239, June 8, 1987

8 12

MW243, June 23, 1987

8 13

MW300 Tape I, February 13, 1987

8 14
,

Series III: Retired Miners, 1986, undated

Series Descriptions

This series includes interviews with retired miners. The tapes are organized by Yarrow's original numbering system.

  Box Item

RM3= M149, undated

8 15

RM-10 Tape I, July 14, 1986

8 16

RM10 Tape II, July 14, 1986

8 17

RM10 Tape III, August 1, 1986

8 18

RM10 Tape IV, August 21, 1986

8 19

RM10 Life, undated

8 20

RMW11 Tape 1, September 12, 1986

8 21

RMW 11, Tape 2, September 12, 1986

8 22

RM12 I, October 1, 1986

8 23

RM12, October 1, 1986

8 24

RM15, October 7, 1986

8 25

RM16 I, October 8, 1986

8 26

RM16 II, October 8, 1986

8 27

RM16 III, October 8, 1986

8 28

RM18 Tape I, December 10, 1986

8 29

RM18 Tape II, December 10, 1986

8 30

RM19 Tape I, December 11, 1986

8 31

RM19 Tape II, December 11, 1986

8 32

RM20 Tape I, December 11, 1986

8 33

RMD25, November 23, 1986

8 34

RM102, July 8, undated

9 1

RM102, June 10, undated

9 2
,

Series IV: Additional Tapes, 1978-1986, undated

Series Description

This series contains tapes not grouped into Yarrow's categories. Included are interviews with miners' daughters, interviews with named individuals, a speech by Yarrow, and commercial tapes pertaining to various social and economic topics. The tapes retain the original names and labels created by Yarrow.

  Box Item

BB on Clem Creek, undated

9 3

Berwind Grad at end Yarrow Speech, June 7, 1983

9 4

Browning, Robert II, undated

9 5

CC Tape I, NOvember 25, 1986

9 6

CC Tape II, November 25, 1986

9 7

Charlie Kaplan Socio analysis, undated

9 8

Charlie Socioanalysis, undated

9 9

Daughters, March 11, 1978

9 10

Dong Wriston II Roy Profitt, March 16, 1978

9 11

Iran, Great Atlantic Radio Conspiracy, undated

9 12

The Great Atlantic Radio Conspiracy, undated

9 13

Jean Hunt Rizzo Vote Recys, December 31, undated

9 14

Joe, March 18, 1978

9 15

Joe Recollections, undated

9 16

Johnny Furrow I, March 15, 1978

9 17

Johnny II Furrow, march 15, 1978

9 18

Jon Walker + Claude Caldwell Miner Interview, January 1978

9 19

Larry Smith Bill Smith I, March 16, 1978

9 20

Larry Smith II, March 16, 1978

9 21

Louie, undated

9 22

Louie, undated

9 23

MA 001, June 29, undated

9 24

Miner's Daughter, September 30, 1986

9 25

Miner's Daughter 01, September 20, 1986

9 26

Miner's Daughters, June 1, 1987

9 27

Miner Interview Joe, January 1978

9 28

Mark, undated

9 29

Philly Election Pity Ri220, 1978

9 30

P03, June 23, 1987

9 31

The Politics of Mental Health (Two parts), undated

9 32

Quirk I, undated

9 33

Quirk II, undated

9 34

R102, June 10, 1978

10 1

Robert Browning I, March 13, 1978

10 2

Ron Recap, undated

10 3

Ronald + Ralph I, Browning, March 18, 1978

10 4

Ronald and Ralph Browning II, March 18, 1978

10 5

Roy Profit Dong Wriston, March 16, 1978

10 6

Workers Control, undated

10 7

Unlabeled Tape, undated

10 8
,

Series V: Transcripts, 1978-1989, undated

Series Description

This series contains transcripts of selected interviews conducted by Yarrow. The folders retain the numbering system established by Yarrow and correspond to tapes of the same number.

  Box Folder

M125, 1978-1982

11 1

M126, undated

11 2

M127, 1978

11 3

M128, 1978

11 4

M129 and M144 and B, 1978

11 5

M130, 1978

11 6

M131, July 7, 1978

11 7

M132, March 16, 1978

11 8

M133, undated

11 9

M134, July 25, 1978

11 10

M135, July 13, 1978

11 11

M136, undated

11 12

M137, July 15, 1978

11 13

M138, July 15, 1978

11 14

M139 and M140, 1978-1982

12 1

M140, 1982-1986

12 2

M141, March 13, 1978

12 3

M143, August 20, 1986

12 4

M145 and others, June 30, 1982

12 5

M146, July 2, 1987

12 6

M148, July 16, 1982

12 7

M150, June 29, 1983

12 8

M151, August 1979

12 9

M160, June 3, 1982

12 10

M166, July 9, 1982

12 11

M168, July 9, 1982

12 12

M169, July 9, 1982

12 13

M173, July 15, 1982

12 14

M200, September 10, 1986

12 15

M203, undated

12 16

M204, October 1, 1986

12 17

M208, October 21, 1986

13 1

M209, October 27, 1986

13 2

M217, January 8, 1988

13 3

M218, M219, Tapes I, II, III, Moderates, Crisis, January 12, 1987

13 4

M218 and M219, January 12, 1987

13 5

M220, January 13, 1987

13 6

M221 and M222, January 13, 1987

13 7

M223, undated

13 8

M229, January 22, 1987

13 9

M232, March 23, 1987

13 10

M235, May 14, 1987

13 11

M241, June 8, 1987

13 12

MD165, undated

13 13

MW131, undated

13 14

MW140, undated

13 15

MW143, undated

13 16

MW149, undated

13 17

MW164, undated

13 18

MW165, July 7, 1982

13 19

MW175, undated

13 20

MW180, undated

13 21

MW200, undated

13 22

MW203, undated

13 23

MW204, undated

13 24

MW205, undated

13 25

MW207, undated

13 26

MW213, undated

13 27

MW214, undated

13 28

MW217, undated

13 29

MW232, undated

13 30

MW300, undated

13 31

RM10, January 14, 1986

13 32

RM16, October 8, 1986

13 33

RMW07, undated

13 34

RMW10, undated

13 35

WM210, December 27, 1989

13 36

WM231, January 29, 1987

13 37

WM246 and 247, undated

13 38

WM249, June 27, 1987

13 39

WM250, undated

13 40

WM278, undated

13 41

List of interviewees willing to be quoted by name, undated

13 42

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