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Marat Moore Collection, 1980-1986 | Archives of Appalachia

Title: Marat Moore Collection, 1980-1986Add to your cart.
ID: 500/AppMs 316
Created by: Moore, Marat
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Arrangement: The collection is divided into four series: Series 1, Early Women Coal Miners Files; Series 2, Second Generation Women Miners Files; Series 3, Miscellaneous Files; and Series 4, Audio Tapes, Photographs have been retained with the transcripts. Since not all taped interviews have been transcribed and not all transcriptions are accompanied by a tape of the interview, researchers should examine both the series containing the transcriptions and the audiotapes.
Extent: 1.0 linear feet
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Scope and Contents: The Marat Moore Collection consists of audiotapes, transcriptions of Moore's interviews of women coal miners, and photographs of selected women miners. Related items such as correspondence between Moore and the women interviewed and/or newsclippings are included in the files of a number of the women. The collection contains both original and edited transcripts of the interviews. Taped interviews of the following women, however, have not been transcribed: Gwenn Ainscough, Ruby Anderson, Pat Estrada, Arna Cash, Ernestine Colburn, Sandy Dorsey, Doris Megan, Phyllis Ann Miller, Rosa Pitts, Liberty Rigas and Janice Tipton. In addition, the interviews with Susie Steele, Sandra Bailey, Kathy Beverly, Nancy Bowen and Helen Korich Krmpotich are documented in transcripts within the collection, but the audio tapes of these interviews are not included in the group.

While the dates of the interviews span the period from 1980-86, the information contained within the tapes and transcripts cover a period from 1914 through 1986. Moore interviewed two groups of women: those who worked in the mines during the decades from 1920 through 1940, and those who worked during the years from 1970 through 1986. The former Moore called "pioneer" miners, and the latter "second generation". Two additional interviews are of special interest: one with Helen Korich Krmpotich, a survivor of the April 3, 1914 "Ludlow Massacre" of miners and their families in Trinidad, Colorado by militia and agents of the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company; and one with Minnie Lunsford, a coal miner's wife who lived in "bloody" Harlan County, Kentucky during the 1930s, and who participated in the 1973-74 Brookside Mine strike in that county.

Some important subjects discussed in the interviews are mine disasters, strikes, safety conditions in the mines, mine related stress on the families of coal miners, sexual harassment and other problems of particular concern to women miners. The interviews also provide insight into the language used by miners.

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