The collection consists of materials relating to activities of the Tennessee Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (TNCOSH). The records document TNCOSH's efforts to improve the safety of the workplace, to help workers determine causes of illnesses thought to be work-related, to investigate chemical hazards and to fight for the passage in Tennessee of a "Right to Know" law. The records document the day-to-day office activities of the organization and include correspondence between organizational leaders, evidence of fundraising efforts, workshop materials, reference files, publications, photographs, newsletters and newspaper clippings. The collection also includes organizational budgets, financial statements, and signed petitions from the meetings and workshops. There is audio of the first meeting in 1979 and another meeting later that year, as well as some commercially produced video relating to occupational safety topics.
The collection is arranged in four series: Series 1, Administrative Files; Series 2, Reference Files; Series 3, Photographs; Series 4, Restricted Files. Audio and video recordings are listed at the end of Series 1 and 2.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Norma Jennings and June Rostan donated records in 1994, accession numbers 1994-017 and 1994-020. June Rostan contributed additional records in 2001, accession number 2001-082.
Wilkerson, Jessie. "Out Front and Strong: Local Women of the Tennessee Committee on Occupational Safety and Health" (thesis), 2006.
Two issues of "The Yellow Creek Concerned Citizen" newsletter and six issues of "Tennessee Technology" were added to the Appalachian Publications at the Archives of Appalachia.
A copy of Technology Corridor: Governor's Task Force Report, 1982 (2 volumes) was cataloged for the Archives of Appalachia book collection.
Damaris Brooks and Kat Hughes did preliminary processing work. Nathaniel Skaggs completed the processing and wrote the finding aid in September 2015.