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Coal Employment Project


In the spring of 1977 members of two Jacksboro, Tennessee public interest groups, the East Tennessee Research Corporation (ETRC) and Save Our Cumberland Mountains, planned a trip into an underground mine in Campbell County, Tennessee. Upon learning that a woman was to be on the tour, the local mine operator refused permission for her to go underground because of the superstition, long held by male miners, that women are "bad luck" in the mines. As a consequence of this incident, ETRC's director, Neil McBride, contacted a friend, Betty Jean Hall, then working as a lawyer in a Washington, D.C. firm, to do research on both women in mining and federal law on gender discrimination in hiring miners. Hall complied with McBride's request and provided the information.

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Coal Employment Project (CEP) Records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: AppMs-355
Scope and Contents The CEP records document not only the daily operations of the organization but also the extensive activities the organization undertook in its support of women miners. Among the types of documents contained in the collection are financial ledgers and balance sheets; grant proposals; personnel leave and hiring records; correspondence between CEP staff members in their different offices; agenda and programs for the CEP national conferences of women miners; audio and videotapes concerning...
Dates: 1977-1991

Kipp Dawson Papers

 Collection — other: Box 1 (826.00)
Identifier: Acc-826
Arrangement These papers are unprocessed. Please contact the Archives of Appalachia for access information.
Dates: -

June M. Rostan Papers

 Collection — other: Boxes 1-4
Identifier: AppMs-436
Arrangement The collection is arranged into three series. Series 1, Personal Papers, 1975-1982; Series 2, Professional Papers, 1976-1994; Series 3, Audio Cassettes, undated.
Dates: 1975-1994