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Jeanne M. Rasmussen Papers

Identifier: AppMs-0352

Scope and Contents

The Jeanne M. Rasmussen Collection contains both manuscript and photographic materials. Manuscript materials include personal correspondence and financial records; drafts of chapters from Rasmussen's unpublished manuscript on coal mining; essays written by Rasmussen on coal mining and other topics relating to Appalachia; and clippings and scrapbook materials on coal mining, the UMWA, and Rasmussen's writing and photography. The photographic prints depict Appalachian men, women, and children; coal mining disasters, the Buffalo Creek, West Virginia flood of 1972; and strip mining.


  • 1947-2009
  • Majority of material found within 1968 - 1974


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.


5.50 linear feet

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Method of Acquisition

The Jeanne M. Rasmussen Papers were donated to the Archives of Appalachia by Jeanne M. Rasmussen on December 4, 1989, accession 1989-352. Marat Moore donated a box of Rasmussen's negatives on March 15, 2006, accession 2006-058. Marat Moore added Ed Kelly's "The Life of a Coal Miner" in 2013, accession 2013-038.

Related Materials

Archives of Appalachia, Coal Employment Project Records, AppMs 355

Archives of Appalachia, Marat Moore Papers, AppMs 316

Related Publications

Walls, David S., and John B. Stephenson. Appalachia in the Sixties: A Decade of Reawakening. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1972.

Separated Materials

The following books were cataloged for the Archives of Appalachia book collection:

Fetterman, John. Stinking Creek. New York: Dutton, 1967.

Finley, Joseph. The Corrupt Kingdom: The Rise and Fall of the United Mine Workers. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1972.

O'Sullivan, Judith, and Rosemary Gallick. Workers and Allies: Female Participation in the American Trade Union Movement, 1824-1976. Washington: Smithsonian Institute Press, 1975.

Yeager, Barbara, ed. From the Hills, 1972: A Story in Prose, Verse and Graphics. Charleston, WV: MHC Publications, 1972.

Processing Information

Processing of the collection was completed in August 1993 by Marie Tedesco. Kat Hughes and Jen Bingham reorganized Series 1-4 in November 2013 to incorporate new material. Selena Harmon reorganized Series 5-7 in May 2014.

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Repository Details

Part of the Archives of Appalachia Repository

PO Box 70295
344 J.L. Seehorn Jr. Rd.
Johnson City TN 37614 USA