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Coal Employment Project (CEP) Records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: AppMs-0355

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 employment of women miners; handbooks, research papers, articles and newsclippings on women in mining and related subjects; and photographic prints and negatives on CEP and non-CEP sponsored activities. Women in mining and numerous issues related to women miners are covered in the CEP records. Included among these topics are health and safety clothing and equipment; parental leave; sexual harassment of women workers; pay equity for women workers; and leadership training. Numerous organizations, including the United Mine Workers of America, the Rural Coalition, Southern Appalachian Leadership Training and Coalition for Labor Union Women are represented in the collection. Such events as the Pittston strike of 1989-90 and the Shell boycott are also covered in the collection. There are significant amounts of information on CEP staff members and CEP regional coal mining women's support groups.


  • Creation: 1977-1991


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Individual miners' files included in Series 7, Subject Files, and Series 5, Personnel Records, have been closed to researchers, for reasons of personal privacy, for 25 years from the date of accession.

In Series 10, a number of photographs in Subseries E, Works of Specific Photographers, may not be copied without the permission of the photographer.

In Series 12, Audiotapes, and Series 13, Videotapes, tapes which were originally broadcast on radio or television stations may not be duplicated without express written permission from the radio or television station. The researcher is responsible for obtaining permission.


100.00 linear feet (199 boxes, 54 audiotapes, 145 videotapes)

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The Coal Employment Project Records are divided into 13 series as follows: Series 1, Chronological Files, 1977-89; Series 2, Grant Proposals, 1979-90; Series 3, Financial Records, 1977-91; Series 4, Conferences and Workshops, 1977-90; Series 5, Personnel Records, 1977-89; Series 6, Information Request Files, 1977-88; Series 7, Subject Files, 1977-91; Series 8, Periodicals and Reports, 1978-91; Series 9, Clippings, 1977-91; Series 10, Prints and Negatives, 1979-91; Series 11, Memorabilia, 1988 and undated; Series 12, Audiotapes, 1981-90; and Series 13, Videotapes, 1978-88.

Method of Acquisition

The Coal Employment Project (CEP) Records were transferred to the Archives of Appalachia in two separate donations. On February 6, 1990 Madeline Rogero, CEP executive director, and Shirley Harkins, CEP staff member, on behalf of the CEP Board of Directors, transferred to the archives the bulk of the CEP records. Two years later on January 8, 1992, CEP Board of Directors member Cosby Totten transferred additional materials to the archives. Processing of the collection was completed in May 1995.

Related Materials

AppMs 316, Marat Moore Collection

Separated Materials

The following books have been removed and cataloged for the Archives of Appalachia book collection:

Kamerman, Sheila B. Maternity Policies and Working Women. New York: Columbia University Press, 1983.

Resolutions Presented to the Forty-Ninth Consecutive Constitutional Convention of the United Mine Workers of America, 1983. Volumes 1 and 2.

Rockefeller IV, John D., chairman. The President's Commission on Coal. The American Coal Miner: A Report on Community and Living Conditions in the Coalfields. Washington: , 1980.

NON-MANUSCRIPT MATERIALS Selected periodicals have been removed from the collection and placed in the archives' vertical files.

OVERSIZE MATERIALS Oversize materials have been removed and placed either in oversize boxes which have been numbered and placed with the collection, or in oversize folders which have been placed in the map cabinets according to accession number.

Processing Information

Michelle Saas, Scott Schwartz, and Marie Tedesco completed processing the collection, and the collection was opened to researchers in 1995.

Michelle Saas, Scott Schwartz, and Marie Tedesco
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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