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The United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) was founded in 1890 and is an active American labor union that represents the rights of workers in various industries, including mining, manufacturing, and health care, among others. The United Mine Workers of America photographic, graphic, and artifacts collection consists of materials dating as early as 1891 and as late as 1997.
These materials include a photographic survey of American miners’ homes, panoramic photographs of UMWA conventions and conferences, oversize graphics and cartoons, and reproduced images of original documentation exhibited by the UMWA, as well as several union related artifacts.
This digital collection forms a part of the "Beneath the Surface and Cast in Steel: Forging the American Industrial Union Movement Digital Project" funded by the Council on Library and Information Resources. As part of this grant project, staff in the Special Collections Library developed the "UMWA Miners Survey Map" to illustrate relationships between the various mining communities in the Appalachian region.
- Amalgamated Association of Iron, Steel, and Tin Workers of North America records
- John Chorey papers
- Howard Truman Curtiss Papers
- George Hoenshel Fleming Sr. family papers
- George Medrick Papers
- Philip Murray papers
- Harold Rasmussen scrapbooks, badges, and buttons
- United Mine Workers of America photographic, graphic, and artifacts collection
- United Mine Workers of America, President's Office Correspondence
- United Steelworkers of America District 33 records