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IWW Colorado Coal Strike of 1927 Oral History

 Item
Identifier: LOH002337
Collection consists of a group interview recording, where six eyewitnesses describe the killing of striking IWW miners by guards at the Columbine Mine in Lafayette, Colorado, on November 21, 1927, background and events leading up to the tragedy, and its aftermath. Includes contextual commentary from the interviewers.
The following participants were interviewed: Claude Amicarella, Lawrence Amicarella, Louie Bruger, Walter Celeski, Jack Miller, and Lloyd Miller.

Interviewers were Eric Margolis and Ron McMahan.

Dates

  • 1979

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials.

RESTRICTIONS: Due to the personal nature of oral history, the Library prohibits use of the material in any way that infringes on individual right to privacy, or results in libelous statements or slander, in accordance with U.S. law.

Permission to publish or quote must be obtained from the interviewee or interviewee heirs or assigns and the University of Colorado, Boulder Archives.

Extent

1 items : (1 audiocassette).

Abstract

Between 1974 and 1984, while completing graduate studies in sociology, Eric Margolis and Ron McMahan undertook two research projects that formed the University of Colorado Coal Project, documenting the memories and work of coal miners through interviews and photographs. The project included oral histories with former coal miners, community members, and experts across the Western United States, with a focus on Colorado. Coverage includes documentation of IWW members, activities, and events. Collection consists of a group interview recording, where six eyewitnesses describe the killing of striking IWW miners by guards at the Columbine Mine in Lafayette, Colorado, on November 21, 1927, background and events leading up to the tragedy, and its aftermath. Includes contextual commentary from the interviewers.

History

Between 1974 and 1984, while completing graduate studies in sociology, Eric Margolis and Ron McMahan undertook two research projects that formed the University of Colorado Coal Project, documenting the memories and work of coal miners through interviews and photographs. The project included oral histories with former coal miners, community members, and experts across the Western United States, with a focus on Colorado. Coverage includes documentation of IWW members, activities, and events.

Custodial History

Previous names assigned to the interview include "IWW Activities in Colorado, 1927" and "IWW Strike 1927 - Eyewitness Interviews."

Existence and Location of Originals

Original recording is in the holdings of the University of Colorado Boulder Archives, as part of the Colorado Coal Project.

Processing History

Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library. Finding aid written by Rebecca Bizonet on December 14, 2016.

Creator

Title
Guide to the IWW Colorado Coal Strike of 1927 Oral History
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library. Finding aid written by Rebecca Bizonet.
Date
2016-12-14
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Sponsor
Description made possible by funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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