Baldwin-Felts Detective Inc.
Found in 5 Collections and/or Records:
Collection Number: A&M.1428
Scope and Contents Typescript and manuscript drafts of “The Life of Fred Mooney,” by himself, and a manuscript copy of "Shootin Straight" by J. F. Pennington. Mooney, one-time Secretary-Treasurer of the West Virginia United Mine Workers, relates his experience in the West Virginia labor movement, He covers the disturbances at Cabin and Paint Creek, 1912-1913; the abortive Miners March of 1919; the Matawan massacre of the Baldwin Felts detectives; the Miners Treason Trials in 1922; and a later dispute with John L....
Dates: ca. 1935
Collection Number: A&M.1824
Scope and Contents Justus Collins was an entrepreneur who opened his first coal mine in the Pocahontas- Flat Top coal field of Southern West Virginia, and thereafter operated mines in the New River, Tug River, and Winding Gulf coal fields. He headed a coal sales agency, speculated in coal and timber lands, headed a cement company, and was interested financially in rubber, oil, and gas companies. He played an important role in organizing the Tug River Coal Operators Association, the Winding Gulf Operators'...
Collection Number: A&M.3272
Overview Transcription of articles from The Labor Argus about incidents pertaining to the Cabin Creek and Paint Creek coal strikes. The activities of the Baldwin-Felts detective agency are frequently reported, as well as the imposition of martial law by state authorities.
Collection Number: A&M.2584
Overview Transcript of an interview by Richard Hadsell with Major W.P. Tams, Jr., former mine operator in the Winding Gulf coal mining region. Tams discusses his early days in coal mining, the opening of the Kanawha coal region, and coal operators and union officials such as: E.J. Berwind, Joe Beury, George Collins, Jarius Collins, Justus Collins, John J. Cornwell, Samuel Dixon, Elias Hatfield, Troy Hatfield, Isaac Mann, S.T. Patterson, J.A. Renahan, James O. Watts, and George Wolfe. Other individuals...
Collection Number: A&M.3608
Overview Incomplete court reporter's transcript of the Matewan Trial. This document records testimony bearing upon the event known as the "Matewan Massacre" that occurred on May 19, 1920 on the streets of Matewan, Mingo County. This brief but deadly encounter between local authorities and Baldwin-Felts detectives triggered a chain of events that led to an armed conflict between mine owners and their workers, resulting in the largest armed insurrection in post bellum American history. The transcript...