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Edward M. Steel, History Professor, Mother Jones Research Papers

Collection Number: A&M 3339


Contains papers compiled by History Professor Edward Steel of West Virginia University regarding labor activist Mother Jones. These records were created to support Steel's research and publication projects. Boxes 1-8 include facsimiles (photocopied), transcripts, and notes of archival and published material regarding Mother Jones contemporary to her time. Also includes drafts of articles. Boxes 9-10 include miscellaneous unsorted research notes.


  • Creation: 1830-1930
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1900-1930


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No special access restriction applies.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. For more information, please see the Permissions and Copyright page on the West Virginia and Regional History Center website.

Biographical / Historical

Edward Marvin Steel was born on Armistice Day, 11 November 1918, in Nashville, Tennessee, the son of Edward and Judith Wilkes Steel. He passed away 7 April 2011 in Morgantown, West Virginia after a short illness. He graduated from Harvard University in the class of 1940, and then served as a pilot in World War II, becoming a prisoner of war. He later received his doctorate in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Steel was a professor of history at West Virginia University, specializing in American history. As an author he is best known for his scholarly writings on labor leader Mother Jones. He was married had a wife, Barbara Manley Steel, and a son, Philip.


12.5 Linear Feet (Summary: 12 ft. 6 in. (10 records cartons, 15 in. each))

Physical Location

West Virginia and Regional History Center / West Virginia University / 1549 University Avenue / P.O. Box 6069 / Morgantown, WV 26506-6069 / Phone: 304-293-3536 / Fax: 304-293-3981 / URL:

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2031, 3339, 5161

Edward M. Steel, History Professor, Mother Jones Research Papers, 1830-1930
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Repository Details

Part of the West Virginia and Regional History Center Repository

1549 University Ave.
P.O. Box 6069
Morgantown WV 26506-6069 US