Scope and Contents
Production statistics and extracts from the historical files of the Smokeless Operators Association (until 1958 the Pocahontas Operators Association) showing the history of coal mining in the Pocahontas field and production, sales, and distribution statistics for the years 1930 and 1933-1961. There are weekly, monthly, and yearly reports on net tons produced, hours, worked, and tonnage lost because of labor problems, mine disability, or lack of market. There are lists of the coal companies operating in the Pocahontas district during these years. Some files include reports on net production by grade.
The historical files cover the early history of Pocahontas, Va., the Pocahontas Coal Company, the Lynchburg Coal & Coke Company, the membership and activities of the Pocahontas Operators Association, the Southern Coal Producer's Association (1953, 1957), the Turkey Gap Coal & Coke Company, The Ennis Coal Company, Aileen Coal Company, Buckeye Coal & Coke Company, Norfolk and Western Railway Company, and the Pocahontas Fuel Company. There is a brief history of the coal industry in West Virginia, 1800-1951, a contract between coal producers and the railroads, 1886, 1895, a copy of a miner's pay statement, United Mine Workers contracts and working agreements (1919, 1924) and a schedule of the rate of pay in the Pocahontas district, June 1, 1931.
Individuals referred to include W.A. Bishop, C.P. Blair, Mrs. Gordon L. Cox, W.E.E. Koepler, John J. Lincoln, Roland C. Luther, William D. Ord W. L. Osborne, Princess Pocahontas, W.C. Stephenson.
Places include Bluefield, Pocahontas, Va., Snowville, Va., Norfolk, Va., Landgraff, W. Va., Welck, and various coal towns in the region.
0.2 Linear Feet (Summary: 1 1/2 in. (1 folder); 4 reels of microfilm)