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Progressive Mine Workers of America, Archives

Collection Number: A&M 2609

Scope and Contents

Records of the Progressive Mine Workers of America.

Boxes 1-36 include: convention proceedings, minutes, contracts and agreements, financial records, correspondence, mine inspectors' reports, and grievance files which make up the bulk of the records. In addition there are printed National Industrial Recovery Administration and National Recovery Administration documents on the coal industry and a microfilm copy of the union's newspaper, THE PROGRESSIVE MINER, 1932-53.

Topics covered in the Progressive Mine Workers archives range from the daily governing of the union to wage negotiations with coal operators. There is considerable material on pensions and other benefits for Progressive Mine Workers of America members. Of special interest are minutes from the union's founding convention in 1932, the President's and Secretary-Treasurer's correspondence with local unions, 1947-55, and a notebook containing abstracts of grievance cases from 1932 to 1945.

Boxes 37-38 contain: two convention badges, both with medallions stamped "P.M.W.A District No. 1" (one badge is from the 11th Constitutional Convention, 1951; and the other from the 11th Scale Convention, 1952).


  • Creation: 1932-1965


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Conditions Governing Access

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.


15.75 Linear Feet (Summary: 15 ft. 9 1/4 in. (35 document cases, 5 in.); (2 ledger books, 2 1/2 in.); (3 bound volumes, 10 in.); (1 oversize folder, 1/4 in.); (2 artifact storage boxes, 3/4 in.); 8 reels of microfilm)

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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Repository Details

Part of the West Virginia and Regional History Center Repository

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