Photographs of the Medical Survey
of the Bituminous Coal Industry
In 1946 the Department of Interior and the United Mine
Workers agreed to a joint survey of medical, health and
housing conditions in coal communities to be conducted by
Navy personnel. Under the direction of Rear Admiral Joel
T. Boone, survey teams went into mining areas to collect
data and photographs on the conditions of these regions,
later compiled into a published report.
The bulk of the
photographs were taken by Russell W. Lee, a professional
photographer hired by the Department of Interior for this
project; others were taken by the Navy. These photographs
cover a complete range of activities in mining communities.
The NARA has a search site with more photos from this
http://www.nara.gov/nara/searchnail.html This is their search
page...select "Digital copies search" and type West Virginia in the top
line and "coal mines" in the bottom keyword line.
There are many photographs in Nara's collection and I only chose a small sampling
for this website. The photographs are not restricted in any way for people to use.