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Photographs of the Medical Survey

of the Bituminous Coal Industry

Dates 1946-1947

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 collection at: This is their search "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.

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WV Coal Mining
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