Guide to the Michael J. Kosik Anthracite Mineworkers Collection, 1863-1916

1901

Collection Overview

Title:
Michael J. Kosik Anthracite Mineworkers collection
Dates (Inclusive):
1863-1916
Creator:
Michael J. Kosik, 1898-1967
Abstract:
Labor leader Michael J. Kosik (1898-1967) joined the United Mineworkers of America in 1912, became vice-president of District 1 in 1925 and president in 1946. He also served as chairman of the Anthracite Board of Conciliation in Hazleton, Pennsylvania. The collection contains official records and manuscripts of mineworkers strikes and organizations in the anthracite districts of eastern Pennsylvania from the mid-nineteenth century to 1903. It includes photographs, newspaper clippings, and a record book from mine workers organizations dated 1863 to 1871.
Collection Number:
1901
Size:
5 Cubic feet
Location:
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the   library catalog.
Repository:
Special Collections Library. Pennsylvania State University.
Languages:
English

Biographical Note

Labor leader Michael J. Kosik (1898-1967) was born in Dupont, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. In 1912, he joined the United Mineworkers of America (UMW). He held offices in his local union and was elected vice-president of UMW District 1 in 1925, becoming the District's president in 1946. He also served as chairman of the Anthracite Board of Conciliation in Hazleton, Pennsylvania.

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Collection Overview

The Michael J. Kosik collection contains a complete set of the Proceedings of the Anthracite Coal Strike Commission, from October of 1902 to February of 1903 and  Proceedings and Resolutions of District No. 1, 7, 9 of the UMW Joint Conventions. A second grouping of the collection consists of Mr. Kosik's handwritten and typed notes, taken while chairman of the Anthracite Board of Conciliation, concerning the anthracite coal industry. There are research notes and essay drafts that tell the story of the 1900 strike, John Mitchell, his part in the strike of 1902 and President Roosevelt's intervention, and concerning racial and cultural conflicts in Anthracite Mining and a History of Miner's Unions. A dozen photographs of the interior of coal mines and negatives of miners are included. A third part of the collection contains newspaper clippings and pamphlets regarding the United Mine Workers of America, John Mitchell, and Anthracite Coal. An item of particular interest is an early minute book of the Miners Benevolent Association (March 1863-May 1871) and of the Miners Union (April 1868-May 1871) based in Archbald, Pennsylvania.

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research. Restrictions, where applicable, are noted at the series, subseries, or file levels.

Copyright Notice

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Michael J. Kosik Anthracite Mineworkers Collection, HCLA 1901, Special Collections Library, Pennsylvania State University.

Processing Information

Processed by Special Collections staff.

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Photographic

Personal Name(s)

  • Michael J. Kosik, 1898-1967

Subject(s)

  • Anthracite Coal -- Labor -- Strikes -- Pennsylvania

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Collection Inventory

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