Accession Number: 72
John W. Hevener Papers
8 Linear Feet
Series I - Which Side
Are You On?
Series II - Elk River
Coal and Lumber Company
Series III - Appalachians
Access and Use
Provenance: John W. Hevener’s papers were
placed in Berea College’s Southern Appalachian Archives by
Mary Hevener in July 1993.
Preferred citation: John W. Hevener Papers, Berea College Special Collections & Archives,
Overview of the Collection
These are manuscripts, correspondence, printed material, notes,
interview transcripts, and photographs documenting the research
and resultant publications of coal-mine labor historian, John W.
John W. Hevener was a native of Dunmore, Pocahontas County, West
Virginia. His B.A.(1956) and M.A. (1960) degrees were from Marshall
University in West Virginia. His Ph.D. (1971) was from Ohio State
University. He taught and served as a high school principal in
McArthur, Ohio, 1956-1961. College level teaching included stints
at Wisconsin State University at Whitewater, 1966-1970; Mankato
State University in Minnesota, 1970-1974; and Ohio State University
at Lima, 1974-1989.
Hevener is best known for his book, Which Side Are You On,?
Harlan County, Kentucky Coal Miners, 1931-1939. At the time
of his death he had done extensive research and preliminary writing
directed toward a book length treatment of the labor troubles
related to the Elk River Coal and Lumber Company in Widen, (Clay
County) West Virginia. Other research focused on the social and
cultural impact of Appalachian migrants on Akron, Ohio.
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