The following books and articles relating to the Matewan Massacre can be found at the Archives and History Library.


Cole, Merle T. "Martial Law in West Virginia and Major Davis as 'Emperor of Tug River'." West Virginia History 43, no. 2 (Charleston, WV: Archives and History, Culture and History, Winter 1982): 118-144.

Corbin, David Alan. The West Virginia Mine Wars: An Anthology, Charleston, West Virginia, Appalachian Editions, 1990.
331.89 W521c.

Fisher, Lucy Lee. "John J. Cornwell, Governor of West Virginia, 1917-1921." West Virginia History 24, nos. 3&4 (Charleston, WV: Archives and History, Culture and History, April and July 1963): 258-88, 370-89 (pages 376-83 on coal labor strife).

Hadsell, Richard M. and William E. Coffey. "From Law and Order to Class Warfare: Baldwin-Felts Detectives in the Southern West Virginia Coal Fields." West Virginia History 40, no. 3 (Charleston, WV: Archives and History, Culture and History, Spring 1979): 268-86.

Hess, J. W. Struggle in the Coal Fields, The Autobiography of Fred Mooney, West Virginia University Foundation, Parsons, West Virginia, McClain Printing Company, 1967.
331.881 M77.

Laurie, Clayton D. "The United States Army and the Return to Normalcy in Labor Dispute Interventions: The Case of the West Virginia Coal Mine Wars, 1920-1921." West Virginia History 50 (Charleston, WV: Archives and History, Culture and History, 1991): 1-24. [on-line]

Lee, Howard Burton. Bloodletting in Appalachia: The Story of West Virginia's Four Mine Wars and Other Thrilling Incidents of its Coal Fields, Morgantown, West Virginia, West Virginia University, 1969.
331.89 L51.

Lunt, Richard D. Law and Order vs. the Miners: West Virginia, 1907-1933, Charleston, West Virginia, Appalachian Editions, 1979.
331. 881 L964.

Murray, Philip. The Case of the West Virginia Coal Mine Workers: Opening Statement of Philip Murray before the Committee on Education and Labor of the U. S. Senate, October, 1921, Washington DC, United Mine Workers of America, 1921.
331.8928 M983.

Operators Association of the Williamson Field. Statement Made by the Operators' Association of the Williamson Field: Before the Sub-Committee of the Committee on Education and Labor of the United States Senate: Appointed to Investigate Conditions in the Coal Fields of West Virginia, Washington DC: The Association, 1921.
331.8928 O61.

______________________________________. Statement of Harry Olmsted, Chairman of the Labor Committee of the Operators' Association of Williamson Field to the Senate Investigating Committee, Washington DC: The Association, July 14, 1921.
331.8928 051.

Savage, Lon. Thunder in the Mountains: The West Virginia Mine War, 1920-1921, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, University of Pittsburgh Press, 1990.
331.89 S264 1990.

__________. Thunder in the Mountains, South Charleston, West Virginia, Jalamap Publications, 1984.
331.89 S264.

Sullivan, Ken. The Goldenseal Book of the West Virginia Mine Wars: Articles Reprinted From the Goldenseal Magazine, 1977-1991, Charleston, West Virginia, Pictorial Histories Publishing, 1991.
331.892 G618s

U. S. Senate Investigating Committee. Facts About the Armed March from William M. Wiley's Testimony as Taken From Volumes One and Two of the Official Records of the Hearings before the Committee on Education and Labor, Senate Resolution No. 80. Reprinted by the Kanawha Coal Operators' Association, 1921.
331.8928 W676.


"A Seven-Day Battle Unfolded, Report of Attacks on Women and Children Touched It Off," Charleston Gazette, 8-27-1996.
"Chafin Has Good Chance to Recover From Wound," Charleston Gazette, 9-25-1919.
"Chambers' Forebears Rarely Talked of Shootout," Charleston Gazette,6-4-1989.
"Consequences of a War, Union Leaders Face Trial on Treason Charges," Charleston Gazette, 8-28-1996.
"Guards' Ambush in Matewan Brought Recall of Troops," Charleston Gazette, 5-6- 1950.
"Gun Smoke in Matewan, WV Hillbilly, 11-21-1989.
"Kenney and Mooney are Jailed in Mingo Pending Bail Hearing," Advertiser, 9-20- 1921.
"Killers of Hatfield-Chambers Go On Trial," Welch Daily News, 3-31-1989.
"Lost Case, Discovery of Tom Felts' Records Provide New View of Massacre," Charleston Gazette-Mail, 8-11-1991.
"Man Recalls Matewan Massacre," Williamson Daily News, 9-30-1996.
"Matewan O. K. Corral Can't Hold A Candle To Massacre," Charleston Gazette, 6-4- 1989.
"Matewan Begins a History Exhibit, Preservation," Huntington Herald-Dispatch, 5-18- 1990.
"Matewan Must Take Its Place in U. S. History," Charleston Gazette, 5-27-1992.
"Matewan Massacre Was 70 Years Ago Saturday," Clarksburg Telegram, 5-18-1990.
"Matewan Commemorates Anniversary of Massacre," Williamson Daily News, 5-20- 1989.
"Matewan to Mark Anniversary of Massacre," Williamson Daily News, 5-16-1998.
"Matewan Massacre, 'Smilin Sid' Incident Put Spin on Missing History," Bluefield Daily Telegraph, 7-27-1997.
"Matewan Commemorate Massacre 70 Years Ago," Times-West Virginian, 5-18-1990.
"Memories of Massacre Close to Home," Charleston Gazette, 4-9-1992.
"Mine Wars Labor Day is More Than Hot Dogs," Charleston Gazette, 9-2-1996.
"Mine Marchers Refuse to be Made the Goat," Wheeling Intelligencer, 1-30-1923.
"Mingo Native Recalls Massacre," Williamson Daily News, 9-28-1995.
"Seventieth Anniversary of Courthouse Killings," Welch Daily News, 8-1-1991.
"The March Was On, 'Rednecks' Walk 32 Miles Into History," Charleston Gazette, 8-26- 1996.
"The Battle of Matewan," WV Hillbilly, 6-8-1989.
"The Shoot-Out at Matewan," West Virginia Labor History #14, Bob Miller, n. d.
"The Long, Hot Summer, Matewan Was Flash Point for Union Battles," Charleston Gazette- Mail, 8-25-1996.


Even the Heavens Weep: The West Virginia Mine Wars [videorecordings], Lou Buttino, writer. Institute, West Virginia: The Humanities Council of West Virginia, WPBY. [video can be viewed in-house] or purchase a copy from Educational Broadcasting Authority.

Matewan [videorecording] Written and Directed by John Sayles; Produced by Peggy Rajski and Maggie Renzi; Edited by Sonya Polonsky; Music by Mason Daring; Starring Chris Cooper, James Earl Jones and Mary McDonnell, Irvine, California, Evergreen Entertainment, 1996, c1987.[video can be viewed in house]

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