Detail View: Colorado Coal Project: Memories of a coal mining camp doctor (part 1 of 2)

Collection Name: 
Colorado Coal Project
Title: 
Memories of a coal mining camp doctor (part 1 of 2)
Creator: 
Margolis, Eric, 1947-
Creator: 
McMahan, Ronald L.
Subject: 
Coal mines and mining
Subject: 
Coal mines and mining -- Health aspects -- United States
Subject: 
Carbon County (Utah ) -- History
Subject: 
Employee motivation -- Psychological aspects
Subject: 
Helper (Utah)
Subject: 
Price (Utah)
Description: 
00 min: overview of the area 18 min: Interview begins = p. 1 of pdf 30 min: His early career, work as camp doctor in Utah = p. 6 of pdf 40 min: Mining deaths and injuries; his on-site observations of mines = p. 11 of pdf 50 min: Serving as conciliator, in the absence of a sheriff or other peacemaker = p. 15 of pdf 60 min: Mining-camp cultures, including role of alcohol; diseases in the camp = p. 18 of pdf
Description Type: 
SegmentSequence
Description: 
A doctor recounts his experiences in Utah coal mining camps from 1937 to 1940. He was employed by a medical fund, which was overseen by a foreman and the local union president, therefore he was not beholden to the company. Some camps had a bartering system for extra services. He relates anecdotes about injuries, accidents, deaths, and births. Widely respected, he also often assumed the role of conciliator. He describes mining methods and the typical compensation. In the summer, when a miner made three dollars, usually one dollar went to the union. Later Dorman attempted to preserve the mining history of four adjacent counties but ran into financial problems and red tape. A discussion follows comparing the work morale then and now. While mining was dangerous and laborious, workers relied on personal know-how and were craftsmen. In modern times the process is so automated that miners take no pride in their work.
Description Type: 
summary
Publisher: 
University of Colorado Boulder Archives
Contributor: 
Dorman, Dr.
Date: 
4/25/1978
Type: 
MovingImage
Format: 
video/mp4
Identifier: 
156-Dorman
Language: 
English
Relation: 
157-Dorman
Relation Type: 
relatesTo
Relation href: 
http://cudl.colorado.edu/luna/servlet/s/y9ogru
Relation: 
narv_coloradoCoal_transDorman
Relation Type: 
derivedFrom
Relation href: 
http://cudl.colorado.edu/luna/servlet/s/rg1mx2
Coverage (Spatial): 
Carbon County, UT
Coverage (Spatial): 
Helper, UT
Coverage (Spatial): 
Price, UT
Coverage (Spatial): 
Trinidad, CO
Coverage (Spatial): 
Utah
Coverage (Temporal): 
1890-1978