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A. S. Williams III Americana Manuscript Collections

Guide to the Milner Coal and Railroad Company meeting minutes W.0101

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Publication:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266
205.348.0500
archives@ua.edu

December 2013

Creation:

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-12-18T11:56-0600

Language Usage:

English

Description Rules:

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Collection Title:

Milner Coal and Railroad Company meeting minutes

Unit ID:

W.0101

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.15 Linear feet

Dates:

1900-1910

Location:

The A. S. Williams III Americana Collection, Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library, The University of Alabama

Abstract:

Minutes of directors and stockholders' meetings between 1900 and 1910

creator

Milner Coal and Railroad Company.

creator

Williams, A. S., III

Acquisition Information:

Gift of A. S. Williams III, 2010

Preferred Citation:

Milner Coal and Railroad Company meeting minutes, A. S. Williams III Americana Collection, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Processing Information:

Processed by

Haley Aaron, 2013

Access Restrictions:

None

Related Archival Materials note

The A. S. Williams III Americana Collection contains several resources related to coal production and railways in Alabama. Please contact a staff member for assistance.

Biographical/Historical note

The Milner Coal and Railroad Company owned approximately 2,000 acres of coal-producing land near Coalburg and New Castle, communities located in Jefferson County, Alabama. The New Castle mines were opened in 1874 by the New Castle Coal and Iron Company and were purchased in 1881 by the Milner Coal and Railroad Company.

A notable feature of the company's legacy was its early and extensive use of convict labor. Managed by President John T. Milner, the company employed a staff of 200. Approximately 150 of these employees were prisoners incarcerated in Alabama's state and local prisons.

Sources: Douglas A. Blackmon, Slavery by Another Name: The Re-enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II. (New York: Anchor Books, 2009).

General note

Title of phase box spine: Milner Coal and Railroad Company - Corporate Records - Birmingham: 1900-1910

Scope and Contents note

This collection contains one 153-page notebook, containing handwritten and typed copies of meeting minutes from the directors and stockholders' meetings of the Milner Coal and Railroad Company. Entries are dated between July 1900 and August 1910, and address the election of company directors, bylaw changes, and the financial decisions of the company.

Source(s)

Williams, A. S., III (local)

Business records (lcsh)

Coal mines and mining (lcsh)

Convict labor (lcsh)

Jefferson County (Ala.) (lcsh)

Railroads--Alabama--Records and correspondence (lcsh)

Minutes Box W0101.01