Scope and content
Oral history project "Coal miners and dust-related disease" aimed to reconstruct the story of the human tragedy of coal miners' respiratory disease. It sought to "write the history of 'black spit' from its early discovery by Scottish physicians in the 19th century, through to the official recognition of coal workers' pneumoconiosis in 1942 and on to the campaigns to recognise bronchitis and emphysima as industrial diseases in the second half of the twentieth century that culminated in the landmark legal judgement in January 1998".
Of a reported number of 52 interviews undertaken, 27 survive as sound recording and transcript (14) or transcript only (13).
System of arrangement
14 interviews whose sound survives were listed first, in roughly chronological order.
These are followed by 13 interviews that survive as transcripts only, in chronological order.