Collection Number: 05684

Collection Title: Neil G. McBride Papers, 1977-1989

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Size 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 100 items)
Abstract Papers of lawyer Neil G. McBride document his work with the Coal Employment Project, a non-profit focused on gender equality and discrimination issues in coal mines. There are also reports and other materials of the East Tennessee Research Corporation and Rural Legal Services of Tennessee.
Creator McBride, Neil G.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
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No usage restrictions.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Neil G. McBride Papers #5684, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Neil G. McBride of Knoxville, Tenn., in March 2016 (Acc. 102556).
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Neil G. McBride was born on 12 December 1945 in Dallas, Tex. He received his J.D. from the University of Virginia in 1970. After graduating, he worked for a year as the Southern Director of the Law Students Civil Rights Research Council in Atlanta, Ga. He then worked for a year as a staff attorney on Aviation Consumer Action Project, established by Ralph Nader. From 1973 to 1978, he worked as a staff attorney for the East Tennessee Research Corporation, a rural public interest law firm funded largely by the Ford Foundation that provided legal and technical assistance to community organizations in East Tennessee. In 1978, McBride left the East Tennessee Research Corporation and founded Rural Legal Services of Tennessee, which provided civil legal aid to low-income people in the Appalachian coal fields of East Tenessee. It also worked with Save Our Cumberland Mountains (SOCM) on at least two of their cases. From 1978 to 2001, he served as director of Rural Legal Services of Tennessee. Beginning in June 1987, McBride served as the registered agent for the Coal Employment Project, a non-profit focused on gender equality and discrimination issues in coal mines. He is currently General Counsel to the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands. In 2009, President Barack Obama appointed McBride to the Tennessee Valley Authority Board of Directors.

Biographical information taken from "Field Notes - Neil G. McBride" in The Southern Oral History Program Collection (#04007).

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The Neil G. McBride Papers consist of professional papers created or collected by McBride over the course of his career. McBride was a lawyer who worked for and organized a number of public interest groups. Papers in this collection document his work with the Coal Employment Project, East Tennessee Research Corporation, and Rural Legal Services of Tennessee. Materials include routine correspondence, clippings, printed materials, and a few other items.

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Contents list

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About 100 items.

Folder 1-2

Folder 1

Folder 2

Coal Employment Project, 1978-1989 #05684, Series: "Neil G. McBride Papers, 1977-1989." Folder 1-2

The Coal Employment Project was a non-profit located in Tennesse that focused on ending gender inequality and discrimination in the coal mining industry. Includes the Coal Employment Project Proposal, written in 1978, the 1987 forms designating Neil G. McBride as the organization's registered agent in the state of Tennessee, a copy of the 1989 Corporation Annual Report, two clippings highlighting the work the Coal Employment Project has done to create employment opportunities for women in coal mines, two quarterly reports from 1983, photocopies of the September 1984 issue of Mountain Life & Work, and routine correspondence. Also included is letter from Neil G. McBride to the vice president of the West Coal Corporation notifying them of a complaint received by the Coal Employment Project by one of their female employees, and correspondence discussing a sex discrimination case against Austin Powder Company.

Folder 3

Coal Employment Project: Annual reports, 1985-1987 #05684, Series: "Neil G. McBride Papers, 1977-1989." Folder 3

Folder 4

Coal Employment Project: Legal Support Office, 1987 #05684, Series: "Neil G. McBride Papers, 1977-1989." Folder 4

Contains packet sent to Neil G. McBride after his agreement to serve as the Coal Employment Project's registered agent in Tennessee. Includes a copy of the charter and by-laws as well as other publications and brochures.

Folder 5

Coal Employment Project: Printed material, 1987-1988 and undated #05684, Series: "Neil G. McBride Papers, 1977-1989." Folder 5

Folder 6

East Tennessee Research Corporation, 1977-1979 #05684, Series: "Neil G. McBride Papers, 1977-1989." Folder 6

Includes routine correspondence, a report prepared by the ETRC, and other printed material.

Folder 7

East Tennessee Research Corporation: Clippings, 1977-1979 #05684, Series: "Neil G. McBride Papers, 1977-1989." Folder 7

Folder 8

East Tennessee Research Corporation: Two-year reports, 1978 #05684, Series: "Neil G. McBride Papers, 1977-1989." Folder 8

Folder 9

Rural Legal Services of Tennessee, 1980-1984 #05684, Series: "Neil G. McBride Papers, 1977-1989." Folder 9

Contains two reports: "Litigation and Activities Report, January 1, 1980-December 31, 1980" and "Significant Cases and Activities 1981-1984."

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Processing Information

Processed by: Amelia W. Holmes, May 2016

Encoded by: Amelia W. Holmes, May 2016

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