Collection Number: 05785

Collection Title: Robert E. Botsch Papers on the Brown Lung Association, 1978-1997

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Size 1.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 400 items)
Abstract Papers and audio recordings on the Brown Lung Association (BLA) compiled by white author and political science professor, Robert E. Botsch. The majority of the materials relate to Botsch's 1993 publication, Organizing the Breathless: Cotton Dust, Southern Politics, and the Brown Lung Association, which recounts the history of the BLA and the organizing efforts of textile workers in the Southeastern United States in the 1970s. Papers consist of newsletters, meeting agendas, pamphlets, and other materials produced by the BLA and related organizations, as well as Botsch's personal research files, including clippings, notes, and correspondence related to grassroots organizing efforts and the organizational, legal, and financial activities of the BLA. Topics include recruitment, fundraising, dust standards, and workers' compensation. Audio recordings consist of interviews conducted by Botsch with politicians and BLA organizers, as well as recordings from a 1982 symposium on "Cotton Dust Standards".
Creator Botsch, Robert Emil, 1947-
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
Use of audio materials may require production of listening copies.
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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 Robert E. Botsch Papers on the Brown Lung Association #5785, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Robert E. Botsch in April 2014 (Acc. 103528)
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Robert Emil Botsch is a white author and distinguished professor emeritus of political science at the University of South Carolina Aiken, where his coursework focused on American politics and institutions, southern politics, South Carolina politics, research methods, and public opinion. His publications include We Shall Not Overcome: Populism and Southern Blue-Collar Workers (1980), You Can't Have It Both Ways: The Difficulties of Unionization in the South (1981), Organizing the Breathless: Cotton Dust, Southern Politics, and the Brown Lung Association (1993), and African-Americans and the Palmetto State (1994), among others.

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Papers and audio recordings on the Brown Lung Association (BLA) compiled by white author and political science professor, Robert E. Botsch. The majority of the materials relate to Botsch's 1993 publication, Organizing the Breathless: Cotton Dust, Southern Politics, and the Brown Lung Association, which recounts the history of the BLA and the organizing efforts of southern textile workers in the 1970s. Papers consist of newsletters, meeting agendas, pamphlets, and other materials produced by the BLA and related organizations, as well as Botsch's personal research files, including clippings, notes, and correspondence related to grassroots organizing efforts and the organizational, legal, and financial activities of the BLA. Topics include recruitment, fundraising, dust standards, and workers' compensation. Audio recordings consist of interviews and recordings from a symposium on "Cotton Dust Standards", which took place in Charlotte, N.C. in 1982. Interviewees on the recordings include BLA organizers, Greg Campbell and Karen Scharff, as well as South Carolina senator, Tommy Moore. Recordings are on audiocassette.

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9 items.
Audiocassette C-05785/1

Interview with Greg Campbell, BLA organizer in Horsecreek Valley area of Aiken County, S.C.: tape 1 #05785, Series: "2. Audio Recordings, 1982 and undated." C-05785/1

Audiocassette

Audiocassette C-05785/2

Interview with Greg Campbell, BLA organizer in Horsecreek Valley area of Aiken County, S.C.: tape 2 #05785, Series: "2. Audio Recordings, 1982 and undated." C-05785/2

Audiocassette

Audiocassette C-05785/3

Interview with Karen Scharff, BLA organizer in Horsecreek Valley area of Aiken County, S.C.: tape 1 #05785, Series: "2. Audio Recordings, 1982 and undated." C-05785/3

Audiocassette

Audiocassette C-05785/4

Interview with Karen Scharff, BLA organizer in Horsecreek Valley area of Aiken County, S.C.: tape 2 #05785, Series: "2. Audio Recordings, 1982 and undated." C-05785/4

Audiocassette

Audiocassette C-05785/5

Interview with S.C. Senator Tommy Moore, representative for the Horsecreek Valley area of Aiken County, S.C. #05785, Series: "2. Audio Recordings, 1982 and undated." C-05785/5

Audiocassette

Audiocassette C-05785/6

Symposium on Cotton Dust Standards, Charlotte, N.C., 18 September 1982: tape 1 #05785, Series: "2. Audio Recordings, 1982 and undated." C-05785/6

Audiocassette

Audiocassette C-05785/7

Symposium on Cotton Dust Standards, Charlotte, N.C., 18 September 1982: tape 2 #05785, Series: "2. Audio Recordings, 1982 and undated." C-05785/7

Audiocassette

Audiocassette C-05785/8

Symposium on Cotton Dust Standards, Charlotte, N.C., 18 September 1982: tape 3 #05785, Series: "2. Audio Recordings, 1982 and undated." C-05785/8

Audiocassette

Audiocassette C-05785/9

Symposium on Cotton Dust Standards, Charlotte, N.C., 18 September 1982: tape 4 #05785, Series: "2. Audio Recordings, 1982 and undated." C-05785/9

Audiocassette

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Processing Information

Processed by: Anne Wells, January 2019

Encoded by: Anne Wells, January 2019

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