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Olin P. Keyes Coal Mining Prints

 Collection
Identifier: Ms-2010-035

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of eight different prints depicting various common coal mining scenes in West Virginia as well as an "about the artist" fact sheet. The prints are black and white and are illustrated in a simplistic, comic book-like style. Some prints contain penciled-in titles.

The first print depicts an above-ground wooden structure; the second shows a man operating a large underground machine; the third illustrates a miner's work kit; the fourth illustrates two men working a drilling machine; the fifth shows two men emerging from an underground tunnel and is entitled, "Sunlight Again"; the sixth shows a man steering a mule cart and is entitled, "Main Line"; the seventh depicts a man picking up a large piece of coal and is entitled, "Hand Loader"; and the eighth shows two miners working underground and is entitled, "Shot Man."

Dates

  • c.1970

Creator

Language of Materials

The material in the collection is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

The copyright status of this collection is unknown. Copyright restrictions may apply. Contact Special Collections and University Archives for assistance in determining the use of these materials. Reproduction or digitization of materials for personal or research use can be requested using our reproduction/digitization form: http://bit.ly/scuareproduction. Reproduction or digitization of materials for publication or exhibit use can be requested using our publication/exhibition form: http://bit.ly/scuapublication. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives (specref@vt.edu or 540-231-6308) if you need assistance with forms or to submit a completed form.

Biographical Note

Olin O. Keyes is an artist native to West Virginia. After he was discharged from the Marine Corps in 1954, he studied engineering at Virginia Tech and graduated in 1959. His work is showcased in private collections and business offices across West Virginia coal country as well as in the Craft Memorial Library in Bluefield, WV. His pictures show technical insight as well as a close connection to his human subjects. Olin parents were Carol and Cynthia Morris Keyes and he has two sisters: Renna Carol Keyes, who died in 2010, and Lois Keyes Small.

Extent

0.1 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Abstract

The collection contains eight different black and white prints depicting common coal mining scenes in Bluefield, WV created by native artist Olin P. Keyes in 1970.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged by material type.

Source of Acquisition

The Olin P. Keyes Coal Mining Prints were purchased in 2010.

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the Olin P. Keyes Coal Mining Prints by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/).

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Olin P. Keyes Coal Mining Prints were commenced and completed in June, 2010

Title
A Guide to the Olin P. Keyes Coal Mining Prints, c.1970
Status
Completed
Author
Julia Viets
Date
2010 (CC0 1.0)
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Description is in English

Revision Statements

  • 2020-12-17: Finding aid notes updated to new department standards. juliags

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech Repository

Contact:
Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries (0434)
560 Drillfield Drive
Newman Library, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg Virginia 24061 US
540-231-6308