John Brophy - A Pennsylvania Miner's Life

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Even though he had impacted the lives of generations of my family who labored in the coal mines of England, and Scotland, and Pennsylvania, John Brophy is the most important labor leader nobody knows. I did not know who he was before I deposited myself in the Catholic University Archives, home of Brophy’s Papers, in 1989. The English born Brophy was one of our own and rose to leadership in the Central Pennsylvania district of the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) in the early twentieth century. In this pivotal role he bettered the lives of mining families like mine achieving greater pay, safer working conditions, and accessible health care.  For more, please see

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W. J. Shepherd, University Archivist and Head of Special Collections-https://libraries.catholic.edu/contact-us/staff-directory/william-shepherd.html