A Guide to the Jimmie L. Price Papers 1986-2003 Price, Jimmie L. Papers, 1986-2003 Ms1987-048

A Guide to the Jimmie L. Price Papers 1986-2003

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms1987-048


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Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Collection number
Jimmie L. Price Papers 1986-2003
Physical Characteristics
0.1 cubic feet; 1 Box; 4 Videotapes; 2 Folders

Administrative Information


Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Jimme L. Price Papers must be obtained from the and Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Jimmie L. Price Papers, 1986-2003, Ms1987-048, Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University.

Biographical/Historical Information

Jimmie L. Price is a Blacksburg, Virginia, resident, minister, and local historian. He is the author of Malissia Said, and on of the co-authors of Millstone Manufacture in Virginia: Interviews with the Last Brush Mountain Millstone Makers and of A Brief History of Several Coal Mines of Montgomery County. The son of coal miner Henry Price, Jimmie Price founded the Coal Miner's Heritage Association.

Scope and Content Information

His collection consists of four videotapes of interviews conducted by Price with Montgomery County residents, including an interview in 1986 with Elizabeth Kent Adams about the Kentland property; interviews conducted in 1987 with four Montgomery County residents, including Robert H. Surface, Albert Hamlin, Evans Linkous, and Arnold Linkous, about coal mines and mining in the county; and an interview with Frank Bannister of Montgomery County, whose ancestors were slaves and later servants at Kentland, and an interview (7 August 2003) with Josephine Scrivenor, who lived at Kentland as a girl. Also includes sketches of Kentland and coal operations, drawn by Price as described by the interviewees.


The videotapes and are arranged according to the date of the interview. The folders are chronologically ordered.

Index Terms


  • Blacksburg (Va.)
  • Kentland Farm
  • Local/Regional History and Appalachian South
  • Montgomery County (Va.)

Contents List

Box Othertype: 1-1
Prices Fork and Its People 1988
1 VHS videotape

This tape is an interview with Frank Bannister of Montgomery County, in which he describes the cattle drives from Tazewell to Kentland, life at Kentland, and the physical layout of the farm. Bannister's family were once slaves on Kentland, and later worked there as servants and laborers.

Box Othertype: 1-2
Interviews with Montgomery County Residents about Local Coal Mines 1987
1 VHS video tape

This tape consists of interviews with local Montgomery County residents about their experiences working in the local coal mines. Among those interviewed include Robert H. Surface about fossil and coal mines, Albert Hamlin about the Shoal (Strubble's) Creek mine, Evans Linkous about the Merrimac Mine, and Albert Linkous about the Northside Mine at Price's Mountain.

Box Othertype: 1-3
Kentland, New River Plantation 1986
1 VHS videotape

This tape consists of a history of Kentland Plantation.

Box Othertype: 1-4
"Josesphine Scrivenor." 1986
1 VHS videotape

This tape consists of an interview of Josephine Scrivenor by Price at her home in Roanoke, about her recollections of Kentland Plantation.

Box-folder 1-1

Contains "Kentland", a history of Kentland Plantation; "A Working Sketch of Kentland, 1912-1923 per Frank Bannister"; and "Errors in the Videotape entitled: 'Kentland, New River Plantation' " [transcription and handwritten original].

Box-folder 1-2
Coal Mine Sketches 1986-1991

Coal Mine Sketches (1986-1991). Contains photocopies of a series of approximately 35 sketches by Jimmie L. Price and Everett Graves based on accounts from local Montgomery County residents. The sketches are of coals mines, coal seams, mine tipples, and the associated buildings and housing for Shoal Creek Mine, Brush Mountain Coalfield Central Division, and Big Vein Mine.