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Guide to the Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives Printed Ephemera Collection on the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America PE.007

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Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

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This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on August 17, 2018
Description is in English

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Tamiment Library
Title: Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives Printed Ephemera Collection on the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America
Dates [inclusive]: 1936-1994
Abstract: The Printed Ephemera Collection on the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America is an artificial collection, collected and assembled by the Tamiment Library over the course of several decades. After first being rejected a charter by the American Federation of Labor, in 1936 the UE became the first union chartered by the newly formed Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO). The UE collection consists primarily of agreements, contracts, and constitutions, as well as printed ephemera such as fliers, brochures, newspaper clippings, pamphlets and publications. Ranging in date from the 1930s to the 1990s, the collection covers the tumultuous late 1940s and early 1950s when the UE left the CIO because of anti-communist campaigns.
Quantity: 3 Linear Feet (3 boxes)
Language: Materials are in English
Call Phrase: PE.007

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Historical/Biographical Note

The United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America, also known as the UE, was formed in 1936. After being rejected a charter by the American Federation of Labor, it became the first union chartered under the newly formed Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO). The UE saw a growth in membership during the war years to more than 300,000 members. In 1949, because of anti-communist campaigns, the UE left the CIO. Subsequently, the CIO expelled the UE along with ten other unions from its ranks. The CIO went on to establish the International Union of Electrical Workers (IUE) as a rival union. The UE tried to rebuild its membership throughout the 1960s and 1970s, however this was difficult and continued to be as membership was hit hard by closing plants in the 1980s. As of 2009, the UE continues to practice what it refers to "rank and file unionism" and remains unaffiliated with the AFL-CIO.

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Scope and Content Note

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives Printed Ephemera Collection on the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America consists of agreements, contracts and constitutions, as well as printed ephemera such as fliers, brochures, newspaper clippings, pamphlets and other publications. A sizable portion of the collection is made up of pamphlets put out by the UE on a number of different topics including, civil rights, communism, wages, record keeping, union busting and women's rights. The pamphlets are arranged chronologically by decade. Ranging in date from the founding of the UE in 1936 to the 1990s, the material in this collection was generated by the national and international bodies of the UE. The collection also contains agreements, fliers, pamphlets and other printed ephemera put out by UEs various districts and locals.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged into two series: Series I: General Files, 1936-1994; Series II: Districts and Locals, 1940-1979. Folders are arranged alphabetically within series.

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Access Points

Document Type

  • Press releases.
  • Pamphlets.
  • Hearings (event)
  • Bulletins.
  • Speeches.
  • Reports.
  • Publications (documents)
  • Circular letters.
  • Constitutions.
  • Printed ephemera.
  • Fliers (printed matter)
  • Testimonies.
  • Agreements.
  • Articles.

Subject Organizations

  • United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America

Subject Topics

  • Labor unions -- Organizing -- United States.
  • Labor unions and communism -- United States.
  • Labor unions

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Administrative Information

Custodial History

The provenance of the materials is varied. Items were obtained through purchases, donations, standing orders with publishers, arrangements with labor unions and other organizations, exchanges with other libraries, and through ongoing collecting by Tamiment staff.

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Because of the assembled nature of this collection, copyright status varies across the collection. Copyright is assumed to be held by the original creator of individual items in the collection; these items are expected to pass into the public domain 120 years after their creation. Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Archives is not authorized to grant permission to publish or reproduce materials from this collection.

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date; Collection name; Collection number; box number; folder number;
Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012, New York University Libraries.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials in this collection have been compiled by the Tamiment Library. There is no accession record associated with this collection.

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Container List

Series I: General Files, 1936-1994

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Agreements and Contracts I
1944-
Box: 1 Agreements and Contracts II
1944-
Box: 1 Brochures
1938-1982, undated
Box: 1 Circular Letters
1948-1994, undated
Box: 1 Civil Rights
1951-1965
Box: 1 Communism
1953, undated
Box: 1 Conferences: National Conference on Problems of Working Women
1954
Box: 1 Conferences: World Trade Union Conference
1945
Box: 1 Constitutions
1936-1979
Box: 1 Constitutions
1980-1996
Box: Shared Tamiment 017 Folder : 10 Convention photograph
1914
Box: 1 Conventions
1939-1944
Box: 1 Conventions
1947-1962
Box: 1 Conventions
1965-1975
Box: 1 Conventions
1976-1979
Box: 1 Conventions
1980-1988
Box: 1 Conventions
1989-1996
Box: 1 Fliers and Ephemera I
1940s-1990s, undated
Box: 1 Fliers and Ephemera II
1940s-1990s, undated
Box: 1 Hearings/Testimonies
1948-1954
Box: 1 Minimum Wage: Briefs on
1939-1941
Box: 1 Newspaper Clippings and Articles on
1938-1990, undated
Box: 1 "On the Air": Radio Broadcasts
1948-1949
Box: 1 Organizer's Bulletin
1951-1959, undated
Box: 2 Pamphlets
1930-1939, undated
Box: 2 Pamphlets I
1940-1949
Box: 2 Pamphlets II
1940-1949
Box: 2 Pamphlets
1950-1959
Box: 2 Pamphlets
1960-1969
Box: 2 Pamphlets
1970-1979
Box: 2 Pamphlets I
1980-1989
Box: 2 Pamphlets II
1980-1989
Box: 2 Pamphlets
1990-
Box: 2 Plastic Workers Organizing Committee (Erie, PA)
undated
Box: 2 Press Releases
1957, undated
Box: 2 Publications (Various Bulletins and other Serial Publications)
1947-1966, undated
Box: 2 Rank and File Activities
undated
Box: 2 Reports
1948-1959
Box: 2 Speeches and Statements
1957-1970
Box: 2 Stewards: Guides and Manuals
1937-1973

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Series II: Districts and Locals, 1940-1979

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 2 District 4
1942-1944, undated
Box: 2 District 7
1953-1971, undated
Box: 2 District 8
1949, undated
Box: 2 District 11
1975
Box: 2 Local 155
1954
Box: 2 Local 207: Agreements and Contracts
1945-1946
Box: 2 Local 209: Constitution
undated
Box: 2 Local 227: Agreements and Contracts
1945-1950
Box: 2 Local 229: Agreements and Contracts
1946-1947
Box: 2 Local 230: Agreements and Contracts
1947-1950
Box: 2 Local 232: Agreements and Contracts
1946-1947
Box: 3 Local 237: Agreements and Contracts I
1942-1959
Box: 3 Local 237: Agreements and Contracts II
1942-1959
Box: 3 Local 237: Constitutions
undated
Box: 3 Local 243: Agreements and Contracts I
1947-1986
Box: 3 Local 243: Agreements and Contracts II
1947-1986
Box: 3 Local 243: Agreements and Contracts III
1947-1986
Box: 3 Local 247: Agreements and Contracts
1947
Box: 3 Local 249: Agreements and Contracts
1947
Box: 3 Local 251: Agreements and Contracts
1946
Box: 3 Local 284
1979
Box: 3 Local 293: Agreements and Contracts
1947-1948
Box: 3 Local 299
circa 1980s
Box: 3 Local 425
1941
Box: 3 Local 427: Agreements and Contracts
1946
Box: 3 Local 430
1952
Box: 3 Local 450: Agreements and Contracts
1943
Box: 3 Local 456: Agreements and Contracts
1944
Box: 3 Local 475
undated
Box: 3 Local 510
1940
Box: 3 Local 601 (Pittsburgh, PA)
1945-1949
Box: 3 Local 613
undated
Box: 3 Local 751 (Niles, OH)
undated
Box: 3 Local 813: Agreements and Contracts
1949
Box: 3 Local 1114
1954
Box: 3 Local 1210
undated

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