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Guide to the Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives Printed Ephemera Collection on the United Mine Workers of America PE.010

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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 20, 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 Mine Workers of America
Dates [inclusive]: 1903-1995
Abstract: The Printed Ephemera Collection on the United Mine Workers of Americais an artificial collection, collected and assembled by the Tamiment Library over the course of several decades. Founded in 1890, the UMWA was and continues to be a leader in the labor movement in the United States, fighting for safe working conditions and good wages. Material in the collection ranges in date from the early 20th century through the present and consists of agreements, contracts, constitutions, and reports as well as printed ephemera such as fliers, brochures, leaflets, newspaper clippings, pamphlets and other publications.
Quantity: 1.5 Linear Feet (2 boxes)
Language: Materials are in English
Call Phrase: PE.010

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Historical/Biographical Note

The United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) formed in 1890 with the merger of the Knights of Labor Trade Assembly No. 135 and the National Progressive Union of Miners and Mine Laborers. A leader in civil rights, the UMWA barred discrimination based on race, religion or national origin in its first constitution. The UMWA was a member of the American Federation of Labor and a driving force in the creation of the Congress of Industrial Organizations. John L. Lewis served as president from 1920-1960. The UMWA, under his charge, created the Welfare and Retirement Fund in contract with the United States government, which permanently changed the way that health care is delivered to workers in the coal industry. In 1989, members of the UMWA in West Virginia, Virginia and Kentucky went on strike against the Pittston Coal Company, the strike lasted for several months and was greeted with wide-ranging community and union support. Today, the UMWA continues to fight for safe working conditions, good wages, benefits and fair representation.

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Scope and Content Note

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives Printed Ephemera Collection on the United Mine Workers of America consists of agreements, constitutions, reports, hearings and statements, as well as printed ephemera such as fliers, brochures, newspaper clippings, pamphlets and other publications, ranging in date from 1903 to the present. Included are industry wide national agreements on wages for anthracite and bituminous coal workers as well as transcriptions from hearings and statements from the United States Anthracite Commission and the United States Coal Commission, dating from 1920. On a range of issues from democratic elections to health and safety, the collection contains printed ephemera such as fliers, brochures, newspaper clippings, pamphlets and other publications. As a significant contribution to organized labor, the UMWA created the Welfare and Retirement Fund in 1946. Annual reports from the Fund are represented in the collection from 1950-1989.

Arrangement

Folders are arranged alphabetically.

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Access Points

Document Type

  • Contracts
  • Fliers (printed matter)
  • Pamphlets.
  • Agreements.
  • Constitutions.
  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Publications (documents)
  • Press releases.

Subject Organizations

  • United Mine Workers of America

Subject Topics

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

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 1 Agreements and Contracts
1971-1975
Box: 1 Agreements and Contracts
1978-1981
Box: 1 Annual Calendars
1976-1977, 1990-1993
Box: 1 Centennial Conference
1990
Box: 1 Black Lung Association
circa 1969
Box: 1 Conditions in the Paint Creek District, West Virginia: Hearings
undated
Box: 1 Constitutional Conventions
1930, 1940
Box: 1 Constitutions
1934-1956
Box: 1 Constitutions
1960-1983
Box: 1 District 2
1921, undated
Box: 1 District 12
1928
Box: 1 District 21
1904, 1922
Box: 1 District 25
1903
Box: 1 District 30
1973
Box: 1 District 50
1938-1968, undated
Box: 1 Fliers
1936-1993, undated
Box: 1 Lawson, John R. Case (District 15)
1915
Box: 1 Local 13212 (Brotherhood of Marine Officers)
1958
Box: 1 Miners Committee for Boyle-Titler-Owens
undated
Box: 1 Miners for Democracy
1972-1973, undated
Box: 1 National Labor Conference on Safe Energy and Full Employment
1980
Box: 1 National Save the Miners Conference
1928
Box: 1 Nationalization Research Committee
1922
Box: 1 Newspaper Clippings and Articles on
1974-1995, undated
Box: 1 Press Releases
1922
Box: 1 Pamphlets and Publications
1920-1980s, undated
Box: 1 Pittston Company, Strike at
1989-1990
Box: 1 Pittston Company, Strike at: Newspaper Clippings on
1989
Box: XOS002 Posters
circa 1990s
Box: 1 Publications Relating to
1972-1990, undated
Box: 1 United States Anthracite Commission: Statements (I)
1920
Box: 2 United States Anthracite Commission: Statements (II)
1920
Box: 2 United States Coal Commission: Briefs and Statements
1923
Box: 2 Welfare and Retirement Fund
1950-1954, undated
Box: 2 Welfare and Retirement Fund
1955-1959
Box: 2 Welfare and Retirement Fund
1960-1969
Box: 2 Welfare and Retirement Fund
1970-1979
Box: 2 Welfare and Retirement Fund
1980-1989

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