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Guide to the Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives Printed Ephemera Collection on the United Steelworkers of America PE.011

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Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

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Description is in English

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Tamiment Library
Title: Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives Printed Ephemera Collection on the United Steelworkers of America
Dates [inclusive]: 1935-1997
Abstract: The Printed Ephemera Collection on the United Steelworkers of America is an artificial collection, collected and assembled by the Tamiment Library over the course of several decades. The United Steelworkers of America was founded in 1942 and through mergers with other unions has become one of largest industrial unions in North America. Ranging in date from the 1940s through the 1990s, the collection consists primarily of agreements, contracts and constitutions, as well as printed ephemera such as fliers, brochures, newspaper clippings, pamphlets and other publications. The material in the collection was generated by the national and international bodies of the United Steelworkers of America, various Districts and Locals, as well as rank and file committees. NOTE: This collection is housed offsite and advance notice is required for use.
Quantity: 3 Linear Feet (3 boxes)
Language: Materials are in English
Call Phrase: PE.011

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Historical/Biographical Note

In 1936, John L. Lewis, president of the United Mine Workers of America, named Philip Murray chairman of the Steel Workers Organizing Committee (SWOC). The Committee was charged with leading an organizing drive of the entire steel industry. Out of the SWOC, the United Steelworkers of America was formed, holding its founding convention in 1942. Murray was elected as the first president and served until his death in 1952. Since its founding, various unions have merged with the United Steelworkers, most recently, in 2005, the Paper, Allied-Industrial, Chemical and Energy Workers (PACE) International Union. This merger created the largest industrial union in North America, a union not only of steelworkers but also workers in industries such as manufacturing, health care, pharmaceuticals, mining, energy and utilities. As of 2009, the United Steelworkers of American had over 850,000 active members in the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean.

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Scope and Content Note

Founded in 1942, the United Steelworkers of America is today one of the largest industrial unions in North America, representing workers in the steel industry as well as the paper, chemical, service, health care, energy and utility industries. The United Steelworkers of America Printed Ephemera Collection ranges in date from the 1940s through the 1990s and consists of agreements, contracts, and constitutions, as well as printed ephemera such as fliers, brochures, newspaper clippings, pamphlets and other publications. There are several publications related to the National War Labor Board (1944) as well as publications relating to national wage stabilization and wage policy in the steel industry, dating from the late 1940s through the 1950s. In addition to material generated by the national and international bodies of the United Steelworkers of America, the collection also contains constitutions, fliers, and publications from various districts, locals, and rank and file committees. NOTE: This collection is housed offsite and advance notice is required for use.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged into two series: Series I: General Files, 1935-1997; Series II: Districts and Locals, 1945-1986. Folders are arranged alphabetically within series.

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Access Points

Document Type

  • Brochures.
  • Circular letters.
  • Printed ephemera.
  • Fliers (printed matter)
  • Agreements.
  • Constitutions.
  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Contracts
  • Publications (documents)
  • Pamphlets.

Subject Organizations

  • United Steelworkers of America

Subject Topics

  • Labor -- 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. NOTE: This collection is housed offsite and advance notice is required for use.

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, 1935-1997

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 1 Agreements and Contracts
1947-1956
Box: 1 Agreements and Contracts: United States Steel Corporation
1956-1960
Box: 1 Agreements and Contracts: United States Steel Corporation
1971-1980
Box: 1 Audit Reports
1942-1974
Box: 1 Bethlehem Steel Corporation
1952-1977
Box: 1 By-Laws for Local Unions
1970, 1979
Box: 1 Circular Letters
1949-1963, undated
Box: 1 Committee on Civil Rights
1954-circa 1972, undated
Box: 1 Committee on Civil Rights
circa 1974, undated
Box: 1 Constitutional Convention
1952-1958
Box: 1 Constitutional Convention
1960-1984
Box: 1 Constitutions
1944-1980
Box: 1 Education Department
1954-1986, undated
Box: 1 Education Department: Action Guide
undated
Box: 1 Education Department: Civil Rights Kit
1969-1972, undated
Box: 1 Education Department: Taxes Kit Material
1972
Box: 2 Elections Manual
1968, 1972
Box: 2 Fliers, Brochures and Ephemera
1945-1960, 1980-1990, undated
Box: 2 International Safety and Health Department
1978
Box: 2 Labor Institute (Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ)
1953
Box: 2 Legislative Department
1978, 1997
Box: 2 National Conference on Human Rights
1958
Box: 2 National Training Fund
undated
Box: 2 National War Labor Board
undated
Box: 2 National War Labor Board (I)
1944
Box: 2 National War Labor Board (II)
1944
Box: 2 New Members Department
1970, undated
Box: 2 Newspaper Clippings, Articles and Publications Relating to
1935-1996
Box: 2 Pension Plan
1953
Box: 2 Pamphlets and Publications (un-numbered)
1942-1956, undated
Box: 2 Pamphlets and Publications (un-numbered)
1958, 1964, 1986
Box: 2 Pamphlets and Publications (#100-199)
circa 1950s-1980s, undated
Box: 2 Pamphlets and Publications (#200-302)
circa 1950s-1980s, undated
Box: 2 Press Releases
1942, 1960
Box: 2 Public Relations Department
1959, undated
Box: 2 Publicity and Education Department
undated
Box: 2 Rank and File
1973-1976
Box: 2 Ravenswood Lockout (Ravenswood Aluminum Corporation)
1990-1992
Box: 2 Research Department
1945-1956
Box: 2 Research Department
1956-1959
Box: 2 Sadlowski, Edward
1976-1977, 1981, undated
Box: 2 Serial Publications (Newsletters and Special Editions)
1960-1970
Box: 3 Statements, Speeches and Addresses
1952-1959
Box: 3 Steel Companies: Publications by
1959-1962
Box: 3 Union Label Sample Kit
undated
Box: 3 Wage Policy and Steel Prices: Reports and Statements
1949-1957
Box: 3 Wage Stabilization Board (I)
1951-1952, undated
Box: 3 Wage Stabilization Board (II)
1951-1952, undated

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Series II: Districts and Locals, 1945-1986

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 3 District 4
1986
Box: 3 District 31
1969-1979
Box: 3 District 50
1971
Box: 3 Local 65 (Chicago, IL)
1945
Box: 3 Local 169 (Mansfield, OH)
1952
Box: 3 Local 302
circa 1948
Box: 3 Local 616 (Morenci Miners' Union, Clifton, AZ)
1984
Box: 3 Local 890 (Bayard, NM)
1975
Box: 3 Local 1010 (East Chicago, IN)
1977
Box: 3 Local 1630 (Depew, NY)
1975
Box: 3 Local 2266
1982
Box: 3 Local 3701
1986
Box: 3 Local 5000 (Chicago, IL)
1956
Box: 3 Local 5030
1959
Box: 3 Local 5227 (Reading, PA)
1976
Box: 3 Local 7528 (Bridgeport, CT)
1979
Box: 3 Local 8571 (Boston, MA)
1980-1983

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