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Guide to the Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives Printed Ephemera Collection on the United Automobile Workers of America, District 65 PE.016

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Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

Collection processed by Rebecca Altermatt

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 Automobile Workers of America, District 65
Dates [inclusive]: 1950-1990
Abstract: The Tamiment Library, New York University, a special collection documenting the history of United States radicalism, labor, and progressive social action, accumulated this artificial collection of printed ephemera gradually over the years through purchases, donations, standing orders with publishers, organizations, and bookstores, and through ongoing collecting by staff.
Quantity: 2 Linear Feet (2 boxes)
Language: Materials are in English
Call Phrase: PE.016

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Historical/Biographical Note

The labor union now known as District 65, UAW, was organized in 1933, by Arthur Osman and in 1938 became Local 65 of the United Retail and Wholesale Employees of America, CIO. In 1948, Local 65's leadership refused to sign the Taft-Hartley Act's non-communist affidavits, and Local 65, seceded from its parent union and the CIO but rejoined in 1954 as District 65 of the RWDSU (Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union). In 1969, differences, including the union's opposition to the Vietnam War, led to District 65's disaffiliation from the RWDSU and the formation of the National Council of Distributive Workers of America. In 1979, District 65 joined the United Automobile Workers. Though at first primarily composed of Jewish workers, the union expanded to include persons of various geographical and ethnic backgrounds from the retail and manufacturing sectors, clerical personnel, salesclerks, writers, editors, technicians, and lawyers. The collection contains minutes, shop files, arbitrations, grievances, counsel files, membership information and reports, financial material, and the records of some of the unions that were affiliated with District 65 throughout its history.

In February, 1950, an international that was to be one of the shortest- lived unions in American labor history came into being. This was the Distributive Workers Union (DWU), formed by a merger of local 65 and other former Retail and Wholesale affiliates: Local 2 (Gimbels-Saks 34th Street); Local 3 (Bloomingdales); Local 5 (Sterns); Local 1199 (Drug Clerks); and Local 144 (Displaymen). Local 1250, formerly affiliated with the Retail Clerks International and representing the Norton's department stores employees and Local 121, formerly part of the Gas, Coke and Chemical workers also merged. Local 65 had 122 of the 290 delegates to which the various merging locals were entitled. Arthur Osman headed the international; David Livingston became president of Local 65. In April, 1950, Local 65 leaders signed the non-communist affidavits in order, they said, to minimize the danger that other unions would use the NLRB facilities against the DWU's proposed organizing campaign.

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Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of agreements, constitutions, newspapers clippings and publications relating to District 65 in various unions. Locals representing department store employees and university staff are found throughout the collection. Strikes by department stores workers are documented in the files as are general activities of the unions. The collection is arranged into five series. Files are arranged alphabetically within.

Arrangement

Files are arranged alphabetically. Collection is divided into five series.

Missing Title

  1. I. General Files, 1950-1984
  2. II. Distributive, Processing and Office Workers of America, 1950-1979
  3. III. Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, 1951-1978
  4. IV. United Auto Workers, 1979-1990
  5. V. Wholesale, Retail, Office and Processing Union, 1952-1974

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Access Points

Document Type

  • Fliers (printed matter)
  • Memorandums.
  • Circulars (fliers)
  • Constitutions.
  • Collective labor agreements.

Subject Organizations

  • International Union, United Automobile, Aircraft, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America
  • Distributive, Processing and Office Workers of America
  • Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union
  • Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union. Local 1-S Department Store Workers Union (New York, N.Y.) -- |v Pictorial works

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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.

Related Material at the Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

United Automobile Workers of America, District 65 Oral History Collection (OH 19) United Automobile Workers of America, District 65 Records (WAG 6) Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union, Local 1-S, Department Store Workers Union (WAG 12) Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union, Local 3, United Store Workers (WAG 230)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials in this collection have been compiled by the Tamiment Library. The accession numbers NPA.2001.068 and NPA.2001.043 are associated with this colleciton.

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Container List

Series I: General Files, 1950-1984

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Agreements
1950-1974
Box: 1 Art Committee
undated
Box: 1 General
undated
Box: 1 Local 3 (Bloomingdales)
undated
Box: 1 Local 5 (Independent)
undated
Box: 1 Local 1499
1953
Box: 1 Peace Action Committee I
1964-1973, undated
Box: 1 Peace Action Committee II
1964-1973, undated
Box: 1 Poly Local
1957
Flat-file: 6 Drawer : 13 Timeline: A History of Democratic Unionism
undated
Box: 1 Yale Federation of University Employees
1984

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Series II: Distributive, Processing and Office Workers of America, 1950-1979

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 1 1950-1959
1950-1959
Box: 1 1960-1964
1960-1964
Box: 1 1965-1969
1965-1969
Box: 1 1970-1971
1970-1971
Box: 1 1972-1973
1972-1973
Box: 1 1974-1975
1974-1975
Box: 1 1976-1977
1976-1977
Box: 1 1978-1979
1978-1979
Box: 1 Agreement: Revlon, Inc.
1976
Box: 1 Articles about
1953
Box: 1 Barnard College
1972-1974, undated
Box: 1 Bell Telephone Local
1970-1971, undated
Box: 1 Black Affairs Committee
1975-1976
Box: 1 Circular Letters I
undated
Box: 1 Circular Letters II
undated
Box: 1 Columbia University
1975-1976, undated
Box: 1 Concord Fabrics Strike
1974, undated
Box: 1 Constitution
1950-1952
Box: 1 Constitution
1969-1971
Box: 1 Constitution
1977
Box: 1 Convention
1952-1954
Box: 1 Convention
1972, 1976
Box: 1 Facts, History
undated
Box: 1 Hearn Department Stores Strike
1953, undated
Box: 1 Hofstra University Institute of Applied Social Science
1976-1979, undated
Box: 1 Legal Workers Unions
undated
Box: 2 Livingston, David
1946-1953
Box: 2 Membership Book
undated
Box: 2 National Association of Women's and Children's Apparel Salemen (NAWCAS); Wholesale Apparel Salesmen's Local
1965-1973
Box: 2 New York University
1975-1976, undated
Box: 2 Paley, Jack
1946-1953
Box: 2 Prisoner's Union
1972, undated
Box: 2 Progressive Labor Party
undated
Box: 2 Publishing Division
1969-1978, undated
Box: 2 Stewards
undated
Box: 2 Temple Local
undated
Box: 2 Women's Committee
1964, undated
Box: 2 Workers Action Committee
undated

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Series III: Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, 1951-1978

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 2 Agreements
1962-1974
Box: 2 Circular Letters
undated
Box: 2 Demonstration and Training Project materials
1967
Box: 2 Local 2
1968
Box: 2 Local 144 (Displaymen)
1952
Box: 2 The Senior 65er
1976, 1978
Box: 2 Security Plan (benefits)
1951-1959
Box: 2 Security Plan (Benefits)
1960-1969
Box: 2 Security Plan (Benefits)
1973-1979
Box: 2 Stewards Kit
undated

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Series IV: United Auto Workers, 1979-1990

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 2 1979-1985
1979-1985
Box: 2 1984-1986, undated
1984-1986, undated
Box: 2 undated
undated
Box: 2 Boston University
undated
Box: 2 Columbia University
1986
Box: 2 General Motors Strike
1970
Box: 2 Hofstra University
1986-1990
Box: 2 Eighth Street Bookshop (New York, NY)
undated
Box: 2 Harper and Row
1986
Box: 2 Legal Division
1988, undated
Box: 2 New York Historical Society
1980, undated
Box: 2 Pamphlets and Publications
1967-1992, undated
Box: 2 Security Plan
1980-1985
Box: 2 Technical Office Professionals
undated

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Series V: Wholesale, Retail, Office and Processing Union, 1952-1974

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 2 Agreement: Metropolitan Container Council, Inc.
1968
Box: 2 Constitution
1952
Box: 2 Constitution
1974
Box: 2 General
1970, undated
Box: 2 Pension Plan
1969

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Box: Shared Tamiment 016 Folder : 2 Unprocessed Materials

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