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Guide to the Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives Printed Ephemera Collection on the American Postal Workers Union PE.026

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
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New York, NY 10012
(212) 998-2630
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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 21, 2018
Description is in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Tamiment Library
Title: Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives Printed Ephemera Collection on the American Postal Workers Union
Dates [inclusive]: 1969-2003
Abstract: The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives Printed Ephemera Collection on the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) is an artificial collection, collected and assembled by the Tamiment Library over the course of several decades. The collection consists of agreements, contracts, constitutions, and convention proceedings, as well as printed ephemera, such as fliers, circular letters, newspaper clippings, pamphlets and other publications. In general, material in the collection comes from the national body of the union, however there is material from the New York Metro Postal Union, as well as from various rank and file committees.
Quantity: 1 Linear Feet (1 boxes)
Language: Materials are in English
Call Phrase: PE.026

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Historical/Biographical Note

The American Postal Workers Union (APWU) was founded out of the "Great Postal Strike of 1970", in which thousands of postal employees struck in New York City and across the country successfully winning an increase in wages and collective bargaining power through the Postal Reorganization Act. The Union was formed as a merger of five postal unions. Following founding, the APWU jointly bargained with several other postal unions around the country an agreement with the United States Postal Service. In 1994, the APWU began bargaining with the USPS on its own, and has an agreement approved by members running through 2010.

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Scope and Content Note

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives Printed Ephemera Collection on the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) consists of contracts, agreements, constitutions, and convention proceedings, as well as printed ephemera such as fliers, circular letters, newspaper clippings, pamphlets and publications. The material ranges in date from 1969-2003. The collection contains printed material on employee benefits, national union elections, occupational safety and health, women in the workplace and sexual harassment. There are several publications from the Research and Education Department, including steward's and organizing manuals. There is a series of circular letters entitled, "Communicating Directly with You, the Members," which conveys updates and organizing efforts by the national leaders to the union members. The collection contains newspapers clippings and publications about the APWU and some of its important contracts, providing a source of general introductory information, included as well are two more substantial sources for history on the union. There are materials from several rank and file groups, including the Postal Workers Defense Committee, the Outlaw Caucus, and the Workers for One Postal Union.

Arrangement

Folders are arranged alphabetically.

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Access Points

Document Type

  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Press releases.
  • Fliers (printed matter)
  • Printed ephemera.
  • Posters.
  • Circular letters.
  • Agreements.
  • Constitutions.
  • Contracts

Subject Organizations

  • American Postal Workers Union
  • New York Metro Area Postal Union

Subject Topics

  • Postal service -- Employees -- Labor unions
  • Labor unions -- United States.
  • Labor unions
  • Postal service -- Employees.
  • Labor unions -- New York (State) -- New York.

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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

American Postal Workers Union: Moe Biller Files (WAG 99)

New York Area Postal Union Records (WAG 103)

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 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Agreements and Contracts
1970-1971
Box: 1 Agreements and Contracts
1981
Box: 1 Agreements and Contracts
1982-1985
Box: 1 Agreements and Contracts
1987
Box: 1 Agreements and Contracts
1990
Box: 1 Agreements and Contracts
1994
Box: 1 Agreements and Contracts
1998-2000
Box: 1 Benefits
1978-1984, undated
Box: 1 Circular Letters
1980-1984
Box: 1 Circular Letters
1984-2001
Box: 1 Constitutional Conventions
1980
Box: 1 Constitutions
1978-1998
Box: 1 Department of Human Resources
1980-1981, undated
Box: 1 Elections
1978-1982, circa 1986
Box: 1 The Federal Page
1983-2000
Box: 1 Fliers and Ephemera
1979-1998, undated
Box: 1 History
undated
Box: 1 Memoranda of Understanding
1978-1981, undated
Box: 1 New York Metro Area Postal Union
1974-1986, undated
Box: 1 News Service
1973-1990
Box: 1 Newspaper Clippings on and Publications Relating to
1973-1975, 1995-2003
Box: 1 Occupational Safety and Health
1979-1980
Box: 1 Outlaw Caucus
1971-1974, undated
Box: 1 Pamphlets and Publications
1976-1979, 1990, undated
Box: 1 Post Office Department (Washington, DC)
1969
Box: 1 Postal Workers Defense Committee
1979-1980
Box: 1 Posters
1989-1991, undated
Flat-file: 1 Drawer : 14 Posters (Oversize)
1995
Box: 1 Press Releases
1980, undated
Box: 1 Research and Education Department
1974-1980
Box: 1 Testimonies
1980
Box: 1 Workers for One Postal Union
1991

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