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Guide to the Communications Workers of America Photographs and Videos PHOTOS 086

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Collection processed by Miriam Diamond, 1998; Gail Dancy, 2001; Erika Gottfried, 2009

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on September 19, 2018
Description is in English. using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Communications Workers of America
Creator: Rairdon, Horace
Title: Communications Workers of America Photographs and Videos
Dates [inclusive]: 1915-1995
Dates [bulk]: 1960-1988
Abstract: The Communications Workers of America (CWA) was founded in 1947 as an industrial union of telephone industry workers. This collection documents the union's activities, including strikes and national conventions, through photographic prints, slides, a scrapbook, and videos.
Quantity: 11.25 Linear Feet in 8 record cartons, 4 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize flat box, 5 oversize folders, 1 photograph box, and 5 flat-file folders
Language: Materials are in English
Call Phrase: PHOTOS 086

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Historical/Biographical Note

The Communications Workers of America (CWA), founded in 1947 as an industrial union of telephone industry workers, was the culmination of nearly a half-century of struggle for telephone unionism. Its first president was Joseph A. Beirne, who had led its predecessor union, the National Federation of Telephone Workers (NFTW), in an organizing campaign and a nation-wide strike in 1946 that resulted in the first national agreement with the American Telephone and Telegraph Company (AT&T).

During the next twenty-five years under the leadership Beirne, the CWA moved aggressively to organize all the telephone workers in the United States. It was not until 1974, however, after years of labor-management unrest and a series of strikes, that AT&T agreed to system-wide collective bargaining. Shortly after the national contract was signed, Joseph Beirne died and was replaced as President by Secretary-Treasurer Glenn E. Watts. In the 1960s, the CWA became an active participant in international labor activities supporting the United States government's Cold War policies through the union's involvement in organizations such as the CIA- and USAID (United States Agency for International Development)- financed American Institute for Free Labor Development (AIFLD).

In the 1980s the CWA began to expand beyond telecommunications, creating a Public Employees Department that successfully organized 34,000 New Jersey state workers in 1981. In 1985 Morton Bahr became the CWA President. In 1987 the CWA merged with the International Typographical Workers Union. In 1992 it absorbed the National Association of Broadcast Employees and the Newspaper Guild merged with the CWA. By the 2000s the CWA had become one of the United States' largest and strongest unions with more than 600,000 members.

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Scope and Content Note

Communications Workers of America Photographs and Videos consists of photographic prints, slides, a scrapbook, and videos, mostly from the 1960s through the 1980s. Most materials are images documenting union activities, including national conventions, congresses, bargaining, strikes, demonstrations, members at work, and changes in telecommunications technology. The scrapbook contains union ephemera in addition to photographs. Videos date from the late 1980s and early 1990s and document conventions and other union activities.


The records are arranged in four series. Series I has been further arranged into subseries; the contents of each subseries are arranged chronologically with the except of Subseries IL, which has been arranged alphabetically. Series II-IV are unprocessed and have not been arranged by an archivist. The series and subseries arrangement of the collection is as follows:

Series I: Photographic Prints, 1915-1988.
Subseries IA: Bargaining.
Subseries IB: Convenctions, Conferences, and Meetings.
Subseries IC: Group Photographs.
Subseries ID: Political/Legislative.
Subseries IE: Strikes, Demonstrations, and Parades.
Subseries IF: Union Activities.
Subseries IG: International.
Subseries IH: Union Officers.
Subseries II: Technology and Workplace.
Subseries IJ: Oversized Photographs.
Subseries IK: Beatrice Smith Photographs.
Subseries IL: Addendum.
Series II: Slides, circa 1915-1986.
Series III: Horace Rairdon Scrapbook, circa 1940-1975.
Series IV: Videos, 1985-1995.

Folders are arranged chronologically within subject series.

Organized into 12 subseries:

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Beirne, Joseph A., 1911-
  • Bahr, Morton
  • Werkau, Carlton W.
  • Watts, Glenn E.
  • Smallwood, William.
  • Knecht, Louis
  • Hackney, Ray.

Document Type

  • Black-and-white photographs.
  • Photographic prints.
  • Slides (photographs)
  • Scrapbooks.
  • Photographs.
  • Color slides.
  • Videocassettes.

Subject Organizations

  • American Institute for Free Labor Development
  • Association of Communications Equipment Workers
  • United States. Central Intelligence Agency
  • United States. Agency for International Development
  • National Federation of Telephone Workers
  • International Typographical Union

Subject Topics

  • Women employees -- Telecommunication -- United States.
  • American Telephone and Telegraph Company -- Employees.
  • Telephone operators.
  • Telecommunication -- Employees -- United States.
  • Labor unions and international relations -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
  • Labor unions -- Telecommunication -- United States.

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright (and related rights to publicity and privacy) to materials in this collection, created by the Communications Workers of America, was not transferred to New York University. Permission to use materials must be secured from the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); The Communications Workers of America Photographs and Videos; PHOTOS.086; box number; folder number; Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive; New York University Libraries.

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

Communications Workers of America, Local 1151 Records (WAG 244)
Records of Communications Workers of America (WAG 124)
Records of Communications Workers of America, Addendum (WAG 124.1)
Communications Workers of America, District 1 Records (WAG 117)
Communications Workers of America, District 2 Records (WAG 218)
Eleanore Collins Papers (WAG 089)

Other Finding Aids

A description of individual photographs in Subseries IA-IJ is available in the reading room.

Audiovisual Access Policies and Procedures

Access to audiovisual materials in this collection is available through digitized access copies. Researchers may view an item's original container, but the media themselves are not available for playback because of preservation concerns. Materials that have already been digitized are noted in the collection's finding aid and can be requested in our reading room. Materials not yet digitized will need to have access copies made before they can be used. To request an access copy, or if you are unsure if an item has been digitized, please contact tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu with the collection name, collection number, and a description of the item(s) requested. A staff member will respond to you with further information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Communications Workers of America donated photographs and records in a series of accessions starting in 1995; addtiional materials were added periodically. The accession numbers associated with this collection are 1987.011, NPA.2000.061, NPA.2000.038, NPA.2003.001, NPA.2003.005, NPA.2003.109, NPA.2005,007, NPA.2005.061, NPA.2006.064, NPA.2006.066, 2018.011, and 2018.024.

Processing Information

In January 2014, unprocessed addenda, as well as a portion of a videos collection and scrapbook, were integrated into the collection. To facilitate the incorporation of additonal photographs, slides, a scrapbook, and videos, the original ten series of the collection became subseries A-J of Series I: Photographic Prints. Rolled photographs were treated by preservation staff in July 2014. Graphic and media materials separated from the original collection were integrated into Series I, Subseries IL, Addendum; and Series IV, Videos; February 2018 as Accession 2018.011. Accession 2018.024 was added to Subseries IL March 2018.

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Container List

Series I: Photographic Prints, 1915-1988 1960-1988. 4.25 Linear Feet in 3 record cartons, 1 oversize flat box, 2 oversize folders, and 1 flat file folder

Scope and Content Note

Series I: Photographic Prints consists of approximately 4,300 prints--mainly 8x10" black and white photographs, with a small number of 3x4" and 3x5" black and white snapshots. Most of the images date from the 1960s to the 1980s. A handful, drawn from the records of predecessor or related earlier unions (some of which merged with the CWA) such as the International Typographical Union (ITU), Association of Communications Equipment Workers (ACEW), and National Federation of Telephone Workers (NFTU), date from the1910s, 1920s, and 1930s (many of these may be found in the Oversized Photographs series). Photographs of CWA President Joseph A. Beirne and his family, other union officers, CWA conventions, conferences and meetings, and other union activities (including organizing, dinners, receptions and the union's support for scholarships and charities) dominate the collection. Through images of their officers and members, locals from across the country are represented, including those from Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, reflecting a strong southern regional presence.

A large portion of the collection (its single largest series) also documents the union's international activities, through images showing its officers attendance at international conferences of telephone workers and allied unions in Europe, Asia and the South Pacific, Latin America, and international labor, as well as visits by representatives of foreign unions to United States. These international images reflect the union's involvement in Cold War politics through its friendly relationships with the CIA- and USAID (United States Agency for International Development)- financed American Institute for Free Labor Development (AIFLD), with labor unions in South Vietnam, and exiled Cuban labor unions.

Also well-represented are images showing the union's close relationships with leading American politicians, officials, and political figures (mainly Democratic) through photographs of CWA leaders posed with most of the sitting United States Presidents from Truman through Carter, Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey, Eleanor Roosevelt, Arthur Goldberg, and Dean Rusk, members of Congress including Senators John F., Robert F., and Edward M. Kennedy, Kefauver, Mondale, Morse, and members of the House of Representatives, including both (then-Congressmen) Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy; Andrew Young, and Thomas "Tip" O'Neill, as well as with labor leaders such as George Meany and Walter Reuther. Occasionally a celebrity from outside the worlds of politics and labor makes an appearance, such as actors and comedians Charleton Heston, Bob Hope, Jerry Lewis, and Linda Lavin. A smaller, but significant number of images document bargaining, strikes, demonstrations, and parades, members at work (mainly female telephone operators), and changes in telecommunications technology.

Many photographs have captions, dates, and identifications of persons written on their reverse sides. Individual photographs or groups of photographs have been assigned unique numbers or number/letter combinations, which are written inside square brackets on the back of each print.

Processing Information

Materials in Subseries IJ: Oversized Photographs were placed in appropriately sized folders and given folder titles.

Subseries IA: Bargaining.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Bargaining (Includes John J. Moran, President of the Federation of Long Lines Telephone Workers)
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Bargaining
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Bargaining
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Bargaining

Subseries IB: Conventions, Conferences, and Meetings.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 31 Campaigns and Conventions
circa 1940-1960
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Conventions, Conferences, and Meetings (Includes images of Affiliation Committee, with Beatrice Smith, 1949; Horace Rairdon)
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Conventions, Conferences, and Meetings (Includes Glenn Watts; Gus Cramer; J.W. Webb)
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Conventions, Conferences, and Meetings (Includes Bayard Rustin)
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Conventions, Conferences, and Meetings 1987 (Includes Pete Catucci of Local 2336; Morton Bahr; James Booe of CWA District 9; actress Linda Lavin)
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Conventions, Conferences, and Meetings (Includes Gus Cramer, Marvin Collins, and Philip Murray)
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Conventions, Conferences, and Meetings
Box: 1 Folder : 32 District 9, Local 9407

Subseries IC: Group Photographs.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Group Photographs (Includes Marie Mengersow, and images of the Casino Royale Restaurant, Washington, DC )
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Group Photographs (Includes Glenn Watts, Michael M. Horn)
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Group Photographs (Includes images of Herman Pirchner's Alpine Village, Cleveland's Theater Restaurant, Playhouse Square, Cleveland Ohio)
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Group Photographs (Includes John J. Moran; District 2 women, Dot Early and Lou Sobar; Gus Cramer; Beverly Stone; Hal Sisson; Joseph Beirne; officers of the Federación Sindical de Trabajadores Telefónicos de Cuba (Federation of Telephone Workers of Cuba) aka FSTTC; officials of the American Institute for Free Labor Development (AIFLD))

Subseries ID: Political/Legislative.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 15 Political/Legislative (Includes President Harry S. Truman; Joseph Beirne; Congressman John F. Kennedy; Senator Wayne Morse; Walter Reuther; Eleanor Roosevelt; Senator Estes Kefauver)
Box: 1 Folder : 16 Political/Legislative (Includes Senator Dee Huddleston (KY); President John F. Kennedy; AFL President William Green; Congressional hearing on illegal wiretapping (1962); Hubert Humphrey; George L.P. Weaver, US Assistant Secretary of Labor (for International Affairs); Secretary of State Dean Rusk; Glenn Watts; J. W. Webb; Adlai Stevenson; and John Gronouski (U.S. Ambassador to Poland); Senator John (?) McCormack Robert F. Kennedy)
Box: 1 Folder : 17 Political/Legislative (Includes Joseph Beirne; President Harry S. Truman, Senator Edward Kennedy, Ray Hackney; Joseph D. Keenan; meeting of the National Labor Committee for McGovern and Shriver
Box: 1 Folder : 18 Political/Legislative (Includes President Richard Nixon; Senator Walter Mondale; President Jimmy Carter; Representative Andrew Young (D-GA); Senator Edward Kennedy; Representative Claude Pepper; George Meany; E. Fertig, CWA District 2; James B. Booe; Glenn Watts)
Box: 1 Folder : 19 Political/Legislative (Includes Richard Nixon (young); Morton Bahr with Senator Edward Kennedy; Walter Mondale; President Harry Truman; President Lyndon Johnson; NY Gov. Hugh Carey; President Eisenhower; Arthur Goldberg; Ray Hackney; William Doherty, Sr. (President of the U.S. Letter Carriers Union); William Doherty, Jr. (Inter-American Representative of the Post, Telegraph and Telephone Workers International (PTTI) and Social Projects Director, American Institute for Free Labor Development (AIFLD); Senator Abraham Ribicoff; President John Kennedy, Senator Hubert Humphrey; Walter Reuther; George Meany; Rosalind Carter; President Jimmy Carter; Glenn Watts; Senator G. Mennen Williams; Mary O'Hara (CWA District 2)

Subseries IE: Strikes, Demonstrations, and Parades.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 20 Strikes, Demonstrations, and Parades
Box: 1 Folder : 21 Strikes, Demonstrations, and Parades
Box: 1 Folder : 22 CWA's "National Job Pressures Day" Campaign Includes William C. Evitt (Local 2201, Albuquerque, NM); members/officers of Mountain Bell Local 8611)
Jun 15, 1979
Box: 1 Folder : 23 Strikes, Demonstrations, and Parades (Includes members of CWA Local 195 and International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE)
Box: 1 Folder : 24 Strikes, Demonstrations, and Parades (Includes Marty Hughes; Nita Moss (Traffic Local 4307)
1986, undated

Subseries IF: Union Activities.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 25 Union Activities
Box: 1 Folder : 26 Union Activities
Box: 1 Folder : 27 Union Activities (Includes Joseph Beirne; Congressman Roman Pucinski; Vi Bogan; Glenn Watts)
Box: 1 Folder : 28 Union Activities (Includes Dave Lucas of Local 7120; President, J. E. Dose of Local 7112; Erma Wiszmann of Local 7117; President; Ed Wallace, California Apprenticeship Program)
Box: 1 Folder : 29 Union Activities (Includes Ray Hackney; Grace Lee Mayer, Mary Williamson; Coralean Capps; Marilee Beiderman)
Box: 1 Folder : 30 Union Activities (Includes images of CWA organizing against Teamster Union raids; Annual Kiddies' Christmas Party)

Subseries IG: International.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 1 International: General
1950, 1960
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Asia: General (Includes CWA and Tunisian Labor Study Team; with Ray Hackney; J ohn Crull ; Mrs. Anne Beirne; Mr. V. S. Mathur, , International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU); Joseph Beirne; Miss Maniben Kara, Western Railway Employees' Union (of India); organizers and officials of the Federation of National P&T Organisations (of India)
undated, 1966
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Asia: Japan(Includes meetings with Zendentsu (Japan Telecommunications Union) in Washington, DC and Japan; Akira Yamagishi (President of Zendentsu); members of Zentai (Japan Postal Workers Union); Ray Hackney; John Crull; Mike Florentino, of Local 1180); Morton Bahr)
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Asia: Philippines (Includes Innocencio "Peter" Ferrer; General Carlos P. Romulo; Ken Hutchinson; Ramon Jimenez, Daisy B. Atienza, and Ben Gonzalez of Asian Labor Education Center)
1962, 1965
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Asia: Vietnam (Includes Glenn Watts; leader and representatives of the Telecommunications Workers' Union of South Vietnam)
1965, 1966
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Caribbean: General
1961, 1963, 1966
Box: 2 Folder : 7 Caribbean: Costa Rica (Includes 5th Postal Telegraph and Telephone International; (PTTI) Inter-American Congress; Joseph Beirne; Glenn Watts;Wallace Legge)
Box: 2 Folder : 8 Caribbean: Cuba(Includes officers and members of Federación Sindical de Trabajadores Telefónicos de Cuba (aka Federation of Telephone Workers of Cuba aka FSTTC), in Cuba and in exile in the United States, training with American Institute for Free Labor Development (AIFLD); Joseph Beirne; Ray Hackney)
Box: 2 Folder : 9 Caribbean: Guyana (Includes officers of British Guiana Post Office Workers Union, President Andrew L. Jackson; Yvette Braithwaite; Neville E. Griffith; Selwyn O. Felix; Samuel I. Carmichael, Rudolph A. Smith; guests attending independence celebration for Guyana (formerly British Guiana): U.S. State Department officials, Joseph Beirne, William Doherty (President of the U.S. Letter Carriers Union), officers of Postal Telegraph and Telephone International [PTTI])
undated, 1962, 1966
Box: 2 Folder : 10 Europe: England
1956, 1963, 1987
Box: 2 Folder : 11 Europe: France
Box: 2 Folder : 12 Europe: Germany
1962, 1965-1966, 1971
Box: 2 Folder : 13 Latin America: General (Includes leaders of Latin American unions affiliated with Postal Telegraph and Telephone International [PTTI] at CWA Training Center, Front Royal, Virginia; Carl Tull (Communications Workers Association of Trinidad and Tobago); Ray Hackney, Wallace Legge; Joseph Beirne)
undated, 1959, 1963
Box: 2 Folder : 14 Mexico
Box: 2 Folder : 15 Middle East: Israel Israel (Includes Shimon Peres; Golda Meier; Histadrut meeting ; Morton Bahr; Joseph and Anne Beirne, Wallace Legge, Walter Reuther and Mrs. Reuther)
undated, 1985
Box: 2 Folder : 16 New Zealand
Box: 2 Folder : 17 South America: Argentina (Includes Joseph Beirne with others arriving for inauguration of new Argentinian president, Dr. Arturo Illía)
Box: 2 Folder : 18 South America: Brazil (Includes Ray Hackney and Joseph Beirne meeting with Brazilian Telephone Workers union; training of the Brazilian Postal Telephone and Telegraph Workers under auspices of the United States Agency for International Development)
undated, 1963, 1965-1968
Box: 2 Folder : 19 South America: Columbia (Includes meetings of Postal Telegraph and Telephone International [PTTI] held in Bogota)
1960, 1963, 1969
Box: 2 Folder : 20 South America: Ecuador (Includes Congress of Telecommunications Workers of Ecuador [FENETEL] Congress: Ray Hackney, Wallace Legge (Inter-American Representative of ICTT [Internationale du Personnel des Postes, Telegraphes, et Telephones [International Union of Workers of Postal Telegraph and Telephone Workers); William Doherty, Jr. [PTTI representative]; SenatorVice-President Hubert Humphrey)
Box: 2 Folder : 21 South America: Peru (Includes meeting with Peruvian Radio Operators and Telegraphers' Association, Lima; Glenn Watts; and Manuel Peña Prado [Peruvian Telecommunications Union])
Box: 2 Folder : 22 South America: Venezuela (Includes visit of Federation of Telecommunications Workers of Venezuela [FETRATEL] representatives to CWA headquarters in Washington, DC; Glenn Watts, J. W. Webb, and L. E. Moore)

Subseries IH: Union Officers.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 3 Folder : 1 Joseph A. Beirne and family (Includes Joseph Beirne presenting award to comedian Bob Hope)
Box: 3 Folder : 2 Joseph A. Beirne and family (Includes Joseph Beirne, Raymond Percle [CWA Local 3412, Thibodeaux, LA], Louis E. Moore, Alva Moore, Charles Wood, M. Nyrtue, Charles Wheeler [Program Director for Bolivia and Peru for American Institute for Free Labor Development])
Box: 3 Folder : 3 Joseph A. Beirne and family (Includes "CWA Membership Meeting of the Air" TV program; comedian Jerry Lewis; Joseph Beirne; Glenn Watts)
Box: 3 Folder : 4 Joseph A. Beirne and family
Box: 3 Folder : 5 Joseph A. Beirne and family (Includes Joseph Beirne on WFMY-TV; and Beirne and Charlton Heston)
Box: 3 Folder : 6 Joseph A. Beirne and family
Box: 3 Folder : 7 Morton Bahr (Includes: Bahr with President George Bush, 1990, and International Typographical Union [ITU]President Robert McMichen signing CWA-ITU merger agreement)
1987, 1990
Box: 3 Folder : 8 Ray Hackney
undated, 1952-1957, 1965
Box: 3 Folder : 9 Louis Knecht (Includes George Miller)
undated, 1978
Box: 3 Folder : 10 William Smallwood
undated, 1957
Box: 3 Folder : 11 Glenn E. Watts (Includes Richard W. Hackler; Paul Gray (District 12); D.L. McCowen (District 6))
Box: 3 Folder : 12 C. W. "Slim"Werkau
undated, 1955
Box: 3 Folder : 13 Miscellaneous Officer Photos (Includes Martha Murrill [Local 2110, Maryland (?)]; William M. Dunn [Cincinnati Federation of Telephone Workers]; John L. Crull; James Massey; Lena Wicks)
1944, 1957, 1984-1988
Box: 3 Folder : 14 Group Photos (Includes first Executive Board and officers of the: National Federation of Telephone Workers [NFTW]: C. W. Werkau; Joseph Bierne; Jake Schacht; Pansy Harris; [Beatrice?] Smith; Paul Griffith; Bert Horth; "Jack" Moran)

Subseries II: Technology and Workplace.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 3 Folder : 15 Technology and Workplace
Box: 3 Folder : 16 Technology and Workplace
Box: 3 Folder : 17 Women
undated, 1924, 1972

Subseries IJ: Oversized Photographs.

Container 1 Container 2 Container 3 Title Date
Box: OS008 Folder : 1 Oversize Group Portraits
Box: XOS003 Folder : 1 Executive Board Banquet
Dec 1954
Box: 4 Folder : 1 Beirne, Joseph A.
circa 1940-1949
Box: 4 Folder : 2 Beirne, Joseph A.
Jan 1967-1970
Box: 4 Folder : 3 Beirne, Joseph A.
Box: 4 Folder : 4 Beirne, Joseph A. at Inauguration of Argentinian President
circa 1963
Box: 4 Folder : 5 Beirne, Joseph A. Portraits
Box: 4 Folder : 6 Beirne, Joseph A. with Lyndon B. Johnson and Shah of Iran
Box: 4 Folder : 7 Beirne, Joseph A. with Harry S. Truman
Box: 4 Folder : 8 Beirne, Joseph A. Shaking Hands with Lyndon B. Johnson
Box: 4 Folder : 9 Beirne, Joseph A. Speaking at Union Convention
Box: XOS003 Folder : 2 Conventions
Flat-file: 7 Drawer : 15 Folder : 2 Conventions
circa 1940-1952
Box: XOS003 Folder : 3 Conventions
Box: XOS003 Folder : 4 Conventions
Flat-file: 7 Drawer : 14 Folder : 1 Conventions and Dinners
circa 1949-1954
Flat-file: 7 Drawer : 15 Folder : 3 CWA Legislative-Political Conference
Box: 4 Folder : 10 CWA Shop Stewards Convention, Local 3030
Feb 1957
Box: 4 Folder : 11 CWA Union-Building School, University of Oklahoma
Box: 4 Folder : 12 Installation Local Leadership
Box: 4 Folder : 13 International Typographic Union
Box: 4 Folder : 14 National Federation of Telephone Workers National Assemblies
Box: 4 Folder : 15 Northwestern Division 2nd Annual Convention
Nov 1950
Flat-file: 7 Drawer : 14 Panorama of Fourth Annual Convention, Communications Workers of America-CIO
Flat-file: 7 Drawer : 15 Panoramas of International Typographers Convention at Panama-Pacific Exposition, August 1915 and Communications Workers of America Annual Convention, April 1986
1915, 1986
Flat-file: 7 Drawer : 15 Panoramas of CWA Security Annual Conventions
1982-1983, 1986
Box: 4 Folder : 16 Portrait of an Unidentified Man from CWA District 9
Box: 4 Folder : 17 Women Telephone Operators at Work in Summer
circa 1935-1949

Subseries IK: Beatrice Smith Photographs

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 3 Folder : 18-21 Beatrice Smith Photographs
circa 1940-1969
Box: 3 Folder : 43 Ephemera, newsletters, certificates, clippings
Box: 3 Folder : 44 Medals, plaque
1958, 1968
Box: 4 Folder : 21 Hubert H. Humphrey print

Subseries IL: Addendum

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 16 Folder : 1 10th, 11th Assembly photographs, Joseph Beirne memorial
1944, 1945, 1974
Box: 3 Folder : 22 Assorted Photographs
circa 1985-1991
Box: 3 Folder : 23 AT&T Divestiture: Issues for Negotiation
Box: 3 Folder : 24 AT&T Strike (Richmond, VA)
Feb 1990
Box: 16 Folder : 5 Bahr, Morton; Beirne, Joseph, honors, certificates
Box: 16 Folder : 2 Bahr, Morton, President's Award
Box: 15 Folder : 3 China trip
Box: 3 Folder : 40 Committee on the Future
Box: 16 Folder : 3 CWA Clippings
Box: 15 Folder : 4 CWA Day proclamation
Box: 4 Folder : 18 CWA Executive Board
1980, 1985
Box: 3 Folder : 25 CWA Legislative Conference
Box: 15 Folder : 6 Convention exhibit materials
Box: 15 Folder : 7 Convention exhibit CD-Rs
Box: 3 Folder : 26 DC Taxi Drivers
Box: 3 Folder : 27 Democratic National Convention
Jul 1992
Box: 15 Folder : 9 Ephemera-postcards, pennant, clippings
Box: 3 Folder : 42 Jerusalem Social and Cultural Center
Box: 3 Folder : 28 Jobs with Justice
circa 1985-1991
Box: 3 Folder : 29 Joseph A. Beirne Memorial Foundation
circa 1993
Box: 3 Folder : 30 NABET
Box: 3 Folder : 31 Official Photographs
Box: 3 Folder : 32 Oklahoma States Workers Union
circa 1985-1990
Box: 3 Folder : 33 Organizing AT&T Paradyne
Box: 15 Folder : 5 Pacific Northwest Newspaper Guild Strike
Box: 16 Folder : 4 Picket sign
Box: 3 Folder : 34 PTTI Inter-American Advisory Committee Meeting (Caracas)
circa 1985-1991
Box: 3 Folder : 35 Rally
circa 1985-1991
Box: 3 Folder : 36 Secretary-Treasurer Meetings
Box: 15 Folder : 8 Space Shuttle Columbia flag
Box: 3 Folder : 37 Strike: Picketing G Maflower Hotel in Washington, DC
Box: 3 Folder : 41 Tony Coelho
Box: 15 Folder : 1 Watts, Glenn, correspondence re photo file
Box: 3 Folder : 38 West Virginia Newsletters
Box: 3 Folder : 39 WVSE Newsletter Photos Vol. 4 No. 1
Box: 4 Folder : 19 White House
Box: 15 Folder : 2 Jimmy Carter letter and photograph
Box: 13 Photos and clippings from Marie Scheuermann
1961, 1983, undated

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Series II: Slides, circa 1915-1986 1970-1985. 6.5 Linear Feet in 5 record cartons, 2 manuscript boxes, and 1 photograph box

Scope and Content Note

Series II: Slides contains slides, mostly color, primarly from the 1970s through early 1980s. These slides include images of conventions, union members at work, job training, portraits, and training instructions.

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 5 CWA Conventions and Assorted Images

Scope and Content Note

Five linear feet, consisting almost entirely of color slides (estimated total 8,500) stored in 424 slide pages, in five record boxes; a small number are unmounted. Most of the images in the first four boxes were shot at CWA conventions (the conventions of 1969,1973-1978,1979, 1981,1983;1984-1986). The slide pages in the first four boxes are numbered from 28 through 416. The fifth box contains various color slides and a small number of black and white negatives. Subject matter consists of miscellaneous CWA images (including job training, legislative hearings, conventions, and etc.) spanning from the 1970s through the mid-1980s. All but 54 of the slide pages are dated.

circa 1969-1986
Box: 6
Box: 7
Box: 8
Box: 9
Box: 10 CWA: Watts + Knecht

Processing Information

Slides have been removed from carousels and placed in slide holders where the images are right-side-up and the numbers upside-down.

Scope and Content Note

Approximately 675 slides (mostly color) from 9 slide carousels labelled "CWA: Watts + Knecht; 1A; 9 projectors." "CWA: Watts + Knecht; 1B; 9 projectors." "CWA: Watts + Knecht; 1C; 9 projectors." "CWA: Watts + Knecht; 2A; 9 projectors." "CWA: Watts + Knecht; 2B; 9 projectors." "CWA: Watts + Knecht; 2C; 9 projectors." "CWA: Watts + Knecht; 3A; 9 projectors." "CWA: Watts + Knecht; 3B; 9 projectors." "CWA: Watts + Knecht; 3C; 9 projectors." Miscellaneous images ranging from portraits, to "people at work", to planets and stars in space. Dates range considerably from around the early 20th century to mid-1980s.

circa 1915-1985
Box: 11
Box: 12 Miscellaneous Slides

Scope and Content Note

Approximately 130 color slides from around 1980. They are stored in five slide containers. The images in the first four containers, consist of miscellaneous CWA images (including job training, interviews, repairs, and etc.). The fifth container contains color slides of training/retraining instructions. Also indluced are approximately 228 color 35mm slides from Communication Workers of America conventions of 1974, 1975, and 1977.

circa 1980

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Series III: Horace Rairdon Scrapbook, circa 1940-1975. 1.5 Linear Feet in 1 manuscript box and 1 oversize flat box.

Historical/Biographical Note

Horace Rairdon was the CWA representative for Fargo, North Dakota from the 1940s through the 1970s.

Scope and Content Note

Series III: Horace Rairdon Scrapbook contains materials separated from Rairdon's scrapbook and photocopies of the original scrapbook. Materials include photographs, publications, correspondence, and a transcript of a 1970 interview with Rairdon (conducted by a graduate student at the Center for Labor and Management at the University of Iowa).

Processing Information

In 2014, Horace Rairdon: Communications Workers of America, North Dakota (WAG 246), containing documents from the scrapbook and photocopies, was reincorporated into the CWA Photographs to be reunited with the photographs separated from the scrapbook. The folder in Box 4 contains materials, including six original pages, that had been sent to a conservator for treatment.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 13 Horace Rairdon Scrapbook
circa 1940-1975
Box: 4 Folder : 20 Horace Rairdon Scrapbook: 3 Loose Photographs and 6 Scrapbook Pages
circa 1940-1975

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Series IV: Videos, 1985-1995. 0.25 Linear Feet in 1 manuscript box.

Scope and Content Note

Series IV: Videos contains five VHS tapes, including "CWA Membership Service, Priority One," "Union Family Action Program," "Donahue/Easterling News Conference," "The 1984 CWA Legislative Conference," and one unlabeled tape.

Processing Information

Materials now comprising Series IV: Videos had previously been part of the Communications Workers of America Videos (VIDEOS 007).

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 14 Videos
Box: 17 Video : 1 "Fasanella", VHS and teachers' activities guide
Box: 17 Video : 2-3 CWA workshop
Box: 17 Video : 4 CWA interview of Harry Beck, KVAL-TV, "Through the Looking Glass"
Box: 17 Reel : 1-5 CWA TV spots, PSAs
1977, 1979, undated
Box: 17 Reel : 6-7 Pauline Bewernick
Box: 17 Folder : 1-2 Video documentation
Box: 17 America's High-Tech Future

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