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Guide to the John B. Andrews Papers TAM.113

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Andrews, John B. (John Bertram), 1880-1943
Source - dnr: Stein, Leon
Title: John B. Andrews Papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1906-1908
Quantity: 1 Linear Feet 2 boxes
Language: Materials are in English
Call Phrase: TAM.113

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Historical/Biographical Note

John B. Andrews (1880-1943) was a labor historian, secretary of the American Association for Labor Legislation (1905-1942), and author. He studied at the University of Wisconson (B.A. 1904). He founded and edited the American Labor Legislation Review, authored  Documentory History of Industrial Democracy, Vol. IX and X (1910-1911),  Principles of Legislation (1916),  History of Labor in the United States (1918), and numerous government reports.

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Scope and Contents

These notes were used to write Volumes IX and X, "Labor Movement, 1860-1880", of Documentary History of Industrial Democracy. Most of the notes were compiled from labor newspapers, interviews with former union members, and secondary sources. They reflect the organizing efforts and concerns of the early unions. Other materials include a Ph.D. exam given to Andrews and Helen Sumner (1908), newspaper articles, outlines, and correspondence. Series descriptions follow (note that series 6 constitutes the bulk of the collection).

Series 1. American Bureau of Industrial Research: Contains biographical notes written by Andrews on his academic background, desciption of research methods, and impressions received during the year.

Series 2. Biography and Research References: Brief notes taken on secondary sources and citation references.

Series 3. Cities, Summer 1906: Notations on principal cities visited by Andrews. They include Chi¬cago, Detroit, Cleveland, Buffalo, Rochester, Utica, Albany, Worcester, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and Pittsburgh.

Series 4. Labor Journals: Includes general notes on labor journals located, the majority of which are filed by title. A separate section in this series indexes the the Daily Evening, News, (Boston 1864-1866), with cards filed by subject. It also includes an index to  Fincher's Trade Review.

Series 5. Labor Research Notes: Brief notes taken from secondary sources on the labor movement from 1820 to 1880.

Series 6. Labor Subjects: By far the largest series in the collection. Subjects are arranged alphabetically and include 50 subjects. They are: Anarchism, Arbitration, Boycott, Builders, Carpenters, Charity, Child Labor, Cigarmakers, City Central, Class Struggle, Communism, Contracts, Cooperation, Domestic Labor, Eugenics, Employers' Associations, Factories, Farmers, Hours, Immigration, Imprisonment for Debt, Industrial Evolution, I.W.A., Justice, Knights of labor, Knights of St. Crispin, Land, Labor Movement, Legal, Legislation, Machinists, Mechanics, Mail Order Business, Money, National Labor Union, Protection, Printers, Public Authority, Public Employment, Reminiscenses, Riots, Settlements, Socialism, Strikes, Sunday Work, Suffrage, Wages, Trades Unions, Value, and Woman's Work. The subject Woman's Work was made into a separate series because of its size.

Series 7. Woman's Work: Shows the extent of organizing activities prior to 1900 undertaken by the Knights of Labor in those professions dominated by women.

Series 8. Oversize Materials:

Folder 1. P.h.D. Exam (1908), Andrews and Sumner. Folder 2. Financial Statement for A.B.I.R., 1907 to 1908. Folder 3. Newspaper articles from Woman's Work Series. Folder 4. Notes and outline ("Labor Politics"). Folder 5. Newspaper articles on Mail Order Business. Folder 6. Newspaper articles on Employers' Associations. Folder 7. Notes for Bibliography. Folder 8. Notes on Wages. Folder 9. Notes on "Mrs. Rodgers," 1886, union organizer. Folder 10. Notes on Letterhead, written in London 1910.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Commons, John Rogers, 1862-1945
  • Ely, Richard T. (Richard Theodore), 1854-1943
  • Stein, Leon

Document Type

  • Research notes.

Subject Organizations

  • Knights of Labor

Subject Topics

  • Labor laws and legislation -- United States.
  • Labor unions -- United States.
  • Labor -- United States -v Newspapers.

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Administrative Information

Custodial History

Leon Stein sent a gift of John B. Andrew's research notes. The accession number associated with this gift is 1984.012. Leon Stein obtained the materials from Nelson Frank.

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Materials in this collection, which were created in 1906-1908, are in the public domain. Permission to publish or reproduce is not required.

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

Tamiment Library: Manuscript Files (TAM 245) contains several Andrews manuscripts, including ""International Assembly of North America, 1864," "The Attitude of Organized Labor Toward the Land Question, 1863-1873," his M.A. thesis on Employers' Associations, and his PhD dissertation.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Leon Stein at an unknown date. The accession number associated with this gift is 1984.012.

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