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Guide to the Transport Workers Union of America Records WAG.235

Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY, 10012
(212) 998-2630

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive

Collection processed by Kerri Anne Burke, Ted Casselman, Johanna Blokker and Gail Malmgreen, 2004-2007

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on January 06, 2016
English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Revised by Heather Mulliner and Erika Gottfried in 2014 to include materials found in library, and to update information on provenance of materials in the collection and reflect reincorporation of photographs.   , 5/13/2014

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Transport Workers Union of America.
Title: Transport Workers Union of America Records
Dates [inclusive]: 1911-1990
Dates [bulk]: Bulk, 1937-1966
Abstract: The Transport Workers Union of America, founded in 1934 and led until 1966 by charismatic Irish-American radical Mike Quill, initially organized subway workers and bus drivers in the New York City area. Eventually the union chartered locals in cities and towns across the country, and it branched out to include taxi drivers, railway employees, airline workers and utility workers among its members. This collection is comprised of administrative records of the Transport Workers Union of America. The Michael J. (Mike) Quill files document the trade-union and political activity of Quill, who served as TWU president from 1935 to 1966. The collection also contains records of Quill’s three successful campaigns for the New York City Council (on the American Labor Party ticket and as an independent) and his work as a councilman. Other series contain files of Quill's successor, Matthew Guinan, other TWU officers and staff, TWU divisions, and national conventions. Included are incoming and outgoing correspondence, financial records, reports, speeches, bargaining files, arbitration and mediation decisions, publicity materials and clippings. NOTE: This collection is housed offsite and advance notice is required for use.
Quantity: 146.0 linear feet (148 boxes)
Location Note: Boxes 1-145 are located offsite. Boxes 146-148 are located at Tamiment.
Language of Materials note: Materials are in English.
Call Phrase: WAG.235