The American Federation of Labor and the unions : national and international union records from the Samuel Gompers era, 1890-1927. [microform]

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The American Federation of Labor and the unions : national and international union records from the Samuel Gompers era, 1890-1927. [microform]

Consists of selected files of fifteen national and international unions affiliated with the AFL during the presidency of Samuel Gompers (1886-1894, 1895-1924.) Selection was limited to records documenting the affiliates' relations with the Federation. For the most part, files consist of correspondence between Gompers and the unions, although documents referring to Gompers and his leadership of the AFL are also included. Correspondence reveals the efforts the AFL made to encourage cooperation among its affiliates and convince them of their common interests. Major subjects dealt with include jurisdictional battles between unions and ethnic tensions, ideological disputes and personal differences both within and between organizations, and the efforts of the AFL leadership to forge a united labor movement out of widely diverse and discordant elements. AFL circulars discuss such issues as unfavorable judicial decisions, trials of activists, significant legislation, labor's part in World War I, and conflicts with dissident labor and political groups, such as the Industrial Workers of the World, the United Hebrew Trades, socialists and communists. The documents include biographical material illuminating the careers of some of the major labor leaders of the day. The collection includes the selected files of the following unions: Boot and Shoe Workers Union, 1895-1910 (principal correspondent: John F. Tobin); United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, 1892-1927 (principal correspondents: Frank Duffy, William D. Huber and William L. Hutcheson); Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America, 1914-1920 (principal correspondents: Sidney Hillman, Joseph Schlossberg and Ellen Gates Starr); International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union, 1914-1924 (principal correspondents: Fannia M. Cohn, Benjamin Schlesinger and Morris Sigman); American Flint Glass Workers' Union of North America, 1894-1924 (principal correspondents: William Patrick Clarke and Thomas W. Rowe); United Cloth Hat and Cap Makers of North America, 1903-1924 (principal correspondents: Max Zaritsky and Max Zuckerman); International Hod Carriers', Building and Common Laborers' Union of America, 1903-1923 (principal correspondent: Domenico D'Alessandro); United Mine Workers of America, 1912-1922 (principal correspondents: John L. Lewis and John P. White); Brotherhood of Painters and Decorators of America, 1890-1901 (principal correspondent: John T. Elliott); International Brotherhood of Pulp, Sulphite and Paper Mill Workers of the United States and Canada, 1906-1924 (principal correspondent: John Patrick Burke); and Brotherhood of Railway and Steamship Clerks, Freight Handlers, Express and Station Employes, 1920-1924 (principal correspondent: Edward H. Fitzgerald). Other unions whose files are included are: Retail Clerks International Protective Association, 1912-1924 (principal correspondent: H.J. Conway); International Seamen's Union of America, 1907-1924 (principal correspondent: Andrew Furuseth); International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Chauffeurs, Stablemen and Helpers of America, 1905-1924 (principal correspondent: Daniel Joseph Tobin); and Tobacco Workers International Union, 1895-1910 (principal correspondents: Evan Lewis Evans and Henry Fischer.)

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Founded in 1881, the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (UBC) represents and offers training to carpenters, cabinetmakers, millwrights, piledrivers, lathers, framers, floor layers, roofers, drywallers, and workers in forest-products and related industries. From the guide to the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America Records Unprocessed mss. 2011-116., 1953-2002, (Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library) The Unite...

Gompers, Samuel, 1850-1924

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International brotherhood of teamsters, chauffeurs, stablemen, and helpers of America

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Duffy, Frank, 1861-1955.

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Cohn, Fannia M. (Fannia May), 1888-1962.

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Conway, H. J., 1854-1925.

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Retail Clerks' International Protective Association

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Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America

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International Hod Carriers', Building, and Common Laborers' Union of America

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Elliott, John T., 1836-1902.

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Fischer, Henry, 1866-1908.

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Brotherhood of Painters, Decorators, and Paperhangers of America

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Rowe, Thomas W., 1868-1945.

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Hillman, Sidney, 1887-1946

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Tom Darcy was born in Brokklyn, NY in 1932. He received his art education at the school of Visual Arts in New York. In 1958 he began his editorial cartooning with Newsday on Long Island. In 1970, Darcy was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his incisive cartoons of the Vietnam War and racial discrimination. He won many awards in 1970's, some of these were: Best Cartoon on Foreign Affairs in 1970 & 1973, Meeman Conservation Award in 1972 & 1974 as well as the National Headliners' Club award i...

Hutcheson, William L. (William Levi), 1874-1953

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Tobin, Daniel Joseph, 1875-1955

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Zaritsky, Max, 1885-1959

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Sigman, Morris, 1881-1931.

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Schlossberg, Joseph, 1875-

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Burke, John Patrick, 1884-1966.

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Janiewski, Dolores E., 1948-

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Lewis, John L. (John Llewellyn), 1880-1969

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White, John P., 1870-1934.

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Huber, William D., 1852-1925.

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Evans, Evan Lewis, 1865-1955.

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American Flint Glass Workers' Union

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Schlesinger, Benjamin, 1876-1932

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Zuckerman, Max, 1868-1932.

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Boot and Shoe Workers' Union

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Fitzgerald, Edward H., b. 1877.

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Tobacco Workers International Union

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United Hebrew Trades

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