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United Textile Workers of America, Local 2598 (Enka, N.C.) records

 Collection
Identifier: L1981-10

Scope and Content of the Records

The Records, 1940-1941, 1949-1950, of Local 2598 of the United Textile Workers of America consist of newsclippings, a financial statement, and a list of workers who signed CIO cards at the Enka, NC, Enka Rayon Corporation. Local 2598 organized the Enka plant in 1941, and struck the plant in 1949 when contract negotiations failed.

Dates

  • 1940-1941, 1949-1950

Creator

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the Worldwide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult the reference archivist to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.

Historical Note

Local 2598 represented workers at the American Enka Company located near Asheville, North Carolina. Founded in 1928 as a subsidiary of a Dutch textile firm, American Enka was an industry leader in producing rayon and nylon. in September 1939, Textile Workers Union Local 22129, affiliated with the American Federation of Labor (AFL), was chartered. In 1940, the local won a National Labor Relations Board ruling against American Enka and held its first election. In 1945, the union became Local 2598 of the AFL's United Textile Workers of America (UTWA). In 1996, UTWA merged with the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), and the local was designated UFWC Local 2598T.

During the 1960s, American Enka flourished, with several plants around the United States and about 7,000 employees at the facility near Asheville. Subsequently, the business eroded and American Enka was owned by a number of international holding companies during the 1980s into the 2000s. By the 2010s, around 200 members of UFCW 2598T were still employed in the old Enka plant near Asheville to make an element of industrial carpet.

Extent

38 Item(s) (12 pages of photocopied newsclippings and 26 scrapbook pages with newsclippings and leaflets attached. All oversized.)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The Records, 1940-1941, 1949-1950, of Local 2598 of the United Textile Workers of America consist of newsclippings, a financial statement, and a list of workers who signed CIO cards at the Enka, NC, Enka Rayon Corporation. Local 2598 represented workers at the American Enka Company located near Asheville, North Carolina.

Acquisition Information

Donated by the United Textile Workers of America, Local 2598, courtesy of Joe T. Jones, May 27, 1981.

Processing Information

Processed by Robert Dinwiddie at the file level, June 1981. This collection guide was created from a legacy finding aid. The inventory's contents and storage locations of separated materials (if applicable) were not verified at that time.
Title
United Textile Workers of America, Local 2598:
Subtitle
A Guide to the Records at Georgia State University Library
Status
Completed
Author
Georgia State University Library
Date
June 19, 1981
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Revision Statements

  • August 31, 2018: Electronic finding aid created by Hal Hansen from a legacy finding aid.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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