United Association of Plumbers and Steam Fitters of the United States and Canada, Local 72 (Atlanta, Ga.) records
Scope and Content of the Records
The records of the United Association of Plumbers and Steam Fitters of the United States and Canada, Local 72 (Atlanta, Ga.), 1939-1972, arrived in two accessions and have been organized into six series.
Series I-II (accession L1974-48) consist of correspondence dealing with jurisdictional disputes over specific job sites and general jurisdictional limits between the Plumbers and other unions, 1950-1972. The records also contain correspondence relating to the Local's membership, financial affairs, politics and routine union business.
Series III-VI (accession L1972-33) also contain information on the entrance requirements, training, examination, restriction and certification of apprentices. The records, 1952-1966, deal will labor-management relations, including contract violation disputers, political fundraising, union concern about particular pieces of Georgia legislation and state and regional conventions.
- United Association of Plumbers and Steam Fitters of the United States and Canada. Local 72 (Atlanta, Ga.) (Organization)
Restrictions on Access
Collection is open for research use.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
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History of the United Association of Plumbers and Steam Fitters of the United States and Canada, Local 72 (Atlanta, Ga.)
During its first years, the United Association was essentially a federation of local Unions, rather than a truly national Union of the pipe trades. In 1892 Atlanta's Plumbers Union had 42 members, but during the severe depression of the late 1890s, Local 72 became inactive. The major breakthrough toward a unified national organization came at the 1902 national convention in Omaha, when delegates approved a Nationalization Committee proposal establishing a comprehensive system of sick, death and strike benefits. It was reorganized in 1902 as Plumbers, Steam fitters and Gas Fitters Local 72. Several local plumber and pipe fitter locals later became a part of Local 72, including local 261, Local 541 and Local 758.
1.25 Linear Feet (in 3 boxes)
Language of Materials
The records of the United Association of Plumbers and Steam Fitters of the United States and Canada, Local 72 (Atlanta, Ga.), 1952-1972, consist of correspondence dealing primarily with disputes with other unions over jurisdictional limits and with the entrance requirements, training, examination, restriction and certification of apprentices.
The records are arranged into 6 series: Series I: Correspondence, 1950-1972 Series II: Financial reports, 1956-1957 Series III: Apprenticeship, 1953-1958 Series IV: Labor Relations, 1956-1958 Series V: Politics, 1953 Series VI: Union Affairs, 1952-1966
Collection donated by the United Association of Plumbers and Steam Fitters of the United States and Canada, Local 72, in 1972 (L1972-33) and 1974 (L1974-48).
During processing, materials were separated to other Southern Labor Archives Printed Collections. For contracts, see the United Association of Journeymen Plumbers, Gas Fitters, Steam Fitters, and Steam Fitters' Helpers of the United States and Canada contract collection finding aid. For pamphlets see the Southern Labor Archives Pamphlet Collection finding aid (note that this collection has been weeded over time). For periodicals, see the Southern Labor Archives periodicals collection finding aid. For constitutions and bylaws, proceedings, and rules, consult archivist.
Separated to the Southern Labor Archives Contracts and Agreements Collection
- Plumbers and Steam fitters and Bricklayers, Masons and Plasterers, 1957
- Machinists, 1954
- Lead Burners, 1953
- Carpenters, 1939, 1967-1968
- Painters, Decorators and Paperhangers, 1959
- National Pneumatic Control Systems Council, 1972
- Contractors Signatory to the National Construction Agreement, Mainline Pipeline Agreement, and the Union Label Agreement, 1956
- Plumbers and Steam fitters, Local 72, Atlanta (Ga.), 1966
Separated to the Southern Labor Archives Constitutions and By-laws Collection
- Plumbers, 1961
- Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO, 1957
- Georgia State AFL-CIO, 1960; 1965
Separated to the Southern Labor Archives Proceedings Collection
- 6th Annual Southern States Apprenticeship Conference, 1954
- Plumbers Financial Reports, 1955-1957
- 4th Annual Convention of the Georgia State AFL-CIO, 1960
Separated to Southern Labor Archives Pamphlet Collection
- Information on apprenticeship and legislation, 1954-1960
Separated to Southern Labor Archives Periodicals Collection
- AFL-CIO Education News and Views, vol. 1, no. 4. (1956)
- Plumbers General President's Weekly Newsletter, October 3 and 10, 1956
Separated to Southern Labor Archives Standards and Rules Collection
- National Joint Board for Settlement of Jurisdictional Disputers, Building and Construction Industry, 1953, 1956
Processed by Robert Dinwiddie at the file level, 1972, and Susan Jenks at the file level, 1975. 2 separate finding aids combined.
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.
- United Association of Plumbers and Steam Fitters of the United States and Canada, Local 72 (Atlanta, Georgia):
- A Guide to Its Records at Georgia State University Library
- Georgia State University Library
- August 28, 1972, May 14, 1975
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
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