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International Woodworkers of America, District 4 records

 Collection
Identifier: L1973-22
The collection consists of correspondence, financial and legal documents, weekly work reports, minutes, notes and proposals of contract negotiations, photographs and printed materials. The Records, 1943-1959, of District 4, International Woodworkers of America are composed of correspondence, financial and legal documents, weekly work reports, minutes, notes and proposals of contract negotiations, printed material and photographs. The correspondence concerns the financial situations of the locals, strikes and lockouts, representatives from the international office working with local unions, closing of plants, dissolution and re-chartering of locals, arbitration of grievances and collective bargaining procedures. Among the discussants are IWA international, district and local officers, IWA and CIO organizers, company officials and their attorneys, NLRB representatives, the War Labor Board, the U.S. Conciliation Service, state labor councils and government agencies. The financial documents illuminate the fiscal affairs of District 4 and some of its subordinate bodies. The weekly work reports submitted by organizers in the field provide a day-by-day account of their activities.

Dates

  • 1943-1959

Creator

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access. Oversize material stored offsite; allow 24 hours for retrieval.

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. All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

Extent

39.61 Linear Feet

Abstract

The International Woodworkers of America, Southern Region headquarters was located in Atlanta, Georgia, until 1958, when it was relocated to Memphis, Tennessee. The collection consists of correspondence, financial and legal documents, weekly work reports, minutes, notes and proposals of contract negotiations, photographs and printed materials. There are also materials related to Local 5-51 of Louisville, Kentucky.

Organizational History

The International Woodworkers of America, Southern Region headquarters was located in Atlanta, Georgia, until 1958, when it was relocated to Memphis, Tennessee.

Arrangement and Organization of the Records

  • I: Organizers' Weekly Reports, Correspondence and Expense Vouchers, 1948-1959
  • II: Local Unions, 1948-1959
  • III: Company Files, 1946-1959
  • IV: Financial Documents, 1947-1959
  • V: General Files, 1948-1959
The records of District 4 arrived at the Southern Labor Archives in thirty-one shipping boxes. During processing they were grouped into the four principal categories maintained by the District 4 office: Organizers' reports, Local unions, Company files, and General files. Such a quantity of financial records and agreements were present throughout the records, and because those materials are so frequently consulted as a body, it was decided to segregate them into categories unto themselves.

Acquisition Information

Donated by International Woodworkers of America, District, March 13, 1973.

Online Availability

The photographs in this collection may have been digitized and are available online at Georgia State University Library Digital Collections.

List of Separated Materials

During processing, materials were separated to other Southern Labor Archives Printed Collections. For pamphlets, see the Southern Labor Archives Pamphlet Collection finding aid (note that this collection has been weeded over time). For photographs, see the Southern Labor Archives Photographs Collection finding aid. For periodicals, see the Southern Labor Archives periodicals collection finding aid or catalog. For contracts and agreements, see the International Woodworkers of America contracts collection finding aid. For constitutions and proceeding, consult archivist.
Separated to Southern Labor Archives Photographs Collection
  1. Strike, W. T. Smith Lumber Company, 1956 (36 negatives)
Separated to Southern Labor Archives Agreements Collection
  1. International Woodworkers of America: Agreements arranged alphabetically by state and within states alphabetically city and then by company name (9,000 leaves)
  2. UMW, Local Union 528, 1950 (8 leaves)
  3. USA, Fairfield, Alabama, 1956 (43 leaves)
  4. Upholsterers' International Union of North America, 1957 (25 leaves)
  5. International Brotherhood of Paper Makers Local Union 608 and International Brotherhood of Pulp, and Paper Mill Workers, Local Union 1956 (18 leaves)
Separated to Southern Labor Archives Constitutions and by-laws Collection
  1. IWA District 4, 1947, 1955
  2. Florida State Industrial Union Council, 1955
  3. West Virginia COPE, 1958
  4. IWA District 1, 1946
  5. IWA Northern Washington, D.C. Number 2, 1946
  6. IWA, District 9, Plywood, Box Shook and Door Council, 1946
  7. Virginia State Industrial Union Council, 1950
  8. IWA (Proposed Constitutions): International, Regions 1, 3, 4, 5
  9. Louisiana State Industrial Union Council, 1955
  10. West Virginia Industrial Union Council, 1953
  11. Georgia State Industrial Union Council, 1954
  12. Industrial Union Department, AFL-CIO
  13. Tennessee State Industrial Union Council, 1955
  14. Joint AFL-CIO Unity Committee, 1955 Draft
Separated to Southern Labor Archives Pamphlets Collection
  1. 67 Pamphlets, concerning taxes, social security, labor scholarships abroad, safety, labor unity, family budget, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, peace, the national debt, minimum wage, U.S. labor and Soviet policy, stewardship, school desegregation, Dave Beck, CIO-AFL No-Raiding Agreement, the union shop, automation, AFL-CIO Employees Federal Credit Union, United Brotherhood of Carpenters, Alabama lumber industry, right-to-work laws, the military reserve, multiple-use mining law, voter education, Human Rights, workers' education, Richard Nixon, the GOP and working people, education, 84th Congress, veterans' benefits, the IUD, Congressional voting record, 1957-1958, Louisiana Division of Employment Security, Labor Law, Medical care, largest U.S. corporation, religion and labor, GM-UAW contract, collective bargaining, TVA, parliamentary procedure, Southern States Woodworkers Group Insurance Plan, industry migration, AFL-CIO merger, price supports, conservation (total 635 leaves).
Separated to Southern Labor Archives Periodicals Collection
  1. 19 newsletters and bulletins relating to the CIO in the South, the economy, politics, and the timber industry. Filed by publisher. (450 leaves)
  2. 15 newspapers concerning the lumber industry in the South and the IWA (283 leaves)
  3. The Pulp, Sulphite and Paper Mill Workers' Journal, Numbers 1 and 3, 1959 (32 leaves)
  4. Hotel and Restaurant Employees and Bartenders International Union Catering Employee, May, 1959 (16 leaves)
  5. Johns Manville News Pictorial, March and April, 1956, June, 1957, April, 1958 (30 leaves)
Separated to Southern Labor Archives Proceedings Collection
  1. Mississippi State Industrial Union Council-CIO Annual Conventions: Second (1954), Third (1955), Fourth (1956) (100 leaves)
  2. Industrial Union Department, AFL-CIO: Third Annual Industrial Relations Conference, 1959 (50 leaves)
  3. West Virginia Industrial Union Council, AFL-CIO: 16th Constitutional Convention, 1956 Report of Officers (70 leaves)
  4. Georgia State Industrial Union Council, CIO: Year Book, 14th Annual Convention, 1953 (20 leaves)
  5. International Woodworkers of America Addresses of Adolph Germer, Darrell D. Smith, and Orville L. Freeman, 21st Constitutional Convention, 1959 (12 leaves)
  6. The President's Conference on Occupational Safety, 1954 (65 leaves)
  7. Industrial Union Department, AFL-CIO 2nd Constitutional Convention, 1957 Presidential Report (20 leaves)
  8. Georgia State AFL-CIO News, December, 1957 (5 leaves)

Processing

Inventoried by Robert Dinwiddie, December 10, 1973. EAD finding aid created by Apex Data Services, May 2001; revised by William Hardesty, October 2005. EAD edited by Hal Hansen, November 2012.
Title
International Woodworkers of America, District 4:
Subtitle
A Guide to Its Records at Georgia State University Library
Status
completed
Author
Georgia State University Library
Date
May 2001
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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