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International Woodworkers of America, Local 5-51 (Louisville, Ky.) records,

 Collection
Identifier: L1973-60

Scope and Content of the Records

The records of the International Woodworkers of America, Local 5-51, 1951-1968, consist of minutes of membership, Executive Board and Grievance committee meetings. Topics discusses include contract negotiations, arbitration, competition from the AFL and the 1953 organizing drive at the General Electric plant in Louisville, Kentucky, by several electrical worker unions.

Dates

  • 1951-1968

Creator

Restrictions on Access

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

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.

History of the International Woodworkers of America, Local 5-51

International Woodworkers of America (IWA) was an industrial union of lumbermen, sawmill workers, timber transportation workers and others formed in 1937. The IWA was formed when members of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America voted to disaffiliate their local unions from the Carpenters and form their own union and subsequently was affiliated with the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO). Its membership reached as high as 115,000 in the early 1970s, but in the 1980s, raids, mergers and anti-union actions by employers decimated the IWA's membership.

The IWA leadership felt the union was no longer viable on its own and on May 1, 1994, the IWA merged with the International Association of Machinists (IAM). Today, the IWA is the Woodworking Department of the IAM.

Extent

0.7 Linear Feet (in 2 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract:

The records of the International Woodworkers of America, Local 5-51, 1951-1968, consists of minutes of membership, Executive Board and Grievance committee meetings along with information on contract negotiations, arbitration and the 1953 organizing drive at the General Electric plant in Louisville.

Acquisition Information

Collection donated by the International Woodworkers of America, Southern Regional Office, 1973.

Processing Information

Processed by Robert Dinwiddie, 1974.

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
International Woodworkers of America, Local 5-51 (Louisville, Ky.):
Subtitle
A Guide to Its Records at Georgia State University Library
Status
Completed
Author
Georgia State University Library
Date
1974
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Revision Statements

  • May 2010: Encoded Archival Description finding aid created by Laura Starratt from a legacy finding aid.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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