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International Typographical Union, Local 90 (Richmond, Va.) records

 Collection
Identifier: L1977-12

Scope and Content of the records

The Records, 1886-1974, of the Richmond Typographical Union Local 90 consist of correspondence, minutes, financial records, printed materials, photographs and tape recordings. The minutes are especially informative for the early years, listing the names of employers declared unfair, describing contract terms, chronicling the changes in wages and hours over the years, and revealing political associations.

Papers relating to the 1971 strike against the Richmond Times-Dispatch and Richmond News-Leader are gathered in a separate series containing correspondence, strike rolls, negotiation notes, news releases, and other materials. A tape recording of a radio broadcase featuring No. 90's president F. S. Thomasson provides an overview of the major issues of the strike, which caused the demise of the local.

Dates

  • 1886-1971

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.
Oversized Materials stored offsite. Contact archivist in advance to view these materials; 24-hour notice is required.

History of the International Typographical Union, Local 90 (Richmond, Va.)

The Richmond Typographical Union Local 90 was chartered in 1866 by the National Typographical Union and in 1872 by the International Typographical Union. The local was affiliated with the AFL until 1937 and then re-affiliated in 1943, and also with the Virginia-Carolinas Typographical Conference, the Virginia Allied Printing Trades Council and the Central Trades and Labor Council. The Richmond Typothetae, an organization of employing printers, was a major adversary of the RTU 90 during two strikes in 1905-1907 and 1919-1923.

Two outstanding members of No. 90 were Giles C. Courtney (president, 1909; Secretary-Treasurer of Virginia-Carolinas Typographical Conference, 1927-1942, International Union organizer 1935) and R.T. Bowden (President 1910-1913 and 1922-1933; candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates, 1929, defeated).

In 1971, the union broke up following an unsuccessful strike against its principal employer, The Richmond Times-Dispatch and Richmond News-Leader, both owned by Media General.

Extent

5.54 Linear Feet (in 10 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract:

The Richmond Typographical Union Local 90 was chartered in 1866 by the National Typographical Union and in 1872 by the International Typographical Union. The local was affiliated with the AFL until 1937 and then re-affiliated in 1943, and also with the Virginia-Carolinas Typographical Conference, the Virginia Allied Printing Trades Council and the Central Trades and Labor Council. In 1971, the union broke up. The Records, 1886-1974, of the Richmond Typographical Union Local 90 consist of correspondence, minutes, financial records, printed materials, photographs and tape recordings.

Off-Site Storage

Oversized Materials stored offsite. Contact archivist in advance to view these materials; 24-hour notice is required.

Acquisition Information

Donated by representatives of the International Typographical Union, Local 90 (Richmond, Va.), 1977, 1979.

Online Availability

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

Related Archival Materials

Related Materials in This Repository

  1. International Typographical Union Contract collection, 1898-1987 (L-Contracts_ITU)
  2. International Typographical Union Women's International Auxiliary collection, 1911-1990 (L2000-05)

Separated Materials Note

During processing, materials were separated to other Southern Labor Archives Printed Collections. List created at time of processing. For photographs, see the Southern Labor Archives Photographs Collection finding aid. For pamphlets, see the Southern Labor Archives Pamphlet Collection finding aid (note that this collection has been weeded over time). For contracts, see the

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Photograph Collection

  1. 58 photographs

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Oversized Collection

  1. Minutes, 1891-1897, 1897-1902, 1902-1912 [DH OS map-case, Drawer 12-15]
  2. Capitation tax records, 1971 [DH OS map-case, Drawer 12-15]
  3. Overtime roll, undated [DH OS map-case, Drawer 12-15]
  4. Priority lists of newspaper chapels, 1940, 1970 [DH OS map-case, Drawer 12-15]
  5. Columbia Typographical Union priority list, undated [DH OS map-case, Drawer 12-15]
  6. Galley proofs-delegates' reports, bylaws, Hackensack Proposition [DH OS map-case, Drawer 12-15]
  7. Richmond Newspapers Tour Guide [DH OS map-case, Drawer 12-15]
  8. Handbills (3) [DH OS map-case, Drawer 12-15]
  9. Special Strike Issue Newspaper [DH OS map-case, Drawer 12-15]
  10. Sample book-and-job contract [DH OS map-case, Drawer 12-15]
  11. Atlanta Typographical Union contract [DH OS map-case, Drawer 12-15]
  12. Monthly Stamp reports, 1923-1935 [DH OS map-case, Drawer 12-15]
  13. Dues books, 1901-1924 [DH OS map-case, Drawer 12-15]
  14. Dues books, 1925-1957 [DH OS map-case, Drawer 12-15]
  15. Cash books, 1939-1948 [DH OS map-case, Drawer 12-15]
  16. Cash books, 1948-1966 [DH OS map-case, Drawer 12-15]

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Agreements Collection

  1. Atlanta Typographical Union 48, 1970
  2. Charlotte Typographical Union 338, 1970
  3. Columbia Typographical Union 101, 1967
  4. Newark Typographical Union 103, 1970
  5. Richmond Typographical Union 90, 1944; 1967

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Constitution and By-Laws Collection

  1. Richmond Typographical Union 90, 1910; 1950; 1959
  2. Virginia-Carolinas Typographical Conference, undated

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Pamphlet Collection

  1. 21 pamphlets on the subjects of: Apprentice training (3), International Typographical Union history (4), International Typographical Union 100th Anniversary, International Typographical Union Training center, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Richmond News-Leader, History of the Richmond Typographical Union 90, Richmond Typographical Union 50th Anniversary, Richmond Typographical Union 75th Anniversary, Richmond Typographical Union 100th Anniversary, Strikebreakers, Union cards.

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Periodical Collection

  1. The Bulletin, 1948-1955; 1961-1962
  2. News Hi-Lites, Virginia State AFL-CIO, May and July 1971
  3. Bulletin of Columbia Typographical Union 101, August 1971

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Proceedings Collection

  1. International Typographical Union 112th Convention, August 1970
  2. Virginia State Federation of Labor Assembly, 1946

Separated to Audio-Visual Collection

  1. "The Richmond Newspaper Strike--Both Sides", WLEE Broadcast April 1971 [Tape Recordings]
  2. Estees, representing Richmond newspapers; F.S. Thomasson and Chester Ritchie, representing Richmond Typographical Union 90 [Tape Recordings]

Processing Information

Processed by Debra Whatley at the file level, 1978. 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 Typographical Union, Local 90 (Richmond, Va.):
Subtitle
A Guide to Its Records at Georgia State University Library
Status
Completed
Author
Georgia State University Library
Date
1977, 1979
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Revision Statements

  • March 2011: EAD created by Harold Victor Hansen, Jr. from a legacy finding aid.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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