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United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, Local 256 (Savannah, Ga.) records

 Collection
Identifier: L1977-19

Scope and Content of the records

The Records, 1899-1977 (predominantly 1899-1956) of Carpenters Local 256 (Savannah, GA) comprise minutes, financial documents, legal papers, correspondence and printed items. The minutes of local 256 incorporate those of predecessor Locals 1847 and 1826 and constitute the bulk of the Records. They reflect the wide range of the local's concerns: full employment for its members, especially at the Savannah Gypsum Plant, airport and Shipyards, Parris Island, and Hinesville, GA; advising carpenters not to go to Tampa in 1904 to break a strike there; attempts in 1943 by the War Manpower Board to freeze carpenters on their jobs; an unpopular plan by the WMB in 1945 to use German prisoners of war in Savannah plants; charges against members of violating union rules; care for sick members; vocational training; establishment of a statewide wage scale for carpenters in 1945; and activities with the Carpenters District and State Councils and the Savannah Trades and Labor Assembly. Cooperation across craft lines is illustrated by a 1931 agreement among the Carpenters, Electricians, and Bricklayers. The Records include minutes of Carpenters District Council No. 1 (Savannah), 1910-1913.

Dates

  • 1899-1956

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. All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.
Oversized Materials stored offsite. Contact archivist in advance to view these materials; 24-hour notice is required.

Historical Note

Local 256 absorbed Local 1847 in 1921 and Local 1826 in 1939. Prominent officers: T.J. Naught (Recording Secretary, 1900-1909, President, 1212); G.W. Linzer (Recording Secretary, 1911-1912, 1926-1930, President, 1938-1939); Presidents, H.C. Ray (1913-1917, 1928) and W.L. Roberts (1939-1946); Recording Secretaries, L.D. Chesnutt (1930-1937) and E. Kibbey (1939-1942).

Extent

2 Linear Feet (in 5 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract:

Formed in 1899, Carpenters Local 256 (Savannah, Ga.) would later absorb Local 1847 in 1921 and Local 1826 in 1939. The collection consists of minutes, financial documents, legal papers, correspondence and printed items. The papers reflect the local's concerns including full employment for its members, advising members not to go to Tampa, Fla. in 1904 to break a strike, attempts in 1943 by the War Manpower Board to freeze carpenters on the job and other union concerns and activities.

Off-Site Storage

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

Acquisition Information

Donated by United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, Local 256 (Savannah, Ga.), courtesy of Louie Nunn, September 1977.

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. United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America contract collection, 1919-1988 (L-Contracts_UBC)
  2. Benjamin Franklin Haley collection, 1964-1967 (L1972-10)
  3. United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, Local 1977 (Rome, Ga.) collection, 1921; 1967-1968 (L1985-08)
  4. United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, Local 225 (Atlanta) records, 1946-1985 (L1986-16)
  5. United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, Local 144 (Macon, Ga.) records, 1887-1970 (L1973-44)
  6. United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, Local 144 (Macon, Ga.) records, 1937-1983 (L1983-22)

Separated Materials

During processing, materials were separated to other Southern Labor Archives Printed Collections. 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 oversized, constitutions, and directories, consult Special Collections for access.

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Oversize Location

  1. Meat Cutters meeting calendar, 1947

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Photographs Collection

  1. 47 photographs; 8 negatives, unidentified

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Constitutions and By-laws Collection

  1. Chatham County Public Employees Union, 1971

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Directories Collection

  1. Savannah Building Trades Journal and Directory, 1973-1974; 1977

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Periodicals Collection

  1. Current Information, Nos. 24-26, 1950

Processing Information

Processed by Alice Gernazian at the file level, April 1978.
Title
United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, Local 256 (Savannah, Georgia):
Subtitle
A Guide to Its Records at Georgia State University Library
Status
Completed
Author
Georgia State University Library
Date
1978
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Revision Statements

  • 2001: EAD finding aid created by Apex Data Services.
  • 2005, 2007: EAD edited by William Hardesty.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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