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United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, Local 531 (St. Petersburg, Fla.) records

 Collection
Identifier: L1978-13

Scope and Content of the Records

The Records, 1900-1977, of United Brotherhood of Carpenters, Local 531 (St. Petersburg, Florida), comprise mostly minutes and financial documents. The minutes, 1900-1965, describe Local 531's part in forming the first trades assembly in St. Petersburg, setting wage scales, contract negotiations with numerous construction employers, and the local's real concern to settle employer-employee problems without resorting to strikes. Strikes, however, become more common after 1955 when the Gulf Coast District Council of Carpenters began handling contract negotiations. Local 531 efforts to organize workers in related crafts led to minor disputes with sheetmetal workers, iron workers, laborers, latherers, and plumbers. The minutes also reveal Local 531's interest in education and safety programs for its members, the abolition of prison labor at construction sites, the enforcement of union work rules, and the maintenance of a blood bank for members.

Dates

  • 1900-1977

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

United Brotherhood of Carpenters, Local 531 was chartered in 1900, the first trade union organized in the city of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Extent

16 Linear Feet (in 32 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract:

United Brotherhood of Carpenters, Local 531 was chartered in 1900, the first trade union organized in the city of St. Petersburg, Florida. Its records, 1900-1977, of United Brotherhood of Carpenters, Local 531 (St. Petersburg, Florida), comprise mostly minutes and financial documents.

Off-Site Storage

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

Acquisition Information

Donated by Carpenters Local 1275, courtesy Erwin Shaw, June 30, 1978.

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 627 (Jacksonville, Fla.) records, 1937-1971 (L1973-33)
  4. United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, Local 2139 (Tallahassee, Fla.) records, 1951-1969 (L1976-18)
  5. United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, Local 696 (Tampa, Fla.) records, 1892-1971 (L1979-03)
  6. United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, Local 1275 (Tampa, Fla.) records, 1941-1978 (L1979-04)
  7. United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, Local 2261 (Ft. Myers, Fla.) records, 1925-1978 (L1979-05)
  8. Florida State Council of Carpenters records, 1952-1978 (L1979-06)

Separated Materials

During processing, oversize records, photographs, printed material, and artifacts were separated to other Southern Labor Archives collections. Some materials may stored offsite; 24-hour notice is required. Consult archivist for access.

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Photographs Collection

  1. 5 photographs, 1950-1962: Local 531 officers, 1950-1952; a union member receiving a fifty year pin, 1962; unidentified

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Constitutions and Bylaws Collection

  1. Carpenters, 1937
  2. Carpenters, Florida West Coast District Council, 1941

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Proceedings Collection

  1. Florida Federation of Labor, 1948-1949
  2. Carpenters, Tri-State District Council of Chattanooga, TN, 1948

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Artifacts Collection

  1. Labor Day parade attendance plaque, Sheet Metal Workers Local 70, 1939

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Oversize Location

  1. Credit and debit ledgers, 1951-1960
  2. Account sheets submitted to the international, 1947-1973
  3. Dues ledgers - 3 volumes, OVERSIZED [Bound volumes filed at AH 33-C-1], 1927, 1949-1950, undated

Processing Information

Inventoried by Alice Gernazian at the file level, May 6, 1980.
Title
United Brotherhood of Carpenters, Local 531 (St. Petersburg, Florida):
Subtitle
A Guide to Its Records at Georgia State University Library
Status
Completed
Author
Georgia State University Library
Date
1980
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Revision Statements

  • June 2001: EAD finding aid created by Apex Data Services.
  • December 2005: EAD revised by William Hardesty.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Contact:
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