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International Typographical Union, Local 104 (Birmingham, Ala.) records

 Collection
Identifier: L1978-31

Scope and Content of the Records

The records, 1897-1972, of the International Typographical Union, Local 104 (Birmingham, Ala.), comprise correspondence, grievances, minutes, financial documents, membership data, testimony, and printed materials such as newspaper clippings, handbills, newsletters, constitutions, contracts, pamphlets, and proceedings. Most of the correspondence is between Local 104 and the International Typographical Union on such topics as union administration, union standards on wages and working conditions, contract negotiations, and pensions.

Most of the correspondence is between Local 104 and officers of the International Typographical Union: Presidents Elmer Brown, 1965-1967 and John J. Pilch, 1968-1972; and Secretary-Treasurer William R. Cloud, 1964-1972.

The most frequently discussed subjects are union administration, maintenance of union standards in wages and working conditions, contract negotiations, and pensions. Contract negotiations of the several branches (or chapels) of Local 104 are discussed in a correspondence subseries. Documents prepared for hearings of the National Labor Relations Board and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission pertain to negotiation settlements and charges of discrimination.

Accession L1978-31: The International Typographical Union, Local 104 (Birmingham, Ala.), records comprise the minutes of meetings, 1897-1950. The bulk of the material discusses routine buiness, including minutes from special meetings, official ballots, and financial records. Highlights of the 1946 International Typographical Union Convention, the proposition of the 8-hour day, 1904-1905, and the condemnation of the use of prisoners in competitive jobs in Alabama, 1932, are recorded. Cases concerning job scale and job contract brought before the War Labor Board by President W. E. Dennis, 1942-1945, are reported.

Dates

  • 1897-1972

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 off-site. Contact archivist in advance to view these materials; 24-hour notice is required.

Historical Note

The International Typographical Union (ITU) was a US trade union for the printing trade for newspapers and other media. It was founded on May 3, 1852 as the United States as the National Typographical Union, and changed its name to the International Typographical Union at its Albany, New York in 1869 after it began organizing members in Canada. The ITU was one of the first unions to admit female members, admitting women members such as Augusta Lewis, Mary Moore and Eva Howard in 1869.

Extent

5 Linear Feet (in 12 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract:

The records, 1897-1972, of the International Typographical Union, Local 104 (Birmingham, Ala.), comprise correspondence, grievances, minutes, financial documents, membership data, testimony, and printed materials such as newspaper clippings, handbills, newsletters, constitutions, contracts, pamphlets, and proceedings. Most of the correspondence is between Local 104 and the International Typographical Union on such topics as union administration, union standards on wages and working conditions, contract negotiations, and pensions.

Off-Site Storage

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

Acquisition Information

Donated by Norman Ridenhour, November 6, 1973 [L1973-56] and June 30, 1978 [L1978-31].

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

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.

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Photographs Collection

  1. 13 Photographs of shop scenes. L1978-31

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Periodical Collection

  1. Tampa 299 Briefs, Vol. 5 Nos. 4 and 5, February, March 1965

Processing Information

Processed by John Conti, 1979 and Carol Veal, 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. Multiple finding aids were combined into one collection guide.
Title
International Typographical Union, Local 104 (Birmingham, Ala.):
Subtitle
A Guide to Its Records at Georgia State University Library
Status
Completed
Author
Georgia State University Library
Date
1974, 1979
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Revision Statements

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

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Contact:
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