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Kingsport (Tennessee) Press Strike Collection

 Collection
Identifier: L1980-37

Scope and Content of the Records

The Collection, 1961, 1963-1967, of the Kingsport (Tennessee) Press Strike contains correspondence, legal documents, minutes, newsclippings, printed material, photographs, and periodicals documenting the activities of the five striking unions: the Bookbinders, Electrotypers, Machinists, Printing Pressmen and Assistants and Typographical Unions. Principal correspondents for the unions are strike director Earl Derrick and attorney John McLellan. Another notable correspondent is C.E. Fritschle, Vice President for Industrial Relations for Kingsport Press, Inc.

Included also are some financial documents and printed material generated by the Tennessee State Labor Council from 1961-1963.

Dates

  • 1961-1967

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.

Historical Note

The strike against Kingport Press, Inc. began on March 11, 1963 and included local bodies of the Bookbinders, Electrotypers, Machinists, Printing Pressmen and Assistants and Typographical Unions. Naming themselves the Allied Kingsport Press Unions, the unions managed the strike through the Unity Committee.

Extent

0.42 Linear Feet (in 1 box)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract:

The strike against Kingsport Press began March 11, 1963 and included local bodies of the bookbinders, electrotypers, machinists, printing pressmen and assistants, and typographical unions. Naming themselves the Allied Kingsport Press Unions, the unions managed the strike through the unity committee. The collection, 1961-1967, includes correspondence, legal documents, minutes, newsclippings, printed material, and photographs. Materials document the activities of the bookbinders, electrotypers, machinists, printing pressmen and assistants, and typographical unions during the strike. Principal correspondents include strike director Earl Derrick, attorney John S. McLellan, and C.E. Fritschle, Vice President for Industrial Relations for Kingsport Press. The legal documents (1965-1967) consist of testimony, memoranda, and decisions pertaining to the strike. The collection also contains correspondence, newsletters, fliers, rosters, financial reports, and membership cards pertaining to the Allied Kingsport Press Unions (1963-1964) and financial material from the AFL-CIO Tennessee State Labor Council (1961-1963).

Off-Site Storage

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

Acquisition Information

Donated by Tommy Lee Hulse and Earl Derrick, September 12, 1980.

Online Availability

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

Separated Materials

During processing, oversize records, photographs, and printed material were separated to other Southern Labor Archives collections. 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 periodicals, see the Southern Labor Archives Periodicals Collection finding aid or catalog. For constitutions and contracts, consult Special Collections for access.

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Photographs Collection

  1. Three (3) Photographs, 1965

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Constitutions and By-laws Collection

  1. Tennessee State Labor Council, 1961

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Contracts Collection

  1. Kingsport Press, Inc. and Kingsport Pressmen and Assistants Union, 1963

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Pamphlets Collection

  1. AFL-CIO: Community Services Department
  2. AFL-CIO: Tennessee State Labor Council, 1963
  3. AFL-CIO: Kingsport Central Labor Union, 1963
  4. Kingsport Press Strike, 1963-1967
  5. Right-to-Work Law, undated
  6. United States Labor Department: Labor Management Services Administration, 1962

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Periodicals Collection

  1. The American Federationist, October 1969
  2. The International Bookbinder, 1962-1966
  3. Official News, Union Label and Service Department, June 1963
  4. AFL-CIO News, September 4, 1965
  5. East Tennessee Labor News, 1963-1965
  6. ITU Review, April 18, 1963

Processing Information

Inventoried by James B. Murray at the file level, March 19, 1985.
Title
Kingsport (Tennessee) Press Strike:
Subtitle
A Guide to the Collection at Georgia State University Library
Status
Completed
Author
Georgia State University Library
Date
1985
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.
  • 2005, 2007: EAD revised by William Hardesty.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Contact:
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