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Brotherhood of Painters, Decorators, and Paperhangers of America contracts collection

Identifier: L-Contracts_BPDPA

Scope and Content of the Collection

The collection contains 24 contracts dated 1941-1969.


  • Creation: 1941-1969


Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research use.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Georgia State University is the owner of the physical collection and makes reproductions available for research, subject to the copyright law of the United States and item condition. Georgia State University may or may not own the rights to materials in the collection. It is the researcher's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and obtain permission from the copyright holder before publication, reproduction, or display of the materials beyond what is reasonable under copyright law. Researchers may quote selections from the collection under the fair use provision of copyright law.

Collection is stored offsite. Allow at least 2 working days for retrieval.

Historical Note

The Brotherhood of Painters, Decorators and paperhangers of America were founded in the 19th century to set standards for uniform compensation in the trades and provide a community for workers to share ideas and solve problems. The Brotherhood of Painters and Decorators of America was organized formally in 1887. Within a year, the union boasted a membership of over 7,000 tradesmen and more than 100 local unions. These trade unionists soon realized the power that they had together, rather than staying separate and facing their problems alone. Backed by a growing centralized union, these dedicated organizers won victories over oppressive working conditions that were once thought unchangeable when the union won a half-holiday on Saturday for most of its members. By 1918, the Painters' union successfully established the eight-hour day and a five-day workweek.


0.42 Linear Feet (in 1 box)

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Off-Site Storage

Collection is stored offsite. Allow at least 2 working days for retrieval.

Acquisition Information

These materials were pulled from one or more collections in the Southern Labor Archives for inclusion in the Archives’ contracts and agreement collection.

Related Archival Materials

Related Materials in This Repository

  1. D. S. Acree collection, 1941-1972 (L1972-71)
  2. Painters, Decorators, and Paperhangers of America, District Council 38 records, 1940-1969 (L1972-25)
  3. Brotherhood of Painters, Decorators and Paperhangers of America, Local 193 (Atlanta, Ga.) records, 1905-1972 (L1972-15)
  4. International Brotherhood of Painters and Allied Trades Local 30 (Savannah, Ga.) records, 1916-1983 (L1984-42)
Brotherhood of Painters, Decorators, and Paperhangers of America:
A Guide to the BPD&PA at Georgia State University Library
Georgia State University Library
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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Atlanta, Georgia 30303
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