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United Paperworkers International Union, Local 675 (Covington, Va.) records

 Collection
Identifier: L1980-36A

Scope and Content of the Records

The United Paperworkers International Union, Local 675 (Covington, Va.) records, 1944-1979 (bulk 1944-1971), document the daily operations of the union prior to and after the 1957 merger of the United Paperworkers of America and the International Brotherhood of Paper Makers.

The records contain primarily the administrative files of Presidents Temple Kessinger and Clarence Farmer, as well as Secretary-Treasurers Al E. Brown, Carl Skoggard, and Harry E. Scott. Correspondence documents the interactions between these elected officials and the national board; the management of West Virginia Pulp and Paper, Westvaco, Star Paper Tube, Weyerhaeuser, and White Paper Bag companies; and the Virginia CIO Council (later the Virginia AFL-CIO).

Box 5 includes folders pertaining to the 1957 merger, the suspension and expulsion of several Local 675 officers after collaborating with the Teamsters and threatening to secede from the international union, and the merger of the Virginia State Federation of Labor and the Virginia State Industrial Union Council.

Primarily previously unfoldered material, the records also contain minutes, contract agreement and negotiation materials, constitutions and bylaws, job descriptions and wage rate charts, Virginia CIO Council updates, Labor Day celebration materials, photographs, artifacts, and arbitration and grievances.

Dates

  • Majority of material found within 1944-1979

Creator

Restrictions on Access

Access to materials with personal or sensitive information has been restricted. Boxes 1, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10, 12, 13, and 16 are restricted.

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

History of United Paperworkers International Union, Local 675

The United Papermakers and Paperworkers was established in 1957 as a result of a merger between the International Brotherhood of Paper Makers and the United Paperworkers of America. In 1972, the United Papermakers and Paperworkers and the International Brotherhood of Pulp, Sulphite, and Paper Mill Workers merged into the United Paperworkers International Union. Local 675 still overlooks the daily operations of paperworkers in Covington, Virginia and at one time, served as the largest local of the United Paperworkers of America.

Local 202 of the Textile Workers Union of America worked closely alongside Local 675, both active in the political action committees (PAC) of the Virginia CIO Council (later the Virginia AFL-CIO). They combined their efforts to fight the likes of such anti-union legislation as the Taft-Hartley Act, enacted in 1947 and still in effect today.

Extent

17.25 Linear Feet (in 18 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract:

The United Paperworkers International Union, Local 675, documents the daily operations of paperworkers in Covington, Virginia. At one time, it was the largest local of the United Paperworkers of America. The records include administrative files and correspondence of Local 675 officers, minutes, contract agreement and negotiation materials, constitutions and bylaws, job descriptions and wage rate charts, Virginia CIO Council updates, Labor Day celebration materials, photographs, artifacts, and arbitration and grievances.

Offsite Storage

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

Acquisition Information

Donated by United Paperworkers International Union, courtesy of Ernest Jones, 1980 [L1980-36A, L1980-36B].

Related Archival Materials

Related Materials in This Repository

  1. International Brotherhood of Pulp, Sulphite, and Paper Mill Workers contracts collection, 1957-1969 (L-contracts_PulpSulp)
  2. United Papermakers and Paperworkers contracts collection, 1958-1972 (L-contracts_UPP)
  3. United Paperworkers International Union, Local 446 (St. Marys, Ga.) records, 1941-1998 (L2002-06)
  4. United Paperworkers International Union records, 1906-1984 (L1985-05)

Separated Materials

During processing, printed material was separated to other Southern Labor Archives collections. For periodicals, see the Southern Labor Archives Periodicals Collection finding aid or catalog. For proceedings consult Special Collectins for access.

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Periodicals Collection

  1. Labor's Daily, International Typographical Union, Charleston, West Virginia, 1954
  2. The Rebel, Association of Western Pulp and Paper Workers, Portland, Oregon, 1965-1968
  3. UPA Adviser, United Paperworkers of America,1947
  4. West Virginia Pulp and Paper, Bleached Board Division News Letter, 1967-1969
  5. Economic Trends and Outlook, AFL-CIO Economic Policy Committee, 1956

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Proceedings Collection

  1. Congress of Industrial Organizations, Daily Proceedings of the Thirteenth Constitutional Convention, 1951
  2. Industrial Union Department, AFL-CIO, Legislative Conference, 1961
  3. Virginia State Industrial Union Council CIO, Sixteenth Annual Convention, 1956
  4. Virginia State AFL-CIO, First Annual Convention, 1956

Processing Information

Processed by Crystal Rodgers at the box level, October-December 2011.
Title
United Paperworkers International Union, Local 675 (Covington, Va.):
Subtitle
A Guide to Its Records at Georgia State University Library
Status
Completed
Author
EAD created by Crystal Rodgers.
Date
December 2011
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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