Labor Collection, 1872-1988  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Oregon Historical Society Research Library
Title
Labor Collection
Dates
1872-1988 (inclusive)
1930-1955 (bulk)
Quantity
12 linear feet (6 document cases, 2 oversize flat boxes, 1 custom box, 10 oversize folders, 2 reels microfilm)
Collection Number
Mss 1505
Summary
Topical collection assembled at the Oregon Historical Society that provides episodic documentation of labor unions and other related organizations, including industry, pro-union, and anti-union groups, and government agencies. The collection consists primarily of published material and ephemera.
Repository
Oregon Historical Society, Davies Family Research Library
Davies Family Research Library
Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR
97205
Telephone: 503-306-5240
Fax: 503-219-2040
libreference@ohs.org
Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

By the mid-19th century, workers in crafts and trades formed unions across the country. The American Federation of Labor (AFL) became the first successful alliance of trade unions when it was organized in 1886. The AFL focused on organizing workers by trade or craft. By the 1930s, enough unions within the federation were unhappy with the AFL's unwillingness to organize workers industry-wide that they formed the Committee for Industrial Organization in 1935. Participating unions were expelled from the AFL and formed the Congress of Industrial Organizations in 1938. The two merged in 1955 to form the AFL-CIO. The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), which was organized in 1905, sought to organize all workers into "one big union."

The National Industrial Recovery Act of 1933, which gave workers the right to organize and bargain collectively, served as an impetus for union organizing in the 1930s and battles between AFL and CIO unions over representation of workers at industrial plants. The Taft-Hartley Act of 1947 controlled union organizing and other labor-relations issues and helped push the AFL and CIO toward merger.

Among the earliest Oregon trades organized were the cigarmakers, hod carriers, and typographers, all of them forming locals affiliated with the AFL. About 1920, AFL-affiliated unions built the Labor Temple at the corner of Fourth Avenue and Jefferson Street in Portland, Oregon. By the first decade of the 20th century, workers were organizing in the Pacific Northwest lumber industry and on Pacific Coast docks. In addition to organizing by the IWW, workers in the lumber industry organized the International Woodworkers of America at Portland, Oregon, in 1936. On the docks, local unions tended toward independence, but they eventually organized the International Longshoremen's Association and International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union on the West Coast.

Through collective bargaining, the pressure of work stoppages and strikes, and political action, the unions won many benefits for their members, including better wages and working conditions and eventually health and pension benefits. However, unions also encountered anti-union movements, organizations, and employer groups, who used political and governmental action against them. Some were caught up in the hunt for Communist conspiracies that followed World War I and World War II. Major political battles centered on "right-to-work" laws, which prevented "closed shops," where workers were required to join a union. Some unions also participated in and allied themselves with other advocates of various political and social causes.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This topical Labor Collection was assembled from many sources over a long period at the Oregon Historical Society Research Library. Consisting primarily of ephemera and published material, it provides episodic documentation of labor unions and other related organizations, including industry, pro-union, and anti-union groups, and government agencies. Union materials include those produced by national unions and by union locals, with the local materials coming primarily from Oregon and Washington. The collection includes significant materials on the splits, fights, and ultimate amalgamation of trade unions and industrial unions in the AFL-CIO.

Although many unions and organizations are represented by only individual pieces or small quantities of materials, others are better represented. Among those better represented are the American Federation of Labor (AFL), Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO), AFL-CIO, Cigar Maker's International Union of America, Industrial Workers of the World, International Longshoremen's Association, International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union, International Woodworkers of America, the Willamette Valley Lumber Operators Association (WVLOA), and the Communist Party.

Among the labor leaders whose activities, speeches, and writings are included in the collection are Samuel Gompers (AFL), George Meany (AFL-CIO), John L. Lewis (CIO), Harry Bridges, (International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union), and Dave Beck (Teamsters).

Most of the collection is composed of ephemera (fliers, leaflets, broadsides, and posters) and published materials (directories, handbooks, newspapers and newsletters, pamphlets, periodicals, reports, and songs). Also included are small quantities of correspondence and records of union locals and individual union members. Topics covered include trade unions, industrial unions, union auxiliaries for women, labor-management relations, boycotts and strikes, war-time impacts, communism and socialism, legislation and legal cases, politics, and religious response to labor issues.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

The Oregon Historical Society is the owner of the materials in the Research Library and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the Research Library before any publication use. The Society does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners.

Preferred Citation

Labor Collection, Mss 1505, Oregon Historical Society Research Library

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series A:  Labor Unions, circa 1880-1972Return to Top

The series is organized into Subseries 1: American Federation of Labor / Congress of Industrial Organizations / AFL-CIO and Subseries 2: Individual Unions and Locals.

Container(s) Description Dates
Sub-series 1: American Federation of Labor / Congress of Industrial Organizations / AFL-CIO
Materials are organized into three sub-subseries: the American Federation of Labor, Congress of Industrial Organizations, and finally the AFL-CIO, reflecting the merger of the two. Within the sub-subseries, the folders are arranged alphabetically by affiliate, department name, or event.
1902-1970
American Federation of Labor
Box/Folder
1/1
Building Trades Department--quarterly working card, G.W. Lincoln
1916
1/2
California State Federation of Labor, [1937]
1944
"The Ship Murder: The Story of a Frameup"
[1937]
"Summary and Text of New Anti-Labor Measure
1944
1/3
Central Labor Council of Portland (Portland Central Labor Council)--correspondence and other materials
  • Petition and related correspondence related to request for removal of Charles F. Hope as Nineteenth Region director, National Labor Relations Board1937
  • Correspondence re. voter registration1950 1954
  • Organization of Congressional District Leagues packet for voter registration drivesundated
1937-1954; undated
1/4
Central Labor Council of Portland (Portland Central Labor Council)--election endorsements (not inclusive)
1926-1954
1/5
Convention (61st annual), Seattle, Washington
  • Elaborate souvenir bound volume, "State of Washington: The Evergreen Empire"
  • Labor League for Human Rights1943
1941
1/6
Leaflets
1/7
"Publicity Handbook"
Oversize C-6/1
Poster, "Give! For Home Front, For War Front"
1/8
Labor's League for Political Education
  • "Voting Records of Senators and Representatives, 1947-1952"
  • Sample constitution for establishment of city and congressional district leagues
1952
1/9
Oregon Labor's League for Political Education
1955 July
Oregon State Federation of Labor
Box/Folder
1/10
Constitution, convention program, and correspondence
1930; 1940; 1952
1/11
Election endorsements and legislative program (not inclusive)
1927-1954
1/12
Pamphlet--The Story of American Labor
1952
1/13
American Federation of Women's Auxiliaries of Labor--constitution and leaflets
1953; undated
1/14
Printed materials
  • American Federationist--special edition on "Majority Rule in Combination with Representative Government"1902 January 15
  • "Unions Reduce Industrial Waste"1925
  • "Labor Planks in the Political Platforms"1928
  • Walkathon [dance marathon] program--benefit, District Council of Carpenters and Local 162, Team, Auto Truck and Delivery Drivers, AFL1931 May 10
  • "Make this Comparison Between Company Union and A.F. of L. Union"1935 February
  • "Book of Information and Instructions for Officers and Members..."1940 January
  • A Labor Party for the United States, 1936 (Social Economic Foundation)
  • "Statement on S 380..." (U.S. Senate "full employment" bill)1945 August 28
  • "For a Healthy America"circa 1945
  • "Want a New Home? Here's The Key: S.1592" (U.S. Senate housing bill)circa 1945
  • Labor's Monthly Survey1946 January
  • 1946 May"Health..Benefit Plans by Collective Bargaining," Collective Bargaining Series No. 1 25
  • "Samuel Gompers Centennial, 1850-1950"1950
  • "The Significance of State Laws Prohibiting Union Security"[1950]
1902-1950
1/15, Oversize C-6/1
Union Industries Show, Cleveland, Ohio--pamphlet and poster
1949
1/16
Union Label Trades Department
  • "The Union Label and Defense," radio address by I.M. Ornburn1940
  • Flierundated
  • Poster (Oversize B-6/1)undated
1940; undated
Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO)
1937-1943
Box/Folder
1/17
Proceedings, First Constitutional Convention
1938 November 15-17
1/18
Report by John L. Lewis, Second Constitutional Convention
1939 October 10
1/19
Speeches by John L. Lewis
  • "The C.I.O. Program for a Better America," conference1937 October 15
  • "Equal Opportunity," National Negro Congress1940 April
1937-1940
1/20
Printed materials (by and about the CIO)
  • "Law and Order in Ohio," speech by Governor Marin L. Davey1937 September 23
  • Anti-CIO letter1937 March 22
  • "Welcome to the C.I.O."1937 November
  • "Aid for the Unemployed and How to Get It"1938 March
  • "Labor's Program for Better Housing"1938 October
  • "The CIO Forward March in Behalf of Industrial Unionism," Washington State Industrial Union Council (Seattle, Washington)1938 December
  • "The CIO Defense Plan" by Philip Murray1940 December
  • "A New Blow at Labor...Congress Must Amend the Sherman Act"circa 1940
  • "CIO's 1941 Legislative Program"1941 January
  • "On Every Front CIO Works, Fights, Gives"1943 October
  • "Voting Recommendations," Oregon State and Portland Industrial Union Council1948
1937-1948
1/21
Printed materials (by and about the CIO)
  • "A Catholic Priest on the C.I.O." (Reverand Charles O. Rice)
  • "Industrial Unionism""The Company Union Trap"
  • "Questions and Answers on the C.I.O."
  • "What Is The CIO: Aims and Purposes"
undated
1/22
Textile Workers Organizing Committee
1958 June 20
AFL/CIO
Committee on Political Education
Box/Folder
1/23
Handbook
1959
1/24
Publications
  • "Oregon Delegation: How Did They Vote on Key Issues?"1960
  • "Extremists"[1964]
  • "If We Blow the Elections of '68...Can We Survive the Assault of '69?"1968
  • Oregon AFL-CIO1955-1970 undated
1960-1968
Box/Folder
2/1
Oregon AFL-CIO
  • Broadsides (oversize)--Voting Records of Oregon Legislators (Oversize C-6/1)1959 1965
  • Leaflets: election recommendations, 1960 May; membership recruitmentundated
  • Constitution and By-Laws1965
  • Convention program, Roseburg, Oregon1970 September 14-17
  • Letterhead (blank): Committee on Political Educationundated
1955-1970; undated
2/2
Multnomah County Central Labor Council
  • Flier: "Elect Ed Whelan, Secretary-Treasurer"[1958}
  • Letter to affiliated unions with brochure re. boycott of DiGiorgio Products1966 May 25
[1958]; 1966
Oregon State Labor Council
Box/Folder
2/3
Directories and stationery
  • Directories of affiliated unions compiled by J.T. Marr, executive secretary1958-1960
  • Stationery (blank)circa 1960
1958-1960; circa 1960
2/4
Speaker's manual
circa 1960
2/5
Printed materials
  • Ballot (reproduction pasted up for publication), Inman-Poulsen Lumber Co., Portland, Oregon, election by employees of AFL or CIO1937
  • Clean Democratic Trade Unions by George Meany (pamphlet)1957 June
  • All Together, lyrics to song honoring AFL-CIO merger[1958]
  • "The 1960 Elections: The Legislative Record" by Andrew J. Biemiller, reprint, American Federationist1960 October
  • "It's Your Strike Too!" re. Kingsport (Tennessee) Press strike[1966]
  • Accredited delegate listundated
  • Leafletsundated
  • "Get Crooks Not Unions"
  • Sears Boycott Committee
  • Stationeryundated
  • AFL-CIO News (Oversize B-6/2)1960 September 3
1937; 1957-1960; [1966]; undated
2/6
Union Label and Services Trades Department
  • Brochurescirca 1960
  • Ephemeraundated
  • "Where Is Your Union Button?" cards
  • Rainbonnet
  • Union director of union and non-union companiesundated
  • Individual unions and localscirca 1880-1972
circa 1960; undated
Subseries 2: Individual unions and locals
Many of the unions are represented by only one item or a few pieces, including some union cards and other ephemera representing a single member. These members are listed by name in folder titles and descriptions. Folders are arranged alphabetically by name of the union, and thereunder chronologically.
circa 1880-1872
Box/Folder
2/7
Allied Printing Trades Council
List of publications bearing the union label and/or union printed.
undated
2/8
Amalgamated Association of Street and Electric Railway Employees of America
"Working and Wage Agreement and Discipline," Division 757, Portland, Or.
1926-1927
2/9
Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America (AFL-CIO)
1964-1965
Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen of North America (AFL)
Box/Folder
2/10
Membership application (blank form)
1902
2/11
"50 Progressive Years"--comb-bound portfolio
Golden anniversary of messages, history, and photographs for the union's annual convention, Chicago, Illinois. Presentation copy to Gust Anderson (see also Gust Anderson Papers, Mss 2576).
1948
Box/Folder
2/12
Amalgamated Transit Union--flier
Strike, Tri-Met, Portland, Oregon.
1985
2/13
American Brotherhood of Cement Workers Local 119, Portland, Oregon--membership book, J.E. Sperry
1911
2/14
American Communications Association/American Radio Telegraphists Association (CIO)
Recruiting drive leaflet, featuring message from John L. Lewis, and pamphlet, The A.W.U.E. Exposed (American Western Union Employees, AFL). Stamped "American Radio Telegraphists Assn., CIO Affiliate, Portland, Ore."
circa 1935
2/15
American Federation Full-Fashioned Hosiery Workers
"The History Making Allen-A Lockout," strike tabloid newspaper (Kenosha, Wisconsin)
[1929]
2/16
American Federation of Musicians / Musicians' Protective Union, 1903
  • Membership cards (2)--G.W. Lincoln, 1903
  • Contract for Traveling Members, second trumpet, Birth of a Nation, circa 1915
  • Campaign card "To Restore Annual Conventions," Stephen B. McDonald, undated
circa 1915; undated
2/17
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees--membership and recruitment brochures
1943; 1947
2/18
American Newspaper Guild
  • Correspondence (2 letters) regarding Seattle (Washington) Newspaper Guild strike against The Seattle Star, 1937 July
  • Membership brochure, 1938
1937-1938
2/19
Association of Mechanical Employees of the Portland Railway, Light and Power Company
Souvenir program (2 copies), Watch Party.
1917-1918
2/20
Bricklayer's International Union No. 1, Portland, Oregon--membership card, William C. Hoffman
1895
2/21
Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen--withdrawal card, F.M. Shurtliff
1900
2/22
Brotherhood of Railway Carmen of America (AFL-CIO)--Railway Carmen's Journal
1968 October
2/23
Brotherhood of Railway and Steamship Clerks--traveling card, Pauline C. Jacobson
1920
2/24
Building Service Employees International Union (AFL) Local 49 (Portland, Oregon)
  • Letter to tenants of King Albert Apartments1938 February 21
  • Agreement with Portland Association of Building Owners and Managers1952
  • Business Card, Gene Kelly, assistant business representativecirca 1952
1938; 1952
2/25
Cannery Workers' and Farm Laborers' Union Local 18257 (Seattle, Washington)
1936-1938
2/26
Cigarmaker's International Union of America--constitution
Cigarmaker's International Union of America Local 202 (Portland, Oregon)
1925
Box/Folder
2/27
Letterhead (blank)
circa 1885
Traveling books
Box/Folder
2/28
Traveling booksB-H
H. Bringman (1905-1926), L. Dreyfuss (1904, 1915), Thomas J. Estabrook (1905-1918), O.W. Fredricks (1913-1925), E. Geisler (1900, 1915), Phil Harris (1888-1891), and A. H. Henderson (1903, 1916-1919).
1888-1925
2/29
J-M
George E. Jackson (1907), A. W. Jones (1911-1915), H. Lange (1889-1904), Henry Lindermann (1917, 1924), W.J. Luckeroth (1907-1913), Ray Martin (1920), Frank McMurphy (1921-1922), and H. O. Muhler (1894-1905).
1889-1924
2/30
P-W
H. G. Parsons (1922), W. D. Sharp (1909-1917), Robert Stern (1906-1916), Herman Stumpe (1909-1917), Frank Turk (1910-1921), and Fred G. Helbock (1910-1922).
1906-1922
Box
9
Traveling card ledger
Information recorded includes name, traveling card number, initiation date and location, and dates for admission by traveling card, withdrawals, and suspensions.
1924-1932
2/31
Columbia River Fishermen's Protective Union (Astoria, Oregon)--letter re. member Pete Hellem
1935 June 17
2/32
Commercial Telegraphers' Union (AFL)
  • Letter to Kansas City Local 231941 April 18
  • Resolution opposing American Communications Association1957 October 14
  • Petition for membership (blank form)
1941; 1957
7/1
Federal Cultural and Professional Workers Union (Portland, Oregon)--Project News
1939 January 17
3/1
Federal Labor Union (AFL)
  • Local No. 15541 (Baker, Oregon)--AFL certificate of affiliation (oversize folder C-6/1)1917
  • Constitution format for localsundated
1917; undated
3/2
Food and Drug Clerks Union Portland, Oregon, Local 1092 (AFL)
  • Registered Pharmacists Working Agreement
  • Business cards, Charles Dodge, organizer
1955
3/3
Hotel and Restaurant Employees' International Alliance and Bartenders' International League of America--general convention, Portland, Oregon
1927 August 8-13
3/4
Industrial Union of Marine and Shipbuilding Workers of America (CIO)
Booklet, Building Ships for Victory, 1942.Summary of Atlantic Coast conference of joint labor-management production committees, New York City, 1942 August 8-9
Industrial Workers of the World
Box/Folder
3/5
Correspondence
Ione Burns (at Helena and Missoula, Montana) to Laurence Nelson, Great Falls, Montana, 1916 September 11-12
1916
3/6
Preamble and Constitution
1968
3/7
Membership and recruitment
  • Leaflet: Cartoon--"Lay the Boss Off--It Makes More Sense"
  • Leaflet: "Look Out--Danger Ahead!" re. World War I
  • Leaflet: Preamble (to constitution)
  • Leaflet: Scab--quote from Jack London, 1904
  • Stickers, featuring themes of "Solidarity," "One Big Union," and anti-scab messages. Includes sticker for Construction Workers Industrial Union No. 573, IWW.
circa 1918-1940
3/8
Membership and recruitment
  • Flier--memorial meeting in memory of Joe Hill, New York City1958 November 23
  • Pamphlet--"World Labor Needs a Union," by Fred Thompson1969
  • Portland Area Branch--fliers, leaflets, newsletters, and pamphlets1972 June and November undated
1958; 1969; 1972
Centralia massacre
Box/Folder
3/9
IWW and related publications
  • "Suppressed Evidence in the Centralia Case" (leaflet). Chicago: General Defense Committee[1920]
  • The Centralia Conspiracy by Ralph Chaplin[1920]
  • Was It Murder? The Truth About Centralia by Walker C. Smith. Seattle: Northwest District Defense Committee1922 August
  • Centralia Publicity Committee, Centralia, Washington--A Black Page of American History," 1922
  • Centralia Publicity Committee, Centralia, Washington--Speeches by Elmer Smith, Capt. Edward P. Coll on the Centralia Case1929
  • Centralia Publicity Committee, Centralia, Washington--"Think or Surrender!" (leaflet), undated
  • Centralia Publicity Committee, Centralia, Washington--The Centralia Horror: Up and in Action (sheet music), words and music by Henry C. Peterson. Seattle: Washington Branch General Defense Committee, 1927
  • Centralia Publicity Committee, Centralia, Washington--"Centralia Case." Walla Walla, Washington: Friends of Ray Becker," undated
1920-1929
3/10
Centralia, Tragedy and Trial: The American Legion's Account by the Armistice Day Massacre by Ben Hur Lampman. Centralia and Tacoma: American Legion posts
1920
Box/Folder
3/11
Sacco-Vanzetti Defense Committee, Boston, Massachusetts
  • "The Sacco-Vanzetti Verdict" by John Nicholas Beffel. Reprint, The New Republic1921 August 21
  • "America's Conscience: Comments on the Sacco-Vanzetti Verdict"1921
1921
Periodicals
Box/Folder
3/12
The Industrial Pioneer (1925 January) and The Young Rebel, (1929 December)
1925; 1929
3/13, oversize B-6/3
Industrial Solidarity--clippings of editorials [preservation photocopies, originals oversize]
circa 1930
Oversize B-6/3
Industrial Worker
1972 May
Box/Folder
Oversize B-6/1
Poster--"Education, Organization, Emancipation"
circa 1920
Publications
Box/Folder
3/14
Songs of the Workers
1917
3/15
The Lumber Industry and Its Workers
1922
3/16
Workers of the World Awaken (sheet music) by Joe Hill
1916
3/17
Related
  • Sabotage: Its History and Function by Walker C. Smith1913
  • Ol' Rags an' Bottles, reprinted from The Nation, 1919 January 25: New York City: National Civil Liberties Bureau1919
1913; 1919
Box/Folder
3/18
International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and Moving Picture Machine Operators of the United States and Canada--District 1 convention program
1930 May 29-June 5
3/19
International Association of Machinists / International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (AFL), 1941-1954
  • E. C. Knuth--membership book1941-1944
  • William H. Truenbach--membership book, working permit card, Willamette Lodge No. 63, and signature card, Hesse-Ersted Iron Works, Portland, Oregon1941-1943
  • Mt. Hood Lodge No. 1005, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers--card announcing move to new Machinists Building, 3545 SE 32nd Avenue, Portland, Oregoncirca 1990
  • Wilbert A. Plocker--membership book, circa 1952-1954
circa 1990
3/20
International Brotherhood of Boiler Makers, Iron Ship Builders and Helpers of America (Portland, Oregon)
Louis W. Dwier, union card and identification card (1917-1941) and G.M. Standifer Construction Corporation Steel Yard (1919), in leather case.
1917-1941
Box/Folder
3/21, Overszie B-6/1 Oversize B-6/1
International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Chauffeurs, Warehousemen and Helpers of America
  • Articles by Daniel J. Tobin, The International Teamster1943 April
  • Broadside--reprint, Oregon Teamster1970 May 21
1943; 1970
3/22
International Glove Workers' Union
Blank forms for local union use.
circa 1920
International Hod Carriers, Building and Common Laborers Union of America
1904; 1919
Box/Folder
Oversize C-6/1
Local No. 176, Baker City, Oregon--charter
1904
3/23
Local No. 285, Astoria, Oregon--constitution and by-laws
1919
International Longshoremen's Association (ILA)
Box/Folder
3/24
Agreements, wage rates, and work rules
1935; 1937; 1947
3/25
Correspondence
Senders and recipients include: Joseph Carson (mayor, Portland, Oregon), Columbia River Longshoremen's Association, A.B. Green (Oregon State Federation of Labor), Longshoremen and Water-Transport Workers of Canada (Central Strike Committee), Edward F. McGrady (federal mediator), National Longshoremen's Board, Portland Local 38-78 ILA, and Orville E. Pratt (Joint Marine Committee Modesto Defense Fund).
1934-1936
3/26
The Hook (Portland, Oregon)
ILA, 1934; ILWU, 1938; ILWU Local 8, 1973
1934 June 2-July 20; 1938 July 11; 1973 July 5
3/27
Waterfront Worker (San Francisco)
1935 March-October
3/28
The New Waterfront Worker (San Francisco)
Strike Bulletin
1935 May-July
3/29
Local 38-79 (San Francisco)
1936 October-1937 February
3/30
Local 38-126 (Vancouver, British Columbia)
1936 November-1937 February
3/31
Joint Maritime Publicity Committee
1936 December
3/32
Northwest Joint Strike Committee (Seattle, Washington)
1937 January
3/33
Membership card and receipts--J. Sperry
1934
3/34
Waterfront passes, Port of Portland (with photographs)
For ship's crew members and pilots: Mrs. C.A. Ayers, E. C. Brown, V. A. Burns, W. S. Jayes, Ben Moore, Tom J. Pollanz, John W. Ring, and Lisle W. Sherry.
1918
International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union (ILWU)
Box/Folder
4/1
Book cover--"Bloody July 5th" anniversary stickers
On book, Parliamentary Procedure at a Glance, owned by Francis J. Murnane, whose business cards and political campaign card are glued inside front cover. Murnane was a union officer, journalist, and candidate for the state legislature.
1965
4/2
Contract, Pacific Coast
1948-1951
4/3, Oversize B-6/4
Harry Bridges Defense Committee and Bridges, Robertson and Schmidt Defense Committee
1940-1955
4/4
Pamphlet--The Outlook for Labor
1960
4/5
Pension and Welfare Fund, [1950]
  • "ILWU PMA Welfare Fund," [1950]
  • Pensions on the Waterfront: The Climax of an Era of ILWU Progress1952 July
1952
Oversize B-6/4
Periodicals and clippings
  • Clipping--"A Day in the Life of a Striker," MCS Voice1948 October 28
  • Clipping--"Longshore Fights for Life," Willamette Rising1972 January 20
  • Periodical--The Dispatcher1960 September 9 1971 July 2
1948-1972
4/6
Federated Auxiliaries--strike brochures
1971-1972
4/7
Strike--correspondence, news releases, ephemera
1971-1972
4/8
Strike--Area ILWU Strike Bulletin
Issued by ILWU Area Publicity Committee on behalf of locals: Numbers 4, Vancouver, Washington; 8 and 40, Portland, Oregon; 12, Coos Bay, Oregon; 50, Astoria, Oregon; and 53, Newport, Oregon.
1971 July 12-September 9
International Typographical Union
Box/Folder
4/9
Convention proceedings (bound volume)
1887 June
4/10
Published material
  • Facts About the International Typographical Union1960
  • "Citizens' Job Protection Laws" (leaflet)circa 1960
  • "Professional Strikebreaking Must Be Outlawed!" (leaflet)1962
  • 100 Years Plus of Democratic Trade Unionism: The Story of the International Typographical Union[1962]
1960-1962
4/11
Multnomah Local No. 58
  • Constitution and By-Laws1883
  • Constitution, By-Laws and Scale of Prices1885
  • Letter to printers and publishers of Portland1887 August 22
  • Apprentice Membership Card, Miss O. M. St. Clair1892 June 5
  • "Good People? Facts Recorded by Law Enforcement Agencies Don't Agree!" (leaflet)[1962]
  • Re. strikebreakers hired by the Newhouse newspaper chain at the Oregonian and Oregon Journal
4/12
Other locals
  • Capital No. 210, Salem, Oregon--constitution, by-laws and scale of prices1899
  • Olympia (Washington) No. 142--constitution and by-laws1909
1899; 1909
Box/Folder
4/13
International Woodworkers of America (CIO) / Federation of Woodworkers (AFL)
  • Ladies' Auxiliary 289, Federation of Woodworkers (Portland, Oregon)--membership card and flier for mass meeting, 1937 June 23, and letter reporting vote to affiliate with CIO1937 July 26
  • Local No. 102--flier, mass meeting re. Plylock labor situation1937 December
  • Affiliation card1937
  • Second constitutional convention (Seattle, Washington)--Harold J. Pritchett's president's address and Bertel J. McCarty's secretary's report1938 September 12-17
1937-1938
4/14
International Wood Workers of America (CIO)
  • The Case Against Busheling by Seth Nordling and James Freeman[1940]
  • International Woodworker (Portland, Oregon)--front page1944 February 16
  • Bargaining for the Union and Know Your Union booklets1948
1940-1948
4/15
Journeymen Barbers' International Union of America / Journeymen Barbers, Hairdressers, Cosmetologists and Proprietors' International Union of America
  • Letter to membership on organizing campaign1932 May 5
  • Union shop cardscirca 1950
1932; circa 1950
4/16
Knights of Labor--pledge
circa 1880
4/17
Laundry and Dry Cleaning Workers' Union (AFL), Portland, Oregon, Local 107--business card, Lester D. Bowers, assistant business representative
circa 1955
4/18
Lumber and Sawmill Workers Union
Newspaper clipping, "Organizer Proposed," re. Pearl WrightWillamette Valley District Council--list of fair and unfair operations
circa 1935
4/19
Master Horseshoers Protective Association Local No. 36 (Portland, Oregon)--souvenir brochure
1896
4/20
Masters, Mates and Pilots of America Columbia River District--agreement with Freight and Passenger Boat Operators
1938
4/21
Multnomah County Employees Association--resolution re. Grant Phealey's retirement (photographic reproduction)
1934
4/22
Musicians Mutual Association Portland, Oregon, Local 99
Constitution and by-laws, directory, and price lists and working conditions.
1946-1950
4/23
National Association of Master Plumbers convention, Portland, Oregon--program
1925 June 23-25
4/24
Northwest Lumber Inspectors' Union (AFL)--working agreements
1950
4/25
Oregon Commonwealth Federation (AFL)--circular letter and call to second annual convention
1937 December
4/26
Oregon Federation of Teachers (AFL-CIO)--statement opposing proliferation of nuclear power
1976
4/27
Order of Railroad Telegraphers
Clippings, pamphlets, by-laws, letterhead, bulletins.
circa 1920-1956
4/28
Order of Railway Conductors
  • Mt. Hood Division No. 91--souvenir program, delegate list, and metal identification card (Mrs. R.C. Hooly) for Grand Division convention at Portland, Oregon, 1905 May 9-16, featuring Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition.
  • Oregon State Legislative Committee--voter registration flier1948
1905; 1948
4/29
Oregon Washington Council Lumber and Sawmill Workers--leaflets
"To the Lumber Workers of the Northwest: Four-Point Formula for Peace""The Canadian Lumber Issue and What It Means to the Lumber Workers of the Northwest"
[1937]
4/30
Pacific Coast Fisheries Union, Astoria, Oregon
Correspondence of Glen E. Murdock, business agent, with locals re. membership issues.
1935-1936
4/31
Painters', Paperhangers', and Decorators' Union
Brotherhood of Painters and Decorators of America Local No. 136--membership card, G. T. Larkin, 1895Local 1 (Portland, Oregon)--minute book (typescript transcript, thermal copy), 1899 February-1900 January
1895; 1899
4/32
Pecan Workers Local 172 (San Antonio, Texas)--circular letter re. strike pamphlet
1938 July 7
4/33
Portland Aircraft Workers Lodge No. 737--receipt for dues, E. C. Knuth
1943
5/1
Portland Butchers' Union Local 143--program for barbecue, Troutdale, Oregon
1902 August 17
5/2
Portland Stereographers and Electrotypers Union Local 48--strike against Oregonian and Oregon Journal
Fliers and broadsides from both sides in the strike and AFL-CIO statements re. anti-strikebreaker legislation.
1960-1961
5/3, Oversize C-6/1
Retail Clerks International Protective Association (AFL), 1930, 1937
  • Sample card listing union clerks and promoting union labelcirca 1930
  • Poster (oversize), promoting union labelcirca 1930
  • Flier and circular letter featuring American Federation of Labor Resolution No. 5 urging support for organizing retail clerks1930
  • Circular letter to department store employees in Seattle, Washington, re. dues1937
circa 1930
5/4
Retail Clerks Union--brochure and fliers
  • Flier, "Please Help Us Get Our Jobs Back," Local 1257 (Portland, Oregon) re. Roberts Brothers purchase of Lipman Wolfe.
  • Brochure, "A Message from Dave Beck to the Seattle Retail Clerks," Joint Council of Teamsters, No. 28.
circa 1955
5/5
Rogue River Fisherman's Union (Gold Beach, Oregon)
Letter from James M. Pool, union president, to Charles Peabody, Portland, Oregon, re. Rogue River Initiative Petition.
1935 October 21
5/6
Stove Mounters' International Union of North America (AFL-CIO)

  • Booklet re. union label with list of unionized appliance makers, circa 1960
  • Flier--Stove Mounters and Steel Range Workers International Union Local 4 (Belleville, Illinois) listing fair and unfair makers of stoves and rangers.

circa 1960; undated
5/7
Summit County Central Labor Union (Akron, Ohio)--flier re boycott of Quaker Oats Company products
undated
5/8
Taxicab Drivers Local 281, Portland, Oregon (AFL)--business card, Bert Garrison, business representative
circa 1955
5/9
United Automobile Workers of America
  • Leaflet re. benefits of membership
  • Notice of Dodge Local No. 3, Highland Park Plant meeting (photographic reproduction)
circa 1940
5/10
United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (AFL)
  • Local 226 (Portland, Oregon)--dues books for Andrew Nelson1922-1923 1943-1944
  • "Labor Record of William A. Cutts" (candidate for Oregon Legislature)circa 1930
  • California State Council of Carpenters--bulletin listing CIO-controlled lumber mill crews and AFL and CIO controlled plywood mill crews in Washington and Oregon1937 October
  • Resolution (matted and signed over much of its face by individual members) commending Oregon Federation of Labor lobbying efforts1953 April
1922-1953
5/11
United Electrical Radio and Machine Workers of America--pamphlet, The Decline of the AFL-CIO, convention address by Frank J. Donner
1962 August 30
5/12
United Federal Workers of America (CIO)--membership leaflet
circa 1950
5/13
United Mine Workers of America--pamphlet, A Brief History of the United Mine Workers of America
[1948]
5/14
Upholsterers' International Union--leaftlet, "How They Voted" (80th Congress, 1947-1948)
1948
Oversize B-6/1
Western Federation of Miners Local 109 (Douglas Island, Alaska)--poster, "Notice! A General Strike" at the Treadwell Mines
1908 March 21
5/15
Western Union Employees (AFL)
  • Circular letter from National Negotiating Committee re. negotiations with Western Union and War Labor Board1945 April 11
  • Membership leaflet urging vote for American Federation of Labor in NLRB election[1945]
1945

Series B:  Industry Organizations, 1911-1969Return to Top

Material in this series relates to labor issues in industry, including agriculture. Folders are arranged alphabetically by names of organizations and chronologically thereunder.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
5/16
American Iron and Steel Institute (New York)--pamphlet, Management's Job
Text of radio interview with Ernest T. Weir, institute director, by John G. Forrest, financial editor, New York Times.
1946 January
5/17
Associated Farmers of Oregon--leaflet supporting Oregon Ballot Measure 3616 regulating picketing and boycotting
1938
5/18
Automobile Manufacturers Association--leaflet and letter
Pamphlet, Why Does the Auto Union Cause So Much Trouble in the Automotive Industry?Copy of association letter to President Harry S. Truman.
1945 November
5/19
Employers' Association (Portland, Oregon)--pamphlet
Address of William D. Wheelright at association banquet, "The Employer and Employee: The Rights of Both and the Duty of One to the Other," and "A Reply on Behalf of Organized Labor."
1911 April
5/20
National Association of Manufacturers (New York)
  • Pamphlet, Legal Aspects of the "Sit-Down" Strike1937 March
  • "Industry's Platform for 1938" (specially printed for Frederick Steiwer)1937 December 8
1937
5/21
National Coal Association
Leaflet, "The Important Issue in the Coal Strike"Pamphlet, The Herrin Conspiracy
1922
5/22
National Lumber Manufacturers Association
Memo to subscribing organizations with attached document re. debate in British Parliament on resolution to displace capitalistic system
1923 April 28
5/23
Pacific American Shipowners and Waterfront Employers of San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, and San Pedro--pamphlet, Hot Cargo: The Longshoremen's Alibi for Arbitration Award Violations
1935 October 30
5/24
Pacific Coast Association of Pulp and Paper Manufacturers--1968 Injury Frequency Report
1969
5/25
[Pacific coast tanker operators]--pamphlet, Read the Facts About the Tanker Strike
1935
5/26
Waterfront Employers' Association
Circular letter with pamphlet, Maritime Strikes on the Pacific Coast, 1936 November
1936
5/27
Waterfront Employers of Oregon and the Columbia River--articles of incorporation
1948
5/28
Willamette Valley Lumber Operators Association (WVLOA)
  • Review of West Coast Lumber Labor Year (1937)1938 January 1
  • Lumber Labor Letter1938 January 1 and 10
  • "Packwood's Statement Regarding Boycott"1938 July 21
  • Chronological Review-Digest of Portland, Ore., Press Reports Covering Lumber Boycott1937 July-1938 July
1937-1938
7/2-3
Scrapbooks--Lumber Labor Letter and other related materials
  • No. 1:1937 May 26-September 18
  • No. 2:1937 September 27-1938 January 22
1937-1938

Series C:  Related Organizations, 1872-1988Return to Top

Organizations, federations (except for AFL-CIO), and committees that relate to labor, including both pro-union and anti-union organizations. In some cases, the materials, rather than the organization, are labor related. The folders are arranged alphabetically by name of the organization and chronologically thereunder.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
5/29
All Union Caucus (Portland, Oregon)
  • Constitutioncirca 1955
  • Circular letter and proposed constitutional amendment, Economic Bill of Rights1959 January 6
circa 1955; 1959
Oversize B-6/5
American Legion--War Against Depression Campaign--broadside
circa 1935
5/30
American Red Cross--pamphlet, Life Saving Blood: A Plan for Labor Union Cooperation with the American Red Cross Blood Donor Service
1942
Oversize C
American Red Cross--Honor Roll, Blood Donors (blank)
1942
5/31
Americans Incorporated (Portland, Oregon)--Radical Activities Bulletin
1938 February11-April 22
5/32
Carl Schurz Society (Portland, Oregon)--leaflet, "Hitler Smashes Trade Unions" (2 copies)
1938
7/4
Citizens Committee to Free Earl Browder--call to National Congress
1942
5/33
Committee against Waterfront Screening--pamphlet, The Case Against Waterfront Screening
1956
5/34
Committee for Protection of Four of Oregon's Foreign Born--flier, "Stop the Deportation Hysteria!"
1940
Communist Party
Box/Folder
5/35
United States
  • Leaflet, "Open Challenge to Capt. Coll of the American Legion," re. Centralia massacrecirca 1920
  • Flier, "Defeat Muir's Sell-out! Keep Strike Ranks Solid!"1936
  • Pamphlet, Red Baiting: Enemy of Labor, by Louis Budenz and Earl Browdercirca 1940
circa 1930-circa 1940
Portland (Oregon) Section
Box/Folder
5/36
Fliers and plan of work
1935
5/37
The Challenger
1936 June 20
Box/Folder
5/38
Conference of Labor Reformers (Boston, Massachusetts)--pamphlet, Live to Help Live: An Address from Friends of the Workingman
1872
5/39
Council of Workers, Soldiers and Sailors of Portland (Oregon) and Vicinity
circa 1920
5/40
Federated Trades Council / Fraternal Building Association (Portland, Oregon)--Mardigras and Carnival Committee
1904
5/41
International Association of Industrial Boards and Commissions--convention program, Portland, Oregon
1946 August 25-29
5/42
International Labor Defense
  • Flier, offering defense to those arrested in the Longshoremen's strikecirca 1936
  • Brochure re. people defended, including Ina Wood, Robert Wood, Alan Shaw, Eli Jaffee, Elizabeth Green, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence A. Lewis, Herb Brausch, and J. I. Whidden1941
circa 1936; 1941
5/43
Jean Field Committee (Los Angeles, California)--pamphlet, The Crime Against Jean Field by Albert E. Kahn
1952
Oversize B-6/5
Jobs with Justice--rally poster, Portland, Oregon
1988 June 8
5/44
Labor Center (Portland, Oregon)--flier, Forum: The War, the Economy, and Labor
circa 1972
5/45
Labor Temple
  • Postcard of Labor Temple, Fourth Avenue and Jefferson Street, Portland, Oregoncirca 1925
  • Leaflet, "Labor Institute on N-R-A" at Labor Temple1934 February 14-16
Also includes three stock certificates for the Portland Cooperative Labor Association dated 1918, 1921, and 1928, an undated newspaper clipping regarding the worth of such stocks, and a business card listing Labor Temple as the address.
circa 1925; 1934; 1918; 1921; 1928; undated
5/46
Labor's Humanity Legion of Labor's Committee for Civilian Relief in China--certificate book for donation collection
circa 1940
5/47
Labor's Non-Partisan League--book, Testimony of John L. Lewis Before the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Miner's Welfare
1947
7/5
Law and Order League (Seattle, Washington)--flier, "Excesses in the Name of Labor..."
Reprint of statement from Austin E Griffiths, City Council president, The Seattle Sunday Times
1936
5/48
Loyal Legion of Loggers and Lumbermen (4L)--ephemera
  • Bulletin No. 3, "Objects of the Loyal Legion of Loggers and Lumbermen," Spruce Production Division, U.S. Signal Corps[1918]
  • Badge with explanation by Maryland Allen of Portland, Oregon[1918]
  • Constitution and By-Laws (headquarters Portland, Oregon)[1919]
  • Inland Empire Division (headquarters Spokane, Washington)--"Logging and Lumber Manufacturing Wage Tabulation"1923 March
  • Pamphlet, High-Ball: Logging Camp Humor, published by Four L Lumber News for the Pacific Logging Conference, Tacoma, Washington1927 November 2-5
[1918]-1927
5/49
Mechanics' Institute (San Francisco, California)--program for reception to the workmen of the United Iron Works
1893 December 22
5/50
Metal Trades Council of Seattle (Washington) and Vicinity--leaflet listing demands made on shipyards and allied industries
1919 January 21
5/51
Moral Re-Armament--pamphlet, Battle Line for American Industry
Addresses by Senator Harry S. Truman (Missouri) and Representative James W. Wadsworth (New York) at a presentation of the industrial drama, The Forgotten Factor, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1943
5/52
National Child Labor Committee (New York)--pamphlet, Child Labor Legislation and Methods of Enforcement in the Western United States
Address by Judge Ben B. Lindsey (Denver, Colorado) at first annual meeting 1905 February 14-16, New York City; reprint of published version in Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 1905 May.
1905
5/53
Oregon Labor Press
  • Pamphlet, The Enemy Within, by S. Eugene Allen1941 July 30
  • Reprint of article, "President of sheriffs' union upgraded by commissioners"1962 April 27
  • Audit report, year ended 1962 December 31, by Shafer, Cooper and Hill (Portland, Oregon)1963 March 20
1941-1963
6/1
Oregon State Society of Certified Public Accountants--fact sheet on House Bill No. 267 eliminating 1913 waiver of examination based on experience
[1928]
6/2
Oregon Unemployed Organization (Portland, Oregon)
  • Fact sheet, Unemployment Compensation Act1955 January
  • Flier, "Parade for Jobs"1959 April 8
  • Newsletter, The Exposer1961 August 1962 February 26
  • Flier, "Petition," Oregon State Highway Commission to allow use of vacant dwellings in future freeway construction areas to be used as temporary emergency shelter for homeless workers1962 December 13
  • Fliers, "Homeless Workers!" and "Homeless Workers to March"1963 January
1955-1963
6/3
Oregon Workers Alliance
  • Resolution re. Support Offered the Maritime Unions1936 September 21
  • Fliers, "W.P.A. Workers Organize" and Meier and Frank Strike mass meeting1936
1936
6/4
Pacific Northwest Labor College (Marylhurst, Oregon)--informational and course brochures
1978
6/5
Pacific Northwest Labor History Association
  • Flier, call for papers, Pacific Northwest Labor History Conference, Eugene, Oregon1986 May 16-18
  • Flier, Pacific Northwest Labor Music and Arts Exchange1988 April 29-May 1
1986; 1988
6/6
Portland Area Post War Development Committee--brochure, "Let's Vote Them Jobs--Not Breadlines!"
1944 May
6/7
Portland Committee to Free Angela Davis--flier, mass rally featuring her mother, Sallye Davis
1971 February 5
6/8
Portland Daily Reporter [Portland Reporter]--subscription card and clipping
Newspaper that operated 1960-1964 during strike against the Oregonian and the Oregon Journal.
1960
6/9
Portland Inter-Union Newspaper Committee (Portland, Oregon)
  • Circular letter to candidates (envelope addressed to Nan Honeyman, Portland, Oregon) urging boycott of Oregonian and Oregon Journal for campaign advertisements1960 March
  • Leaflet, "It's Your Strike, Too!"1960
1960
6/10
Portland Labor College (Portland, Oregon)--course descriptions and paper "Committee" ribbons
1923-1925
6/11
Republican National Committee--campaign brochures urging labor vote for Warren G. Harding
1920
6/12
San Francisco Trades Union Promotional League--admission tickets and pledge card
1925
6/13
Socialist Party
  • The Searchlight (Socialist Party of Portland, Oregon)1911 April 23
  • Campaign pamphlet, Emancipate Youth From Toil, Old Age from Fear by Norman Thomas, candidate for president1936
1911; 1936
6/14
Socialist Labor Party
  • Flier, meeting with Paul F. Schnur, national organizer, "The Answer to Technocracy," Portland, Oregon1933 January 10
  • Pamphlet, The World War and Soviet Russia, by Arnold Petersen, national secretary1941 June
1933; 1941
6/15
South Bend Industrial Union Council, Racial and Religious Tolerance Committee--pamphlet, Will Labor Be in Chains?
circa 1940
6/16
Unemployed Leaguers and Common People (Portland, Oregon)--Report No. 3 of Legislative Committee re. candidate labor records
1934
Oversize B-6/5
Unemployed Union of Portland, Oregon--Unemployed Bulletin
1915 February 9
6/17
Unemployed Workers Council (Portland, Oregon)--membership information sheet
circa 1970
6/18
Union of the Unemployed--newspaper clipping, Willamette Bridge
1971 April 22
6/19
United Labor Advisory Committee Against Initiative 198 (Oregon)--campaign literature against "right to work" measure
1956
Oversize B-6/5
Welfare Fund for Lumbermen and Soldiers in War Service--broadside, "The Lumbermen Soldier Welfare Funds and the Re-Employment Question"
[1919]
6/20
Workers Education Bureau of America--brochure, "The Workers' Bookshelf"
1923
Oversize B-6/5
Workers Solidarity Committee (Portland, Oregon)--broadside, "Nixon's Attack on Labor"
1971

Series D:  Related Government Agencies, 1910-1988Return to Top

The series consists mostly of ephemera produced by government agencies and legislative bodies related to labor issues. Subseries are: 1) City of Portland, 2) State of Oregon, and 3) United States Government. Within subseries, the folders are arranged alphabetically by agency or legislative body and chronologically thereunder.

Container(s) Description Dates
Sub-series 1: City of Portland
1934
Box/Folder
6/21
Public Employment Bureau--identification card, Harold Clark
1934
Sub-series 2: State of Oregon
1910-1988
Box/Folder
6/22
Department of Human Resources--Vocational Rehabilitation Division--job fairs brochure
1988 May
6/23
Divison of Continuing Education--brochure for seminar on white collar unionization for employers
1972 December
Legislature
Box/Folder
6/24
Constitutional amendments, initiatives, and referenda
  • Initiative petition for a measure on protection and safety of workers in construction trades1910
  • Initiative petition and law as enacted on Regulation of Labor Organizations passed by the voters1938
  • Leaflet by Transport Information, Incorporated, supporting Referendum 318-189 which would kill increased weight-mile rates adopted by the 1951 Legislature, and opposing Amendment 330-331 that would kill the weight mile tax principal permanently1952
  • Brochure supporting Ballot Measure No. 3 to change Workmen's Compensation legislation1964
1910-1964
6/25
Legislation
  • Law regulating hours of employment on state, county, municipal and school district work, as passed by the legislature1913
  • Senate Bill No. 432 and amendments creating State Council on Aging1957
1913; 1957
Box/Folder
6/26
State Apprenticeship Commission--pamphlet, The Oregon Plan of Apprenticeship
1936
State Employment Service
Box/Folder
6/27
Employment Opportunities list, Willamette Valley offices
1937 August
Oversize B-6/6
Registration of Unemployment by Counties
Table, by county, providing aggregate statistics on the unemployed, including marital status, number of dependents, home ownership or rental, and number not reporting dwelling status.
1931 February 7
Box/Folder
6/28
State Printer (Willis S. Duniway)--leaflet, "The Face of the Record" re. closed-shop printing bill proposed by Governor Oswald West
1912 September
Oversize B-6/6
State Unemployment Compensation Commission--poster, "Unemployment Benefits, Information for Workers"
circa 1945
Oversize B-6/6
Wage and Hour Commission--orders
  • Telephone and Telegraph (No. 18)1941 May 23
  • Public Housekeeping (No. 14)1947 November 14
  • Manufacturing (No. 8)1948 August 20
  • Mercantile (No. 9)1952 March 7
  • Preparing Poultry, Rabbits, Fish or Eggs for Distribution (No. 6)1953 February 10
1941-1953
Sub-series 3: United States Government
1910-1967
Congress
Legislation
Box/Folder
6/29
Borah and Gardner eight-hour bills
"How" Confidential Bulletin of Labor News by Marshall Cushing
1910 April 16
6/30
Wagner Act
  • Leaflet, "Don't Be Fooled! It's Your Wages and Your Unions They're After," advocating defense of the Wagner Act against amendments, published by CIO
  • Pamphlet, Why the Wagner Act Should Not Be Amended, by CIO Legal Department, stamped "Distributed by Internat'l Woodworkers of America
  • Pamphlet, The Wagner Act Threatened with Destruction! By CIO Legal Departmen
  • Pamphlet, We Must Amend the Wagner Act, speech by Senator Edward R. Burke (Nebraska), stamped, "Compliments of Lionel M. Stern, President, The Colonial Iron Wks. Co., Cleveland, Ohio")
  • Pamphlet, Wagner Act, reprinted from the Oregon Voter, 1937 October-November
1937-1938
6/31
Taft-Hartley Act to amend the National Labor Relations Act
  • Public Law 101--80th Congress, as passed. Stamped "From the office of Homer D. Angell, M. C., Third District, Oregon"1947
  • Pamphlet, Top Dog: The story of your economic future and welfare under the Taft-Hartley law and its program against labor by John C. Stevenson1955
  • Bulletins, "Explaining the Taft-Hartley Act" and "Summary of Provisions of the Taft-Harley Act," American Federation of Labor[1947]
  • Radio address by John A. Barr, Montgomery Ward and Company, "The Worker Does not Lose Under the Taft-Hartley Law"1947 December
1947-1955
Box/Folder
6/32
Record, reports, and speeches
  • Speech, Senator Hiram W. Johnson (California) re. conditions in coal fields1928 February 1
  • Reports, Senate No. 744 and House No. 988, "To Protect Labor in Its Old Age"1934 March-April
  • House bill to amend the Social Security Act to remove limitation on outside income (H.R. 9656). Stamped "From the Office of Edith Green, M.C., Third District, Oregon"1958 January
  • Congressional Record--excerpts from: Remarks, Senator C. C. Dill (Washington), "Organized Labor's Radio Station WCFL"1929 January 7
  • Congressional Record--excerpts from: Remarks, Representative John G. Cooper (Ohio), "Convict Labor"1931 February 28
  • Congressional Record--excerpts from: Statement, Representative Aime J. Forand (Rhode Island), "Improvements in Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance"1957 August 30
  • Congressional Record--excerpts from: Report of labor union political contributions to members of the Senate1958 June 16
  • Congressional Record--excerpts from: Remarks, Representative Frank Thompson, Jr., "Hoffa Purge List Revealed; Widened to Take in Kennedy's Backers"1960 May 3
  • Congressional Record--excerpts from: Speech, Senator Wayne Morse (Oregon), "Labor Court Will Not Solve Labor Problems"1967 October 19
1928-1967
Box/Folder
6/33
Department of Labor--Children's Bureau--pamphlet, Your Community and Its Young People: Their employment and educational opportunities
1946
6/34
National Re-Employment Service for Oregon
  • Identification card, Harold E. Clark, Salem, Oregon1933 November 29
  • Consumer's Statement of Cooperation card (blank, 2 copies)1933
1933
6/35
War Manpower Commission--United States Employment Service--Statement of Availability form, Vera L. Clark at Fred Meyer store, Portland, Oregon
1944

Series E:  Topical Files Related to Labor, 1907-1955Return to Top

This series includes three topical subseries: 1) Churches and Labor, 2) Farmers and Labor, and 3) Labor Day Celebrations, including the International Labor Day May 1 and American Labor Day the first Monday in September.

Container(s) Description Dates
Sub-series 1: Churches and Labor
circa 1931-1960
Box/Folder
6/36
Catholic--pamphlets
  • Encyclical Letter of Our Holy Father by Divine Providence Pope Leo XIII on The Condition of Labor (English translation), issued 1891, published circa 1931 by the International Catholic Truth Society (Brooklyn, New York)
  • Capital and Labor by John A. Ryan. New York: Paulist Press (first published 1920)circa 1935
  • The American Labor Movement (Social Action Series No. 6) by Francis J. Haas. New York: Paulist Press1937
  • Leaflet--"Right to Work Laws" by John F. Cronin, National Catholic Welfare Conferencecirca 1955
  • Leaflet--speech, "The Right-to-Work Laws" by Jerome L. Toner, St. Martin's College, Olympia, Washington, 1955 February 18 (distributed by Washington State CIO Council, Seattle)
circa 1931-1955
6/37
National Council of the Churches of Christ--leaflet, extension of remark by Representative Lee Metcalf (Montana), "National Council of the Churches of Christ Condemns Right-to-Work Laws"
1960 January 11
6/38
Pamphlet--"Right-to-Work" Laws: Three Moral Studies by an Oblate Father, an Eminent Rabbi, a Methodist Dean. Washington, D.C.: International Association of Machinists
1955
Sub-series 2: Farmers and Labor
circa 1905-1948
Box/Folder
6/39
Flier--"The Money Power Against the Masses. Facts for Farmers and Laborers, by a Practical Farmer," H. Parker of Walla Walla, Washington
circa 1905
6/40
Political cartoon re. farm workers and the Wagner Act by Garza (ink on paper)
1935
6/41
"The Farmers' Alliances in Washington--Prelude to Populism" by Fred R. Yoder in Research Studies of the State College of Washington, 1948 September-December, volume 15, numbers 3-4
Sub-series 3: Labor Day
1913-1949
Box/Folder
6/42
Celebrations and commemorations
  • Program, "Grand Labor Day Celebration," sponsored by labor organizations of Portland, Oregon1913 September 1
  • Flier, International Labor Day celebration featuring debate by the Public Speaking Club re. "Resolved, That the closed shop is a detriment to the American workers." Sponsored by the Socialist Party at Alisky Hall, Third Avenue and Morrison Street, Portland, Oregon1921 May 1
  • Flier, Lower Umpqua Valley first annual Labor Day Celebration and Salmon Bake, Reedsport, Oregon1940 September 2
  • Stickers, "Labor Day 1940 Portland"
  • Pamphlet, The Crack in the Bell: A Labor Day Message by Earl W. Jimerson and Patrick E. Gorman, Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen of North America[1949]
1913-1949
Box/Folder
7/6
Labor Day celebration program, sponsored by Oregon lumber companies, Silverton, Oregon
1924 September 1

Series F:  Publications, 1902-1972Return to Top

The series is organized into two subseries: 1) Publications by Title and 2) Publications by Type. The folders within subseries are arranged alphabetically by title, and chronologically thereunder.

Container(s) Description Dates
Sub-series 1: Publication by Title
1902-1972
Box/Folder
6/43
Business Chronicle (Seattle, Washington)
Marked articles, "Strike Violence Must Cease!" (1935) and "Dave Beck Conquers Seattle" (1937)
1935 May 29; 1937 February 13
6/44
Chester Wright's Labor Letter (Washington, D.C.)
Includes subscription letters and fliers.
1949 April 9-May 7
7/7
Crow's Pacific Coast Lumber Digest (Portland, Oregon)--reprints
  • "Our President Got No Smoke in His Eyes..."1937 September 30
  • "The Country Has Had Its Fill of Labor Racketeering"1937 November 30
1937
7/7
"The Deportation of Harry Bridges: His Communist Leanings!", unidentified publication
1937 December 3
6/45
Economic Council Letter (New York State Economic Council)
1937 December 20
7/7
Fortune--article, "The Scandals in Union Welfare Funds" by Daniel Bell
1954 April
Oversize B-6/7
Free Society (A periodical of Anarchist Work, Thought, and Literature)
1902 February 16; 1903 January 18
6/46
Labor Relations Reports (Bureau of National Affairs, Washington, D.C.)
1938 January 17
6/47
Labor's Confidential Analyst (Labor Institute of America, New York)
1944 January-1945 July
6/48
Labor Today (Detroit, Michigan)
winter 1962-1963
6/49
The Nation (articles only)
  • "Labor and Civil Liberties" by Arthur Eggleston1952 June 28
  • "Workers' Health: The I.L.W.U. Program" by Louis Goldblatt1954 December 18
1952; 1954
6/50
Oregon Voter
1927 April 2
6/51
"Principal and Interest," leaflet by "A.S.H."
circa 1930
6/52
The Right to Strike, pamphlet by Mary E. Marcy
circa 1925
6/53
Service Benefits--and How to Compare Service vs. Indemnity Benefits (Study No. 1, Parts B and C, Problems and Solutions of Health and Welfare Programs, Foundation on Employee Health, Medical Care and Welfare, Inc.)
1958 June
Oversize B-6/7
Tacoma Independent (Tacoma, Washington)
1972 May
Voice of Action (Portland, Oregon)
1935
Box/Folder
6/54
Clipping--list of supporters in campaign to make Portland a 100 percent union town
[1935]
Oversize C-6/2
Issue
1935 June 23
Sub-series 2: Publications by Type
Includes cartoon, songs and poetry, microfilm, and scrapbooks.
1920-1969
Box/Folder
6/55
Cartoon (photographic reproduction)--re. labor and elections, by Wallen
circa 1940
Songs and poetry
Box/Folder
6/56
Brookwood Song Book (Brookwood Chautauqua, New York)
circa 1935
6/57
[Union songs]
circa 1940
7/8
Songs and Poetry
  • "The Advancing Proletaire" (sheet music) by Douglas and Liebich. Chicago: International Song Publisherscirca 1920
  • The Hobo in Song and Poetry. Cincinnati, Ohio: V.C. Anderson[1926]
Microfilm
1965; 1969
Reel
1
Thomas Richard Cox. "Sails and Sawmills, the Pacific lumber trade to 1900," Ph.D. dissertation, University of Oregon
1969
2
K.A. Erickson. "The Morphology of Lumber Settlements in Western Oregon and Washington." Ph.D. dissertation, University of California, Berkeley
1965
Scrapbooks
1937-1940
Box
8
Newspaper clippings
Three scrapbooks of clippings and loose pages from a third extensively document the dispute between the AFL and CIO for the right to organize lumber and dock workers on the West Coast.
1937 September 9-1938 November 22; 1940

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Boycotts.
  • Collective labor agreements.
  • Collective bargaining.
  • Labor movement--Northwest, Pacific.
  • Labor unions--Northwest, Pacific.
  • Labor movement--Oregon.
  • Labor unions--Oregon.
  • Labor.
  • Strikes and lockouts.
  • Union labels.
  • Personal Names :
  • Beck, Dave, 1894- .
  • Bridges, Harry, 1901- .
  • Browder, Earl, 1891-1973.
  • Gompers, Samuel, 1850-1924.
  • Lewis, John Llewellyn, 1880-1969.
  • Meany, George, 1894- .
  • Corporate Names :
  • AFL-CIO.
  • American Federation of Labor.
  • Cigar Makers' International Union of America.
  • Communist Party of America.
  • Congress of Industrial Organizations (U.S.)
  • Industrial Workers of the World.
  • International Woodworkers of America.
  • International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Association.
  • International Longshoremen's Association.
  • Labor Temple (Portland, Or.)
  • United States. Labor Management Relations Act, 1947.
  • Willamette Valley Lumber Operators Association.
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Broadsides.
  • Employees' manuals.
  • Ephemera.
  • Letters.
  • Microfilms.
  • Pamphlets.
  • Scrapbooks.
  • Sheet music.
  • Songbooks.