Jump to Content

Collection Guide
Collection Title:
Collection Number:
Get Items:
Union Files, 1920s-1980s
MSS 70  
View entire collection guide What's This?
PDF (199.43 Kb) HTML
Search this collection
Collection Details
 
Table of contents What's This?
  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Collection History
  • Scope and Content
  • Related Material at the Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Union Files Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1920s-1980s
    Collection number: MSS 70
    Creator: Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research
    Extent: 25 legal boxes, 4 letter boxes, 2 legal half boxes;

    10 linear feet
    Repository: Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research
    Los Angeles, CA 90044
    Abstract: This is a collection of materials from over 150 unions spanning the decades from the 1920s through the 1980s. The variety of material types is immense including: by-laws, constitutions, contracts and agreements, newsletters, fliers, financial records, minutes, correspondence, reports, organizing materials, manuals, and posters. There is a small amount of Spanish-language material. The majority of the material comes from unions active in the Southern California area.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Provenance

    Donated by James L. Daugherty and Library founder Emil Freed

    Access

    The collection is available for research only at the Library's facility in Los Angeles. The Library is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Researchers are encouraged to call or email the Library indicating the nature of their research query prior to making a visit.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research. Researchers may make single copies of any portion of the collection, but publication from the collection will be allowed only with the express written permission of the Library's director. It is not necessary to obtain written permission to quote from a collection. When the Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research gives permission for publication, it is as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Union Files Collection, Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research, Los Angeles, California.

    Collection History

    The Union Files Collection was created by Southern California Library founder Emil Freed and labor activist and California CIO President James L. Daugherty. Both men were committed to advancing the union movement of the 20th century and had the foresight to see the value of preserving the materials of that movement. The collection materials were obtained by Freed, Daugherty and other activists, organizers and supporters of unions and working people.

    Scope and Content

    The collection has files for over 150 unions, the majority of which were active in Southern California. It covers most of the 20th century spanning the decades from the 1920s through the 1980s. Virtually all types of records appear in the files. A partial list of material types includes: by-laws, constitutions, agreements and contracts, minutes, correspondence, financial records, reports, newsletters, fliers, organizing and educational materials, membership lists, salary schedules and posters. There is a small amount of Spanish-language material in the files of: the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America, California Agricultural Workers Union, International Ladies Garment Workers Union, International Seamens' Union, United Farm Workers, United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers of America, United Teachers Los Angeles, United Steel Workers of America, and United Automobile, Aircraft and Agricultural Implement Workers of America.

    Arrangement

    There is an un-numbered series for each union represented in the collection.

    Arrangement

    The series are arranged alphabetically by union name.

    Related Material at the Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research

    Title: Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union of America (ACTWUA)
    Date (inclusive):
    Physical Description: 6 cubic feet, (unprocessed)
    Title: California CIO Council Union Research and Information Services Records
    Date (inclusive):
    Physical Description: 9 cubic feet
    Title: Farm Worker Organizing Collections
    Date (inclusive):
    Physical Description: 1 1/3rd linear feet
    Title: Hollywood Studio Strike Collection
    Date (inclusive):
    Physical Description: 2/3 linear feet
    Title: International Ladies Garment Workers Union (ILGWU) Project Files
    Date (inclusive):
    Physical Description: 4 linear feet
    Title: International Mine, Mill & Smelter Workers Union
    Date (inclusive):
    Physical Description: 9 cubic feet (unprocessed)
    Title: International Typographical Union Records
    Date (inclusive):
    Physical Description: 13 linear feet
    Title: James L. Daugherty Collection
    Date (inclusive):
    Physical Description: 2 linear feet
    Title: Labor Union Proceedings
    Date (inclusive):
    Physical Description: 13.5 cubic feet (unprocessed)
    Title: Los Angeles J.P. Stevens Boycott Committee Records
    Date (inclusive):
    Physical Description: 3 1/3 linear feet
    Title: Service Employees International Union Manuals (SEIU)
    Date (inclusive):
    Physical Description: 1 cubic foot (unprocessed)
    Title: United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America Records
    Date (inclusive):
    Physical Description: 5 linear feet