The BTC files are divided into two series: the San Francisco
Building Trades Council (later known as the San Francisco
Building and Construction Trades Council) and the San Francisco
Building Trades Council's Temple Association. Neither series
contain complete records for their respective organization. Types
of materials within the collection include articles of
incorporation and by-laws, title papers and other real estate
documents, membership certificates, minutes, wage rates and
statistics handbooks, and financial and membership records. A
detailed series list is attached.
The San Francisco Building Trades Council (BTC) was formed in
February 1893 by several local unions of carpenters, plasterers,
painters, cornice makers, and granite stone cutters to represent
the interests of the city's construction trades workers. Under
the 29-year reign (1893-1922) of its second president, P. H.
McCarthy, the organization grew to considerable influence in San
Francisco's vibrant labor movement and in the political realm.
In 1908 the BTC affiliated with the Building and Construction
Trades Department of the American Federation of Labor. At some
point the name of the organization was changed to the San
Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council.
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Collection is open for research.