The Bay Area Typographical Union (BATU) collection contains the organizational records and materials donated by the BATU in
As the San Francisco Bay Area's oldest trade union, Bay Area Typographical Union Local No. 21 can trace its roots back to
Gold Rush days. In 1850, printers in San Francisco first organized the Pacific Typographical Society to protest wage cuts.
In 1853, when some Society members raised no objection to union printers being replaced with "scabs" during a strike against
Alta, a San Francisco newspaper, printers loyal to the strike formed the Eureka Typographical Union. In 1855, the Union obtained
a charter from the National Typographical Union and became Local No. 21.
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Collection is open for research.