Abstract

Upholsterers were among the earliest trades in the United States to organize into a national union, with the first efforts dating to the 1850s. The most successful of their unions, the Upholsterers International Union of North America, was founded in Chicago in 1892 and affiliated with the American Federation of Laborers in 1900. One year later, UIU Local 58 was established to organize workers in Washington, D.C.

The minutebooks of UIU Local 58 document the history of the union from its formation in 1901 through the late 1930s.

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Upholsterers International Union. Local 58
1901-1939
1 box (0.5 linear feet)
Call no.: MS 015

Background on Upholsterers International Union. Local 58

Upholsterers were among the earliest trades in the United States to organize into a national union, with the first efforts dating to the 1850s. The most successful of their unions, the Upholsterers International Union of North America, was founded in Chicago in 1892 and affiliated with the American Federation of Laborers in 1900. One year later, UIU Local 58 was established to organize workers in Washington, D.C.

Also known as the Upholsterers, Carpet and Lineoleum Mechanics International Union of North America, the Upholsterers made an aggressive effort in the late 1970s to expand its membership, particularly in the southern states, meeting with only limited success. The membership of approximately 35,000 became the Upholstery and Allied Industries Division of the United Steelworkers of America in October 1985.

Contents of Collection

The seven bound minutebooks of UIU Local 58 document the history of the union from its formation in 1901 through the late 1930s.

Collection inventory
Upholsterer's Union International Local 58 Minutes
1901-1903

Vol. 1
Upholsterer's Union International Local 58 Minutes
1903-1907

Vol. 2
Upholsterer's Union International Local 58 Minutes
1907-1911

Vol. 3
Upholsterer's Union International Local 58 Minutes
1912-1916

Vol. 4
Upholsterer's Union International Local 58 Minutes
1916-1920

Vol. 5
Upholsterer's Union International Local 58 Minutes
1920-1925

Vol. 6
Upholsterer's Union International Local 58 Minutes
1929-1939

Vol. 7
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Processed by I. Eliot Wentworth, Aug. 2013.

Copyright and Use (More informationConnect to publication information)

Cite asUpholsterers International Union. Local 58 (MS 018). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

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  • Labor unions--Washington (D.C.)
  • Upholsterers--Labor unions
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  • Minutebooks.