Cambridge Central Labor Union Minute Book

  • 1926-1932
  • 1 vol. (0.25 linear feet)
  • Call no.: MS 482 bd

The Central Labor Union was active in the Boston and Cambridge area as early as the 1870s, and by the turn of the twentieth century, the Cambridge Central Labor Union was a thriving organization. Active in many of the significant labor campaigns of the day, including the struggle for an eight hour day, the regulation of child labor, and the fight for collective bargaining, the Cambridge Central Labor Union was said in the late 1930s to represent nearly 30,000 workers in the city.

The minutes of the Cambridge Central Labor Union document the day to day operations of a union representing a cross-section of trades in the city of Cambridge, its relations to other organized labor groups, and the impact of the Depression of 1929 on working people in Massachusetts.

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Background on Cambridge Central Labor Union

The Central Labor Union was active in the Boston and Cambridge area as early as the 1870s, and by the turn of the twentieth century, the Cambridge Central Labor Union was a thriving organization. The union included representatives from many of the major crafts in the city, usually acting in an advisory capacity rather than exerting direct control, all in the effort to improve conditions for workers. They were active in many of the significant labor campaigns of the day, including the struggle for an eight hour day, the regulation of child labor, and the fight for collective bargaining. By the late 1930s, the Cambridge Central Labor Union was said to represent nearly 30,000 workers in the city.

Scope of collection

The minutes of the Cambridge Central Labor Union document the day to day operations of a union representing a cross-section of trades in the city of Cambridge, its relations to other organized labor groups, and the impact of the Depression of 1929 on working people in Massachusetts.

Administrative information

Access

The collection is open for research.

Provenance

Provenance unknown, located during survey of collections (2005-023).

Processing Information

Processed by I. Eliot Wentworth, Dec. 2015.

Language:

English

Copyright and Use (More information )

Cite as: Cambridge Central Labor Union Minute Book (MS 482 bd). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

Search terms

Subjects

  • Cambridge (Mass.)--History--20th century
  • Depressions--1929
  • Labor unions--Massachusetts--Cambridge

Genre terms

  • Minute books

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