SCUA

Bennett, John W., collector

John W. Bennett Labor Collection, ca. 1880-2000.


Call no.: MS 443

Labor historian John W. Bennett has researched the history of the labor movement since his days as an undergraduate at the University of Massachusetts (Class of 1952). A born collector, he began accumulating memorabilia associated with unions, drawn to their potential as a visual record of labor iconography and self-representation.

Extending back to the 1880s, the Bennett Collection includes examples from around the country, but with a particularly strong representation of New England unions between the mid-1930s and mid-1970s.

Background on John W. Bennett

John William Bennett was born in 1930 in Holyoke, Massachusetts. His father worked for the local power company and his mother was a teacher. He attended Holyoke High School and started his studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1949. After graduating in 1952 with a bachelor’s degree in history, Bennett worked as a teacher and principal at Russell H. Conwell Elementary School in Worthington. After three months working at the school, he was drafted into the army. Upon finishing his service Bennett attended Yale and earned an MA in teaching in 1956. At this time Bennett also took graduate courses in Math at Brown University.

In the late 1950s he returned to Springfield to teach math and history at the High School of Commerce. While teaching there he met his future wife, Mary, who worked as a school nurse. He joined the Springfield Federation of Teachers, Local 484 of the American Federation of Teachers and during the 60′s served as an officer in the union. During this time he was also a delegate to the Pioneer Valley Central Labor Council and briefly served as its vice president. In 1971 he took a sabbatical and returned to the University of Massachusetts to begin a graduate degree in Labor Studies. While attending, a professor advised him to pursue a doctorate in labor history and so he left Springfield in 1972 to attend the University of Pittsburgh.

In 1974, while a studying labor history and teaching at the University of Pittsburgh, he began collecting union badges with the intention of using them as wall decorations. He first considered their use as teaching tools when he observed how his students were drawn to the badges after he brought them into class. During this time he also helped organize an AFT local for faculty and graduate employees. In 1977 he received his PhD. His dissertation was on iron workers in Woods Run and Johnstown Pennsylvania during the union era from 1865-1895.

After completing his PhD he began working as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Labor Studies at Indiana University in Indianapolis. In his position he was responsible for coordinating the Union Leadership program in Marion County. While at the university he served as the vice-president in his union. In 1978 he authored a guide to using labor memorabilia as a teaching tool.

In 1980 he began working as an Associate Professor at the Harry Van Arsdale Center for Labor Studies at Empire State College. He helped develop a Master’s Degree in Labor and Policies studies at Empire State College and worked as a consultant to Metropolitan State University when they considered developing a labor studies program. During this time he began serving on the editorial board for the Labor Studies Journal, a position which he continued after his retirement in 1995. Following his retirement he returned to Massachusetts, where he remained active in labor and political causes. He is the president of the Springfield chapter of the Massachusetts Senior Action Council and has moderated debates, manned picket lines, and otherwise continued to serve his community. He has also retained his passion for labor history. He served as the historian for the Pioneer Valley Central Labor Council and has been a strong advocate for the creation of a labor history museum for the pioneer valley.

Contents of Collection

In 2005, Dr. Bennett donated his extensive collection of labor memorabilia to the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The collection consists of over 3,000 items representing a diverse variety of realia including approximately 1,700 buttons, 535 lapel pins, 15 posters/membership certificates, 300 hundred ribbons and sashes, and over 350 miscellaneous union memorabilia including contracts, constitutions, hats, shirts, gavels, belt buckles, mugs, ashtrays, pennants, watch fobs, medallions, pens, mirrors, tie clasps, pamphlets, flyers, etc.

The collection extends back to the 1880s, yet most of the material dates from the 1930s to the present day. The Bennett Collection includes memorabilia from around the country, but with a particularly strong representation of New England unions between the mid-1930s and mid-1970s. A wide spectrum of union history is represented here from the Knights of Labor to the Industrial Workers of the World to the A.F.L. to the C.I.O. to a variety of independent unions. Over the years, Bennett used his collection as the basis for lectures about labor history and iconography. These lectures explored how union badges, buttons, and convention ribbons provide information about the history and culture of American Labor Movement.

Mergers between unions sometimes blur the categories used to separate each series. The Amalgamated Lithographers of America and the International Photoengravers Union, both listed under Series 1, merged in 1964 into the Lithographers and Photoengravers International Union (LPIU). In 1972 the LPIU and the International Brotherhood of Bookbinders merged to form the Graphic Arts International Union (Series 5), which was later renamed the Graphic Communications International Union. The Graphic Communications International Union in turn was later absorbed into the Teamsters, which is listed under Series 6. In some cases, workers in a single profession are a split between unions which fall in different series. Healthcare workers such as nurses are represented by unions in both Series 2 (SEIU) and Series 4 (OPEIU).

Series descriptions

This series brings together memorabilia and documents from approximately 110 labor organizations within the construction, manufacturing, and communications industries. Some of the unions represented are the Aluminum Workers International Union (AWIU), American Flint Glass Workers Union, Brotherhood of Painters, Decorators and Paperhangers (BPD&PA), Building Trades Councils, Communications Workers of America (CWA), United Automobile Workers (UAW), and United Steel Workers of America (USWA). Of particular note is a large collection of records from the United Steelworkers Local 3659, which was formerly based in Whitinsville, Massachusetts. Also present are records of IUE Local 220 of East Longmeadow, MA, which began life as a UE Local based in Springfield, MA. The union represented workers for Package Machine Company, and the records follow the union from the Second World War through to the closing of the company’s Stafford, CT plant at the beginning of the 1990s.

The series includes documents and memorabilia from 46 unions from the food and service industries. This series covers a broad range of occupations, including letter carriers, firefighters, law enforcement, and brewery workers. Government and private employees are both represented in this series. The unions in this category have seen a large number of name changes and consolidations. The Building Service Employees’ International Union changed to the Service Employees’ International Union in 1968. In 1994, the International Brotherhood of Stationary Firemen’s successor, the International Brotherhood of Firemen and Oilers affiliated with the SEIU. The United Retail Employees of America became the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union in 1938. It later absorbed the Distributive, Processing & Office Workers of America in 1954 and the Cigar Makers Union in 1974. In 1993 it affiliated with the United Food and Commercial Workers. The United Food and Commercial Workers formed from the 1979 merger of the Amalgamated Meat Cutters with the Retail Clerks International Union, which itself was originally known as the Retail Clerks International Association. The United Packinghouse Workers of America merged into the Amalgamated Meat Cutters in 1968. The Journeymen Barbers International Union merged with the United Food and Commercial Workers in 1980 and the Insurance Workers International Union merged with the UFCW in 1983.

1890-2001
15 boxes

This series consists of items from more than 40 labor coalitions, organizations, and federations at the state, national and international levels. Items include calendars, convention materials, and periodicals. This series represents a timeline of major and minor organizations in US labor history over a span of 111 years, including the Noble Order of the Knights of Labor (KofL), the American Federation of Labor (AFL), the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), and the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO). Artifacts from German, Swedish and Polish labor organizations can also be found in this series.

Series 4 includes educators, musicians, office workers, air traffic controllers, and graphic artists from just under 30 unions. The bulk of the material represents public sector workers, with media industries accounting for most of the private sector workers found in this series. Of note are the collective bargaining agreements for the Massachusetts Community College Council covering 1983 – 1998. The Massachusetts Community College Council is an affiliate of the National Education Association and the agreements cover professional staff and faculty at the various Massachusetts community colleges.

1890-2001
20 boxes

With a focus on unions within the transportation industries, this series contains realia from approximately 30 unions including the Amalgamated Transit Union (as well as its predecessor, the Amalgamated Association of Street and Electrical Railway Employee), the Brotherhood of Railway Carmen of America, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, and the Order of Railway Conductors. Items related to non-transit members of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters are also in this series.

1898-2001
17 boxes

John Bennett believed that the ways in which unions adapted to social change are represented in the symbols and wording which appear on union memorabilia. This series includes items from the causes that unions fought for including political causes and endorsements, solidarity, unity, and union elections. Health-related topics, such as insurance and on-the job safety, arise in both the documents and memorabilia as an important labor issue. Parties and candidates supported by labor are a recurring theme in the badges. Imprisonment was not an uncommon problem for labor organizers, and several pieces in this series represent statements of support or appeals for funds for members of the labor movement who were either on trial or already sentenced. Also included are policy documents from the 1910′s through 1930′s related to issues such as minimum wages and public pensions, primarily in the form of pamphlets and newspaper articles.

1958-2005
2 boxes

This series documents John Bennett’s career from his time as a high school teacher in Springfield through his retirement. It contains material produced by John Bennett or otherwise personally tied to John Bennett. Much of the material, such as school papers, report, and course materials, reflects his long career as a student and teacher. Also included are documents related to Bennett’s efforts in labor education, several interviews with Bennett and documents regarding Bennett’s activism after his retirement and return to Massachusetts.

Collection inventory
Series 1. Construction and Manufacturing Unions
1910-1952
45 boxes
Aluminum Workers International Union (AWIU)
Box C1
Aluminum Workers of America
Box C1
Amalgamated Association of Iron, Steel, and Tin Workers (AA)
Box C1
Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union
Box C1
Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America (ACWA)
Box C1, C2
Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America (ACWA): flyer
undated
Box 1
Amalgamated Lithographers
ca. 1919
Box C1
Amalgamated Lithographers: Lithopinion
1966
Box 1
Amalgamated man: sketch
undated
Box 1
Amalgamated Textile Workers of America
Box C1
American Bosch Industrial Union
Box C1
American Federation of Technical Engineers
Box C1
American Flint Glass Workers Union
Box C1, C2
American order of Steam Engineers
Box C1
Bakery & Confectionery Workers International Union of America
Box C26
Boot and Shoe Workers Union (BSWU)
Box C1, C3
Bricklayers, Masons and Plasters’ International Union of America (BMPIUA)
Box C3
Brotherhood of Boilermakers and Iron Shipbuilders
Box C3
Brotherhood of Painters, Decorators and Paperhangers (BPD&PA)
ca. 1921, undated
Box C2, C3
Brotherhood of Utility Workers of New England (BUWNE)
Box C16
Brush Workers Union (BWU): pin, Local 20468
Box C43
Building Trades Councils
1915-1974
Box C4
Building Trades Council, Pittsburgh
1915
Box C4
Building Trades Council, Springfield, Mass.
1918
Box C4
Building Trades Council
Box C4
Building Trades Council, Everett, AFL
1937
Box C4
Building Trades Council, Chehalis, AFL
1938
Box C4
Building Trades Council, Peoria
1938
Box C4
Building Trades Council, Detroit
1938
10 items
Box C4
Building Trades Council, Detroit
1939
4 items
Box C4
Building Trades Council, Portland, AFL
1939
Box C4
Building Trades Council, Detroit
1940
Box C4
Building Trades Council, Washtenaw County
1940
Box C4
Building Trades Council, Indianapolis Marion County, AFL
1941
Box C4
Building Trades Council, Detroit
1941
Box C4
Building Trades Council, Tri-County, AFL
1942
2 items
Box C4
Building Trades Council, Marion County
1942
Box C4
Building Trades Council, Mass State
1944
Box C4
Building Trades Council, Logansport
1946
Box C4
Building Trades Council, Tri-County, AFL
1947
Box C4
Building Trades Council, Detroit
1948
Box C4
Building Trades Council, Tri-County, AFL
1948
Box C4
Building Trades Council, Marion County
1948
Box C4
Building Trades Council, Marion County
1949
Box C4
Building Trades Council, Haverhill
1949
Box C4
Building Trades Council
1949
Box C4
Building Trades Council, Knox County
1949
Box C4
Building Trades Council, Southwestern West Virginia
1950
Box C4
Building Trades Council, Gallatin
1951
Box C4
Building Trades Council, Terre Haute
1952
Box C4
Building Trades Council, Tri-County, AFL
1952
Box C4
Building Trades Council, Birmingham
1953
Box C4
Building Trades Council, Evansville
1953
Box C4
Building Trades Council, Floyd and Clark Counties
1953
Box C4
Building Trades Council, Gallatin
1953
Box C4
Building Trades Council, Tri-County, AFL
1953
Box C4
Building Trades Council, Gallatin
1954
Box C4
Building Trades Council, Scranton
1954
Box C4
Building Trades Council, Tri-County, AFL
1954
2 items
Box C4
Building Trades Council, Dearborn Ripley
1955
Box C4
Building Trades Council, Southwestern West Virginia
1955
Box C4
Building Trades Council, Tri-County, AFL
1955
2 items
Box C4
Building Trades Council, Gallatin
1956
2 items
Box C4
Building Trades Council, Tri-County, AFL
1956
Box C4
Building Trades Council, Gallatin
1958
Box C4
Building Trades Council, Rockford
1958
Box C4
Building Trades Council, Gallatin
1959
2 items
Box C4
Building Trades Council, Tri-County,. AFL
1959
2 items
Box C4
Building Trades Council, Tri-County, AFL
1960
Box C4
Building Trades Council, Marion County
1961
Box C4
Building Trades Council, Member
1961
Box C4
Building Trades Council, Member
1962
Box C4
Building Trades Council, Tri-County, AFL
1962
Box C4
Building Trades Council, Member
1963
Box C4
Building Trades Council, Stanislaus
1963
Box C4
Building Trades Council, Cincinnati
1964
Box C4
Building Trades Council, Bloomington
1966
Box C4
Building Trades Council, Boston
1966
Box C4
Building Trades Council, Pasco
1967
Box C4
Building Trades Council, Louisville
1970
Box C4
Building Trades Council, Greater Detroit
1972
Box C4
Building Trades Council, Greater Detroit
1973
Box C4
Building Trades Council, Detroit
1974
2 items
Box C4
Carpenter’s Executive Council
1909-1912
Box C6
Chicago Paper & Box Workers Union
Box C13
Cigar Makers International Union (CIU)
Box C5, C6
Cigar Makers Union, Springfield: photograph (copy)
ca. 1915
Box 1
Communications Workers of America (CWA)
1976, undated
Box C5
Communications Workers of America (CWA)
ca. 1970, 1994
Box 1
Connecticut Union of Telephone Workers (CUTW)
Box C16
Corrugated Workers of Greater New York
1937
Box C5
Diesel Workers Union (DWU): button
Box C43
Federation of Flat Glass Workers of America
Box C16
Glass Bottle Blowers Association (GBBA)
Box C14
Glass Bottle Blowers Association (GBBA): advertisement
undated
Box 1
Industrial Union of Marine and Shipbuilding Workers of America (IUMSWA)
1940-1962
Box C5
International Association of Bridge, Structural and Ornamental Iron Workers
Box C6, C44
International Association of Car Workers (I.A. of C.W.)
Box C6
International Association of Machinists (IAM)
1920-ca. 1990
Box C6, C33-C34, C40
International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers
ca. 1990
Box 1
International Brick Tile & Terra Cotta Workers Alliance
Box C13
International Brotherhood of Blacksmiths
Box C45
International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers
Box C6, C7
International Brotherhood of Bookbinders (IBB)
Box C7
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)
Box C8-C10
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)
1988-1989
Box 1
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers: IBEW Journal
1989-2004
Box 1
International Brotherhood of Painters, Decorators, and Paperhangers of America
Box C11
International Brotherhood of Paper Makers (IBPM)
1947
Box C6
International Brotherhood of Papermakers
Box C11
International Brotherhood of Pulp, Sulphite and Paper Mill Workers (IBPSPWM)
Box C12, C16
International Brotherhood of Steam, Shovel & Dredgement
Box C6
International Chemical Workers Union (ICWU)
Box C16
International Copper and Brass Workers’ Union
Box C13
International Federation of Technical Engineers’, Architects’ and Draftsmen’s Union
Box C6
International Freight handlers’ Union
Box C14
International Hod Carriers’, Building and Common Laborers’ Union of Amercia (IHCB&CLU of A)
Box C13, C35
International Jewelry Workers’ Union (IJWU)
Box C13
International Ladies Garment Workers Union (ILGWU)
Box C13
International Ladies Garment Workers Union (ILGWU): flyers
ca. 1985
Box 1
International Molders and Allied Workers Union (IMU)
undated
Box C13
International Photo Engravers Union (IPEU)
Box C13
International Union of Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers (IUE)
Box C14, C32, C42
International Union of Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers (IUE)
1972-1994
Box 1
International Union of Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers (IUE): conferences
1994-1996
Box 1
International Union of Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers (IUE): manual
ca. 1980
Box 1
International Union of Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers (IUE), Local 220
1962-1989
Box 1
International Union of Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers (IUE), Local 220: photographs
ca. 1980
Box 1
International Union of Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers (IUE): Package Machinery Company
1946-1972
Box 1
International Union of Elevator Constructors
Box C13
International Union of Elevator Constructors: history
2000
Box 1
International Union of Marine & Shipbuilding Workers of America
Box C16
International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers (IUMMSW)
Box C15
International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE)
Box C14, C18
International Union of Steam Engineers (I.U. of S. E.)
Box C6, C18
International Union United Automobile, Aircraft & Agricultural Implement Workers of America
Box C22
International Woodworkers of America (IWA)
Box C16
Iron Moulders (IM)
Box C44
Jones & Laughlin Steel Corporation, JALTeam Almanac
1976
Box 1
Journeymen Stonecutters Association of North America (S.C.U.N.A.)
Box C16
Laborers’ International Union (LIU)
Box C17
Laborers’ International Union of North Ameridca (LIUNA)
Box C17
Metal Polishers, Buffers, Platers, Brass & Silver Workers Union
1913
Box C44
Metal Processors (MP)
Box C44
Metal Trades (MT): buttons
1916-1936
Box C44
Miner’s Report
1973
Box 1
National Association of Letter Carriers
Box C17
National Association of Stationary Engineers (NASE)
Box C17, C18
National Brotherhood of Operative Potters (N.B.O.P.)
Box C17
Oil Chemical and Atomic Workers International Union (OCAW)
Box C19
Oil Workers International Union (OWIU)
Box C19
Operative Plasterers’ and Cement Finishers’ International Association (OP&CFIA)
Box C17
Pattern makers League of North America
Box C26
Pile Drivers
Box C45
Pittsburgh Building & Construction Trades Council
1991
Box 1
Plumbers & Steamfitters
Box C19
Quarrymens Protective Union
Box C45
Sheet Metal Workers (SMW)
Box C44
SMW, Button: Local Union No. 445A
undated
Box C44
SMW, Clip: State Council of Illinois Sheet Metal Workers
undated
Box C44
SMW, Badge: Delegate, Sheet Metal Workers International Alliance
1918
Box C44
SMW, Pin: Sheet Metal Workers International Association
undated
Box C44
SMW, Pin: American Sheetmetal Worker International Alliance
undated
Box C44
SMW, Watch fob: Sheet Metal Workers International Association Chicago
1938
Box C44
Steel Workers Organizing Committee (SWOC)
1937-1964
Box C20

The Committee for Industrial Organization (CIO) and the Amalgamated Association of Iron, Steel, and Tin Workers (AA) reached an agreement in 1936 leading to the creation of the Steel Workers Organizing Committee (SWOC). The AA had failed to unionize a substantial proportion of the Steelworlkers, and by organizing basic steel, John L. Lewis, who headed both the CIO and the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA), hoped to strengthen his bargaining position with the managers of the captive mines owned by the steel industry.

SWOC’s main target was the U.S. Steel Corporation, which since 1909 had refused to deal with organized labor. SWOC’s strategy was to capture or disrupt the company unions fostered by U.S. Steel, however, the group actually won its recognition through secret meetings of Lewis and the board chairman of U.S. Steel. As a result, in March 1937 the corporation’s subsidiaries signed a contract recognizing SWOC as representative for its members. The union claimed a total of 200,000 members.

The items that represent SWOC in the Bennett Collection illustrate the union’s transformation, which occured in 1942 following the first constitutional convention. The convention dissolved the AA and transformed SWOC into the United Steelworkers of America.

SWOC, Button
1937
8 items
Box C20
SWOC, Button
1938
3 items
Box C20
SWOC, Button
1939
2 items
Box C20
SWOC, Button
1940
3 items
Box C20
SWOC, Button
1941
8 items
Box C20
SWOC, Button
1942
10 items
Box C20
SWOC, Button
1943
2 items
Box C20
SWOC, Button
1944
2 items
Box C20
SWOC, Button
1945
Box C20
SWOC, Button
1946
2 items
Box C20
SWOC, Button
1947
Box C20
SWOC, Button
1948
Box C20
SWOC, Button
1949
Box C20
SWOC, Button
1950
Box C20
SWOC, Button
1951
Box C20
SWOC, Button
1952
Box C20
SWOC, Button
1953
Box C20
SWOC, Button
1954
3 items
Box C20
SWOC, Button
1955
2 items
Box C20
SWOC, Button
1956
5 items
Box C20
SWOC, Button
1957
Box C20
SWOC, Button
1958
3 items
Box C20
SWOC, Button
1959
3 items
Box C20
SWOC, Button
1960
2 items
Box C20
SWOC, Button
1961
Box C20
SWOC, Button
1962
Box C20
SWOC, Button
undated
9 items
Box C20
SWOC, Watch Fob
1946
Box C20
SWOC, Watch Fob
1950
Box C20
SWOC, Watch Fob
1964
Box C20
Steering Wheel Makers Federal Labor Union
1939-1942
Box C21
SWMFLU, Button
1939
9 items
Box C21
SWMFLU, Button
1940
11 items
Box C21
SWMFLU, Button
1941
9 items
Box C21
SWMFLU, Button
1942
11 items
Box C21
SWMFLU, Button
undated
3 items
Box C21
Stove Mounters International Union
Box C26
Street Pavers: button
1947
Box C45
Textile Workers Union of America (TWUA)
Box C17, C36
United Aircraft Engine Workers
Box C17, C43
United Association of Plumbers, Steam Fitters and Gasfitters(UA)
Box C37
United Automobile Workers (UAW)
1935-1997
Box C22-C24, C41

In Detroit on August 26, 1935, a group of auto workers started their own charter of the United Automobile Workers of America. From its inception, the union dealt with governance issues, and was directed and administered by the American Federation of Labor. In 1936, the union alienated the AFL and joined the Congress for Industrial Organization (CIO), a more militant organization. By this time more automobile workers joined the labor organization and in 1937 the UAW had between 20,000 and 30,000 members.

The Buttons within this collection illustrate an organizational split within the union. Some union members sought to be affiliated with the AFL, while a larger group remained faithful to the CIO. Buttons from both UAW-CIO and UAW-AFL are represented.

In December 1936 UAW local officials felt the union was numerically strong enough to demand recognition by the big three automobile companies: General Motors, Chrysler, and Ford. General Motors was picked as the test case because it had defied federal law by refusing to discuss collective bargaining or even recognition of the UAW. “Quickie” strikes occurred at the Atlanta, Cleveland, Toledo, and Flint, Michigan plants. In January 1937, UAW declared a nationwide strike against General Motors.

In 1937, General Motors recognized the UAW. Subsequently, a short sit-down strike forced Chrysler Motors to accept the UAW. In 1955 the AFL and the CIO merged to form the AFL-CIO. UAW president Walter Reuther, who was also the president of the CIO played a significant role.

UAW, Brief History of UAW/District 65
ca. 1988
Box 1
UAW, Button
1935
Box C22
UAW, Button
1937
13 items
Box C22
UAW, Button
1938
18 items
Box C22
UAW, Button
1939
8 items
Box C22
UAW, Button
1940
7 items
Box C22
UAW, Button
1941
13 items
Box C22
UAW, Button
1942
6 items
Box C22
UAW, Button
1944
3 items
Box C22
UAW, Button
1945
7 items
Box C22
UAW, Button
1946
4 items
Box C22
UAW, Button
1947
4 items
Box C22
UAW, Button
1948
11 items
Box C22
UAW, Button: Organizing Drive
undated
2 items
Box C22
UAW, Button: UAW CIO
undated
Box C22
UAW, Button: Voye UAW
undated
2 items
Box C22
UAW, Button: Vote Yes Union Shop
undated
Box C22
UAW, Button
1949
5 items
Box C23
UAW, Button
1950
Box C23
UAW, Button
1951
6 items
Box C23
UAW, Button
1952
6 items
Box C23
UAW, Button
1953
5 items
Box C23
UAW, Button
1954
5 items
Box C23
UAW, Button
1955
5 items
Box C23
UAW, Button
1956
5 items
Box C23
UAW, Button
1958
2 items
Box C23
UAW, Button
1964
Box C23
UAW, Button
1967
Box C23
UAW, Button, Local 422
1968
Box C23
UAW, Button
1969
2 items
Box C23
UAW, Button
1970
4 items
Box C23
UAW, Button
1973
2 items
Box C23
UAW, Button
1978
Box C23
UAW, Button
1979
2 items
Box C23
UAW, Button
1980
Box C23
UAW, Button: Alternative Committeeman
undated
Box C23
UAW, Button: Chief Steward
unkown
Box C23
UAW, Button: Construction Workers Council
unknown
Box C23
UAW, Button: Join UAW
unknown
Box C23
UAW, Button: Organizing Committee
unknown
Box C23
UAW, Button: Paid Dues August
unknown
Box C23
UAW, Button: Paid Dues October
unknown
Box C23
UAW, Button: Paid Dues September
unknown
Box C23
UAW, Button: Steward
unknown
Box C23
UAW, Button: Local 174
unknown
Box C23
UAW, Button: Local 201
unknown
Box C23
UAW, Button: Local 550
unknown
Box C23
UAW, Button: 571
1997
Box C23
UAW, Button: 594
unknown
Box C23
UAW, Button: Local 600
unknown
Box C23
UAW, Button: Local 652
unknown
Box C23
UAW, Button: Local 662
unknown
2 items
Box C23
UAW, Button: Local 719
unknown
Box C23
UAW, Button: UAW CIO
1939-1956
7 items
Box C24
UAW, Button: UAW AFL
1947, 1950
2 items
Box C24
UAW, Button: Vote UAWA A.F.L., the American Way
unknown
Box C24
UAW, Button: Vote U.A.W.-C.I.O., Industrial Unionism
ca. 1950
Box C24
UAW, Button
1967
2 items
Box C24
UAW, Button
1975
Box C24
UAW, Button: Local 12 (Toledo, Ohio)
ca. 1955
Box C24
UAW, Button: Executive Board Member, 365
unknown
Box C24
UAW, Button: WPA Auxiliary
Box C24
UAW, Flyers: strike
1981
Box 1
UAW, Key Chain: Local 600, 22nd Anniversary Ford Rouge Strike
1963
Box C24
UAW, Key Chain
unknown
Box C24
UAW, Lighter: Dallas Sells Region 3
unknown
Box C24
UAW, Periodicals
1978-1985
Box 1
UAW, Pin: Local 933
unknown
Box C24
UAW, Watch Fob
unknown
Box C24
United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (UBC)
Box C27-C29
United Builders Service Workers (UBSW): button
1940
Box C45
United Construction Workers (UCW)
Box C45
United Construction Workers Organizing Committee (UCWOC)
Box C45
United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE)
Box C14, C38
United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE): Local 220
1944-1947
Box 1
United Farm Equipment and Metal Workers of America (FE)
Box C26
United Furniture Workers of America (UFWA)
Box C17
United Garment Workers of America (UGWA)
Box C17
United Hatters, Cap & Millinery Workers
Box C17
United Mine Workers of America (UMWA)
undated
Box C30, C39
United Mine Workers of America (UMWA): printed material
1990
Box 1
United Papermakers and Paperworkers (UPP)
Box C25
United Paperworkers International Union: bumper stickers
undated
Box 1
United Rubber Workers of America (URWA)
Box C17
United Rubber, Cork, Linoleum and Plastic Workers (URW)
Box C17
United Slate, Tile & Workers Association (USTWA)
Box C45
United Steel Workers of America (USWA)
Box C20, C31
United Steel Workers of America (USWA)
1977-1980
Box 1
United Steel Workers of America (USWA): Local 3654 arbitration
1947-1982
Box 1
United Steel Workers of America (USWA): Local 3654 arbitration newsletter
1981-1985
Box 1
United Steel Workers of America (USWA): Local 3654 contract materials
1955-1989
Box 1
United Steel Workers of America (USWA): Local 3654 conventions
1987
Box 1
United Steel Workers of America (USWA): Local 3654 correspondence
1965-1989
Box 1
United Steel Workers of America (USWA): Local 3654 daily notes and agendas
1976 Jan-Mar
Box 1
United Steel Workers of America (USWA): Local 3654 daily notes and agendas
1976 Apr-June
Box 1
United Steel Workers of America (USWA): Local 3654 daily notes and agendas
1976 July-Sept
Box 1
United Steel Workers of America (USWA): Local 3654 daily notes and agendas
1976 Oct-Dec
Box 1
United Steel Workers of America (USWA): Local 3654 educational materials
ca. 1990
Box 1
United Steel Workers of America (USWA): Local 3654 grievance exchange
1958
Box 1
United Steel Workers of America (USWA): Local 3654 grievance forms (blank)
undated
Box 1
United Steel Workers of America (USWA): Local 3654 grievance register
1950-1989
Box 1
United Steel Workers of America (USWA): Local 3654 grievances
1950-1989
Box 2
United Steel Workers of America (USWA): Local 3654 job description
1978-1984
Box 2
United Steel Workers of America (USWA): Local 3654, Kennedy, John F.
1951
Box 2
United Steel Workers of America (USWA): Local 3654 manuals
1953-1976
Box 2
United Steel Workers of America (USWA): Local 3654 membership cards
1987-1989
Box 2
United Steel Workers of America (USWA): Local 3654 memos of understanding
1988
Box 2
United Steel Workers of America (USWA): Local 3654 minutes
1958-1973
Box 2
United Steel Workers of America (USWA): Local 3654 notes and clippings
1962-1988
Box 2
United Steel Workers of America (USWA): Local 3654 Occupational Health Service Labor Advisory Council
1982
Box 2
United Steel Workers of America (USWA): Local 3654 officer list
1982
Box 2
United Steel Workers of America (USWA): Local 3654 pensions
1987
Box 2
United Steel Workers of America (USWA): Local 3654 photographs
ca. 1950-1960, 1985
Box 2
United Steel Workers of America (USWA): Local 3654 promotions
1989
Box 2
United Steel Workers of America (USWA): Local 3654 seniority list
1956
Box 2
United Steel Workers of America (USWA): Local 3654 seniority list
1957
Box 2
United Steel Workers of America (USWA): Local 3654 survey
undated
Box 2
United Steel Workers of America (USWA): Local 3654 Union Labor Report, no. 1796-1806
1982
Box 2
United Steel Workers of America (USWA): Local 3654 Union Labor Report, no. 1808-1814
1982
Box 2
United Steel Workers of America (USWA): Local 3654 White Consolidated Industries Analysis
1980
Box 2
United Steel Workers of America (USWA): Local 3654 White Consolidated Industries Analysis
1980
Box 2
United Steel Workers of America (USWA): Local 3654 White Consolidated Pension and Insurance Analysis
1980
Box 2
United Textile Workers of America (UTWA)
Box C17, C25
United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers
Box C45
Utility Workers Union of America
Box C26
Utility Workers Union of America
1982
Box 2
Wood, Wire and Metal Lathers International Union
1964
Box C45
Wool Scourers
Box C45
Series 2. Food and Service Unions
1900-1990
13 boxes
Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen of North America
1913-1970
Box F1, F13
American Federation of Grain Millers (AFGM)
1940
Box F1
American Federation of Grain Processors
1940-1942
Box F1
American Postal Workers Union (APWU)
1980
Box F1
American Postal Workers Union (APWU)
ca. 1985
Box 2
Bakery & Confectionery International Union of America
Box F1
Bartenders and Hotel and Restaurant Employees Union
1958
Box F2
Bartenders Union
1914
Box F2
Brewery Workers Union
1915-1941
Box F3-F4
Building Service Employees’ International Union (BSEIU)
1935-1973
Box F1
Chicago Flat Janitors Union
1948-1952
Box F1
Distributive, Processing & Office Workers of America
Box F9
Federation of Telephone Workers of Pennsylvania
1959
Box F2
Hotel and Restaurant Employees and Bartenders International
1907-1978
Box F2, F13
Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Union
Box F2
Hotel Front Service Employees Union
Box F2
Insurance Workers International Union
1970
Box F2
International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF)
1940
Box F2
International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF)
undated
Box 1
International Brotherhood of Stationary Firemen (IBSF)
1900
Box F2
International Union of United Brewery, Flour, Cereal, Soft Drink and Distillery Workers
ca. 1900-1947
Box F3, F4
Journeymen Barbers International Union (JBIU)
ca. 1910-1934
Box F5, F13
Ladies Auxiliary of the National Association of Letter Carriers
Box F6
Laundry and Dry Cleaning International Union: Local 3017
1977
Box 2
Municipal Electric Utilities Association of New York
Box F6
National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC)
1911-1990
Box F6-F8
National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC): The Postal Record
1937 Oct
Box 3
National Federation of Post Office Clerks (NFPOC)
Box F9
National Postal Transit Association (NPTA)
1950
Box F9
National Rural Letter Carriers Association (NRLCA)
Box F9
News Carriers Union
ca. 1915
Box F9
Packing-House Workers Industrial Union
1920-1942
Box F9
Police Patrolmen’s Associations (PPA)
1986-1989
Box F10
Retail Cigar Store Employees’ Union
Box F9
Retail Clerks International Association (RCIA)
1937-1978
Box F9
Retail Shoe Salesmens Union
1945
Box F9
Retail Wholesale Department Store Union (RWDSU)
Box F9
Service Employees International Union
Box F11
Service Employees International Union
1990
Box 3
Texas Farm Workers Union (TFWU)
Box F11
United Dairy Workers of America
1940
Box F11
United Farm Workers of America (UFW)
1970-1990
Box F11
United Farm Workers Organizing Committee
ca. 1970
Box F11
United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW)
1980, undated
Box F12
United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW)
1984
Box 3
United Packinghouse Workers of America (UPWA)
1937-1949
Box F12
United Retail Employees of America
ca. 1935
Box F12
United Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Employees
ca. 1935
Box F9
Wholesale and Warehouse Employees Union
1940
Box F9
Series 3. Labor Organizations
1890-2001
15 boxes
American Federation of Labor (AFL)
1907-1954
Box O1
American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial (AFL-CIO)
1935-1958
Box O2
American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial (AFL-CIO)
1976-1995
Box 3
American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial (AFL-CIO): American Federationist
1906, 1981
Box 3
American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial (AFL-CIO): printed material
1976-2001
Box 3
California State Federation of Labor
1958
Box O3
Central Labor Union
1900
Box O3
Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO)
1935-1955
Box O3
Connecticut A.F.L.-C.I.O.
1957
Box O4
Connecticut Federation of Labor
1931-1946
Box O4
Connecticut State C.I.O.
1955
Box O4
Connecticut State Industrial Union Council
1957
Box O4
Illinois State Federation of Labor
1916-1949
Box O4-O5
Indiana State A.F.L.-C.I.O.
1958-1962
Box O5
Indiana State American Federation of Labor
1977
Box O17
Indiana State Employees Association
Box O17
Indiana State Federation of Labor
1917-1977
Box O5
Indianapolis Central Labor Union
undated
Box 3
Industrial Workers of the World (IWW)
1920-2001
Box O6
Industrial Workers of the World (IWW)
1986
Box 3
Industrial Workers of the World (IWW): Industrial Worker
1974-1977
Box 3
International Labor Unions
1916-1983
Box C12
International Union
Box O17
Iowa State Federation of Labor
1956
Box O6
Labor Workers Union
Box O17
Maine State Federation of Labor
1917
Box O6
Massachusetts State A.F.L.
1916-1941
Box O7-O8, O10
Massachusetts State AFL-CIO
1999
Box O8
Massachusetts State C.I.O.
1951-1957
Box O9
Massachusetts State Federation of Labor
1933-1956
Box O10, O11
Massachusetts State Labor Council
1933-1956
Box O11
Metal Trades Department of the American Federation of Labor
1952
Box O17
Michigan State Industrial Council
1941, 1943
Box O12
Missouri State A.F.L.-C.I.O.
1960-1970
Box O12
Missouri State Federation of Labor
1941
Box O12
New England Labor Congress
1929
Box O12
New York State AFL-CIO
1961-1988
Box O13-O14
Noble Order of the Knights of Labor (KofL)
1890
Box O6
Ohio State Federation of Labor
1910
Box O15
Oregon AFL-CIO
Box O15
Pennsylvania State A.F.L.-C.I.O.
1962-1999
Box O15
Pennsylvania State A.F.L.-C.I.O.
1976
Box 3
Pioneer Valley Central Labor Council
1968-1986
Box O15
Utah State C.I.O
Box O15
Vermont State C.I.O.
1949
Box O15
Series 4. Professional Labor Unions
1897-1985
6 boxes
American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)
1974-1982
Box P1
American Federation of Musicians (AFM)
ca. 1910-1985
Box P1
American Federation of Musicians (AFM): Local 802
undated
Box 3
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
1924-1985
Box P2

The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) was the result of a constitutional convention of state, county, and municipal unions of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) on December 9, 1935. Growth did not come easily at first. The union’s primary tactic was lobbying to pass or strengthen civil service laws. By the end of 1936, AFSCME had 10,000 members. Ten years later membership was up to 73,000.

The post-World War II era was marked on the one hand by inflation in the private sector resulting in new jobs and higher pay, and on the other hand by unrest among public employees. Reaction to the discontent was swift and by the end of 1947, eight states passed laws which would penalize striking public workers. That same year, the U.S. Congress passed the Taft-Hartley Act which restricted labor unions in private industry. Despite this opposition, AFSCME continued to grow. By 1955, the year of the AFL and CIO merger, membership passed the 100,000 mark. The attitudes of AFSCME members were changing as well during this time. Many of the union’s new members came from big cities which had strong trade union roots and traditions. At conventions in the mid and late 1950s, AFSCME members began stressing public workers’ rights and collective bargaining as a means to improve their working conditions. In 1958, responding to pressure from AFSCME, New York City Mayor Robert Wagner signed an executive order which granted collective bargaining rights to unions representing city employees. A turning point had been reached.

In 1961, President John Kennedy issued Executive Order 10988, which legitimized collective bargaining for federal employees and helped create a favorable atmosphere for similar demands from all public employees.

AFSCME Button
1924
Box P2
AFSCME Button
1944
4 items
Box P2
AFSCME Button
1945
7 items
Box P2
AFSCME Button
1946
13 items
Box P2
AFSCME Button
1947
7 items
Box P2
AFSCME Button
1948
2 items
Box P2
AFSCME Button
1949
Box P2
AFSCME Button
1953
Box P2
AFSCME Button
1969
Box P2
AFSCME Button
1970
Box P2
AFSCME Button
1971
Box P2
AFSCME Button
undated
12 items
Box P2
AFSCME Lapel Pin
ca. 1985
5 items
Box P2
AFSCME Lapel Pin
undated
7 items
Box P2
AFSCME Lighter
undated
Box P2
AFSCME: publications
ca. 1975-1992
Box 3
American Federation of Teachers (AFT)
1965-1971
Box P3
American Federation of Teachers (AFT)
1972-1997
Box 3
American Newspaper Guild
Box P3
Chicago Newspaper Guild
1938
Box P3
Chicago Teachers Union
Box P3
Federation of University Employees
Box P4
Graphic Arts International Union (GAIU)
1981
Box P4
Graphic Arts International Union (GAIU)
ca. 1978
Box 3
Indiana Conference of Typographical and Mailer Unions
1976
Box 3
International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and Moving Picture Operators of the United States and Canada
undated
Box 3
International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and Moving Picture Operators of the United States and Canada
1916-1960
Box P4
International Brotherhood of Telephone Workers
Box P5
International Federation of Professional and Technical
1944
Box P5
International Typographical Union (ITU)
1897, undated
Box P5
International Typographical Union (ITU)
1975-1979
Box 3
Massachusetts Community College Council: bargaining agreements
1983-1993
Box 3
Massachusetts Community College Council: bargaining agreements
1995-1998
Box 3
Massachusetts Community College Council: printed material
1983-1987
Box 3
National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE)
Box P6
National Treasury Employee Union
Box P6
Office and Professional Employees International Union
Box P6
Office Employees International Union (OEIU)
ca. 1950
Box P6
Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (PATCO)
1950-1982
Box P6
Professional Employees Federation (PEF)
Box P6
United Federation of Teachers (UFT)
1968-1970
Box P6
United Office and Professional Workers of America
Box P6
United University Professions (UUP
Box P6
Series 5. Transportation Unions
1910-1952
20 boxes
Amalgamated Association of Street and Electric Railway
1909-1942
Box T1-T2
Amalgamated Association of Street and Electrical Railway
1945-1950
Box T3
Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU)
1967-1971
Box T3
Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU): Local 1512
2000
Box 3
Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers
1910-1950
Box T4

Angered over changes in wages and working hours, thirteen engineers at the Michigan Central Railroad issued a call to all engineers to meet in Detroit on March 17, 1863, to discuss grievances. As a result of this meeting came the establishment of Division Number One, Brotherhood of Footboard (BOF). In 1964, the organization became the Grand International Division of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers with membership specifically limited to locomotive engineers.

The buttons in this collection help resurrect an interesting history of the American railroads during the early 1900s. BLE followed an independent, conservative policy, but also cooperated with other railway unions in making influential changes within the industry. In 1911, BLE helped secure passage of the Locomotive Inspection Act and the Adamson Act, which established an eight-hour day for rail-operating employees.

After the 1920s increased competition from other forms of transportation, changes brought by technological advances, and deterioration of the railroads during the depression years of the 1930s reduced demand for engineers, but that demand revived dramatically during World War II. Since World War II, the railway industry has experienced significant changes and so have railway labor organizations. By 1960 BLE’s membership had fallen from 86,000 in 1920 to 68,000.

BLE Button
1938
Box T4
BLE Button
1948
2 items
Box T4
BLE Button
1949
Box T4
BLE Lapel Pin
ca. 1910
7 items
Box T4
BLE Lapel Pin
undated
Box T4
BLE Lapel Pin: Continuous Membership
ca. 1910
2 items
Box T4
Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen (BLF)
1890-1947
Box T4-T5
Biographical note:

The Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen (BLF) was organized in 1873 by eleven railway firemen in Port Jervis, New York. Two years later the organization had 900 members in twenty-nine lodges. In 1902, the union amended its constitution to permit the enrollment of locomotive engineers and in 1906 the name of the union was changed to the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen.

BLF Badge: Photo of Joshua Leach
ca. 1890
Box T4
BLF Lapel Pin
ca. 1890
4 items
Box T4
BLF Ribbon: Membership
ca. 1900
Box T4
BLF Badge: Convention
1947
Box T5
BLF Button
1929
Box T5
BLF Button
1930
3 items
Box T5
BLF Button
1931
Box T5
BLF Button
ca. 1920
Box T5
BLF Button
ca. 1930
Box T5
BLF Lapel Pin: Membership, Past President
ca. 1912
Box T5
BLF Lapel Pin
ca. 1910
7 items
Box T5
BLF Pendant
ca. 1900
Box T5
BLF Pendant
ca. 1910
4 items
Box T5
BLF Pendant
ca. 1920
Box T5
BLF Ribbon: Membership
ca. 1900
Box T5
BLF Ribbon
ca. 1900
Box T5
Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen (BLFE)
ca. 1910-1947
Box T5
Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees (BMWE)
1920-1959
Box T6
Brotherhood of Railroad Brakemen
1890
Box T7
Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen
1920-1979
Box T8
Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen (BRT)
1900-1950
Box T9-T10
Brotherhood of Railway and Steamship Clerks, Freight Handles, Express and Station Employers
1935-1948
Box T11
Brotherhood of Railway Carmen of America (BRCA)
1900-1954
Box T7
Brotherhood of Railway Clerks
1935-1948
Box T11
Carriage and Wagon Workers Union
ca. 1890
Box T11
Independent Federation of Flight Attendants
1986
Box 3
Inland Boatmen’s Union
1937
Box T11
International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Chauffeurs, Warehousemen and Helpers of America
1905-2001
Box T12-T15
International Brotherhood of Teamsters
undated
Box 3
International Brotherhood of Teamsters: Cleaning up the Teamsters Union: A Three-Year Progress Report
1995
Box 3
International Brotherhood of Teamsters: Periodicals
1981-1984
Box 3
International Brotherhood of Teamsters: The Gap
2000
Box 3
International Longshoreman’s Association (ILA)
1918-1964
Box T16
International Longshoremen’s and Warehousemen’s Union
1945
Box T16
International Organization of Masters, Mates and Pilots of America
1948
Box T16
Ladies Auxiliary to Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen
Box T11
Ladies Auxiliary to Order of Railway Conductors of America
Box T11
Ladies Society to Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen
Box T11
Order of Railway Conductors and Brakemen
1870-1920
Box T17-T18
Order of Railway Telegraphers
1917-1920
Box T18
Railway Organizations
1902
Box T18
Railway Shop Laborers
1920
Box T19
Seafarers International Union of North America (SIU)
Box T19
Switchmen’s Union of North America
ca. 1910-1966
Box T19
Team Drivers International Union (T.D.I.U.)
Box T19
Transport Workers Union of America (TWUA)
1938-1984
Box T20
Transport Workers Union of America (TWUA): calendars
1981-1995
Box 3
United Railroad Workers
1930
Box T20
United Railway Operating Crafts
Box T20
United Transport Service Employees of America
1944
Box T20
Series 6. Union Causes
1910-1952
17 boxes
Labor Day
Labor Day Badge
1927
Box LD1
Labor Day Button
1898
Box LD1
Labor Day Button
undated
Box LD1
Labor Day Button
undated
Box LD1
Labor Day Button
undated
Box LD1
Labor Day Flag
undated
Box LD1
Labor Day Ribbon
1913
Box LD1
Labor Day Ribbon
1946
Box LD1
Labor Day Ribbon
1916
Box LD1
Labor Day Ribbon
1915
Box LD1
Labor Day Ribbon
undated
Box LD1
Labor Day Ribbon
1915
Box LD1
Labor Day Badge
1900
Box LD2
Labor Day Banner
undated
Box LD2
Labor Day Button
undated
Box LD2
Labor Day Button
1920
Box LD2
Labor Day Button
1976
Box LD2
Labor Day Button
1983
Box LD2
Labor Day Flyer
1981
Box LD2
Labor Day Ribbon
1906
Box LD2
Labor Day Ribbon
undated
Box LD2
Labor Day Ribbon
undated
Box LD2
Union Cause
Button: I’m Against the Right to Work
Box UC1
Button: I am Opposed to a Right to Work Law
Box UC1
Button: No on the Phoney “Right to Work”
Box UC1
Button: OSHA for Public Workers
Box UC1
United Steelworkers of America, Button: Safety &Health Representative
Box UC1
CUPW, Button: Safety Before Profits
Box UC1
White Lung Association, Button: Asbestos Kills!
Box UC1
Central Labor Rehab Council, Button: Safety/Health Concern
Box UC1
Workers Memorial Day, Button: Fight for the Living
Box UC1
Button: No CETA Layoffs
Box UC1
IUE, Button: Defeat NAFTA
Box UC1
Alliance for Retired Americans, Button: Medicare Drug Benefit Now
Box UC1
New York University, Button: The Challenge to Labor & Labor Education
1986
Box UC1
UFCW, Button: Make Education a Top Budget Priority
Box UC1
United University Professions, Button: Save SUNY
Box UC1
Button: New York State Committee on Pay Equity
Box UC1
Button: Full Pension 30 Years
Box UC1
UAW, Button: Equal Justice
Box UC1
Button: March for Justice
1989
Box UC1
UAW, Button: Justice Now
Box UC1
CWA, Button: Justice
Box UC1
Button: PHEW on TWU
Box UC2
CSEA, Button: Behind Every Successful Woman is Herself
Box UC2
SEIU, Button: No Take Aways
Box UC2
UFWA, Button: No Grapes
Box UC2
Button: No SCABS
Box UC2
Button: Rhode Island Labor History Society
Box UC2
CLUW, Button: Give Her the ERA for Mother’s Day
Box UC2
SEIU, Button: SOS Local 211
Box UC2
CLUW, Button: Pro-Union, Pro-Choice
Box UC2
UFT, Button: One Million Good Reasons
Box UC2
AFSCME, Button: Getting Ready for Hi-Tech
Box UC2
USWA, Button: Volunteer Organizer
Box UC2
USWA, Button: District 31 Women’s Caucus
Box UC2
Hotel, Restaurant, & Bartenders Union, Button: Baseball Booster
Box UC2
NYNEX, Button: Health Care for All not Health Cuts
Box UC2
CWA, Button: Every Worker a Member
Box UC2
AFL, Button: Stop the Assault on the Workers
Box UC2
ACTWU, Button: Bildisco is a Bankrupt Decision
Box UC2
Local 1199, Button: Bread and Roses
Box UC2
Button: Stop SCABS
Box UC2
Massachusetts Nurses Association, Button: Nurse
Box UC2
Massachusetts Nurses Association, Button: I Support the Nurses of Brockton Hospital
Box UC2
Local 102, Patch: Millwork
Box UC2
Button: No Co-pay, No Givebacks on Medical Benefits
Box UC2
AFSCME, Button: AFSCME Retiree Power
Box UC2
Local 1199, Button: Youth for Progress
1999
Box UC2
TWU, Name Tag
Box UC6
CWA, Sticker: A National Union in the National Interest
Box UC6
ILGWU, Mending Kit: To Feel Right, To be Right in Style
Box UC6
ILGWU, Mending Kit: Look for this Union Label When You Shop
Box UC6
ILGWU, Pog: Look for this Union Label When You Shop
Box UC6
ILGWU, Ruler: Symbol of Progress Made and More to Come
Box UC6
ILGWU, Key Chain: Look for this Union Label When You Shop
Box UC6
ILGWU, Rain Cap: Buy Union Made American Fashions
Box UC6
UAW, Key Chain: Key To Victory
Box UC6
IAM, Sticker: International Association of Machinists
Box UC6
Sticker: Don’t Buy Russell Stover Candies
Box UC6
Labor causes: AT&T
1986
Box 4
Labor causes: Bell Atlantic
2000
Box 4
Labor causes: Coors
1987
Box 4
Labor causes: Daily News
ca. 1991
Box 4
Labor causes: Bell Atlantic
2000
Box 4
Labor causes: FutureWorks
undated
Box 4
Labor causes: Greyhound
1990
Box 4
Labor causes: Harper & Row
1984
Box 4
Labor causes: Hook’s Drugs
1984
Box 4
Labor causes: Hormel
ca. 1981
Box 4
Labor causes: imprisoned Pittsburgh workers
1917
Box 4
Labor causes: J. P. Stevens
ca. 1980
Box 4
Labor causes: MCI
1984
Box 4
Labor causes: Mount Holyoke College housekeepers
2001
Box 4
Labor causes: New York Metropolitan Transit Authority
1986
Box 4
Labor causes: Overnight Transportation Company
2000
Box 4
Labor causes: Pierce Governor
ca. 1976
Box 4
Labor causes: Pittston Coal Company
1989
Box 4
Labor causes: Sanderson Farms
1979
Box 4
Labor causes: Street Heat
1999-2000
Box 4
Labor causes: student employees union
undated
Box 4
Labor causes: sweatshop abuse in Nicaragua
2000
Box 4
Labor causes: Wingate strike
1999-2001
Box 4
Labor causes: Yale University
1984
Box 4
Labor causes: yellow school bus cuts
undated
Box 4
General
American Labor Studies class syllabus (Lewiston-Porter Senior High School)
undated
Box 4
Bumper stickers
undated
Box 4
Conferences
1973, 1991-1993
Box 4
Flyers and posters
undated
Box 4
Health Insurance for Wage Earners
ca. 1914
Box 4
“Indiana’s Historic Eugene V. Debs Foundation”
ca. 1980
Box 4
Labor history month posters
1988-1995
Box 4
Labor Party
ca. 1995
Box 4
Life and Labor Bulletin
1929
Box 4
Pamphlets
1980-1993
Box 4
Periodicals
1996-2004
Box 4
Reports
1980, 1994
Box 4
Short History of American Labor
ca. 1980
Box 4
U.S. Department of Labor
1980-1986
Box 4
Solidarity
AFL-CIO, Button: Solidarity Day
1981
Box UC3
SEIU, Button: Solidarity Day
1991
Box UC3
AFL-CIO, Button: Solidarity Day
1991
Box UC3
IUE, Button: Solidarity Day
1981
Box UC3
Button: Solidarity Day
1981
Box UC3
Button: Solidarity Day
1983
Box UC3
IUE, Lapel Pin: Solidarity Day
1991
Box UC3
Button: Solidarity Day
Box UC3
AFL-CIO, Button: Together For Your Security
Box UC3
ILGWU, Button: Local 23-25
Box UC3
Support
ATU, Button: Boycott Greyhound
Box UC4
HERE, Button: Eat Union
Box UC4
New York State AFL-CIO, Button: I Love NY Products
Box UC4
New York State AFL-CIO, Button: Please Don’t Fly New York Air
Box UC4
Union Label Is Soul
Box UC4
AFSCME, Button: No Pink Slips!
Box UC4
UAW, Button: Buy American
Box UC4
I Support PATCO
Box UC4
I’m S.C.U.M.
Box UC4
Allied Printing Trades Council
Box UC4
AFL-CIO, Button: Buy American Union
Box UC4
Boycott J.P. Steven’s Bank
Box UC4
Support Striking Miners!
Box UC4
Don’t Buy Farah Slacks
Box UC4
AFSCME, Button: Fed Up with 59¢
Box UC4
Support The Steelworkers!
Box UC4
CLUW, Button: A Woman’s Place is in Her Union
Box UC4
ICU, Button: Save Our Union
Box UC4
Dignity Button
Box UC4
Civic Service Employees Association, Button: Stop Employee Abuse
Box UC4
I Support Steelworkers
Box UC4
AFL-CIO Fight Apartheid, Support Black Trade Unions in South Africa
Box UC4
Unity
Button: Unity
Box UC5
Button: I’m Proud to Be Union
Box UC5
International Molders Union, Button: I’m Proud to Be Union
Box UC5
Button: I am Union and Proud of It
Box UC5
AFL-CIO, Button: Union Yes
Box UC5
APWU, Button: We Try to Be Letter Perfect For You
Box UC5
UAW, IAM, and USWA, Button: Unification Stand Up for America
Box UC5
Wingate Organizing Committee, Button: United Because We Care
Box UC5
Button: Ohio Union Patrolmen Association
Box UC5
USWA, : Button: Vote
Box UC5
USWA, Button: Vote Yes
Box UC5
Button: Keep New York a Union Town
Box UC5
Button: Ohio Union Patrolmen Association
Box UC5
ILGWU, Button: Unite & Fight
Box UC5
Union Officer Elections
Union Officer Elections, Button: Pa. AFL-CIO Mahoney in 76
Box UE1
Union Officer Elections, Button: Tell ‘Em Again, Ed Sadlowski
Box UE1
Union Officer Elections, Button: Support Philip Casey
Box UE1
Union Officer Elections, Button: URW Reform Committee
Box UE1
Union Officer Elections, Button: Vote McDonald President
Box UE1
Union Officer Elections, Button: Elect Joe Bumps
Box UE1
Union Officer Elections, Button: Vote for the Abel
Box UE1
Union Officer Elections, Button: Vote Hormell AFL-CIO
Box UE1
Union Officer Elections, Button: Elect Ed Fire and Tom Rebman
Box UE1
Union Officer Elections, Button: Vote for Don McQuillan
Box UE1
Union Officer Elections, Button: Schick
Box UE1
Union Officer Elections, Button: Vote for George Kourpias
Box UE1
Union Officer Elections, Button: Vote Ruben Burks
Box UE1
Union Officer Elections, Button: Kilbride for Chief Steward
Box UE1
Political Action
Vote Socialist Zeidler Brisben
1992
Box POL1
Labor for McGovern 1972
1972
Box POL1
UAW, Button: Jimmy Carter
1977
Box POL1
ILGWU, Button: Carter, Mondale
1977
Box POL1
Machinist Non-Partrisan Political League, Button: Registered to Vote
Box POL1
R.C.I.A.-A.B.C., Button: I Am Registered to Vote
1980
Box POL1
Committee on Federal Employees Political Education, Button: COFEPE
1980
Box POL1
International Chemical Workers Union, Button: I Gave to Live
Box POL1
Button, No Reaganomics: Support Project 2000
2000
Box POL1
Button: Dump Reagan, Out the Door in ’84
1984
Box POL1
CWA, Button: Are you Better Off Today
1984
Box POL1
IUE, Button: IUE For Mondale
1977
Box POL1
United Paperworkers International, Button: Mondale Ferraro
1977
Box POL1
Union Women, Button: Union Women United for LGB & HHH
1968
Box POL1
SEIU, Button: SEIU Stands with Clinton
1996
Box POL1
Transport Workers Union, Button: Support Clinton Gore
2001
Box POL1
AFL-CIO, Button: Working Labor for Gore
2001
Box POL1
Pioneer Valley CLC, AFL-CIO, Button: Labor Vores Gore 2000
2000
Box POL1
IUE, Button: Bill Clinton in ’96
1996
Box POL1
ILGWU, Button: Clinton Gore It’s time for Change
1996
Box POL1
Button: Carpenters Legislative Improvement Committee
1966
Box POL1
International Association of Machinist, Lapel Pin: M 1978
1978
Box POL1
AFL-CIO, Button: I Gave to COPE
Box POL2
Plumb Plan League, Button: These Three Shall Control : Labor Public Management
Box POL2
Farmer Laborer Nonpartisan League, Button: We’ll Stick
Box POL2
Farmer’s Holiday Association, Button: We’ll Stick for Production Cost
Box POL2
AFL-CIO, Button: PAC Paid 1946
1946
Box POL2
Labor’s Non-Partisan League of Illinois, Button: Roosevelt
1932
Box POL2
Labor’s Choice, Button: Roosevelt
1932
Box POL2
Button: Labor is For Roosevelt
1932
Box POL2
CIO, Button: Vote Harriman, Roosevelt
1932
Box POL2
ALP:, Button: Corcoran Labor’s Choice
Box POL2
Button: American Labor Party
Box POL2
Button: Willkie Labor Workers
Box POL2
Button: Union Cermak Labor
Box POL2
Button: Dick Frankensteen Mayor
Box POL2
CIO, Button: PAC 1947
1947
Box POL2
CIO, Button: PAC 1948
1948
Box POL2
CIO, Button: PAC 1949
1949
Box POL2
Labor’s Political Action Committee, Button: Registered Voter
Box POL2
Labor League Political Education, Button: LLPE
Box POL2
Labor League Political Education, Button: Member of Greater Cincinnati
Box POL2
AFL-CIO, Button: I Gave to COPE
1962
Box POL2
AFL-CIO, Button: COPE for LBJ & HHH
1968
Box POL2
AFL-CIO, Button: I Gave to COPE I Will Vote
1964
Box POL2
AFL-CIO, Button: Give to COPE, I Did
1965
Box POL2
AFL-CIO, Button: I Gave a Buck to COPE
1966
Box POL2
AFL-CIO, Button: COPE
1968
Box POL2
AFL-CIO, Button: $2 for COPE in ’76
1976
Box POL2
AFL-CIO, Button: $2 for COPE in ’77
1977
Box POL2
Minimum wage
1913-1929
Box 4
Public pensions
1913
Box 4
Socialism
1919
Box 4
Unemployment
1920
Box 4
Series 7. John Bennett
1958-2005
2 boxes
Articles
1958-2001
Box 4
Badges
2003-2005
Box 4
Burns, Matthew, History of the Papermakers, Part 1
1922
Box 4
Burns, Matthew, History of the Papermakers, Part 2
1922
Box 4
Burns, Matthew, History of the Papermakers, Part 3
1922
Box 4
Burns, Matthew, History of the Papermakers, Part 4
1922
Box 4
Burns, Matthew, History of the Papermakers, Part 5
1922
Box 4
Catalogs
1978-1994
Box 5
Certificates
1967-2003
Box 5
Correspondence
1971-2002
Box 5
Correspondence: American Labor History Series
1978
Box 5
Correspondence: California State College History Conference
1975
Box 5
Correspondence: graduate programs in labor education
1987
Box 5
Correspondence: Labor Studies Journal
1984-1994
Box 5
Correspondence: Massachusetts labor history article
2001
Box 5
Correspondence: Lepsi, Anne
1991
Box 5
Correspondence: Metropolitan State University
1984
Box 5
Correspondence: National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) Training Conference
1985
Box 5
Course materials: Theories Reader
undated
Box 5
Course materials: U.S. Labor History
1996
Box 5
Education: American Federation of Teachers Eastern Workshop
1969
Box 5
Education: “Education of University Labor Educators”
1987
Box 5
Education: Hard Times for Labor, 1919-1933
1984
Box 5
Education: Indiana University Union Leadership School photographs
ca. 1982
Box 5
Education: Springfield Labor History, 1926-1927
2005
Box 5
Education: “Steel City”
1976
Box 5
Higher Education and Workforce Development participants
1993
Box 5
Invitations
1991-1999
Box 5
Labor Day
2002
Box 5
Labor memorabilia: labor history class display
ca. 1975
Box 5
Labor memorabilia: labor history month exhibit
1989
Box 5
Labor memorabilia: miscellaneous documents
1978
Box 5
Labor memorabilia: miscellaneous photographs
ca. 1978
Box 5
Massachusetts Senior Action Council
2002-2004
Box 5
Minutes: Allegheny County Labor Council, AFL-CIO
1975
Box 5
Newsletters
1979-1995
Box 5
Newsletters: University of Massachusetts Amherst history
2002
Box 5
Periodicals: miscellaneous
1972-2001
Box 5
Periodicals: miscellaneous articles
1932-1990
Box 5
Periodicals: Springfield Journal
1986-1995
Box 5
Periodicals: universities
1982-1997
Box 5
Photographs
1966-1992
Box 5
Pioneer Valley AFL-CIO Scholarship Adbook
2004
Box 5
Programs
1958-2005
Box 5
Reports
2003-2005
Box 6
Reports: Empire State College faculty and staff accomplishments
1993
Box 6
Steeltown: poster
Box 6
Student paper: “German Labor Movement (1848-1918)”
1973
Box 6
Student paper: “Iron Workers of Woods Run (1870-1880)”
1973
Box 6
Student paper: “Knights of Labor”
1979
Box 6
Student paper: “New England Textiles”
undated
Box 6
Student paper: “Organized Chaos: The French Industrial Relations System”
1972
Box 6
Student paper: “Organizing the Paper Makers”
1971
Box 6
Student paper: “Plant Closings and Disinvestment in the Textile Industry”
1986
Box 6
Student paper: “Union-Community Activity and Organizing the Pioneer Valley Central Labor Council”
1998
Box 6
Sylvis Society: correspondence
Box 6
Administrative information
Provenance

Donated by John W. Bennett in 2005.

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Processed by Harream Purdie, Clare Hammonds, David Wemhoener.

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Cite as: John W. Bennett Labor Collection (MS 443). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

Subjects

  • Labor unions--Massachusetts

Contributors

  • Bennett, John W

Types of material

  • Badges
  • Ephemera
  • Realia
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