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Collection Title: Monongahela Inclined Plane Company Records
Creator: Monongahela Inclined Plane Company.
Inclusive dates: 1863-1965
Extent: 12.5 linear feet (plus 10 volumes)
Abstract: This collection consists of the records of the Monongahela Inclined Plane Company, the oldest incline plane company in Pittsburgh. It includes the company's charter, by-laws, article of dissolution, minutes from 1868-1964, legal papers, correspondence, financial records, stock records, tax returns, annual reports to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, employees' records, rates and fares, repairs and maintenance, and photographs.
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Collection Title: Heber Blankenhorn Papers
Creator: Blankenhorn, Heber, 1884-1956
Inclusive dates: 1919-1937
Extent: 0.625 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract: This collection deals particularly with Heber Blankenhorn's writings on the Steel Strike of 1919-1920 and the Somerset Coal Strike of 1922-1923. The collection includes correspondence, memoranda, interviews, testimony, and background data produced by the Commission of Inquiry of the Interchurch World Movement of North American Steel Strike of 1919.
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Collection Title: Elmer J. Holland Papers
Creator: Holland, Elmer J., 1894-1968
Collection dates: 1937-1968
Extent: 116.0 linear feet (277 boxes)
Abstract: The Elmer J. Holland Papers document the career of Holland, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives in 1942-1943 and 1956-1968. The collection includes a personal file of correspondence, memoranda, speeches, and statements, a legislative file of bills introduced, committee assignments, and constituent correspondence files relating to the armed services, immigration, post office, service academies, and veteran affairs. The collection also contains special files on local communities which include the correspondence, reports, and research data on those communities, as well as subject files of reference material used in researching background information.
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Collection Title: James R. Cox PapersDigitized Content Available
Creator: Cox, James R., 1886-1951
Collection dates: 1904-1950
Extent: 4.38 linear feet
Abstract: James R. Cox, a son of a Pittsburgh millworker, was a Pittsburgh Catholic priest and a political and social activist. The collection contains Father Cox's diary (1904), scrapbooks of newspaper clippings (1923-1951), 426 photographs, and 28 audio cassettes of radio broadcasts, sermons, and hymns (1944-50). Digital reproductions of the collection are available online.
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Collection Title: Carpenters' District Council of Western Pennsylvania Record Books of Projects
Creator: Carpenters District Council of Western Pennsylvania.
Collection dates: 1938-1939
Extent: 1.25 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract: This collection contains 2 record books of projects completed by Carpenters' District Council of Western Pennsylvania, 1938-1939.
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Collection Title: Thomas J. Quinn Papers
Creator: Quinn, Thomas J.
Collection dates: 1947-1992
Extent: 1.25 linear feet
Abstract: As a member of the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE), Thomas Quinn held several leadership positions. By the late 1940s, his labor activity caused government bodies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the House Un-American Activities Committee to investigate Quinn's alleged communist affiliations. In addition to providing insight into these investigations, the correspondence, publications, newspaper clippings and court proceedings in this collection document Quinn's vocations and avocations after leaving the UE. These included working at and later heading the Pennsylvania Bureau of Mediation, and publishing and relating to labor historians first-hand accounts of his experiences as a union activist.
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Collection Title: George P. Firth Collection on the Office and Professional Employees International Union
Creator: Office and Professional Employees International Union.
Collection dates: 1949-1976
Extent: 1.88 linear feet (2 boxes)
Abstract: George P. Firth, a Pittsburgh resident, was a representative of the Office and Professional Employees International Union during the 1960's through the mid 1970's. Firth represented unions in various Mid-Atlantic and Midwestern states. The collection contains organizational records, publications, news clippings, and leaflets that Firth produced and collected as result of his affiliation with the Office and Professional Employees International Union.
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Collection Title: Associated Brotherhood of Iron and Steel Heaters, Roughers and Rollers of the United States Records
Creator: Associated Brotherhood of Iron and Steel Heaters, Rollers and Roughers of the United States.
Collection dates: 1872-1875
Extent: 1.0 microfilm reel
Abstract: This collection is a microfilmed copy of the 1872-1875 records of the Associated Brotherhood of Iron and Steel Heaters, Roughers and Rollers, a labor union first organized by a group of Chicago lodge heaters in 1861. In 1876 the group reorganized as the Amalgamated Association of Iron and Steel Workers (AaisW) and would later take part in the Homestead strike of 1892, a labor dispute involving the steel workers of Homestead, Pennsylvania and the Carnegie Steel Plant. The original records are held at the Wisconsin Historical Society.
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Collection Title: Gaston LeBlanc Papers
Creator: LeBlanc, Gaston
Collection dates: 1937-1970
Extent: 67.5 linear feet (56 boxes)
Abstract: Gaston LeBlanc was a union organizer and president of the United Stone & Allied Products Workers of America. This collection includes biographical information about LeBlanc, as well as records of the US&APWA and other labor unions.
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Collection Title: Margaret Darin Stasik Papers
Creator: Stasik, Margaret Darin
Collection dates: 1936-1945
Extent: 0.63 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract: Margaret Darin Stasik was elected the first Recording Secretary of the United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers of America (UE), Local 601, East Pittsburgh, Pa. in 1935. She was also active in the effort to obtain a signed, written contract from Westinghouse. The Papers of Margaret Darin Stasik consist of correspondence, memoranda, handbills, posters, flyers, and publications relating to UE, Local 601 for the period 1936-1945.
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Collection Title: Harry F. Shaw, Jr. Papers
Creator: Shaw, Henry F., Jr.
Bulk dates: Bulk, 1965-1972
Inclusive dates: 1965-1973
Extent: 8.75 linear feet (7 boxes)
Abstract: The Harry F. Shaw, Jr. Papers are mainly comprised of 1960s and early 1970s leftist publications on topics ranging from coal miners rights, civil rights movement, communism, Angela Davis, the draft, feminism, student unrest, syndicalism, the Vietnam War, unionism, etc. Additional types of material include correspondence, speeches, and photographs.
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Collection Title: Women's History Anthology Collection
Collection dates: 1826-1974
Extent: 1.44 linear feet (3 boxes)
Abstract: This collection concerns the historical role of the woman in the United States from Colonial to present time. The materials include photocopied manuscripts and articles from books, pamphlets, periodicals, and newspapers, together with photocopied oral interview transcripts, fables, poems, and songs.
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Collection Title: A.M. Byers Company Personnel Records
Creator: A. M. Byers Company.
Collection dates: 1905-1960
Extent: 75.0 linear feet (60 boxes)
Abstract: A.M. Byers Company was a steel and wrought iron pipe manufacturer founded in 1863. This collection contains personnel cards detailing work histories of employees of the A.M. Byers Company plants in South Side Pittsburgh and Ambridge, Pennsylvania.
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Collection Title: International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Chauffeurs, Warehousemen and Helpers of America Contracts
Creator: International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Chauffeurs, Warehousemen, and Helpers of America.
Collection dates: 1947-1970
Extent: 27.5 linear feet (22 boxes)
Abstract: The International Brotherhood of Teamsters was formed in 1903 and is one of the largest and most powerful unions in the country. This collection contains drafts and final copies of agreements between International Brotherhood of Teamsters locals in western Pennsylvania and various companies.
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Collection Title: Political and Social Activist Movements Collection
Collection dates: 1968-1975
Extent: 3.3 linear feet (5 boxes)
Abstract: Collection contains leaflets, flyers, newsletters, brochures and miscellaneous literature of national and local organizations active in progressive left movements such as the Communist Party, the Gulf Action Project, the Peace and Freedom Center, the Revolutionary Socialist Union, Students for a Democratic Society, and the United Farm Workers.
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Collection Title: Charles Owen Rice Papers
Creator: Rice, Charles Owen, 1908-2005
Collection dates: 1894-2005
Extent: 55.24 linear feet (51boxes, 4 oversize folders, 1 film)
Abstract: Charles Owen Rice was a Roman Catholic priest who was active in the Pittsburgh community as well as national labor and civil rights movements. He was involved as a journalist, as director of the Catholic Radical Alliance of Pittsburgh, as one of the founders and first chairman of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Association of Catholic Trade Unionists (ACTU), and as founder of St. Joseph's House of Hospitality (Pittsburgh). The collection includes correspondence, subject files, transcripts of radio broadcasts, manuscripts, case files, family papers, audiotapes, photographs and a film.
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Collection Title: Ralph W. Tillotson Collection
Creator: Tillotson, Ralph W., 1885-1964
Collection dates: 1894-1963
Extent: 1.0 microfilm reel
Abstract: Ralph Waldo Tillotson (1885-1964) was a Socialist Party member and an active participant in the organized labor movement in Erie, Pennsylvania, in the first half of the 20th century. This collection contains a small sample of his correspondence, campaign material, and Socialist Party information, newspaper clippings about labor events and elections, some Tillotson family genealogical research done by a relative, and a book about the history of Erie County on one roll of microfilm.
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Collection Title: Billy Adams Papers
Creator: Adams, Billy, b. 1860
Collection dates: 1911-1942
Extent: 1.25 linear feet
Abstract: The Papers of Billy Adams consist of manuscript and published material relating the Pittsburgh Socialist Party, the International Socialist Lyceum, and the Unemployed Citizens League for the period 1911-1942.
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Collection Title: Bakery and Confectionery International Union Local 44 Records
Creator: Bakery and Confectionery Workers' International Union of America. Local 44 (Pittsburgh, Pa.).
Collection dates: 1917-1937
Extent: 0.88 linear feet (2 boxes)
Abstract: Local 44 of the Bakery and Confectionery International Union was chartered in Pittsburgh in 1909. It included workers in the city's Jewish bakeries. The collection consists primarily of copies of correspondence, 1917-1919, in English; and a series of Minutes of Executive Committee, Membership and Special Meetings, 1927-1937, in handwritten Yiddish.
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Collection Title: Steve Nelson Oral History Project Records
Creator: Nelson, Steve, 1903-
Collection dates: 1977-1978
Extent: 2.5 linear feet (4 boxes and 64 audio cassettes)
Abstract: The Steve Nelson Oral History project was conducted in 1977-1978 by James R. Barrett and Robert L. Ruck, graduate students in the Department of History at the University of Pittsburgh. The interviews with Steve Nelson, one-time member of the Communist Party of the United States, radical political activist and industrial organizer, took place at his home in Truro, Maine. The collection contains audiotapes and transcriptions of interviews conducted by James Barrett and Robert Ruck; in addition, Nelson prepared transcriptions of his own oral history recollections which are included in the collection.
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Collection Title: Rabinowitz Social Service Unionism Collection
Creator: Rabinowitz, Joni
Collection dates: 1957-1969
Extent: 1.25 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract: The Social Service Employees Union (SSEU) was founded in 1961 and represented caseworkers in welfare centers in New York City. In 1969, the SSEU merged with American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 371 to form SSEU Local 371. This collection includes pamphlets and other materials regarding welfare casework and SSEU activities in New York City's Department of Welfare.
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Collection Title: Beaver Valley Labor History Society Collection
Creator: Beaver Valley Labor History Society.
Inclusive dates: 1909-1981
Extent: 5.0 linear feet (5 boxes)
Abstract: This collection contains material primarily documenting the successful 1930s organizing drive of the Steel Workers Organizing Committee of the Congress of Industrial Organizations at Jones and Laughlin Steel Corporation, Aliquippa, Pennsylvania. The organizing drive resulted in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision, National Labor Relations Board v. Jones and Laughlin Steel Corporation, which upheld the National Labor Relations Act and established the legal right to organize labor unions. The collection was created by members of the Beaver Valley Labor History Society who conducted oral history interviews, compiled subject files, and published a newsletter focused on the early history of what became United Steelworkers of America Local 1211. Recorded from 1978 to 1980, the collection's twenty-four oral histories also document the European immigrant experience in America; African American migration to the industrial north; work in a steel mill; and the social, political, economic, and cultural life of Aliquippa, 1900s-1930s.
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Collection Title: American Federation of Teachers, Local 2067 Records
Creator: American Federation of Teachers. Local 2067 (Pittsburgh, Pa.).
Collection dates: 1966-1980
Extent: 6.25 linear feet (5 boxes)
Abstract: American Federation of Teachers Local 2067 represents full-time and part-time faculty at the Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh, Pa. This collection contains information regarding Local 2067 and its interactions with CCAC.
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Collection Title: American Federation of Teachers, Local 3412 Records
Creator: American Federation of Teachers. Local 3412 (Robert Morris College, Coraopolis, Pa.).
Collection dates: 1971-1980
Extent: 0.84 linear feet (2 boxes)
Abstract: The Robert Morris College Faculty Federation, Local No. 3412 of the American Federation of Teachers was certified by the National Labor Relations Board on October 8, 1974 as the collective bargaining agent for full-time faculty of the college. This collection documents the disbandment of the Faculty Senate at Robert Morris College and the organization of Local 3412.
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Collection Title: Service Employees International Union Local 585 Records
Creator: Service Employees International Union. Local 585 (Blawnox, Pa.).
Collection dates: 1966-1989
Extent: 214.2 linear feet (174 boxes)
Abstract: Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 585 was chartered in 1969 and represented health care employees, nonprofessional school district workers, and county civil servants in western Pennsylvania until 2002 when the local was disbanded. This collection contains information about Local 585 members and contract negotiations, typically organized by employer name.
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