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Collection Inventory

Series I. Labor Unions, 1866-1893

Scope and Content Notes:

This series contains financial ledgers, receipts, quarterly reports, correspondence, meeting minutes, union cards, newspaper clippings, wage scale information, photographs, and miscellaneous materials related to the Amalgamated Association of Iron and Steel Workers, the Iron and Steel Roll Hands, and the Rollers, Catchers, and Hookers Union. Also included is a handwritten account of the Hacking Valley Strike of 1884 and the contents of two oversize folders. Oversize 1 contains the 1874-1875 sub-lodge quarterly reports of the Iron and Steel Roll Hands while Oversize 2 includes an issue of the Labor Tribune newspaper, clippings from the Pittsburg Dispatch, and a historical background of the Amalgamated Association of Iron and Steel Workers. This series also contains numerous decorative ribbons and medals used to commemorate union conventions and celebrations.

Subseries 1. Amalgamated Association of Iron and Steel Workers


Box 1
Folder 1 Sub-lodge Receipts and Disbursements, Ledger, 1870-1887
Folder 2 National Lodge, Receipts, 1879-1890
Folder 3 Abstract from the Quarterly Reports of Sub-Lodges, 1891
Folder 4 Exchange Lodge No. 24, Committee Reports, 1880
Folder 5 Sub-lodge Membership Information, 1892
Folder 6 Correspondence as Secretary of Treasurer, 1878-1890
Folder 7 Martin Union Cards and Time Card Information, 1866-1890
Folder 8 Thomas A. Armstrong Monumental Committee, 1889
Folder 9 Miscellaneous Newspaper Clippings, 1888-1893

Subseries 2. Iron and Steel Roll Hands

Folder 10 Meeting Minutes and Finances, Ledger, 1874-1876
Folder 11 Sub-lodge Quarterly Reports and Wage Scale Information, 1874-1876
Folder 12 Keystone Lodge No. 19 Membership Information, 1874
Folder 13 Miscellaneous Sub-lodge Membership Information, 1874
Folder 14 Copy of Speech Delivered at National Convention, Undated
Oversize 1 Sub-lodge Quarterly Reports, 1874-1875

Subseries 3. Minutes and Publications

Folder 15 Rollers, Catchers, and Hookers Union, Meeting Minutes, Ledger, 1873-1876

Box 2
Folder 1 Rollers, Roughers, Catchers, and Hookers Union, Sub-lodge Finances, Ledger, 1874
Folder 2 Circular of Amalgamation to the Heaters and Roll Hands of the United States, 1875
Folder 3 Miscellaneous Wage Scale Information, 1872, 1888
Folder 4 Handwritten Account of the Hacking Valley Strike, 1884
Folder 5 Miscellaneous Receipts and Union Cards, Scrapbook, 1873-1887
Folder 6 Thomas Armstrong, John Jarret, William Martin, David A. Plant, William Weihe, Photographs, Undated
Oversize 2 Newspapers and Clippings, 1887-1888, 1892-1893

Subseries 4. Awards

Section: Union and Organization Ribbons and Medals

Section: Union and Organization Ribbons and Medals

Series II. Chief of the Bureau of Labor, Carnegie Steel Company, 1891-1893, 1900

Scope and Content Notes:

This series contains information related to Martin's tenure as Chief of the Bureau of Labor for the Carnegie Steel Company, including competitor mill wage scale and labor cost information, correspondence, memorandums, contracts, travel ledgers, and newspaper clippings. The bulk of the content is related to correspondence and competitor mill wage scale information compiled by Martin using industry contacts made during his previous involvement with labor union organizations. This data would later be used as the model on which the proposed 1892 Homestead Mill scales would be based.

Folder 7-9 Correspondence and Competitor Mill Wage Scale Information, 1891-1893
Folder 10-11 Competitor Mill Wage Scale and Labor Cost Information Compiled, 1891-1892
Folder 12 Miscellaneous Competitor Wage Scale and Labor Cost Information, undated
Folder 13-14 The Carnegie Steel Company, Memorandum of Wage Payout Agreement With Comparative Wage Scale Data, 1891-1893

Box 3
Folder 1 The Carnegie Steel Company, Memorandum of Wage Payout Agreement With Comparative Wage Scale Data, 1891-1893
Folder 2 Homestead Steel Works- Average Daily Wages, 1891-1892
Folder 3 Homestead Steel Works- Proposed Scales and Contract of Agreement, 1892
Folder 4 Homestead Steel Works- Newspaper Clippings, 1891-1893
Folder 5 The Carnegie Steel Company, Miscellaneous Internal Correspondence, 1892-1893
Folder 6 Correspondence to Henry Frick and Andrew Carnegie, 1900
Folder 7 Travel Ledgers, 1890-1893
Folder 8 Miscellaneous Newspaper Clippings, 1891-1893

Series III. McCullough and Martin Manufacturing and the Olive Varnish Companies, 1893-1897

Scope and Content Notes:

This series contains correspondence, travel ledgers, contracts,account information, business cards, and letterhead related to Martin's involvement in the McCullough and Martin Manufacturing Company and the Olive Varnish Company. Also contained is an 1893 letter of recommendation by future President William McKinley, then Governor of Ohio.

Subseries 1. McCullough and Martin Manufacturing Company

Folder 9-15 Business Correspondence to William S. McCullough, 1893-1896
Folder 16-17 Business Correspondence to Martin Manufacturing, 1896-1897

Box 4
Folder 1-2 Business Correspondence to Martin Manufacturing, 1897
Folder 3-5 Travel Ledgers, 1894-1897
Folder 6 Eureka Lubricants, Purchase Agreement and Account Information, 1893
Folder 7 Martin Manufacturing, Agreement to Purchase Share of Company from William S. McCullough, 1896
Folder 8 Miscellaneous Financial and Company Account Information, 1894-1897
Folder 9 Company Business Cards and Blank Letterhead, Undated

Subseries 2. The Olive Varnish Company

Folder 10-11 Business Correspondence to Olive Varnish Company, 1895-1896
Folder 12 Company Purchase Agreement, 1895

Subseries 3. Business Correspondence

Folder 13 Business Correspondence Including Letter of William McKinley, 1893-1899

Series IV. Applications for the Office of Commissioner of Labor and the Office of Commissioner of Immigration at Ellis Island, 1889-1890, 1897-1899

Scope and Content Notes:

This series contains handwritten letters of endorsement, form-letters of endorsement, correspondence, circulars, and newspaper clippings related to Martin's attempts to secure a post within the Federal government. This includes information of Martin's 1889 bid for the office of Commissioner of Labor and Martin's 1897 effort to secure the office of Commissioner of Immigration at Ellis Island. Notable contributors of letters include Andrew Carnegie, United States Senators Mathew Quay and Boies Penrose, B.F. Jones, President of the American Iron and Steel Association, and Pittsburgh Mayor William McCallin.

Subseries 1. Office of Commissioner of Labor

Folder 14 Circular to the Trade and Labor Unions of America, Request for Endorsements, 1889

Box 5
Folder 1 Handwritten Letters of Endorsement, 1889
Volume 1 Bound Forms of Endorsement, 1889
Folder 3-4 Unbound Forms of Endorsement, 1889

Box 6
Folder 1 Correspondence Related to Status of Application, 1889-1890
Folder 2 Newspaper Clippings, 1889

Subseries 2. Office of Commissioner of Immigration at Ellis Island

Folder 3 Letters of Endorsement, 1897-1898
Folder 4-6 Correspondence Related to Status of Application, 1897-1899

Series V. Inventions and Patent Acquisition, 1905-1907

Scope and Content Notes:

This series contains patents, blueprints, correspondence, brochures, and photographs related to inventions and patent acquisition. Included is a series of thirty-six photographs illustrating the perceived advantages of street car fenders in sweeping foreign debris and human casualties from trolley tracks.

Subseries 1. Patent Information and Documentation

Folder 7 Street Car Fenders, 1905-1906
Folder 8 Street Car Fenders, Photographs, Undated
Folder 9 Window Locks, 1906
Folder 10 Street Car Brakes, 1907

Subseries 2. Correspondence

Folder 11 Correspondence Related to Patent Marketing and Sales, 1905-1907

Series VI. Family and Miscellaneous Papers, 1860s-1933

Scope and Content Notes:

This series contains family correspondence, genealogical sketches, family bibles, birth and marriage certificates, death announcements, newspaper clippings, bank statements, receipts, and information related to Martin's involvement as an insurance salesman.

Subseries 1. Genealogical


Box 7
Folder 1 Family History and Related Documents, 1860s-1930s
Folder 2 Family Bibles, 1884, 1893
Folder 3 Certificates and Documentation of William Martin, 1860, 1865, 1874, 1914
Folder 4 Materials Related to Son William Joline Martin, 1913, 1918, 1919
Folder 5 Materials Related to Grandson George F. Martin Jr., 1933

Subseries 2. Family Correspondence

Folder 6 Directed to Members of the Martin Family, 1862-1913
Folder 7 Directed to Wife Melissa Caroline Hopkins Martin, 1873-1878
Folder 8 Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1901-1913

Subseries 3. Statements and Receipts

Folder 9 Insurance Information, 1889, 1905, 1907
Folder 10-11 Bank Statements, Receipts, and Disbursements, Masonic Bank, 1880-1890