Summary Information
Title: Gaston LeBlanc Papers
Collection Number: AIS.1973.21
Creator: LeBlanc, Gaston

Collection Dates: 1937-1970
Extent: 67.5 linear feet (56 boxes)

Language: English

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.
Publisher:

ULS Archives Service Center
University of Pittsburgh Library System
7500 Thomas Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA, 15260
412-648-3232
archives-ref@mail.pitt.edu
Date Published:

March 2010
Author:

Finding aid prepared by Gary M. Link and Zachary Brodt.
Biography

Gaston LeBlanc was born in Lynn, Massachusetts, in 1911. He began his career as a union organizer in 1940, working for the Industrial Trade Union operating in Rhode Island. Then, in 1944, he began to work for the Textile Workers Union. In 1946 he joined the organizational staff of the United Stone & Allied Products Workers of America (US&APWA), headquartered in Barre, Vermont. LeBlanc then moved in 1950 to Clearfield, Pennsylvania, the US&APWA's regional headquarters for locals at the Harbison-Walter Refractories Company. Five years later he moved to Pittsburgh where he was elected president of the US&APWA, and was responsible for guiding the union through its 1970 merger with the United Steel Workers of America.


Collection Scope and Content Notes

This collection includes two short biographies of Gaston LeBlanc written by his son, Paul LeBlanc. The first is personal and reflective. The second is a factual account of Gaston LeBlanc's background, family and work, including information on the United Stone & Allied Products Workers of America (US&APWA), and several friends/co workers whose names appear on documents and whole file folders in the collection. A few records in the collection go back as far as 1937, but the bulk of the collection is from 1946 to 1970, the years LeBlanc worked for the AS&APWA. Records from and about this union include constitutions; contracts; draft contracts; contract negotiations; wage schedules; meeting minutes; correspondence; and the union's newspaper, The Beacon. Newspapers, pamphlets, contracts, correspondence, and reports from other unions also appear throughout the collection. Reports and pamphlets from the US government and companies that the US&APWA dealt with are also included. There are a few photographs in the collection. Those photographs which appear to be of family and friends are unlabeled and undated. A few that show US&APWA conventions have names written on the back.


Subject Terms

Topics
  • Labor unions -- United States -- Officials and employees
  • Political action committees -- Pennsylvania
  • Unemployment insurance -- Pennsylvania
  • Urban renewal -- Pennsylvania

Corporate Names
  • Harbison-Walker Refractories Company.
  • United Stone and Allied Products Workers of America.

Personal Names
  • LeBlanc, Gaston

Genres/Forms
  • Clippings (Information artifacts)
  • Correspondence

Category
  • Labor
  • Personal papers
  • Politics
  • Social action

Access and Use
Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of Shirley LeBlanc in July 1973.

Preferred Citation:

Gaston LeBlanc Papers, 1937-1970, AIS.1973.21, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Processing Information:

This collection was processed to the box level by Gary Link in 1990.

Copyright:

The University of Pittsburgh holds the property rights to the material in this collection, but the copyright may still be held by the original creator/author. Researchers are therefore advised to follow the regulations set forth in the U.S. Copyright Code when publishing, quoting, or reproducing material from this collection without the consent of the creator/author or that go beyond what is allowed by fair use.


Collection Inventory
Box 1 United Stone and Allied Products Workers of America Records, 1940-1970
Box 2 United Stone and Allied Products Workers of America Records, 1951-1968
Box 3 Alexander Wright Papers, 1947-1949
Box 4 Clearfield Cheese Co. Correspondence, 1953-1954
Box 5 Contract Demands, 1969-1970
Box 6 Chisholm Ryder Co. Job Evaluation Plan
Box 7 Personal Papers, Union Records and Corrspondence
Box 8 Records, Publications, Contracts, and Personal Papers, 1964-1968
Box 9 Minutes of Joint Board Meetings, 1953-1956
Box 10 Records and Publications, 1940, 1955-1969
Box 11 Grievance Meeting Records, 1955-1964
Box 12 US&APWA Records and Labor Publications, 1957, 1961-1971

Box 13
Folder 1 Harbison-Walker Research, Clippings, 1966
Folder 2 Harbison-Walker Correspondence, 1966-1967
Folder 3 Harbison-Walker Hays Works, 1966-1967
Folder 4 Harbison-Walker Supplies Report, 1968
Folder 5 Harbison-Walker, Other Union Negotiations, 1960-1964
Folder 6 Harbison-Walker Strike Fund Supplies, 1964
Folder 7 Harbison-Walker Negotiation Research, 1962
Folder 8 Research, Labor Newspapers, 1962
Folder 9 Union Labor Report, 1962
Folder 10 Harbison-Walker Negotiations, 1958-1962
Folder 11 General Union Records, 1962
Folder 12 General Company Records, 1962
Folder 13 Harbison-Walker Local Drafts General Demands
Folder 14 Contract Supplement, 1965
Folder 15 Harbison-Walker Arbitrations, 1960-1964
Folder 16-17 Arbitrations, 1960-1964
Folder 18 Records, 1956-1964
Folder 19 Arbitration Records, 1948-1965
Folder 20 Arbitration, 1963-1964
Folder 21 Harbison-Walker Contract, 1960-1962
Folder 22 Harbison-Walker IUD, 1963-1964
Folder 23 Barret Records, 1963-1964
Folder 24 Construction Records, 1963-1965
Folder 25 Portsmouth Records, 1961-1962
Folder 26 Local 110 Contract, 1964
Folder 27 Harbison-Walker Local 66 Contract Negotiations, 1964-1966
Folder 28 Harbison-Walker Negotiations, 1963-1964
Folder 29 Negotiation Demands, 1964
Folder 30 Harbison-Walker Negotiations, 1962-1963
Folder 31 Harbison-Walker Schedule A, 1964-1965
Folder 32 Local 75 Schedule A, 1959-1960
Folder 33 Local 76 Schedule A, 1954-1959
Folder 34 Harbison-Walker Contract, 56 SUB, 1956-1959
Folder 35 Cape May Memos, 1962-1965
Folder 36 Harbison-Walker Research, 1963-1964
Folder 37 Local 66 Records, 1964-1966
Folder 38 Steelworkers Agreements, 1962-1963
Folder 39 Research, General Negotiations, 1959-1962
Box 14 US&APWA Contracts and Constitution, 1948, 1955-1967
Box 15 US&APWA Records, 1955, 1960-1966
Box 16 US&APWA Records, 1951-1957
Box 17 US&APWA Records and Reports by Alexander Strachan and Jack Valtair, 1954-1964
Box 18 Personal Papers and Shirley LeBlanc Social Work Studies, 1956-1966
Box 19 US&APWA Records and Newspaper Clippings, 1945, 1957-1966
Box 20 US&APWA Records, 1937-1962
Box 21 US&APWA Records, 1953, 1964-1966
Box 22 US&APWA Records, Shirley LeBlanc Papers and Photographs, 1953-1966
Box 23 Harbison-Walker Locals Tax Book, 1953-1956
Box 24 US&APWA Records, 1966
Box 25 US&APWA Records, 1955-1968
Box 26 US&APWA Records, 1957-1970
Box 27 US&APWA Records and Photographs, 1961-1970
Box 28 US&APWA Records and Photographs, 1955, 1962-1969
Box 29 Shirley LeBlanc Notes from Pitt Graduate School of Social Work, 1965
Box 30-31 US&APWA Records and Personal Papers, 1966-1968
Box 32-33 US&APWA Records and Clippings, 1946, 1950, 1960-1970
Box 34 US&APWA Records and Shirley LeBlanc Correspondence, 1965-1970
Box 35 US&APWA Records and Photographs, 1951-1959
Box 36 US&APWA Records, 1944, 1948, 1956-1964
Box 37 US&APWA Records and Constitutional Convention Medallion, 1946-1956, 1964
Box 38 US&APWA Records, 1955-1969
Box 39 US&APWA Records, 1951, 1956, 1962, 1970
Box 40 US&APWA Records and Topical Law Reports, 1951-1969
Box 41 US&APWA Records and Personal Correspondence, 1956-1967
Box 42 US&APWA Records, 1947-1950, 1960-1969
Box 43 US&APWA Records and Yearbook, 1944-1949
Box 44 US&APWA Records and Photographs, 1954, 1960-1969
Box 45 US&APWA Records, 1955-1966
Box 46 US&APWA Records and Newspaper Clippings, 1956, 1964-1968
Box 47 US&APWA Records and Photograph, 1944-1963
Box 48 US&APWA Records, 1953-1956
Box 49 US&APWA Records, 1950-1962
Box 50 US&APWA Records, 1950-1962
Box 51 Harbison-Walker, 1947-1952
Box 52 Parade Photographs
Box 53 Reports, Bills, and Clippings,
Box 54 Research, Personal Papers, and Research
Box 55 Clippings, Harbison-Walker Records, and US&APWA International Executive Board Files
Box 56 Local Contracts, Research and Grievance Meeting Records