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
Folder 1 United Stone and Allied Products Workers of America Records, 1940-1970
Folder 2 Shirley LeBlanc Papers, 1965-1969
Folder 3 National Industrial Group Pension Plan Records, 1965-1968
Folder 4 Labor and Political Publications, 1966-1969
Folder 4 Miscellaneous Papers, 1967-1968
Folder 5 Correspondence, 1966-1968
Folder 6 Newspapers and Clippings, 1967-1969

Box 2
Folder 1 United Stone and Allied Products Workers of America Records, 1951-1968
Folder 2 AFL-CIO Records, 1953-1958, 1967
Folder 3 Government Reports on Labor, 1957-1958
Folder 4 Labor Reports and Publications, 1945-1968
Folder 5 Records, 1957-1968
Folder 6 Correspondence, 1958-1968
Folder 7 Newspapers and Clippings, 1944-1969

Box 3
Folder 1 Alexander Wright Papers, 1947-1949
Folder 2 Records, 1947-1948
Folder 3 Council (Refract.) Records, 1948-1950
Folder 4 Refractory Products Handbook by A.J. Metzger, 1949
Folder 5 A Plan of Group Insurance
Folder 6 Harbison-Walker Refractory Co. Wage Scales, 1948
Folder 7 Records, 1950
Folder 8 Northwest Magnesite Company Records, Cape May, NJ, 1945-1947
Folder 9 Harbison-Walker Correspondence, 1945-1950
Folder 10 Correspondence, 1948
Folder 11 Harbison-Walker Schedule and Unsigned Agreements, 1948
Folder 12 Harbison-Walker Chester Correspondence, 1946-1949
Folder 13 N.T. Pulverizing Co. Records, Toms River, NJ, 1949
Folder 14 Correspondence, 1945-1949
Folder 15 Certain Teed York, PA #31 Correspondence, 1946-1949
Folder 16 Certain Teed Akron, NY Contracts, 1948-1950
Folder 17 Hudson Supply and Equipment Co. Contracts, 1946-1950
Folder 18 Catholic Action Newspaper and Magazine Clippings, 1949
Folder 19 Agreements and Contracts, 1950
Folder 20 Planning Book, 1964
Folder 21 Correspondence, 1950-1951
Folder 22 Newspapers and Clippings, 1950

Box 4
Folder 1 Clearfield Cheese Co. Correspondence, 1953-1954
Folder 2 York Water Works BR 151 Correspondence, 1951-1952
Folder 3 Johnson Machine Co. Correspondence, 1951-1952
Folder 4 Records, 1949-1964
Folder 5 Newspaper Clippings, 1963-1964
Folder 6 Certain Teed York, PA BR 37 Correspondence, 1950-1953
Folder 7 Harbison-Walker Hammond, IN Correspondence, 1958-1959
Folder 8 Harbison-Walker Unions Kilmar, Quebec, 1958-1960
Folder 9 Harbison-Walker Unions Mount Union, PA District 50 Correspondence, 1953-1954
Folder 10 Harbison-Walker Unions Windham, OH Brick and Clay Wage Schedule, 1960
Folder 11 Harbison-Walker Vacation Forms
Folder 12 Harbison-Walker Vending Machine Correspondence, 1956
Folder 13 Harbison-Walker Robert J. Wagner Correspondence, 1950, 1960
Folder 14 Wage Rates Standard Hours Schedule
Folder 15 Harbison-Walker Disciplinary Memos, 1961
Folder 16 46 L Hays, Pittsburgh Correspondence, 1961-1963
Folder 17 66 Harbison-Walker Clearfield, PA Correspondence, 1961-1965
Folder 18 75 No. 2 Clearfield, PA Correspondence, 1956-1965

Box 5
Folder 1 Contract Demands, 1969-1970
Folder 2 Calendar, Gift from Paul and Sandy, 1970
Folder 3 Photographs
Folder 4 AS&APWA and Harbison-Walker Contract, 1969-1971
Folder 5 Records, 1969-1970
Folder 6 Newspapers and Clippings, 1969

Box 6
Folder 1 Chisholm Ryder Co. Job Evaluation Plan
Folder 2 Correspondence and Handbooks, 1942-1962
Folder 3 Labor Newspapers, 1953-1959
Folder 4 Spy Sign
Box 7 Personal Papers, Union Records and Corrspondence
Box 8 Records, Publications, Contracts, and Personal Papers, 1964-1968

Box 9
Folder 1 Minutes of Joint Board Meetings, 1953-1956
Folder 2 Grievance Meeting Records, Harbison-Walker and Local 74, 1951-1953
Folder 3 Grievance Records, 1961-1962
Folder 4 Grievance Meeting Records, Harbison-Walker and Local 75, 1951-1953
Folder 5 Address of Joint Board Delegates and Officers, 1954-1955
Folder 6 Grievance Meeting Records, Harbison-Walker and Local 76, 1951-1954
Folder 7 Grievance Meeting Records, Harbison-Walker and Local 66, 1957-1960
Folder 8 Stewart's Manual and Report of Grievance, 1955
Folder 9 Grievance Meetings, Harbison-Walker and Local 66, 1951-1954
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
Folder 1 US&APWA Records, 1937-1962
Folder 2 Personal Correspondence, 1962
Box 21 US&APWA Records, 1953, 1964-1966
Box 22 US&APWA Records, Shirley LeBlanc Papers and Photographs, 1953-1966

Box 23
Folder 1 Harbison-Walker Locals Tax Book, 1953-1956
Folder 2 Appointment Book, 1965
Folder 3 Harbison-Walker Grievance Records, 1968-1969
Folder 4 Shirley LeBlanc Papers, 1966
Folder 5 Photographs

Box 24
Folder 1 US&APWA Records, 1966
Folder 2 Congressional Reports, 1937-1949
Folder 3 US&APWA Convention Proceedings, 1952, 1967
Folder 4 Gaston LeBlanc Appointment Books, 1958, 1968
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
Folder 1 US&APWA Records and Photographs, 1955, 1962-1969
Folder 2 Shirley LeBlanc Papers, 1966
Folder 3 Newspapers and Clippings, 1967-1968

Box 29
Folder 1 Shirley LeBlanc Notes from Pitt Graduate School of Social Work, 1965
Folder 2 US&APWA Records, 1954-1964
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
Folder 1 Harbison-Walker, 1947-1952
Folder 2 Personnal Papers and Correspondence

Box 52
Folder 1 Parade Photographs
Folder 2 The Beacon, 1952
Folder 3 Harbison-Walker Files
Folder 4 Meeting Minutes
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