Guide to the Beaver Valley Labor History Society Collection, 1909-1981 AIS.1981.08

ULS Archives & Special Collections

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
Beaver Valley Labor History Society Collection
Creator
Beaver Valley Labor History Society.
Collection Number
AIS.1981.08
Date [inclusive]
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.

Preferred Citation

Beaver Valley Labor History Society Collection, 1909-1981, AIS.1981.08, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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History

With the support of United Steelworkers of America Local 1211 and the Philip Murray Retirees Club, the Beaver Valley Labor History Society was established in 1978 to “inform people of the important role that our valley has played in American labor history” so that “they may be aware and proud of their heritage.” For a four year period, the Society collected material, conducted oral history interviews, and published a journal focused on documenting the history of steelworkers in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania. In 1981, the Beaver Valley Labor History Society transferred the organization’s subject files, oral histories, and copies of its publications to the Archives of Industrial Society at the University of Pittsburgh and ceased publication of its journal.

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Scope and Content Notes

This collection primarily covers the history of the 1930s Steel Workers Organizing Committee campaign at Jones and Laughlin Steel Corporation, Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, through original and photocopied materials. It also includes material on local and national issues related to the United Steelworkers Union from 1943-1981. Additionally, twenty-four oral history interviews, most of which are transcribed, with steelworkers and their family members who were involved in the 1930s Aliquippa organizing campaign provide additional insights. Further scope and content notes are provided at the series level.

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Arrangement

  • Series I. Subject Files, 1909-1981
  • Series II. Oral Histories, 1978-1980
  • Series III. Publications

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives & Special Collections, November 2007

University of Pittsburgh Library System
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Revision Description

 Addition of Series IV. March 2016

Access Restrictions

No restrictions.

Copyright

Property rights reside with the University of Pittsburgh. For information about permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the Archives Services Center.

Acquisition Informaiton

Gift of Beaver Valley Labor History Society on October 1, 1981.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Archives Service Center staff in 1981, reprocessed by Ben Blake in 2006 and edited by David Rosenberg and Zachary L. Brodt in 2007.

Existence and Location of Originals

The originals of some items in the collection are held by the Walter P. Reuther Library of Wayne State University and other repositories.

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Related Materials

Related Material

Journal of the Beaver Valley Labor History Society, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

The Union Press (Aliquippa, Pa.), Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

Separated Material

The microfilm reels can be found in cabinets in the Reading Room at the Archives Service Center.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Amalgamated Association of Iron, Steel, and Tin Workers of North America. Beaver Valley Lodge 200 (Aliquippa, Pa.).
  • Beaver Valley Labor History Society.
  • Jones & Laughlin Steel Corporation. Aliquippa Works.
  • Steel and Metal Workers Industrial Union (U.S.). Ambridge Office (Ambridge, Pa.).
  • Steel Workers Organizing Committee (U.S.). Local 1211 (Aliquippa, Pa.).
  • United States. National Labor Relations Board. -- Cases
  • United Steelworkers of America. Local 1211 (Aliquippa, Pa.).

Genre(s)

  • Audiotapes
  • Oral histories (Document genres)
  • Transcripts

Geographic Name(s)

  • Aliquippa (Pa.)
  • Ambridge (Pa.)

Personal Name(s)

  • Bannik, Mike
  • Cobb, Clark
  • Colbert, Ella
  • Colonna, Nino
  • Cozzicoli, Mary
  • Del Turco, Dominic
  • Di Ciero, Joseph
  • Dunn, Ralph
  • George, Alex
  • Iacobucci, Bert
  • Kromerich, Frank
  • Lopata, Andy
  • Mandity, Joe
  • Modrack, Nick
  • Montini, Elizio
  • Montini, Ormond
  • Pienkowski, Frank
  • Riccitelli, Tony
  • Tadora, Lou
  • Tipper, Bartow
  • Tomeo, Tony
  • Uzelac, Eli
  • Zahorsky, Michael

Subject(s)

  • Iron and steel workers
  • Iron and steel workers -- Labor unions -- Organizing
  • Iron industry and trade -- Pennsylvania -- Aliquippa
  • Labor
  • Steel industry and trade -- Pennsylvania -- Aliquippa

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Previous Citation

Beaver Valley Labor History Society Collection, 1909-1981, AIS.1981.08, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Beaver Valley Labor History Society, 1934-1981 and Beaver Valley Labor History Society Collection, 1909-1981, UELAB.1981.08, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

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Collection Inventory

Series  I. Subject Files, 1909-1981 

Scope and Content Notes

This series primarily documents the Steel Workers Organizing Committee campaign at Jones and Laughlin Steel Corporation's Aliquippa Works during the 1930s. Also included is information on early labor relations in the Pennsylvania steel industry, the Steel and Metal Workers Industrial Union organizing drive in Ambridge from 1933-1935, and a selective history of the United Steelworkers Union spanning 1943-1981. The files are organized alphabetically by topic within each subseries and are almost entirely composed of photocopies of original documents held by other repositories.

Subseries  1. Steel Industry Labor Relations, Pennsylvania, 1909-1932 

Scope and Content Notes

This subseries contains information on labor relations in the Pennsylvania steel industry prior to the union organizing drive of the 1930s. It contains photocopies of a variety of documents, including clippings.

  BoxFolder
American Federation of Labor, Smoky City Federal Local, Pittsburgh, Demands, 1917 11
  Folder
American Iron and Steel Institute, Iron Age, Steel Company Towns including Aliquippa, 1909-1913 2
  Folder
Joe Dallet and the Jones and Laughlin Steel, Aliquippa Works Supervisor Bribery Scandal, May-June, 1929 3
  Folder
Jones and Laughlin Steel Corporation, "Pension System", July 24, 1923 4
  Folder
United States Department of Labor, Deportation of United States Steel Employees, June 21, 1920 5
  Folder
United States Department of Labor, Investigation of "Labor Trouble," Aliquippa, PA, October 9, 1918 6
  Folder
Woodlawn Gazette, Articles Regarding Steel Worker Union, Steel Industry and Ku Klux Klan, 1923-1924, 1936, undated 7

Subseries  2. Steelworkers Organizing Drive, Aliquippa, 1933-1942 

Scope and Content Notes

This subseries documents the union organizing drive at Jones and Laughlin Steel Corporation's Aliquippa Works during the 1930s. It includes scattered documentation of local membership, finances, organization, and correspondence by union organizers and officers. Also included are proceedings, reports, and petitions related to U.S. National Steel Labor Relations Board hearings, 1934-1935, and U.S. National Labor Relations Board hearings, 1936. In addition, this subseries contains copies of clippings from labor and Pennsylvania newspapers related to this union campaign.

  Folder
African Americans Expelled from Beaver County, PA, 1933 8
  Folder
Amalgamated Association of Iron, Steel and Tin Workers of North America, Aliquippa, 1933-1936, undated 09-13
  Folder
Ambridge, PA, Steel Strike, September, 1933-May, 1935, undated 14
  Folder
American Federation of Labor, The AFL Rank and File Federationist, March-April, 1935 15
  Folder
American Federation of Labor, List of Alleged Communist Party Members in SWOC, May 21, 1937 16
  Folder
American Iron and Steel Institute, Employee Representation in the Iron and Steel Industry, 1930s 17
  Folder
American Iron and Steel Institute, Iron Age, Employee Representation Plans, June, 1934-March, 1937 18
  Folder
American Iron and Steel Institute, Steel Facts, May 1935 19
  Folder
Bannik, Mike, December 1934-January 1935 20
  Folder
Beaver County Emergency Relief Board, Requests for Beaver Valley Lodge No. 200 Members, December, 1934 21
  Folder
Claessens, August and Rebecca E. Jarvis, ABC of Parliamentary Law, 1936 22
  Folder
Daily Worker, Steel Worker Union and Steel Industry, 1930s 23
  Folder
Democratic Party, Beaver County, 1934-1935 24
  Folder
Di Ciero, Joseph, Treasurer, SWOC Local 1211, Financial Scandal, July, 1938-December, 1939 25
  Folder
Federated Press, Steel Worker Union and Steel Industry, 1929-1934 26
  Folder
Foster, William Z., "Steel Workers - Organize!" from the Daily Worker, February 27, 1935 27
  Folder
Geographic and Demographic Material, Aliquippa, 1930s 28
  Folder
Gerstner, Martin, Financial Secretary, Correspondence, August, 1934-May, 1937 29
  Folder
Hoenstine, Harry, "Address "Foremen's Club Meeting," Ellwood Works, National Tube Co., October 30, 1933 30
  Folder
Jones and Laughlin Steel Corporation, Company Spy Reports, February-May, 1937 31
  Folder
Jones and Laughlin Steel Corporation, Discharges, March, 1936-May, 1937 32
  Folder
Jones and Laughlin Steel Corporation, Employee Representation Plans, Aliquippa Works, 1934-1937 33-35
  Folder
Kane, M.J., Aliquippa Police Chief, undated 36
  Folder
League for Social Justice, "Report of the Ambridge Riot", 1933 37
  Folder
Marchione, L. and Frank, Correspondence in English and Italian, 1934 38
  Folder
Murray, Philip, "The Social and Economic Consequences of Technology", 1940 39
  Folder
Pennsylvania, Department of Labor and Industry, "Report....on Special Policing in Industry", October, 1934 40
  Folder
Philadelphia Record, Steel Worker Union and Steel Industry, 1934, undated 41
  Folder
Pinchot, Glifford, "Statement ...", October 24, 1934 42
  Folder
Pucci, Guiseppi, Treasurer, Amalgamated Association of Iron, Steel and Tin Workers, Finances, 1934 43
  Folder
Ruttenberg, Harold J., Correspondence, July, 1934 - July, 1935, November 19, 1959 44
  Folder
Song Sheets, 1930s 45
  Folder
Steel and Metal Workers Industrial Union, Aliquippa Local, Hot Billet, March 1934, undated 46
  Folder
Steel and Metal Workers Industrial Union, Steel Metal Worker, August, 1933 - June, 1935 47-51
  Folder
Steel and Metal Workers Industrial Union, Steel Workers Organize and Prepare to Strike, 1930s 52
  Folder
Steel Workers Organizing Committee, Handling Grievances, 1941 53
  Folder
Steel Workers Organizing Committee, "Jones and Laughlin Steel Corporation Basic Contract", May 25, 1937 54
  Folder
Steel Workers Organizing Committee Lodge No. 1211, Organizing Drive, June, 1936-July, 1939 55
  Folder
Steel Workers Organizing Committee and Jones and Laughlin Steel Corp., Agreement, May 14, 1937 56
  Folder
Timko, Joseph J., "Report ...Steel Workers Organizing Committee, Beaver Valley District", January 17, 1941 57
  Folder
United States Bureau of Mediation, "Complaint, Beaver Valley Lodge No. 200", March 9, 1935 58
  Folder
United States Labor Relations Board, "Official Report ...Jones and Laughlin Steel Corp.", 1936 59-76
  BoxFolder
United States National Steel Labor Relations Board, August, 1934-October, 1935, undated 201-02
  Folder
United States National Steel Labor Relations Board, "Findings... Jones and Laughlin Steel Corp.", 1935 3
  Folder
United States National Steel Labor Relations Board, "Petition for Re-Hearing...Lodge No. 200", 1935 4
  Folder
United States National Steel Labor Relations Board, "Report ...Jones and Laughlin Steel Corp.", 1934 05-07
  Folder
United States National War Labor Board, "Notice to Employees of Jones and Laughlin Steel Corp.", 1942 8
  Folder
United Steelworkers of America, Steel Labor, August, 1936-March, 1937 09-10
  Folder
Western Pennsylvania Unemployment Council, Hunger Fighter, Special Steel Strike Edition, June 19, 1934 11
  Folder
Young Worker, Steel Worker Union and Steel Industry, 1930s 12

Subseries  3. United Steelworkers of America, Local 1211, 1943-1981 

Scope and Content Notes

This subseries documents a broad range of local and national issues related to steel industry labor relations and the internal union politics of the United Steelworkers. Also included is some material related to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 201, Beaver, PA, from the 1970s. The bulk of this material consists of printed documents or clippings.

  Folder
Affirmative Action and Civil Rights, 1978-1979 13
  Folder
Aliquippa Democratic Social Club, 1950, 1953, undated 14
  Folder
Beaver Valley Gazette, Steel Worker Union and Steel Industry, November 1950 15
  Folder
Historical Development, Aliquippa, ca.1970 16
  Folder
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 201, Beaver, PA, 1973-1979 17-22
  Folder
Johnson, J. Bruce, United States Steel Corporation, Ambridge Bridge Division, October, 1979 23
  Folder
National Steelworkers Rank and File Committee, "Convention Report", August, 1980 24
  Folder
North American Congress on Latin America Report on the Americas, "Steelyard Blues", 1979 25
  Folder
Steel Worker Union and Steel Industry Articles, 1910s-1940s, December, 1978-April, 1980, undated 26-29
  Folder
Story of the Woodlawn Land Company, 1970 30
  Folder
United States Labor Party, August, 1980 31
  Folder
United Steelworkers of America, "Agreement ... Jones and Laughlin Steel Corp.", 1962 32
  Folder
United Steelworkers of America, "Constitution of International Union, Manual ...", September 18, 1958 33
  Folder
United Steelworkers of America, Contract Negotiation, 1980 34
  Folder
United Steelworkers of America, Experimental Negotiating Agreement, 1967 35
  Folder
United Steelworkers of America, National Convention, August, 1980 36
  Folder
United Steelworkers of America, Proposed Constitutional Amendments, 1980 37
  Folder
United Steelworkers of America, Steel Labor, "Fortieth Anniversary Issue", May-June, 1976 38
  Folder
United Steelworkers of America Local 1211, Aliquippa Steelworker, 1964 -1966, undated 39
  Folder
United Steelworkers of America Local 1211 Elections, January, 1940-December, 1943 40
  Folder
United Steelworkers of America and the Coordinating Committee Steel Companies, "Contracting Out", 1979 41

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Series  II. Oral Histories, 1978-1980 

Scope and Content Notes

This series is comprised of twenty-three oral history interviews of steelworkers involved in the Steel Workers Organizing Committee union recognition drive in Aliquippa during the 1930s. In addition to the early history of unionism in the area, the interviews cover a broad range of topics including immigration from Europe; work in a steel mill; and the social, political, economic and cultural life of Aliquippa. The interviews were conducted by members of the Beaver Valley Labor History Society from 1978-1980. Seventeen of the interviews have been fully or partially transcribed.

  Folder
Cobb, Clark 42
  Folder
Colonna, Nino 43
  Folder
Cozzicoli, Mary 44
  Folder
Del Turco, Dominic 45
  Folder
Di Ciero, Joe 46
  Folder
Dunn, Ralph 47
  Folder
George, Alex 48
  Folder
Iacobucci, Bert 49
  Folder
Kromerich, Frank 50
  Folder
Lopata, Andy 51
  Folder
Mandity, Joe 52
  Folder
Modrack, Nick 53
  Folder
Montini, Elizio 54
  Folder
Montini, Ormond 55
  Folder
Riccitelli, Tony 56
  Folder
Tadora, Lou 57
  Folder
Zahorsky, Michael 58
  Folder
Humeniuk, Paul 59
  BoxCassette
Bannik, Mike 31
  Cassette
Cobb, Clark 2
  Cassette
Colbert, Ella 3
  Cassette
Colonna, Nino 4
  Cassette
Cozzicoli, Mary 5
  Cassette
Del Turco, Dominic 6
  Cassette
Di Ciero, Joe 7
  Cassette
Dunn, Ralph 8
  Cassette
Iacobucci, Bert 9
  Cassette
Kromerich, Frank 10
  Cassette
Lopata, Andy 11
  Cassette
Mandity, Joe 12
  Cassette
Modrack, Nick 13
  Cassette
Montini, Elizio 14
  Cassette
Montini, Ormond 15
  Cassette
Pienkowski, Frank 16
  Cassette
Riccitelli, Tony 17
  Cassette
Tadora, Lou 18
  Cassette
Tipper, Bartow 19
  Cassette
Tomeo, Tony 20
  Cassette
Uzelac, Eli 21
  Cassette
Zahorsky, Michael 22
  Cassette
unidentified 23
  Cassette
Humeniuk, Paul 24

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Series  III. Publications, 

Scope and Content Notes

This series contains microfilmed copies of Beaver Valley Labor History Journal, which was produced by the Beaver Valley Labor History Society, and  The Union Press, which was produced by SWOC 1211 in Aliquippa, Pa. In addition to the microfilmed newspapers of  The Union Press, the originals have been retained.

  Microfilm-cabinetDrawerReel
Beaver Valley Labor History Journal Volume 1-Volume 3, 1979-1981 391
  Microfilm-cabinetDrawerReel
The Union Press, Aliquippa, Pa., August 11-October 29, 1937 432
  Reel
The Union Press, Aliquippa, Pa., Volume 1-Volume 3, August 11-October 29, 1937 1
  Map-caseDrawer
The Union Press, August 25-October 29, 1937 311

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Series  IV. Additions, 2009-2016 

Scope and Content Notes

This series includes files pertaining to Service Employees International Union Local 585 and newsletters from their Beaver County Public Employee Coalition. Also present are issues of the Union Bug, the newsletter of the AFL-CIO Labor Council of Beaver County, dating from 1984 to 1994.

The highlight of this series is a photograph of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Raymond "Moose" Marsilio, President of Transportation Workers Union Local 2035 in Conway, Pennsylvania. The photo was taken at the 1961 TWU convention in New York City, where Dr. King was the keynote speaker. Dr. King autographed the photo: "Good Luck Moose M Luther King Jr."

  BoxFolder
Labor Council of Beaver County Newsletter, 1984 41
  Folder
Union Bug, Labor Council of Beaver County, 1984-1987 2
  Folder
Union Bug, Labor Council of Beaver County, 1988-1990 3
  Folder
Union Bug, Labor Council of Beaver County, 1991-1994 4
  Folder
SEIU Local 585, 1982-1983 5
  Folder
Beaver County Public Employee Coalition Bulletin, 1982-1983 6
  Folder
"Grass Roots" Report: A Political Action Newsletter, Butler County United Labor Council, 1982 7
  Folder
Labor Rallies and Events, 1982-1983 8
  Folder
Fact Sheets 9
  Folder
Petitions 10
  Folder
Elections, 1982-1983 11
  Folder
Newspaper Clippings, 1981-1982 12
  Folder
Photograph: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Raymond "Moose" Marsilio, TWU Convention, New York City, 1961 13
  BoxItem
Social Democratic Club Banner 51

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