Guide to the Francis C. Shane Papers, 1942-1969 AIS.1996.03

ULS Archives & Special Collections

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
Francis C. Shane Papers
Creator
Shane, Francis C.
Collection Number
AIS.1996.03
Date
1942-1969
Extent
5.0 linear feet (4 boxes)
Abstract
Francis C. Shane was Executive Secretary of the United Steelworkers of America’s Committee on Civil Rights from its inception in 1947 to 1966. This collection contains information and photographs regarding the work of Shane and the United Steelworkers’ Committee on Civil Rights.

Preferred Citation

Francis C. Shane Papers, 1942-1969, AIS.1996.03, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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Biography

Francis C. Shane of Braddock, Pennsylvania, served as corporal in the medical department of the U.S. Army during World War II. After the war, Shane represented salaried workers of USWA District 15. He was Executive Secretary of the United Steelworkers of America’s (USWA) Committee on Civil Rights from its inception in 1947 to 1966. During that time he was responsible for the union’s official position on civil rights matters in contracts and public statements, often representing the USWA at major demonstrations. Shane served as secretary at the 1951 Seminar on Human Relations sponsored by the USWA and as co-chair of the National Conference for Human Rights in 1958.

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Scope and Content Notes

This collection contains information regarding the work of the United Steelworkers’ Committee on Civil Rights, where Francis C. Shane served as Executive Secretary. Included are meeting minutes, correspondence, and clippings on the committee’s work. Also present are recordings about the history of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO). Material from Shane’s experience training for the medical department of the United States Army during World War II includes tests, study sheets, and certificates. Photographs from civil rights demonstrations and USWA events are also present, as well as signed photographs of USW presidents Philip Murray, David J. McDonald, and I.W. Abel.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives & Special Collections, March 2010

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Access Restrictions

No restrictions.

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.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Francis C. Shane via J.E. White in May 1996.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Zachary Brodt in March 2010.

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Related Materials

Related Material

Series UE 2-2-2 of the UE General Executive Board Special Committee Records, 1944-1966, UE 2-2, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

Separated Material

Oversize materials are located in Range 1/14/3.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Congress of Industrial Organizations (U.S.).
  • United Steelworkers of America. Civil Rights Committee.

Genre(s)

  • Clippings (Information artifacts)
  • Correspondence
  • Minutes
  • Photographs

Personal Name(s)

  • Shane, Francis C.

Subject(s)

  • Civil rights demonstrations -- United States
  • Labor
  • Labor unions -- United States
  • Personal papers

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Previous Citation

Francis C. Shane Papers, 1942-1969, AIS.1996.03, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

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Collection Inventory

  BoxFolder
U.S. Army Medical Department Information, 1942 11

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  Folder
Seminar on Human Relations at the Pennsylvania State College, October 7-10, 1951 2

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  Folder
Daily Work Journal, 1947-1948 3

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  Folder
David J. McDonald Binder 4

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  Folder
Memorials and Photographs 5

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  Folder
Civil Rights Publications 6

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  Folder
Steel Labor, 1951-1955, 1963-1969 7

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  BoxFolder
Photo Album, 1947-1953 21

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  Folder
Photo Album, 1954-1958 2

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  Folder
Photo Album,National Conference for Human Rights, 1957-1958 3

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  Folder
Photo Album, 1959-1962 4

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  Folder
Photo Album, 1963-1964 5

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  BoxItem
First American Film Festival, Educational Film Library Association, April 3, 1959 31

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  Item
USWA District 31 Conference, October 29-30, 1960 2

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  Item
Philip Murray - In Memorium 3

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  Folder
Personal and Unlabeled Photographs 1

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  Item
Francis Shane Portrait 4

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  Item
Shane Family Portrait 5

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  Item
Unknown Man, Color Portrait 6

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  Item
Unknown Children, Portrait 7

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  Item
High School Basketball Team Portrait 8

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  Item
Father Flannery Photograph, 1953 9

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  Item
USW President Philip Murray Signed Photograph 10

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  Item
USW President David J. McDonald Signed Photograph 11

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  Item
USW Vice-President Jim Thimmes Signed Photograph 12

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  Item
USW President I.W. Abel Signed Photograph 13

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  BoxFolder
Committee on Civil Rights Correspondence, 1958-1966 41

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  Folder
Committee on Civil Rights Minute Book, 1957-1964 2

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  Folder
Newspaper Clippings 3

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  Folder
CIO Human Relations and 20 Years of the CIO Recordings 4

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  Oversize
Steelabor, Bound Issues Belonging to Francis Shane, 1951-1955 1

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