United Steelworkers of America fonds [multiple media]
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United Steelworkers of America fonds [multiple media]Hierarchical level:FondsDate:1902-1986.Reference:R2971-0-7-E, MG28-I268Type of material:Textual material, Photographs, Moving images, Sound recordings, Architectural and technical drawingsFound in:Archives / Collections and FondsItem ID number:97669Context of this record:
Record Information – DetailsFonds includes:16 lower level description(s)View lower level description(s)Date(s):1902-1986.Place of creation:CanadaAdded country of publication:Australia, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, Zimbabwe, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, Zambia, United Kingdom, United States, MexicoExtent:40.004 m of textual records some photocopies.
2059 photographs b&w.
18 film reels (6 h, 35 min, 23 s).
36 video reels (14 h, 50 s).
3 audio reels (6 h, 32 min, 30 s).
1 audio cassette (5 min, 30 s).
5 microfilm reels.
2 architectural drawingsLanguage of material:EnglishAdded language of material:English, FrenchScope and content:Fonds consists of two series of textual records, 1902-1983. Series one, National Director's Office, includes records of national policy conferences and their predecessors, correspondence, subject files, district and area files and administrative files; records of the Public Relations Department and the Education and Welfare Department. Series two, Research Department of the International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers contains the following records: Collective agreement files; audit reports, newspapers, and scrap-books; files relating to Canada copied from the International Offices of the USWA; C.H. Millard interview; documents on the Steel Workers Union, Stelco. Microfilmed material includes an almost-complete run of the magazine "Information" published by the Education Department of the Canadian National Office, 1952-1971; files relating to Canada selected from papers of various international offices of the USWA and transcripts of interviews with several Canadian leaders, 1940-1965. Microfilmed material is located on reels: M-6786 to M-6789A.
Textual records includes material in horizontal storage, containers 244 to 256. This material includes an organization chart of the Dominion Steel and Coal Company Ltd., and posters on a variety of topics, 1945 to 1979.
The fonds includes one series of photographic materials, 1935-1978, depicting activities of the United Steelworkers of America in Canada.
The fonds also contains moving image material, including silent and sound films, 1945-1965, on subjects such as the USWA annual picnic; Labour Day parade and picnic; Local 100; Strike at Stelco in Hamilton ; and March on Murdochville. There are also video reels, 1974-1979, documenting proceedings of meetings and policy conferences, oral history interviews of union leaders, and educational documentaries about health & safety and other trade union issues.
In addition, fonds includes sound recordings that document speeches, meetings and proceedings. Included is an excerpt of a speech entitled Mouseland, delivered by T.C. Douglas, leader of the New Democratic Party; an excerpt from a meeting of the USWA ad hoc committee; proceedings of a special convention of the International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers in commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the founding of the Western Federation of Miners (forerunner to Mine Mill); and oral history interviews by Donald Montgomery, labour official, of Harry Simon and Max Federman.
The fonds also contains two blueprints, 1919-1943, of the Trenton Steel Works Ltd. in Trenton, Nova Scotia. These form a part of the records of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Coal industry in Canada (Carroll Commission) of 1944, whose report would be tabled in the House of Commons on 31 January 1947.Provenance:Additional name(s):Biography/Administrative history:United Steelworkers of America : Labour union The Steel Workers Organizing Committee (SWOC) was one of several committees established to organize industrial workers under the umbrella of the Committee for Industrial Organization. In 1936 CIO President John L. Lewis placed Silby Barrett, Director of the United Mine Workers of America in Nova Scotia, in charge of SWOC in Canada. Charles Millard was appointed Regional Director in 1939. In 1942 the United Steelworkers of America (USWA) was formed and Millard was appointed National Director of the Union in Canada. He was re-elected to this position until his retirement in 1956 when he was succeeded by William Mahoney. Gérard Docquier was elected to the position upon Mahoney's retirement in 1977. The National Director is responsible for the provision of specialized services including research and publicity, and has a co-ordinating role for the union in Canada. The District Directors handle contract negotiations and administration, and organizational work, except when such matters are assigned to the National Director for special reasons. Initially the USWA divided Canada into two districts: District 5 covering the Maritimes and District 6 encompassing the rest of the country. In 1946 Quebec was transferred to the jurisdiction of District 5 and in 1961 District 5 was restricted to Quebec and the Atlantic provinces were designated District 2.Finding aid:Textual records (Electronic) Part 1 of the finding aid is a file list for volumes 1 to 128 and a microfilm conversion list. MSS1057 (90: Open)
http://data2.archives.ca/pdf/pdf001/p000001620.pdfTextual records (Electronic) Part II of the finding aid is a file list of volumes 129 to 243, including the Contract Series. Some posters have been hung in the vertical cabinet in the Manuscript Division. MSS1057 (90: Open)
http://data2.archives.ca/pdf/pdf001/p000001621.pdfPhotographs (accession 1979-039 NPC): (Paper) See Photographic inventories, indexes, and caption lists arranged by accession number. FA-500 (Restrictions not set)Moving images (Paper) Refer to AV Collection File for additional information. (Restrictions not set)Sound recordings (Electronic) Refer to MINISIS for select item-level descriptions. (Restrictions not set)Blueprints (Paper) A detailed list is available. The accession has been indexed according to building type. (Restrictions not set)Architectural, technical drawings: (Paper) Please consult lower level descriptions. Itemized listing is available in the main reference room. 78903/23. (90: Open)Additional information:General Note:Volumes 1 to 129 were presented in 1977 by the National Office of the USWA. The files of the National Director's Office were microfilmed in 1979. The run of "Information" was microfilmed in 1979, from originals held in the Library of the National Office. The Contracts series (volumes 129 to 243) was presented in 1984 by the National Office., The present and former Canadian National Directors of the USW are: Charles Millard (1942-1956), William Mahoney (1956-1977), Gérard Docquier (1977-1985), Leo W. Gerard (1985-1994), Lawrence I. McBrearty (1994-2004), and Ken Neumann (elected 2004).Availability of other formats note:National Director's Office series: Much of this series is also available on microfilm, reels C-13101 to C-13139. See series descriptions for more details., Six photographs, 1935-1958, depicting activities of Mr. M.J. Fenwick as organizer of the United Steelworkers of America Union in Canada (accession 1976-130 NPC): Some copy negatives available: C-085603, C-857604, C-85681.Associated material note:Publications: Transferred to the Public Archives Library.Related material:For records of people associated with the United Steelworkers, see: Daniel Benedict fonds (R12411, Mikan catalogue no. 3797695), Roy Carless fonds (R9359, Mikan catalogue no. 192826), Michael Fenwick fonds (R3524, Mikan catalogue no. 101775), Grace Hartman fonds (R14899, Mikan catalogue no. 107233), Norman Jaques fonds (R3370, Mikan catalogue no. 101737), Donald Montgomery fonds (R5676, Mikan catalogue no. 98338), Eileen Tallman Sufrin fonds (R4025, Mikan catalogue no. 101808), Karen Teeple fonds (R5803, Mikan catalogue no. 181404), Margot Thompson fonds (R4732, Mikan catalogue no. 102617), and Peter Warrian fonds (R4795, Mikan catalogue no. 102919).Subject heading:
- All-Canadian Congress of Labour
- International Confederation of Free Trade Unions
- New Democratic Party
- Steel industry and trade - Canada, 1902-1981 International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers, 1902-1981
- Strikes and lockouts - Canada, 1902-1981 Committee for Industrial Organization, c. 1935-1955
- Arbitration, Industrial - Canada, 1902-1981 Steel Workers' Organizing Committee, c. 1936-1942
- Collective bargaining - Canada, 1902-1981 Silby Barrett, 1937-1942
- Industrial relations - Canada, 1902-1981 Charles H. Millard, 1937-1975
- Labour - Canada, 1902-1981 Trenten Steel Works, 1942-1950
- Occupational diseases, 1902-1981 Dosco National Bargaining Committee, 1957-1969
- Trade-unions - Canada, 1902-1981 Dominion Bridge Company, 1947-1960
- Trade-unions - Barbados, 1951-1973 Co-operative Commonwealth Federation, 1940-ca. 1961
- Trade-unions - Carribean, 1951-1973 Canadian Labour Congress, 1956-1975
- Trade-unions - Latin America, 1951-1973 William Mahoney, 1937-1974
- Trade-unions - British Guiana, 1951-1973 Economic Council of Canada, 1947-1974
- Trade-unions - Guyana, 1951-1973 Eamon Park, 1962-1975
- Trade-unions - Jamaica, 1951-1973 Donald Taylor, 1962-1975
- Trade-unions - Trinidad, 1951-1973 Murray Cotterill, 1944-1969
- Labour leaders - Canada, n.d., 1955-1967 Mine-Mill (Canada), 1944-1969
- Economic conditions, n.d., 1955-1967 Labour College of Canada, 1953-1977
- Mines and mineral resources, n.d., 1955-1967 Economic Council of Canada, n.d., [between 1947 and 1974]
- Pensions, n.d., 1951-1967 Canadian Study Project, n.d., [between 1947 and 1974]
- Workers compensation, n.d., 1955-1967 Sault Ste. Marie Health Center, n.d., [between 1947 and 1974]
- Mining - Accidents, n.d., 1955-1967 Private Planning Association of Canada, n.d., [between 1947 and 1974]
- Trade-unions - Miners, [between 1925 and 1967] Economic Council of Canada, n.d., [between 1947 and 1974]
- Inter American Regional Organization, 1951-1973
- Office and Professional Employees International Union, 1943-1974
- Staffman's Organizing Committee, 1943-1974
- Information, 1952-1971
- OXFAM, 1962-1975
- Steelworkers Toronto Area Medical Council, 1962-1975
- Barlow Royal Commission, 1942-1950
- Murdochville, 1957
- Labour - unions and organizations - archival fonds
Copies of three photographs, 1941-1953 (accession 1979-081 NPC): National Archives of Canada does not provide copies; they must be provided by the lender. Copyright: For item still in copyright; copyright must be established by the holder of the original(s).
Moving images: Reproduction of material in accession 1978-0327 (MISA) with written permission of copyright owner and the National Director, United Steelworkers of America. Requests for access must be submitted on forms that are available in the Economic/Scientific Archives Section. Reproduction of all other moving image recordings require written permission of copyright owner.
Sound recording: Reproduction requires written permission of copyright owner and/or the National Director, United Steelworkers of America, Canadian Office. Donor restrictions to be determined for material in accession 1986-0803. Requests for access must be written on forms available in the Economic/Scientific Archives Section.
Blueprints (accession 78903/23 CA): No donor restrictions.
Textual records, Volumes 1 to 7 and 15 to 51: Withdrawn from circulation. Researchers must use the microfilm copy. There are some volumes that are open, consult the Restricted Access Forms.
Architectural, technical drawings: No restrictions. Credit Library and Archives Canada.
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