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Upholsterers International Union. Local 58, 1901-1939
1 box (0.5 linear feet)
Collection number: MS 015

Abstract:
Upholsterers were among the earliest trades in the United States to organize into a national union, with the first efforts dating to the 1850s. The most successful of their unions, the Upholsterers International Union of North America, was founded in Chicago in 1892 and affiliated with the American Federation of Laborers in 1900. One year later, UIU Local 58 was established to organize workers in Washington, D.C.

The minutebooks of UIU Local 58 document the history of the union from its formation in 1901 through the late 1930s.

Terms of Access and Use:

The collection is open for research.

Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries

Biographical Note

Upholsterers were among the earliest trades in the United States to organize into a national union, with the first efforts dating to the 1850s. The most successful of their unions, the Upholsterers International Union of North America, was founded in Chicago in 1892 and affiliated with the American Federation of Laborers in 1900. One year later, UIU Local 58 was established to organize workers in Washington, D.C.

Also known as the Upholsterers, Carpet and Lineoleum Mechanics International Union of North America, the Upholsterers made an aggressive effort in the late 1970s to expand its membership, particularly in the southern states, meeting with only limited success. The membership of approximately 35,000 became the Upholstery and Allied Industries Division of the United Steelworkers of America in October 1985.

Scope and contents of the collection

The seven bound minutebooks of UIU Local 58 document the history of the union from its formation in 1901 through the late 1930s.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

Cite asUpholsterers International Union. Local 58 (MS 018). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

History of the Collection

Provenance unknown.

Processing Information

Processed by I. Eliot Wentworth, Aug. 2013.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Special Collections and University Archives
W.E.B. Du Bois Library
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003-9275

Phone: (413) 545-2780
Fax: (413) 577-1399
Link to SCUA
Language
English

Contents List
Upholsterer's Union International Local 58 Minutes
1901-1903

Vol. 1
Upholsterer's Union International Local 58 Minutes
1903-1907

Vol. 2
Upholsterer's Union International Local 58 Minutes
1907-1911

Vol. 3
Upholsterer's Union International Local 58 Minutes
1912-1916

Vol. 4
Upholsterer's Union International Local 58 Minutes
1916-1920

Vol. 5
Upholsterer's Union International Local 58 Minutes
1920-1925

Vol. 6
Upholsterer's Union International Local 58 Minutes
1929-1939

Vol. 7

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Subjects
  • Labor unions--Washington (D.C.)
  • Upholsterers--Labor unions

Genre terms
  • Minutebooks.


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