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W.R. Smith Papers, 1914-1947 (Bulk: 1914-1921)
1 box (0.25 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 243

Abstract:
Vice president and organizer for the International Brotherhood of Papers Makers (I.B.P.M.) who principally attempted to gain union conditions for the papers workers in the Kalamazoo region of Michigan. Includes letters to and from I.B.P.M. president James T. Carey as well as a 116-page transcript of Smith's organizing reports for the years 1914-1920, documenting his activities in Holyoke, Massachusetts, among other cities and towns in Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan, Oregon, and Washington.

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The collection is open for research.

Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries

Scope and contents of the collection

W.R. Smith was a vice president and organizer for the International Brotherhood of Paper Makers. These papers document his activities from the period 1914 to 1921, focusing principally on his attempts to gain union conditions for the paper workers in the Kalamazoo region of Michigan.

Included are letters to and from James T. Carey, president of the I.B.P.M. and a 116-page transcript of his organizing reports for the years 1914 to 1920. In addition to Kalamazoo, this transcript documents Smith's activities in Holyoke, Massachusetts; Middletown, Hamilton, Chillicothe, and Urbana, Ohio; Ladysmith, Wisconsin; Detroit, Michigan; and in Oregon and Washington during the tumultuous strikes of 1919.


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

The collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

Cite as: W.R. Smith Papers (MS 243). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

History of the Collection

Processing Information

Processed by Ken Fones-Wolf.


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.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
Correspondence from J.T. Carey
1914

Box 1
Correspondence to J.T. Carey
1921

Box 2
Memorandum of Organizing
1914-1921

Box 3
Memorandum for the Kalamazoo Regional Office
1947

Box 4

Search Terms
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Subjects
  • Carey, Jeremiah T., 1870-1957--Correspondence.
  • Holyoke (Mass.)--Economic conditions--20th century--Sources.
  • Holyoke (Mass.)--Social conditions--20th century--Sources.
  • International Brotherhood of Paper Makers--History--Sources.
  • Kalamazoo (Mich.)--Economic conditions--20th century--Sources.
  • Kalamazoo (Mich.)--Social conditions--20th century--Sources.
  • Labor unions--Organizing--United States--History--20th century--Sources.
  • Labor unions--United States--Officials and employees--History--20th century--Sources.
  • Paper industry workers--Labor unions--Organizing --Massachusetts--Holyoke--History--Sources.
  • Paper industry workers--Labor unions--Organizing--Michigan --Kalamazoo--History--Sources.
  • Smith, W. R.
  • United States--Economic conditions--20th century--Sources.
  • United States--Social conditions--20th century--Sources.

Contributors
  • Carey, Jeremiah T.
  • International Brotherhood of Paper Makers.
  • Smith, W. R.


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