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Massachusetts AFL-CIO Records, 1902-1995
72 boxes (64 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 369

Abstract:
Massachusetts AFL-CIO formed as the Massachusetts state branch of the American Federation of Labor in 1887. Consists of proceedings, reports, resolutions, correspondence, memoranda, minutes, agenda, speeches, statements, clippings, flyers, newsletters, publications, films, photographs, memorabilia, posters, sound recordings, and video recordings.

Terms of Access and Use:

The collection is open for research.

Special Collections and University Archives, W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Historical Note

The Massachusetts AFL-CIO was formed as the Massachusetts state branch of the American Federation of Labor in 1887. Its purpose was to organize workers, advance the interests of workers through organization and legislation, and to provide general assistance in the event of difficulties such as strikes and lockouts.

Presidents of the Massachusetts State Federation of Labor and Massachusetts AFL-CIO
1887 C.G. Wilkins
1887-1888 Charles Rawbone
1888-1889 Henry Abrahams
1889-1890 G.W. Clark
1890-1891 J.F. Melaven
1891-1894 O.A. Robbins
1895-1899 J.D. Pierce
1899-1900 Jonas Weener
1900-1902 Frank H. McCarthy
1902-1904 James R. Crozier
1904-1906 Francis J. Clarke
1906-1908 Edward Cohen
1908-1909 Philip H. Sweet
1909-1911 Thomas J. Durnin
1911-1912 James W. Wall
1912-1915 E.S. Alden
1915-1916 Joseph J. Hunt
1916-1918 George H. Wrenn
1918-1920 William A. Nealey
1920-1921 Thomas H. Gerraughty
1921-1922 Jeremiah F. Driscoll
1922-1924 William Walsh
1924-1926 Michael J. O'Donnell
1926-1928 John Van Vaerenewyck
1928-1930 Joseph J. Cabral
1930-1934 James T. Moriarty
1934-1938 John F. Gatelee
1938-1942 Nicholas P. Morrissey
1942-1946 William J. Doyle
1946-1949 John J. DelMonte
1949-1955 Henry J. Brides
1955-1958 John A. Callahan
1958-1964 J. William Belanger (first president of Massachusetts AFL-CIO)
1964-1972 Salvatore Camelio
1972-1977 Joseph A. Sullivan
1977-1979 William J. P. Cleary
1979-1990 Arthur R. Osborn
1990-Present Joseph C. Faherty
Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Massachusetts AFL-CIO records consist of proceedings, reports, resolutions, correspondence, memoranda, minutes, agenda, speeches, statements, clippings, flyers, newsletters, and publications. Nontextual material includes films, photographs, memorabilia, posters, sound recordings, and video recordings. The records span the years 1902 to 1995.

Records of sizable quantity that illustrate well the administrative workings of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO are proceedings and reports of conventions (included for each year from 1902 to 1994, except for a five-year gap from 1919 to 1923); minutes and agenda of Executive Council Meetings (especially for the years 1975 to 1993); and the President's Files (covering 1982 to 1990). In addition, while comprised of much less extensive material physically, the Merger Material in series 1, Subseries C contains significant information with regard to the creation of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO, as a result of the 1958 merger of the Massachusetts State Federation and the Massachusetts State CIO.

Taken together, the records best document the history of the organization in the 1980s and the early 1990s. This roughly parallels the presidency of Arthur Osborn, who served from 1979 to 1990. The President's Files, found in Series 1, Subseries F, are entirely those of Osborn. Other material in the collection reflects the influence of the Osborn presidency. For example, the records of the Education Committee (Series 1, Subseries H) include material from the College Scholarship Program, the budget of which Osborn worked to expand from $30,000 to $160,000. The impact of Osborn's leadership can also be detected in the records of the Prevailing Wage Campaign of 1988 (Series 3, Subseries A). Osborn served as chairman of the Committee for Quality of Life, which defeated a state ballot referendum that would have repealed the Prevailing Wage Law in Massachusetts. Moreover, Osborn represented labor on numerous boards of organizations not affiliated with the AFL-CIO, some records of which can be found in Series 4.

The series and subseries are as follows:

  • Series 1. Administrative, 1902-1995
    • Subseries A. Constitutions, 1949-1987
    • Subseries B. Convention Publications, 1902-1994
    • Subseries C. Merger Material, 1955-1958
    • Subseries D. Convention Files, 1957-1991
    • Subseries E. Executive Council Meetings, 1962-1993
    • Subseries F. President's Files, Arthur R. Osborn, 1982-1990
    • Subseries G. Secretary-Treasurer's Files, 1982-1990
    • Subseries H. Education Committee, 1968-1993
    • Subseries I. Committee on Political Education (COPE), 1927-1992
    • Subseries J. Legislative Department, 1973-1989
    • Subseries K. Public Employees Department, 1989-1991
    • Subseries L. Newsletters, 1963-1995
    • Subseries M. Subject Files, 1975-1991
    • Subseries N. Miscellaneous Publications, 1965-1992
  • Series 3. Campaigns, 1988-1993
    • Subseries A. Prevailing Wage Campaign (Question 2), 1988
    • Subseries B. Campaign for Massachusetts' Future (Question 3), 1990
    • Subseries C. North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), 1993
  • Series 4. Non AFL-CIO Groups with Labor Representation, 1977-1994
    • Subseries A. Chief Justice's Commission on the Future of Courts in Massachusetts, 1990
    • Subseries B. Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA), 1977-1991
    • Subseries C. Massachusetts Special Commission on BusinessTax Policy, 1992-1993
    • Subseries D. Massachusetts Water Resources Authority Citizens Advisory Board, 1989-1991
    • Subseries E. Tax Equity Alliance of Massachusetts (TEAM), 1988-1994
    • Subseries F. United Way, 1984-1992
    • Subseries G. University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees 1988-1991
    • Subseries H. Workers' Compensation Advisory Council, 1986-1992
  • Series 5. Non-textual and oversized material, 1956-1993
    • Subseries A. Films, ca.1960s - ca.1970s
    • Subseries B. Memorabilia, n.d.
    • Subseries C. Oversized Material, 1956-1992
    • Subseries D. Photographs, 1981-1993
    • Subseries E. Sound Recordings, 1985-1993
    • Subseries F. Video Recordings, 1989-1993

More detailed descriptions of the subseries can be found below.

With the exception of the Convention Files, minutes of the Executive Council Meeting, and Subject Files, the records were received from the office of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO with little or no discernible arrangement. While the file headings were maintained where possible, the arrangement of this collection was created by the processor. Series 1 reflects the hierarchical structure of the organization, as set forth in the 1987 edition of the constitution, the most recent year included in the collection. Series 2 and 3 are arranged chronologically, while Series 4 and 5 are arranged alphabetically by organization name and type of material, respectively. Nontextual and oversized material was removed from the normal series locations, and can be found in Series 5.

Series 1 reflects the hierarchical structure of the organization, as set forth in the 1987 edition of the constitution, the most recent year included in the collection. Series 2 and 3 are arranged chronologically, while Series 4 and 5 are arranged alphabetically by organization name and type of material, respectively.


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

The collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

Cite as: Massachusetts AFL-CIO Records (MS 369). Special Collections and University Archives, W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

History of the Collection

Acquired from Robert Haynes, Secretary-Treasurer, Massachusetts AFL-CIO, 1994.

Processing Information

Processed by Brian Kuhl, November 1995.

Index to Photographs
Note

The number following the index term refers to the folder in which the photograph(s) can be found.

Banquet -- United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (1956) 1627
Bulger, William M. 1635, 1651
Camelio, Salvatore (Testimonial Dinner, 1967) 1627
Carpenter, George E. 1635, 1638, 1649-1651, 1656, 1657
Chavez, Cesar 1658, 1659
Clinton, Hillary Rodham 1657
Clinton, William J. 1663
Conventions--Massachusetts AFL-CIO (1961) 1627
Conventions--Massachusetts State CIO (1958) 1627
Conventions--Merger (1958) 1627
Duarte, Jose Napoleon 1638
Dukakis, Michael 1635
Faherty, Joseph C. 1639, 1643, 1647, 1651, 1654-1657
Foster, Frank K. 1658
Frank, Barney 1654
Haynes, Robert J. 1646, 1647, 1656
Haywood, William "Big Bill" 1660
Kennedy, Edward M. 1635, 1649-1651, 1663
Kennedy, Joseph P., II 1663
Kerry, John F. 1635, 1663
King, Edward J. 1650
Kirkland, Lane 1657
Meany, George 1658, 1659
Murray, Phillip 1660
O'Neill, Thomas P., III 1651
O'Neill, Thomas P. "Tip," Jr. 1650
Osborn, Arthur R. 1635, 1636, 1639, 1640, 1647, 1649-1651, 1656
Reuther, Walter 1658, 1659
Solidarity Day Parade (Boston, 1983) 1636
Tsongas, Paul 1635
United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America -see "Banquet"

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