Guide to the National Maritime Union; William Standard, General Counsel's Files,

Collection Number: 5258

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National Maritime Union. William Standard. General counsel's files, 1937-1949.
Collection Number:
Standard, William L.
9.3 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Case files, agreements, decisions, publications, correspondence, and scrapbooks.
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Consists of William L. Standard's files as general counsel for the National Maritime Union (N.M.U.). These document public policy toward the N.M.U. during World War II; the status of the merchant marine under the U.S. War Shipping Administration; the politics of Joseph E. Curran (president, N.M.U.); collective negotiations between the N.M.U. and various railroads and shipping companies; and work stoppages conducted by the N.M.U.
Collection material in English


William L. Standard served as the general counsel for the National Maritime Union (N.M.U.) from 1937-1949.
This collection reflects Standard's duties as the union's representative in lobbying for legislation and in litigation before the National Labor Relations Board, federal and state civil courts, the War Shipping Administration and the Bureau of Marine Inspection and Navigation.


Legislative files include drafts of bills, memoranda, letters and reports regarding the National Maritime Union's lobbying activities and its position on federal legislation of interest to its members. The bulk of these records concerns maritime legislation enacted during or immediately after World War II and includes documentation on proposed amendments to War Shipping Administration regulations (1943); on the Merchant Seamen's War Service Act (1945); on suspension of provisions of the Public Vessels Act of 1925; on seamen's rehabilitation legislation (1948); on proposed amendments to the Merchant Marine Act; on amendments to the National Service Life Insurance Act (1940); and on amendments to the Railway Labor Act (1946-1947). This legislation and other bills documented in these files sought to expedite the activities of merchant seamen during the war, to minimize work stoppages, to compensate families of deceased seamen, to provide vocational rehabilitation for those disabled as a result of war-related injuries, to provide for the naturalization of foreign seamen who served on American owned vessels, and to protect the merchant marine from wartime sabotage. The union was also interested in such legislation as the Taft-Hartley amendments to the National Labor Relations Act (1947-1948) and anti-organized labor legislation that began appearing in some states after the war.
National War Labor Board case files include statements, letters, decisions, and proposals for cases brought before the Board. These consist of the N.M.U. vs. the American Merchant Marine Institute on issues of working conditions, wages, and hours of work; vs. the American Communications Association, Pacific District Marine Local; vs. Pacific American Shipowners Association and American Export Lines et al regarding petitions for reconsideration of dispute settlement; vs. the general agents of the War Shipping Administration of the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts; vs. the Atlantic and Gulf Coast Steamship Operators as agents for the War Shipping Administration and the Standard Fruit and Steamship Company on issues of jurisdiction and wages; vs. the Pittsburgh Supply Company on issues of union security, wages and union activity; and vs. Ford Motor Company on collective negotiations and wages (1942-1945).
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) case files on N.M.U. representation elections include correspondence, petitions for certification, authorization cards and supporting documentation on certification elections brought before the Board. The elections were held for employees of the following: Cities Service Oil Company; American Trading and Production Corporation; War Emergency Tankers Inc.; Ponchelet Marine Steamship Company; Great Lakes General; Marathon Tanker Corporation; Agivilines Pursers; Grace Lines; Consolidated Steamship Company; Marine Engineers Beneficial Association and Great Lakes companies; Pittsburgh Steamship Company; General Petroleum Corporation; Richfield Oil Corporation; Hanna Company; Sun Oil Company; Great Lakes Conference; Midland Steam Ship Line Inc.; American Staff Officers Association; Newley Steamship Company; and Cleveland Cliffs Iron Company (1942-1947).
War Shipping Administration case files consist of agreements, letters and petitions regarding cases of the N.M.U. before the War Shipping Administration on the issues of wages and the allocation of personnel on the steamships Copley and Wheeler (1946).
Arbitration case files include awards, decisions, memoranda, and statements pertaining to cases involving various arbitrators. The cases include the N.M.U. vs. the following: the Bethlehem Transportation Company on the issue of overtime pay; the Atlantic Gulf Coast Committee for companies and agents on the issue of impasses in collective negotiations; the Isthmian Steamship Company on the issue of overtime wages; and the Ford Motor Company and Nicholson Transit Company on the issues of wages, hiring, seniority, discrimination, grievance procedure, and holidays (1942-1947).
Files on collective negotiations include materials pertaining to bargaining conducted between the N.M.U. and various railroads and shipping companies. The documents consist of copies of collective agreements, letters, and statements of proposals of the parties. Negotiations were conducted between the N.M.U. and the Panama Railroad Company; the car ferries of the Detroit River; the Wabash and the Grand Trunk Western Railroad Companies; the Ann Arbor Railroad Company; the Pere Marquette Railway Company; car ferries companies of the Great Lakes; the Atlantic Gulf and Pacific Company; the Richfield Oil Corporation; the Bethlehem Transportation Company; the Standard Oil Company of Texas; Inland Waterways; the Pan American Refining Corporation; and the Polarus Steamship Company (1940-1947). Also include materials pertaining to the mediation proceedings held by the National Mediation Board to resolve an impasse in collective negotiations between the N.M.U. and the Reading Railroad tug boat operators (1946-1948).
Files on legal cases argued on behalf of the N.M.U. before the U.S. District and Supreme Courts and various military courts include correspondence, notes and various legal documents. These files include a libel case between the N.M.U. and various newspapers because of a published report alleging N.M.U. members refused to unload military supplies; a case against an N.M.U. member in which "militant union activity" was alleged to be impeding the war effort; the court martial of an N.M.U. member; and documents regarding the settlement of strikes against various Great Lakes transportation companies by the N.M.U. (1942-1947).
Standard maintained general files on N.M.U. activities and issues, largely during the war years. These include data on the national reorganization of the union in 1939; on pension and benefit claims and regulations; on the relationship of the N.M.U. to the Women's Auxiliary of the American Merchant Marine Institute, Inc.; and on sedition trials of N.M.U. members. Of particular interest in these files are documents relating to alleged racial discrimination in employment on the Atlantic Coast Line Company; the position of Joseph E. Curran (president, N.M.U.) regarding a Supreme Court case concerning communist affidavits (1948); documents relating to FBI investigations of the N.M.U. and the CIO (1943-1947); and a civil suit brought against Harry Bridges, Philip Murray and Joseph Curran for alleged suppression of free enterprise.
Also in the collection are two scrapbooks of news clippings and articles regarding various strikes and elections, non-union workers, salaries, collective agreements, court decisions, safety, hazards, accidents, disasters, factional disputes in maritime unions, communism in unions, and copies of N.M.U. news bulletins (1943-1947).


Standard, William L.
Bridges, Harry, 1901-
Curran, Joseph Edwin.
Murray, Philip, 1886-1952.
American Merchant Marine Institute, inc.
American Merchant Marine Institute, inc. Women's Auxiliary.
Atlantic Coast Line Company.
Atlantic Gulf & Pacific Company.
Bethlehem Transportation Company.
Congress of Industrial Organizations (U.S.)
Ford Motor Company.
Grand Trunk Western Railroad Company.
Isthmian Steamship Company.
National Maritime Union of America.
Nicholson Transit Company.
Pan American Refining Corporation.
Panama Railroad Company.
Pere Marquette Railway Company.
Pittsburgh Supply Company.
Polarus Steamship Company.
Reading Railroad.
Richfield Oil Corporation.
Standard Fruit & Steamship Company.
Standard Oil Company of Texas.
United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation.
United States.
United States. National Labor Relations Board.
United States.
United States.
United States.
United States. War Shipping Administration.
Wabash Railroad Company.

Alien labor--United States.
Courts-martial and courts of inquiry--United States.
Emigration and immigration law--United States.
Insurance, Disability--United States.
Insurance, War risk--United States.
Labor laws and legislation--United States.
Labor rest homes--United States.
Merchant seamen--Legal status, laws, etc.--United States.
Naturalization--United States.
Political crimes and offenses--United States.
Subversive activities--United States.
Labor unions--United States--Political activity.
War and emergency powers--United States.
Merchant mariners.

Form and Genre Terms:
Case files.
Photographic prints.


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National Maritime Union. William Standard. General counsel's files, 1937-1949. #5258. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.


Also known as: National Maritime Union. Files.
Also known as: Standard, William L. Papers.


Series I. Negotiation Files, 1936-1946 Box 1
Series II. Legal Case Files, 1939-1950 Boxes 1-3
Series III. National War Labor Board Case Files, 1943-1948 Box 3
Series IV. National Labor Relations Board Case Files, 1938-1948 Boxes 4-5
Series V. War Shipping Administration Case Files, 1942-1945 Box 5
Series VI. Presidential Emergency Board, 1948 Box 5
Series VII. Legislative Files, 1939-1948 Boxes 5-6
Series VIII. General Files, 1939-1947 Boxes 7-8
Series IX. Scrapbooks and news bulletins, 1943-1947 Box 9


The collection is divided into nine series and arranged alphabetically by case or subject.


I. Negotiation Files, 1936-1946
Includes awards, decisions, memoranda and statements pertaining to various arbitration cases; copies of collective agreements, letters, and statements of proposals between the National Maritime Union (NMU) and various railroad and shipping companies. Arranged in alphabetical order.
American Merchant Marine Institute 1/8/47-3/11/47
Box 1 Folder 1
Car Ferries 5/21/36-5/23/47
Box 1 Folder 2-9
Contains specific files regarding Ann Arbor Railroad Company, Detroit River and Lake Michigan, general mediation notes, Grand Trunk and Western Railroad Company, Great Lakes Car Ferry, Pere Marquette Railroad Company, Reading Railroad Car Ferry and Wabash Railroad.
Great Lakes-General 2/2/46-6/10/47
Box 1 Folder 10
Great Lakes-1948 Negotiations 5/13/47-5/14/48
Box 1 Folder 11
Includes correspondence between the NMU and Ford Motor Company, Inland Steel and International Harvester regarding the opening of contract negotiations; Great Lakes Bulk Freight Agreement negotiations with Bethlehem Transportation Corporation, Brown and Company, International Harvester, Interstate Steamship Company, Johnson Transportation Company and Nicholson Transit Company; Great Lakes Tanker Agreement negotiations with Cleveland Tankers Inc., Great Lakes Transport Corporation, Gulf Oil Corporation, Lake Tankers Corporation, Standard Oil Corporation and the Texas Company.
Great Lakes-Tanker Agreement 12/9/46-11/20/47
Box 1 Folder 12
Includes newspaper clipping from The NMU Pilot
Inland Waterways 1/1/45-7/31/47
Box 1 Folder 13
Includes correspondence regarding challenging the right to apply Civil Service laws to Federal Barge Line employees; Government Corporation Control Act; Federal Employee Pay Act; general correspondence from the committee for Rivers Unity regarding a strike against Federal Barge Lines; Executive Order from Franklin D. Roosevelt bringing Federal Barge Lines under Civil Service control; Civil Service Retirement Act for Employees of Inland Waterways Corporation (booklet); also includes documents from the original Federal Barge Line File #7008
Municipal and Government Employees 8/22/44-5/24/46
Box 1 Folder 14
Panama Railroad Company 2/6/48-2/26/48
Box 1 Folder 15
Includes correspondence regarding employee coverage under the Unemployment Insurance Law.
Pan American Refining Corporation 1/29/43-2/11/43
Box 1 Folder 16
Pere Marquette, Grand Trunk, and Colorado and Ohio Arbitration 5/11/45-7/15/48
Box 1 Folder 17
Polarus Steamship Company 2/18/43
Box 1 Folder 18
Reading Railroad Tugboats 10/10/40-4/20/48
Box 1 Folder 19
Texas Company 8/5/43-8/12/43
Box 1 Folder 20
Contains agreements on behalf of the personnel of the SS Maine and SS Michigan and an agreement with Standard Oil.
Union Exhibits in Arbitration-January 1, 1947-Wage Review Under Standard Passenger-Freighter Contract 2/14/47-2/18/47
Box 1 Folder 21
Wabash Railroad Company 5/1/46-7/6/48
Box 1 Folder 22
II. Legal Case Files, 1939-1950
Contains correspondence, notes and various legal documents (i.e. depositions, complaints, petitions, briefs), concerning cases argued before the United States District and Supreme Courts in addition to similar documents concerning cases argued in military courts.
K.A. 1/24/44-2/24/44
Box 1 Folder 23
Includes correspondence regarding alleged subversive activity by Mr. A.
J.B. - Court Martial 12/29/42-5/5/44
Box 1 Folder 24-34
Includes copy of court martial transcript and correspondence with several government agencies.
L.C. 10/26/44-6/6/45
Box 1 Folder 35
Dezon vs. American President Lines 4/30/42-4/20/43
Box 1 Folder 36
J.D. vs. Atlantic Gulf and Pacific Company 7/7/47-1/17/50
Box 1 Folder 37-44
Includes copy of Coast Guard investigation into the accidental death of J.D., coroner's report and numerous photo's of accident site.
Empire Personal Loan vs. L.O. 12/26/46-12/19/47
Box 1 Folder 45
Free Trade Enterprises Inc. 10/2/46-10/26/46
Box 2 Folder 1
Great Lakes Wage and Overtime Dispute 3/26/43-1/27/47
Box 2 Folder 2-7
Includes handwritten notes, copies of documents filed in Circuit, Appellate and Supreme Courts.
Libel Cases 1/22/43-10/4/49
Box 2 Folder 8-25
Includes clippings, press releases, telegrams etc., on cases filed against Akron Beacon Journal, Associated Press, Baltimore Papers, Chicago Papers, Finnish Paper, Hearst Publications, Milwaukee Papers, New Orleans Papers, Norfolk Ledger Dispatch, Philadelphia Daily News.
M.-Court Martial-Newport News, VA 10/18/43-1/4/44
Box 2 Folder 26
Nicholson Transit Company 8/21/46-8/8/47
Box 2 Folder 27
Westbrook Pegler 5/10/43-10/8/43
Box 2 Folder 28
Includes several broadsides denouncing slander of the National Maritime Union (NMU).
Rickenbacker 1/7/43
Box 2 Folder 29
Contains Time magazine article slandering the NMU.
Rusin 10/43-3/30/44
Box 2 Folder 30
Ships dismissal for alleged Subversive Activities 6/19/42-9/15/42
Box 2 Folder 31
Strikes 1946-1947
Box 2 Folder 32- 39
Includes files on arrests, Auto Trades Steamship Company, General Strike of 1947, Great Lakes Strike, legal committee correspondence, and the Pere Marquette Strike.
Strike Reports 4/22/39-6/13/39
Box 3 Folder 1
Contains daily reports of progress being made in the strike against Standard Oil.
III. National War Labor Board Case Files, 1943-1948
Includes correspondence, proposals and decisions regarding cases brought before the National War Labor Board concerning issues such as wages, working conditions, collective bargaining and union activity.
American Merchant Marine Institute 12/44-7/28/44
Box 3 Folder 2-7
Includes newspaper clippings regarding their negotiations.
Army Transport Service 1/5/43-9/15/44
Box 3 Folder 8-9
Contains pamphlet Opportunities in the United States Merchant Marine.
Atlantic Gulf and Steamship Company 4/4/45-8/7/45
Box 3 Folder 10-13
Contains newspaper clippings and pamphlet Substandard Wages.
Cities Service Oil Company 1/19/45-7/20/45
Box 3 Folder 14
Ford Motor Company 7/13/42-11/10/45
Box 3 Folder 15-16
National War Labor Board Transcript 7/19/45-7/20/45
Box 3 Folder 17
Pittsburgh Supply 9/17/43-8/21/45
Box 3 Folder 18
Standard Fruit and Steamship Company 3/9/43-2/45 Includes verbatim transcript of May 14, 1944 hearing before the Board
Box 3 Folder 19-21
NWLB broadsides
Box 3 Folder 22
IV. National Labor Relations Board Case Files, 1938-1948
Includes correspondence, petitions and documentation supporting elections presented to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
Agivilines Pursers 1/7/47-2/25/47
Box 4 Folder 1
American Trading and Production Corp. 5/8/42-7/1/46
Box 4 Folder 2
A.B. vs. Boland and Cornelius 1947
Box 4 Folder 3
Bethlehem Transportation Company 7/29/44-3/28/46
Box 4 Folder 4-6
Brown Steamship Company 11/1/44-2/6/48
Box 4 Folder 7
Cities Service Oil Company 10/28/46-7/3/47
Box 4 Folder 8-13
Cleveland Cliffs Iron Company 9/12/44-7/5/45
Box 4 Folder 14
General Petroleum 1/2/42-9/12/42
Box 4 Folder 15
Includes pamphlet Pursers Sum it Up! It's NMU for You!.
Grace Lines 12/11/46-4/18/47
Box 4 Folder 16
Great Lakes Conference 1/31/47-2/24/47
Box 4 Folder 17
Hanna Company 10/7/46-7/30/48
Box 4 Folder 18
Honest Ballot Association 9/15/38-5/3/46
Box 4 Folder 19
Isthmian Steamship Company 1/6/44-2/27/47
Box 4 Folder 20
Maritime Elections 12/22/42-7/17/44
Box 4 Folder 21
Mathiason Tanker Corporation 8/10/46-4/23/47
Box 4 Folder 22
Marine Engineers Beneficial Association (MEBA) 1942-1946
Box 4 Folder 23-27
Includes 1942 and 1943 constitutions, proceedings of the 1945 convention, several broadsides and a membership list of Local No. 1.
Midland Steamship Company 10/14/43-1/9/47
Box 4 Folder 28-29
Includes handwritten research notes.
Newtex 3/29/47-1/19/48
Box 4 Folder 30
Nicholson Steamship Company 4/30/43-12/14/43
Box 4 Folder 31
Pittsburgh Pamphlet 5/22/46-6/8/46
Box 4 Folder 32
Includes correspondence and a typescript of a pamphlet regarding Pittsburgh Steamship Company vs. NMU trial report by the NLRB.
Ponchelet Marine Steamship Company 11/8/46-3/3/47
Box 4 Folder 33
Contains collective bargaining petitions with signatures.
Pursers 1/13/45-12/30/46
Box 4 Folder 34
Contains pamphlet Pursers Sum it Up! It's NMU for You! and broadsides.
Richfield Steamship Company 1/2/42-11/2/42
Box 5 Folder 1
Standard Oil Company 12/3/42-9/19/45
Box 5 Folder 2
Sun Oil Company 9/23/46-6/10/47
Box 5 Folder 3
Includes completed membership application cards, membership list and several pages of handwritten notes.
Texas Company 6/9/43-3/18/48
Box 5 Folder 4
War Emergency Tankers 4/3/45-3/21/46
Box 5 Folder 5
V. War Shipping Administration Case Files, 1942-1945
Includes petitions, letters, agreements and routine correspondence regarding National Maritime Union (NMU) cases before the War Shipping Administration (WSA) concerning wages and personnel allocation aboard the steamships Copley and Wheeler.
J.A. 2/16/43-2/17/43
Box 5 Folder 6
Recruitment and Manning Organization 8/12/42-4/20/45
Box 5 Folder 7
Includes excerpt from Federal Register dated March 20, 1943.
E.S. 7/1/42-7/9/42
Box 5 Folder 8
War Shipping Administration-Allocation of Copley and Wheeler 10/31/41-4/18/44
Box 5 Folder 9-14
Includes newspaper clippings
VI. Presidential Emergency Board, 1948
The Presidential Emergency Board was appointed by President Truman to investigate and report on differences between the National Maritime Union and several shipping companies. Specifically Ann Arbor Railroad, Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Company, Grand Trunk and Western Railway Company and the Wabash Railroad Company.
Transcript of Proceeding of the Presidential Emergency Board 7/7/48-7/20/48
Box 5 Folder 15-17
VII. Legislative Files, 1939-1948
Includes drafts of bills, memoranda, reports and correspondence regarding proposed maritime legislation and the National Maritime Union's lobbying efforts and positions on that legislation. A majority of the files revolve around war and anti-labor issues.
Aliens-Deportation to U.S. Allies 11/12/42-2/26/43
Box 5 Folder 18
Allied Powers Act 9/15/41
Box 5 Folder 19
Contains The Inter Allied Review magazine.
Anti-Labor Laws (ClO-State) 3/12/47-1/21/48
Box 5 Folder 20
Anti-Labor Laws (Delaware) 4/5/47-7/3/47
Box 5 Folder 21
Anti-Labor Legislation 2/11/47-2/19/47
Box 5 Folder 22-23
Opposing testimony delivered to the Senate Committee on Labor.
Anti-Poll Tax 7/15/42-6/15/45
Box 5 Folder 24-25
Union Security Bill 2/7/47-5/8/47
Box 5 Folder 26-27
Box 5 Folder 28
Benefits 1/20/43-11/30/43
Box 5 Folder 29
To provide benefits to members of the Merchant Marine who serve(d) during the war equivalent to those received by members of the armed forces.
Benefits for Seamen-Omnibus Bill 6/16/42-7/21/43
Box 5 Folder 30-32
Includes broadsides.
Certificates of Service to applicants for engine room ratings 12/30/41-1/2/42
Box 5 Folder 33
Civilian War Benefits Act of 1942 3/5/42-12/2/42
Box 5 Folder 34
Disability-Seamen's Disability Insurance (Public Law 17) 4/23/43-3/4/48
Box 5 Folder 35-36
Education-Servicemen's Education and Training Act of 1944 6/3/43-1/29/44
Box 6 Folder 1
Education-War Service Education and Training Act 12/15/43-7/28/44
Box 6 Folder 2
Employees of the U.S, its Territories or Possessions 11/21/41-3/5/43
Box 6 Folder 3
Guaranteed a return to previous employment following service in the Merchant Marine and includes similar legislation introduced in New York State.
Labor Disputes-War Labor Disputes Act (Smith/Connelly) 6/12/43-7/7/45
Box 6 Folder 4
Labor Fact Finding Boards Act 2/28/46-6/6/47
Box 6 Folder 5-6
Life Insurance 1/21/43-2/11/43
Box 6 Folder 7
Amendment to the National Life Insurance Act of 1940 in order to make insurance available to Merchant Marines.
Lobbying Act 9/16/46-12/29/47
Box 6 Folder 8-9
Includes various statement and report forms required to be filed by lobbyists with the clerk of the House.
Logging of Seamen 5/12/42-10/16/43
Box 6 Folder 10
Manford Act (Texas) 2/6/48-3/31/48
Box 6 Folder 11
Merchant Seamen's War Service Act 11/7/44-5/3/46
Box 6 Folder 12-14
Includes broadsides and handwritten notes.
Merchant Ship Sales Act 3/27/44-9/26/45
Box 6 Folder 15
Movement of property and information into and out of the U.S. and movement of persons out of the U.S. 11/18/42-12/10/42
Box 6 Folder 16
Muster Out Pay Bill 1/18/44
Box 6 Folder 17
Naturalization of Merchant Seamen during the War 6/15/43-3/27/44
Box 6 Folder 18
Navy-Extension of Court Martial jurisdiction during the War 11/17/42-12/11/42
Box 6 Folder 19
Public Health Service Code 10/4/43-8/22/44
Box 6 Folder 20-21
Public Vessels Act of 1925 (amended) 6/9/43-6/22/44
Box 6 Folder 22
Red Sea Charters repayment to Treasury of $28 million in excessive profits 11/10/43
Box 6 Folder 23
Relief fund for seamen made available to dependents of deceased seamen 8/10/42-9/1/42
Box 6 Folder 24
Sabotage/Espionage protection of war industries and the Merchant Marines 1/18/43-2/24/43
Box 6 Folder 25
Sabotage-New York State legislation proposed to prevent sabotage 3/18/42-4/23/42
Box 6 Folder 26
Safety at Sea Investigation 1942-1945
Box 6 Folder 27-28
Includes newspaper clippings, magazine article and pamphlet Who's Guilty?
Security (Post War) for Merchant Marines and the armed forces 6/8/43-10/21/43
Box 6 Folder 29
Ship Construction Reserve Fund 5/27/43-6/12/44
Box 6 Folder 30
Ship Construction Reserve Fund-Tax Exemption 4/24/41-6/1/43
Box 6 Folder 31
Staff Officers Bill 4/27/39
Box 6 Folder 32
Statute revision suspending the 50% duty on equipment purchase or ship repair in a foreign city 9/30/43-10/25/43
Box 6 Folder 33
Stowaways on Vessels 11/4/43-12/16/43
Box 6 Folder 34
Social Security Bill (Murray-Wagner-Dingell Bill) 6/3/43-2/5/44
Box 6 Folder 35-36
Includes reprints from the Lawyers Guild Review V. III, No.
Taft-Hartley 6/20/47-7/12/47
Box 6 Folder 37-39
Includes newspaper clippings and pamphlet The Drive Against Labor
Training of Merchant Marine personnel 9/27/43-10/21
Box 6 Folder 40
U.S. Arbitration Act 3/5/42-7/3/42 Vocational
Box 6 Folder 41
Rehabilitation 6/22/43-7/19/43
Box 6 Folder 42
Voting in Federal Elections by Merchant Seamen 7/20/42-7/29/42
Box 6 Folder 43
Voting-Soldier's Vote Bill 12/18/43-2/23/44
Box 6 Folder 44
War Contract Renegotiation 9/22/43-1/4/44
Box 6 Folder 45
War Shipping Field Service 10/1/43-10/30/43
Box 6 Folder 46
Legislation 1939-1948
Box 6 Folder 47
VIII. General Files, 1939-1947
Includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, broadsides and pamphlets on a variety of topics such as the national reorganization in 1939; the Women's Auxiliary; sedition trials of NMU members; discrimination; and an FBI investigation of campaign funds.
American Merchant Marine Institute 6/19/42-1/15/43
Box 7 Folder 1
Includes 2 boarding passes and agreement.
Bonus Dispute 7/9/42-5/2/46
Box 7 Folder 2
Brown vs. Atlantic Coast Lines 7/15/42-12/16/43
Box 7 Folder 3-11
Includes Interstate Commerce Commission Proceedings regarding alleged discrimination, Opp typescript article, depositions, statements, decisions, and newspaper clippings
Camp Kittiwake 4/20/44-4/25/44
Box 7 Folder 12
Collateral Issues (Fly Arbitration Award) 6/14/46-2/25/47
Box 7 Folder 13 -23
Includes newspaper clippings, statements, financial statement, numerous exhibits and press releases
D.C.-Sedition Trial 8/7/43-8/12/43
Box 7 Folder 24
Includes newspaper clipping
Daily Peoples World 2/20/43
Box 7 Folder 25
Discrimination-Louisiana Act 106 7/14/43
Box 7 Folder 26
Election of 1944 12/16/43-10/11/44
Box 7 Folder 27 - 28
Includes broadsides, pamphlets It's Your Union and The People's Rights, and a newsletter The Home Front Fight
Emblem Registration 10/1/42-1/19/44
Box 7 Folder 29 - 30
Includes patent application with schematic drawings, booklet General Information concerning Patents, and a magazine The American Pilot that the NMU felt was infringing upon their copyright.
Funeral Benefits n. d.
Box 7 Folder 31
G. vs. Merrill Stevens Dry Dock (Closed Shop) 10/24/47-11/20/47
Box 7 Folder 32
Includes motions, statements, and bills of complaint.
High vs. NMU 8/27/40-11/13/40
Box 7 Folder 33
Immigration-Expediting the naturalization of alien seamen 8/22/43-7/46
Box 7 Folder 34
Includes pamphlet The Challenge of Our Immigration Laws, a guide for port agents that lists acceptable immigration quotas.
Immigration-S. Case 10/15/42-10/31/42
Box 7 Folder 35
H.L. vs. U.S. Navigation 4/4/44
Box 7 Folder 36
Includes statements, newspaper clippings, and a copy of the legal retainer.
Liquor, Food and Entertainment License 4/14/44-1/4/4538
Box 7 Folder 37
O.L. vs. American Foreign Steamship Company 2/8/43-3/11/43
Box 7 Folder 38
M. 11/18/42-11/27/42
Box 7 Folder 39
Merchant Marine Council 11/16/42
Box 7 Folder 40
Contains meeting minutes
J.M. 1/7/43-4/14/44
Box 7 Folder 41
National Maritime Day 5/10/43-5/12/46
Box 7 Folder 42-43
Includes wood and mats, broadsides and programs
National Seamen's Anchor Club 3/10/44-3/23
Box 7 Folder 44
New Africa 12/43-7/45
Box 7 Folder 45
Includes pamphlet What of Africa's Place in Tomorrow's World? and several monthly bulletins New Africa.
J.P. 7/16/42-10/16/42
Box 8 Folder 1
Pension Fund 2/1/43-2/4/43
Box 8 Folder 2
Pilot and correspondence, 1/26/44-10/7/48
Box 8 Folder 3-4
Includes Pilot issue of 5/16/47
Political Action Committee 7/31/44-11/4/47
Box 8 Folder 5
Port Committee 4/19/44
Box 8 Folder 6
R. 2/15/43
Box 8 Folder 7
Real Estate Holdings of NWU 1943
Box 8 Folder 8
Reorganization of NMU 12/39
Box 8 Folder 9
Includes the guide An Outline - With Methods of Work for all Officials, Agents, Organizers and Patrolmen of the National Maritime Union.
Resolutions n. d.
Box 8 Folder 10
R. vs. U.S. Lines 12/14/42
Box 8 Folder 11
Includes handwritten notes
J.R.-New Orleans Agent 5/22/44-6/28/45
Box 8 Folder 12
Includes copy of indictment (for theft).
S.S. Lake Traverse 6/7/42-2/9/43
Box 8 Folder 13
Sales Tax Problems 11/12/42-11/14/42
Box 8 Folder 14
Sleepy Lagoon Defense Committee 9/24/43-11/15/44
Box 8 Folder 15-16
Includes briefs, magazine Sleepy Lagoon Mystery, broadsides, petitions, newsletter, booklet The Sleepy Lagoon Case
Social Security 8/1/42-10/27/42
Box 8 Folder 17
Includes booklets How to Calculate Benefits Under Federal Old Age and Survivors Insurance and Old Age and Survivors Insurance for Workers and their Families
Subsidies Studies n.d
Box 8 Folder 18
Taxation Material 10/41-2/43
Box 8 Folder 19
Includes booklets Inflation: What Can We Do About It?; A Democratic Tax Program for America at War; An Equitable Pay-As-You-Go Tax Plan; and copies of the newsletter The Guild Lawyer dated April and September 1942
United Seamen's Service 7/29/42-1/14/47
Box 8 Folder 20-21
Includes booklet Men Against Torpedoes, articles of incorporation, and handwritten notes
Washington Newsletter-Issued by the CIO Maritime Committee 10/6/43-5/2/47
Box 8 Folder 22-28
Women's Auxiliary 8/12/43-3/28/45
Box 8 Folder 29
Includes newspaper clipping, constitution, and tax exemption certificate.
Workmen's Compensation 2/28/44-3/17/44
Box 8 Folder 30
Includes newspaper clippings.
E.W. 2/13/43-1/30/47
Box 8 Folder 31-34
Includes motions, depositions, memorandum and a report of charges.
Agreements 1939-1947
Box 8 Folder 35-38
Pamphlets 1939-1947
Box 8 Folder 39
IX. Scrapbooks and news bulletins, 1943-1947
This series contains two scrapbooks of newspaper clippings regarding issues dominant in the previous eight series. Also included are copies of National Maritime Union news bulletins (1943-1947).
Two scrapbooks
Box 9