Buck's Stove and Range Company vs. American Federation of Labor Court Records

Collection Number: 5360

Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Buck's Stove and Range Company vs. American Federation of Labor Court Records, 1908-1919
Collection Number:
5360
Creator:
Buck's Stove and Range Company American Federation of Labor (AFL)
Quantity:
0.5 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Transcripts.
Repository:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
The collection contains legal documents pertaining to the case of Buck's Stove and Range Company vs. the American Federation of Labor, et al., 1907-1913, and a number of documents by the American Anti-Boycott Association.
Language:
Collection material in English


ORGANIZATIONAL HISTORY

In a six-year legal battle ending in the U.S. Supreme Court, the Buck's Stove and Range Company sought, and ultimatly failed, to have an American Federation of Labor boycott declared illegal on the grounds of anti-trust law.
As a result of a strike against the Buck's Stove and Range Company in St. Louis, Mo., the American Federation of Labor (A.F. of L.) placed the company on the list of firms not solicited by organized labor in its official paper, THE AMERICAN FEDERATIONIST, in May 1907. The company responded by filing suit against the A.F. of L., alleging that the boycott was in violation of anti-trust laws, and, in December 1907, obtained an injunction against the boycott. When the leadership of the A.F. of L. refused to comply with the injunction, leaders Samuel Gompers (president), Frank Morrison (secretary), and John Mitchell (vice-president) were found in contempt of court and sentenced to jail terms. After drawn out legal proceedings, the Supreme Court overruled the contempt charge on a technicality (1913).

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Legal documents filed before the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia include: application fo a temporary restraining order against the defendants (Samuel Gompers, Frank Morrison, and John Mitchell); petition to have defendents ruled in contempt; copies of affidavits filed in court by plaintiff for use in hearing of application for temporary injunction against defendants (1907-1908).
Legal documents filed before the Court of Appeals, Destrict of Columbia include an appeal from the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia; brief and supplemental brief for appellee (Buck's Stove and Range Company); transcript of record of appeal from the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia, Gompers et al., appellants (1908).
Finally, legal documents filed before the Supreme Court of the United States, including numerous briefs and supplemental briefs filed in behalf of Buck's Stove and Range Company (1910-1913).
Also includes publications by the American Anti-Boycott Association relating to the case, including arguments in support of a guilty ruling in the contempt case against Gompers, Morrison, and Mitchell; arguments in the contempt proceedings in the Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia; and transcript of the decision finding Gompers, Morrison, and Mitchell guilty of contempt (n.d.).
SUBJECTS

Names:
American Anti-Boycott Association.
Bucks Stove and Range Company.
Gompers, Samuel, 1850-1924.
Mitchell, John, 1870-1919.
Morrison, Frank, 1859-1949.

Subjects:
Antitrust law--United States.
Boycott--United States.
Labor laws and legislation--United States.

Form and Genre Terms:
Briefs.
Transcripts.


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Cite As:
Buck's Stove and Range Company vs. American Federation of Labor Court Records #5360. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1 Folder 1 1908
Published by American Anti-Boycott Association
Box 1 Folder 2 1909
Box 1 Folder 3 1910
Box 1 Folder 4 1909
Box 1 Folder 5 1910
Box 1 Folder 6 1909
Published by the American Anti-Boycott Association
Box 1 Folder 7 1909
Box 1 Folder 8
Box 1 Folder 9 1908
Box 1 Folder 10 1908
Box 1 Folder 11 1910
Box 1 Folder 12 1909
Box 1 Folder 13 1908
Box 1 Folder 14 1910
Published by the American Anti-Boycott Association
Box 1 Folder 15 1908
Published by the American Anti-Boycott Association
Box 1 Folder 16 1909
Box 1 Folder 17 1913
Box 1 Folder 18 1919