Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen Memorabilia

Collection Number: 5141 MB

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


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen Memorabilia, 1867-1968
Collection Number:
5141 MB
Creator:
Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen (BLF&E)
Quantity:
16 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Memorabilia.
Repository:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen Memorabilia including badges, name plates, push pins, pens, license plates, posters, plaques, buttons and other miscellaneous items
Language:
Collection material in English


ORGANIZATIONAL HISTORY

The Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen was founded on December 1, 1873, at Port Jervis, New York, to provide mutual support for railroad firemen. The Brotherhood initially emphasized insurance, but by the late nineteenth century had branched out into labor-management relations.
At the turn of the century, the organization changed its name to the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen (BLFE) after permitting engineers to join its ranks. In 1969, the union merged with the Order of Railway Conductors and Brakemen, the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, and the Switchmen's Union of North America to form the United Transportation Union.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen.
Boardman, F. B.
Columbus, Frank S.
Leach, Joshua
Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers (U.S.)
Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen --Collectibles
Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen

Form and Genre Terms:
Memorabilia


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Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen Memorabilia #5141 MB. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.

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CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1 Folder 1 1937-1963
Four "Visitor" badges from "Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen" conventions (33rd, 36th, 37th, 38th)
Box 1 Folder 2 1908-1968
Badges - "B. of L.F. & E, St. Louis Convention" ; "B. of L.F. and E., Houston, Texas Convention" ; "B. of L.F. & E., St. Paul, Minn" ; "Souvenir, 11th Biennial Convention, B of L.F. & E, Columbus, O" ; "Asst. to E. & M., BrotherhoodGreat Seal of the
Box 1 Folder 3 1912-1931
Badges - "BrotherhoodDenver, Co., 28th Convention" ; "B of LF & E, State Joint, 5th Sunday Meeting Pottsville, Pa., March 31, 1912" ; "Asst. to Ed. & Mgr., Twenty-Sixth Convention B. of L.F. & E., Washington, D.C." ; "Columbus, Brotherhood32nd Conventi
Box 1 Folder 4
Push-pins - "B.L.F & E" ; "B of LF & E" ; "-- Years Continuous Membership, B of LF & E" [for 5, 10, 25, 30 years] ; buttons - "Member, B of LF & E, Organized 1873" ; "Meeting of Train Service Men of United States, Canada & Mexico, Worcester, Mass., April
Box 1 Folder 5
Box 2 Folder 1 1947-1968
Badges - bronze - "B of LF and E, Houston, Texas, 1968 Convention" ; "B. of L.F. & E., St. Louis Convention, 1963" ; "BrotherhoodSan Francisco, 1947, 35th Convention" ; "36th Convention, Boston, Mass., 1953, B of LF & E"
Box 2 Folder 2
Badges - All three are two sided one side is green/red/white, and one is black "In Memoriam". All have lettering "Erie Lodge No.543, B. of L.F. & E., Jersey City, N.J." One is for "President".
Box 2 Folder 3
Badges - All three are two sided one side is green/red/white, and one is black "In Memoriam". All have lettering "Erie Lodge No.543, B. of L.F. & E., Jersey City, N.J.". One for "Conductor", "Outside Guard", & "Warden".
Box 2 Folder 4
Badges - All three are two sided one side is green/red/white, and one is black "In Memoriam". All have lettering "Erie Lodge No.543, B. of L.F. & E., Jersey City, N.J." One for "Past President", "Chaplin", & "Fin. Secretary"
Box 2 Folder 5 1904-1963
Badges - 1)-"Denver" with flower on pin, pendant is shaped like an eagle on top of a round medal - "June 1916, Twenty-Seventh Convention, Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen & Enginemen, Grand Lodge Ladies Society of B. of L.F.E." ; 2)- "AFL-CIO, 5th Bienni
Box 2 Folder 5 1904-1963
Badges - 4)-"Houston" with star shaped pendant with a raised picture of a bull - "Brotherhood, 922" ; 5)-"Brotherhood" with star pendant "Houston, Texas, 29th Convention, 1922" ; 6)-"Detroit" with pendant "Brotherhood, 1925" with picture of a city coas
Box 2 Folder 5 1904-1963
Badges - 7)-"Brotherhood, 31st convention, 1928" with pendant- raised pictures of state of California, train, ship and skyscrapers. ; 8)-"Denver, Colorado, 1916, Twenty-Seventh Convention" with pendant "Brotherhood" ; 9)-This badge is very deteriorated
Box 3
One stamp is of the signature of "Frank S. Columbus" the other is "From F.B. Boardman, Chairman, New York State Legislative Board, B. of L.F. and E."
Box 3
Metal stamp on a wooden block, the stamp depicts a man's profile. [Frank S. Columbus?]
Box 3
Wooden gavel used by both Frank S. Columbus and F.B. Boardman. See information sheet included with gavel. Gavel head is missing 1/4 of it, looks to be split off.
Box 3 1906
Gavel used to open the Tenth Biennial Convention of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen. Meeting was called to order by Brother John J. Hannahan, Grand Master at Nine O'Clock A.M., September 10, 1906 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Box 3 Folder 1
License plate - White w/red lettering "Brotherhood of Locomotive Fireman and Enginemen" w/red locomotive engine in upper right corner.
Box 3 Folder 2
Letter about constructing the W.T. Doty Memorial, and a photo of the memorial when complete
Box 3 Folder 3
Gold pens - "95th Anniversary, Brotherhood1873-1968" ; "Brotherhood15401 Detroit Ave., Cleveland, Ohio 44107" ; silver money clip with Brotherhood emblem ; gold pendant - shaped like locomotive with "537" lettering ; cuff links and tie tack - gold with
Box 4 Folder 1 1919
Funeral card - "Funeral of past Grand Master and founder of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen, Joshua A. Leach" ; card with information and picture of the funeral.
Box 4 Folder 2 1920
"Ritual of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen"
Box 4 Folder 3 1885-1964
Invitations - "Excursion, Boston Lodge, No. 57, B. of L.F., Dinner at Plymouth Beach Pavilion" ; "Fourth Annual Ball of Frisco Lodge, No. 51" ; convention booklets - "Brotherhoodand Ladies Society, Twenty-Fifth Southern Union Meeting" ; "Southern Unio
Box 4 Folder 4 1947-1966
Menus - "Southern Railway System, Buffet Service" ; "Capital City Dinner, Honoring Democratic Candidates" ; "Annual Columbus Day Banquet" ; "Capital District Dinner, New York State Democratic Committee" ; "Capital Hill Club Capers of 1947"
Box 4 Folder 5 1887-1963
Railway passes - "Erie Railway, May, 1877" ; invitations - "First Annual Ball" ; "Second Annual Concert and Ball" ; Tenth Annual Ball" "Brotherhood, Locomotive, Firemen, No. 216, W.A. Foster Lodge, Fitchburg, Mass" ; membership cards - "This is to ce
Box 4 Folder 6 1911
"Northern Pacific Railway Company, Schedule for Firemen, Effective July 1st, 1911"
Box 4 Folder 7 1884-1934
Death announcement for Thomas E. Ryan, "Grand Lodge, Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen., Grand Dues Notice, 1884-1885"
Box 4 Folder 8 1902
Instruction book - "Mitchell's Models and Easy Lessons in Locomotive Running"
Box 4 Folder 9 1899-1925
Souvenir booklets - "Twenty-Second Anniversary, 1899, Van Bergen Lodge, No. 62" ; "35th Anniversary and the 11th Biennial Convention" ; "Souvenir, B. of L.F. & E., Detroit, Mich. " & "Houston, Texas" ; "Program Fiftieth Anniversary, B. of L.F. & E."
Box 4 Folder 10 1867
"Time Book, Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, Founded May 8, 1863, Locomotive Engineers Mutual Life and Accident Insurance Association, Organized December 3, 1867"
Box 4 Folder 11
Two sheets of paper with descriptive information about two pieces of memorabilia that were discarded due to bad disintegration. One is a poster from B of LF & E World's War Honor Roll and the other is a description of a chart that is part of the B of LF &
Box 5
Box 6 1886
"Holy Bible, Presented to Bartholdi Lodge #309, from Atlantic Lodge #291" - title page - "The Self-Interpreting Holy Bible, Containing the Old and New Testaments"
Box 6 Folder 2
small wooden horse, red, with accent stenciling
Box 7
Wooden award/trophy with lettered metal plates and topped with a replica of two train engines. Top plate - "The Brotherhood, Protection-Charity-Sobriety-Industry" ; bottom plate - "Locomotive Fireman of the Year" ; "1958-John T. Matthews" ; "1959-Russel
Box 8 Folder 1 1965
Wooden Placque with copper picture of 3 men and a woman, and a copper plate lettered "James M. Duffy, Locomotive Fireman of 1965, Mrs. James M. Duffy, U.S. Rep. Harley O. Staggers, James M. Duffy, Pres. H.E. Gilbert, Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and
Box 8 Folder 2 1961
Wooden Placque with copper picture of 3 men and a child, and a copper plate lettered "Richard J. Hansel, Locomotive Fireman of 1961, H.E. Gilbert, Pres. BLF &E, George Meany, Pres. AFL-CIO, Richard J. Hansel, John Keane, Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen
Box 8 Folder 3 1962
Wooden Placque with copper picture of 4 men and a child, and a copper plate lettered "William R. Bennett, Locomotive Fireman of 1962, Frank Clement, Gov. Tennessee, William R. Bennett, H.E. Gilbert, Pres. BLF&E, Mark Erickson, U.S. Rep. Arnold Olsen, Brot
Box 8 Folder 4 1963
Wooden Placque with copper picture of 3 men and a woman, and a copper plate lettered "Ralph M. La Rue, Locomotive Fireman of 1963, U.S. Senator Eugene McCarthy, Ralph M. La Rue, Mrs. R. La Rue, Pres. H.E. Gilbert, Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Eng
Box 8 Folder 5
Wooden Placque with gold plate and lettering - "Safety Award" ; "Locomotive Fireman of the Month"
Box 9 Folder 1
Buttons - gold and blue with gold lettering "B of L.E. & E., L-S" with "FC" in the center
Box 9 Folder 2
Buttons - gold, red, white, blue with gold lettering - "L.S., B of L F & E" ; "25 Years Continuous Membership"
Box 9 Folder 3
Buttons (2 kinds) - 9 are silver with black lettering "40 Years" ; "Ladies Society to the B. of L.F. & E." - 9 are gold with red and black lettering "40 years" ; "Ladies Society to the B. of L.F. & E."
Box 9 Folder 4
Buttons - silver, red, white, blue with gold lettering - "L.S., B of L F & E" ; "25 Years Accumulated Membership"
Box 9 Folder 5
Buttons - gold and blue with gold lettering "B of L.E. & E., L-S" with "FC" in the center, with a 'banner' of gold attached to the top of button that says "Past President"
Box 9 Folder 6
Buttons - gold and blue with gold lettering - "50 Years" ; Ladies Society to the B. of L.E. & E."
Box 9 Folder 7
Buttons-triangular in shape, red, white, blue with gold lettering - "10 Years Continuous Membership" ; L.S. B. of L. F&E"
Box 9 Folder 8 1925
Silver medal with "Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen, 1925" in raised lettering
Box 10
Box 10 Folder 1
Box 11
Box 11 Folder 1
Box 12
Box 12 Folder 1
snapshot available
Box 12
Box 13
Box 13 Folder 1
snapshot available
Box 13
Box 14
Box 14
Box 14 Folder 1 1963
snapshot available
Box 14 Folder 1
Box 15
Box 15 Folder 1
snapshot available
Box 16