Order of Railway Conductors and Brakemen Memorabilia

Collection Number: 5148 MB

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


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Order of Railway Conductors and Brakemen Memorabilia, 1868-1978
Collection Number:
5148 MB
Creator:
Order of Railway Conductors and Brakemen (ORC&B)
Quantity:
3.4 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Memorabilia.
Repository:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Order of Railway Conductors and Brakemen Memorabilia including badges, buttons, push-pins, cuff links, constitution and by-laws, postcards, certificates, calendars and other miscellaneous items
Language:
Collection material in English


ORGANIZATIONAL HISTORY

The Order of Railway Conductors and Brakemen (ORC & B) was founded in 1868 as an order of railroad conductors and later expanded to include brakemen.
The Order of Railway Conductors and Brakemen was founded by T.J. "Tommie" Wright in 1868 in Amboy, Ill. as the Conductors Union. The name was changed to Order of Railway Conductors of America (ORC) in 1878. In 1942, the Order of Sleeping Car Conductors merged with ORC. The union's name was changed in 1954 to the Order of Railway Conductors and Brakemen. In 1969, the Order merged with the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen, Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, and Switchmen's Union of North America to form the United Transportation Union.
The ORC & B International Headquarters, Grand Division, was located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa with subordinate divisions in the United States, Canada, and the Panama Canal Zone. The principal officers included the president, senior vice-president, general secretary-treasurer, executive vice-president, vice-president/Washington legislative representative, vice-president/National Railroad Adjustment Board, four regional vice-presidents, Board of Trustees (3 members), and the ORC & B Board of Directors (comprised of the above 13 officers.) General Adjustment Committees on each property (Class 1 railroads) were responsible for execution of the contract, with each chairman, as principal officer, exercising a high degree of autonomy. Legislative matters on the state level were the responsibility of the State Legislative Committee and its chairman.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Order of Railway Conductors and Brakemen -- Archives
Chicago Railroad --Archives
Chicago Railroad Fair --Archives
Order of Railway Conductors and Brakemen --Archives
Order of Railway Conductors and Brakemen -- Collectibles--Archives
Order of Railway Conductors and Brakemen. Grand Division--Archives
Order of Railway Conductors and Brakemen. St. John' Division--Archives
Pennsylvania Railroad --Archives
Southern Pacific Railroad Company --Archives

Form and Genre Terms:
Memorabilia.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

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Cite As:
Order of Railway Conductors and Brakemen Memorabilia #5148 MB. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.

RELATED MATERIALS

Related Collections:
5148: Order of Railway Conductors and Brakemen Records
5148 P: Order of Railway Conductors and Brakemen Photographs
6289: Order of Railway Conductors Division 642 Records

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1 Folder 1
Badges - Two sided - 1) - "Galesburg, Division, No. 83, O.R.C., Galesburg, Ill." - 2) "In Memoriam" ; "Order of Railway Conductors" ; buttons - "Conductors, Brakemen, O.R.C.B." ; push-pins - shaped like a railroad car with "ORCB" ; round with "ORC" ; rou
Box 1 Folder 2
Badges - All have a railroad car at the top and white satin ribbon attached. On the bottom they differ. One has a key and feather crossed. One has a gavel hanging from it. The last has a circle with a scales in the middle.
Box 1 Folder 3
Badges - All have green ribbon hanging from a gold/bronze pin, two have railroad cars on top. Two have nos. in the center of the ribbon [115] & [589]. The last has the initials "ORC"
Box 1 Folder 4
Badges - Brass with railroad car on top, red ribbon with lettering "Galesburg Division No. 83, O.R.C., Galesburg, Ill." with a feather and key hanging from bottom. Two are from "Galesburg Division No. 83" and are the double sided badges for "In Memoriam.
Box 1 Folder 5
Badges - All three have gold railroad cars at the top of a white satin ribbon. Two have gold scales hanging from the bottom. One badge has a gold sword hanging on the bottom.
Box 1 Folder 6
Badge - Gold top "Welcome" with pendant hanging "To Oregon Division No. 31"ribbon has "11th Session of Grand Division L.A. to O.R.C.". Push-pin is shaped like a railroad car with "ORCB". Last piece is the pendant that goes on the bottom of a badge, shape
Box 1 Folder 7
Badges - First badge is 2 sided, one black, one colored. "Pacify Div., No. 267, O.R.C., Vancouver, B.C." . Second badge is only the ribbon portion, "Third Annual Salida, OW, 132, ORC, on Floor". Third is 2 sided on colored, one black for "In Memoriam". F
Box 1 Folder 8
Badges - All three have gold railroad cars at the top of a white satin ribbon. Two have gold swords hanging from the bottom. One badge has a gold crossed gavels hanging on the bottom.
Box 1 Folder 9
Badges - All three have gold railroad cars at the top of a white satin ribbon. First one has gold sword hanging from the bottom. Second badge has a tarnished circle with crossing gavels hanging from the bottom and "Galesburg Division No. 83, O.R.C., Gales
Box 1 Folder 10
Badges - All four have gold railroad cars at the top of a satin ribbon. First two have "267" lettering. Third badge has a gold sword hanging from the bottom. The fourth badge has silver circle with crossed gavels hanging on the bottom.
Box 1 Folder 11
Badges - All four have gold railroad cars at the top of a satin ribbon. First one has red ribbon with lettering "Laredo Division No. 399, O.R.C., Laredo, Texas" and crossed silver swords on the bottom. The rest have white ribbons with gold swords hanging
Box 1 Folder 12 1953
Insurance analysis prepared by Fidelity Phenix Fire Insurance Co., Farm Engineering Dept., July, On property of Bermuda Plantation.
Box 1 Folder 13
Cuff links - shaped like railroad cars with lettering "ORCB". Key chain - gold with round pendant with raised railroad car and lettering "ORCB" on front, on back "ORC & B Centennial, June 1868-1968, 100 Years of Progress for Road Men"
Box 1 Folder 14
Eight checks written for various amounts to people and organizations. Saved from ORC&B's Accounting Dept. files.
Box 1 Folder 15 1886
"Certificate of Membership" for Wm Rush, from May
Box 1 Folder 16 1919
Book - "Constitution, Statutes, Rule of Order and Laws Governing the Mutual Benefit Department, the Accident Insurance Department, the Indemnity Association"
Box 1 Folder 17
Sheet with the examples of 11 different ORC&B emblems to be used for different things.
Box 1 Folder 18
Gavel engraved for "Lookout Mt. Presented to ORC No. 402 by L.M. Cromer"
Box 2 Folder 1 1949
Receipt books from Div. 575 & 608. Railway pass from Southern Pacific RR. Postcards - "The Smallest Locomotive, Built in 1881 and still in service between Omaha neb. And manila Ia." ; World's Fastest Locomotive, Pennsylvania RR's No. 7002 - Record 127.1 m
Box 2 Folder 2 1883-1956
Invitation from city of Cincinnati to Union to hold the Convention (1907) ; "Uniform Rank KOP Ball, Nickerson, Kansas" (Dec. 1892) ; Invitation to Union Masque Ball, Hutchinson, Kansas (January, 1883) ; Invitation to Ball, lists of committee members, Nick
Box 2 Folder 3 1868-1968
Booklets - "Fiftieth Annual Meeting, Centennial Celebration, Chicago" ; "Program, 45th Grand Division, May 1954, Columbus, Ohio" ; "History - Officers, Delegates, Program, 43rd Grand Division, Sept. 1946, Chicago" ; "Souvenir, 39th Grand Division, ORC, St
Box 2 Folder 4
"ORC Wahsatch Division No. 124, Time Card No. 15" ; "Catalogue No. 23, Prices for supplies and regalia"
Box 2 Folder 5
"Order of Railway Conductors of America" and "Order of Railway Conductors and Brakemen" membership cards
Box 2 Folder 6 1889-1969
"Order of Railway Conductors" sample of Division cards
Box 2 Folder 7
Ritual books - "for use of Subordinate Divisions of the ORC" ; "Burial Service"
Box 3 Folder 1 1876-1978
"Holman's Edition" "The Holy Bible", c1876 ; [from cover] - "Conductor's Brotherhood, Elmira Division, No. 9, 1878"
Box 4 Folder 1
Banner - White with yellow trim and tassels. ORC symbol in the center - circle with forearm and rope/forearm and lantern/hand and switch
Box 5
Box 5 Folder 1
Two flags - one teal - one maroon [no markings on either]
Box 6
Box 6 Folder 1
Box 7 Folder 1 1955
made by Tru-Art Engravers, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, April, 1955 / Design by Karl Rittmann - Warwick, R. Island ; 1st Printing (750) Lilly Printing, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, May, 1955 -- DO NOT DESTROY [this info/note written on the paper the plate was wrapped in]