Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen Memorabilia

Collection Number: 5149 MB

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


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen Memorabilia, 1883-1969
Collection Number:
5149 MB
Creator:
Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen (BRT)
Quantity:
4.5 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Memorabilia.
Repository:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen Memorabilia including plaques, badges, buttons, pendants, dues receipts, constitution booklets, paperweights, railroad link, pin and spike, and many other miscellaneous items
Language:
Collection material in English


ORGANIZATIONAL HISTORY

The Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen was founded in 1883 in Oneonta, N.Y. as a protective and insurance organization. By the time of its merger with three other railroad labor unions to form the United Transportation Union in 1969, it had the greatest membership of any of the operating railroad brotherhoods.
The Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen (BRT) was established to represent members' interests in obtaining a satisfactory contract with management. The first Canadian lodge was established in Moncton, New Brunswick in 1885, and the first Ladies' Auxiliary was organized in Fort Gratiot, Mich. in 1889. These records reflect the union's political and fraternal activities as well as its actions in the areas of collective bargaining, grievances, and railroad and labor legislation. As the largest of the unions which merged to form the United Transportation Union in 1969, the bulk of its then current files formed the basis for the files now held in the merged union's headquarters.
The rail service members of the BRT included conductors and their assistants, dining car stewards, ticket collectors, train baggagemen, brakemen, and train flagmen. The yard service members of the BRT included yardmasters, yard conductors, switchtenders, foremen, flagmen, brakemen, switchmen, car tenders, operators, hump riders, and car operators. In 1933, the BRT organized interstate bus operators, and included them under BRT contracts held with U.S. bus companies.
BRT officers were elected at the Grand Lodge Convention of the Brotherhood, held every 4 years. The principal officers included a president, an assistant to the president, a general secretary-treasurer, Canadian and national legislative representatives, a senior vice-president, BRT representative, and National Railroad Board of Adjustment representative. The BRT had four governing boards: the Board of Directors, Board of Trustees and Insurance, Board of Appeals, and Executive Board.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen
Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen --Collectibles

Subjects:
Implements, utensils, etc.

Form and Genre Terms:
Memorabilia.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

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Cite As:
Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen Memorabilia #5149 MB. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.

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5647: Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen Joppa Lodge (Toledo, OH) Minute Books
5894: Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen Additional Railroad Booklets
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6312 P: Judith Sullivan Kowalczyk Collection of Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen Photographs
6312 PUBS: Judith Sullivan Kowalczyk Collection of Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen Publications
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CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1 Folder 1 1921
Buttons - "Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen" ; "Dickerson Rund Lodge 632, 1921" ; "Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, BRT" ; "In Unity There Is Strength. In Strength There Is Victory. In Victory There Is Peace And In Peace There Is Security"A.F. Whitney,
Box 1 Folder 2
Badges - All three are two sided, one side red, one black. All three are "Bradley Lodge No. 719, L.A. to B.R.T., St. Cloud, Minn.". "Warden" has gold crossed axes hanging from top. "Legislative Representative" has a law scroll hanging on it. "Treasurer" h
Box 1 Folder 3
Badges - All three are two sided, one side red, one black. All three are "Bradley Lodge No. 719, L.A. to B.R.T., St. Cloud, Minn.". "President" ; "Past President w/3 crossed gavels ; "Vice President" w/2 crossed gavels ; "Secretary" w/2 crossed leaves.
Box 1 Folder 4
Badges - All three are two sided, one side red, one black. All three are "Bradley Lodge No. 719, L.A. to B.R.T., St. Cloud, Minn.". "Pianist" w/scroll & pen ; "Conductress" w/crossed batons ; "Chaplin" w/Bible ; "Outer Guard" & "Inner Guard" w/crossed swo
Box 1 Folder 5
Badges - Two are double sided, one is red/green/white and other side is "In Memoriam" side and is black. These are for "Member" , "R.E. Knowlton Lodge No. 357, B. of R.T., Fond Du Lac, Wis." ; "Denver, Colorado, 1916", has a pendant in shape of train stat
Box 1 Folder 6 1935-1960
Badges - "75th Diamond Jubilee, B.R.T., Oneonta, N.Y. Sept. 23, 1958" w/pendant depicting a railway station ; "Cleveland, Ohio, Souvenir, Second Quadrennial Convention, Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen.May 1939" ; "Seventh Annual State Convention, Brothe
Box 1 Folder 7 1961
Badges - Three are double sided, green/white/red on one side, second side is black "In Memoriam". "Foot Board Lodge No. 804, B. of R.T., St. Paul, Minn." ; "Col. B.F. Haines Lodge, No. 406, B. of R.T., Port Morris, N.J." ; "Northern Central Lodge, No. 413
Box 1 Folder 8
Buttons - BRT service pins for 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 40, 45 & 50 years. Differ in shapes. Other buttons - ""Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen" ; "Past President Trainmen" ; pendant - "Brotherhood", with the head of an armor on top with working mouth piece,
Box 1 Folder 9
Push-pins - "B of RT" ; "Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen" ; "-- Years Membership B of RT" for 25, 30, 35, 40, 50, 55, 60 [owned by James L. Karney, Switchman-Eng., 4-Man AT & SF Ry., La Junta, Colorado; Buttons - "Member, BLF & E, Organized 1873" ; "Memb
Box 1 Folder 10
Push-pins - membership pins of various shapes/styles for the years of service - 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40 ; "Brotherhood.Bus Division" ; "C.R.R. of N.J., Veteran" ; "Jersey Central Lines, Safety Award, 10 years"
Box 1 Folder 11
Badges - All three are two sided, one for "In Memoriam". Two are for "Ottawa River Lodge No. 185, B.R.T. Ottawa, Ont." ; third one is for "F.H. Phillips Lodge No. 37, B. of R.R.T., West Albany, N.Y.
Box 2 Folder 1
Two comics - both about wages
Box 2 Folder 2 1958
Three badges are two sided, one side of each is black "In Memoriam". Two badges are red/green/white on one side w/lettering - "City Point Lodge, No. 507" one is "Inner Guard", one is "Outer Guard", both "B.R.T. Boston, Mass." Badge for "L.A., B. of R.R.T.
Box 2 Folder 3
Pocket protectors, blue w/white flap and lettering "Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, It Doesn't CostIt Pays to Belong to the Brotherhood" ; pen - "BrotherhoodCleveland, Ohio" ; pencil clip - "Brotherhood of Railroad"
Box 2 Folder 4
Stamps of the symbols used by BRT, made out of metal and attached to small wooden blocks
Box 2 Folder 5 1968
"Grand Lodge, Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, Delegate's Credential" - Lodge No. 961 [employers certificate allowing an employee to go to the convention as a Delegate]
Box 2 Folder 6
"Honor Roll, Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen" - book full of names of union members that died in World War II.
Box 2 Folder 7 1921
Discussion of issues vs. blank ballot, for or against strike in response to wage reduction authorized by Decision No. 147 of the US Railroad Labor Board, August 29, 1921.
Box 2 Folder 8
Actual receipts for dues paid by members of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen.
Box 2 Folder 9 1911-1958
Dues paid receipt, convention name tags for "New York State Association Brotherhood of Sept. 22-23-24, 1958, Albany, NY" ; copy of "Preamble of Our Constitution" ; invitation to a union meeting ; union Propoganda ; invitation to "First Annual Ball, Bitte
Box 2 Folder 10
Comic books - "Cliff Merritt And the Very Candid Candidate" & "Cliff Merritt Sets the Record Straight"
Box 2 Folder 11 1883
"Constitution and General Rules of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen"
Box 2 Folder 12
Decals - "Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen Bus Division"
Box 2 Folder 13 1922-1968
"Roster of -- Convention, Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen" for the following (27th, 32nd, 31st, 22nd, 30th, 23rd, 29th, 26th,28th, 33rd, 25th)
Box 2 Folder 14 1894
Membership card incased in plastic - "Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, Traveling Card"
Box 3 Folder 1
Railroad spike, pin and link painted gold.
Box 3 Folder 2
Wooden replica - Railroad pin and link painted gold.
Box 4 Folder 1
3 Railroad photos with Charles Pratt
Box 4 Folder 2 1890-1969
2 Prayer cards from Charles Pratt's funeral; 2 copies of Charles Pratt's birth certificate; Comic books - "Cliff Merritt And the Very Candid Candidate" & "Cliff Merritt Sets the Record Straight;" Acknowledgement letter of Charles Pratts resignation from t
Box 4 Folder 3
Service pins for the years of 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55; Membership buttons/lapel pins from the BRT
Box 4 Folder 4 1969
Book of signatures from Charles Pratt's funeral
Box 5
Box 5 Folder 1
snapshot available
Box 6
Box 7