UTU Ladies' Auxiliary Iowa Joint Board Minutes

Collection Number: 5196

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

This collection was processed with the help of generous funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).
DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
UTU Ladies' Auxiliary Iowa Joint Board Minutes, 1913-1972
Collection Number:
5196
Creator:
United Transportation Union (UTU)
Quantity:
0.5 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Minutes (administrative records) .
Repository:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
This collection consists of two bound volumes: a minutes book of the Iowa State meetings of the Ladies' Auxiliary and the "Travelling Bible," awarded to local Kansas chapters.
Language:
Collection material in English


ORGANIZATIONAL HISTORY

The Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen [BRT] was founded in 1883 in Oneonta, N.Y. as a protective and insurance organization. It 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, Michigan in 1889 by Sophia Granger, wife of Henry Granger, treasurer of St. Clair Lodge 241, with the support of the wives, sisters, and mothers of the St. Clair Lodge members.
The purpose of the organization was to promote social interaction and mutual aid among the spouses of operating railroad workers in this craft. 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 1969, the BRT merged with three other railroad labor unions to form the United Transportation Union [UTU]. The Ladies' Auxiliary was granted its new charter from the UTU in 1970.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Inclusive date range: 1913-1972
Bulk dates: 1913-1972
This collection contains two bound volumes. One is the Minutes of the Iowa State Union Meetings of the Ladies' Auxiliary to the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen and its successor, the Iowa Joint Board, Ladies' Auxiliary of the United Transportation Union. The minutes include such information as where the meetings were held, which Locals were represented, the various order of business discussed at the meetings, and, in the minutes of the 1969 meeting, discussion about the merger of the BRT into the UTU.
The second volume is a King James Bible, referred to in correspondence as the "Travelling Bible for State of Kansas, Ladies' Auxiliary to the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen." This book was given as an award to the Kansas Local that had admitted the greatest number of new members from one year's meeting to the next. The list of Locals it was awarded to is inscribed on the front flyleaf.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen. Ladies' Auxiliary.
United Transportation Union. Ladies' Auxiliary. Iowa Joint Board.
United Transportation Union.

Subjects:
Railroads--Employees.
Trade-unions. Railroads. United States.
Trade-unions. United States. Women's auxiliaries.

Form and Genre Terms:
Minutes (administrative records).


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Cite As:
UTU Ladies' Auxiliary Iowa Joint Board Minutes #5196. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.

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CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1 Folder 1 1948-1970
This bible was awarded at each State Meeting to the Local that had admitted the largest number of new members in the previous calendar year. Awarded between 1948 and 1970, with annotations by the winning Locals on the front flyleaf. Bookplate reads: "Presented to District No. 3, from Mary A. Anderson, Sixth Vice-Grand President, L.A. to B. of R.T."
Box 1 Folder 2 1913-1972
Ladies' Auxiliary to the Brotherhood of railroad Trainmen, 1913-1969; Ladies' Auxiliary of the UTU, 1970-1972