Columbia Conserve Company Records

Collection Number: 5232

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


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Columbia Conserve Company Records, 1932-1933
Collection Number:
5232
Creator:
Columbia Conserve Company
Quantity:
0.5 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Records (documents) .
Repository:
Kheel Center for Labor- Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
The collection consists of the mimeographed minutes of the meetings of the employees council from December 1952 to July 1933.
Language:
Collection material in English


ORGANIZATIONAL HISTORY

Mr. William P. Hapgood, president of the Columbia Conserve Company believed that industrial democracy meant "government of the workers, by the workers, for the workers." In 1917 Mr. Hapgood started his plan, by giving the workers the right to make rules governing their hours, incomes, hiring and firing and to decide upon all policies of the company.
Various measures adopted by the plant reflect the improvement of the workers. The 55 hour week was reduced to 50 in 1917 and 45 in 1924 when a five day week and a 9 hour day were reestablished.
The maximum salary was set at $5,000. per year. Minimum salaries were established were $22 per week for unmarried and $33 per week for married men, with an additional $2 for each child, married women, where husbands were also employed received $19 per
week in 1931.
Dividends were paid to employees at the same rate as on capital stock based on the payroll until 1925 when an agreement was reached for the employees to purchase common stock with their share of the profits.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Records consist chiefly of the minutes (1932-1933) of the Employee Council of the Columbia Conserve Co. of Indianapolis, Ind. In addition, this collection includes a brochure describing the Columbia Conserve Company's products and organization; and a pamphlet by Norman Hapgood entitled "The Columbia Conserve and the Committee of Four" (1922).
SUBJECTS

Names:
Columbia Conserve Company.
Columbia Conserve Company. Employee Council.

Subjects:
Works councils--United States.
Cannery workers.
Industrial democracy. United States.

Form and Genre Terms:
Records (documents)


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Access Restrictions:
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Restrictions on Use:
This collection must be used in keeping with the Kheel Center Information Sheet and Procedures for Document Use.
Cite As:
Columbia Conserve Company Records #5232. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Box 1 Folder 3
Box 1 Folder 2
Box 1 Folder 1