International Typographical Union, No. 15 (Rochester, NY) Records on Microfilm

Collection Number: 5667 mf

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


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
International Typographical Union, No. 15 (Rochester, NY) Records on Microfilm, 1872-1980
Collection Number:
5667 mf
Creator:
International Typographical Union (ITU)
Quantity:
6 microfilm reels
Forms of Material:
Records (documents), microfilm.
Repository:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Meeting minutes, papers and correspondence
Language:
Collection material in English


ORGANIZATIONAL HISTORY

The International Typographical Union (ITU) was an US trade union for the printing trade for newspapers and other media. It was founded on May 3rd, 1852 in the United States as the National Typographical Union, and changed its name to the International Typographical Union in 1869 after it began organizing members in Canada.
ITU President W.B. Prescott led the ITU in 1897 to win a 48-hour work week and a standard wage scale for all printers. During the Great Depression, the ITU introduced the 40-hour work week across the industry at no cost to employers as a way to share the fewer jobs available. That ITU initiative spread to other unions and has since been codified across the labor sector by federal legislation in the U.S. establishing the 40-hour work week.
As the work of typographers' declined with automation, computers and mechanization of the print media, the ITU was disbanded. In 1986, a majority of ITU mailers voted to merge with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the remaining typographers joined the Communications Workers of America. Before its dissolution, the ITU was the oldest union in the United States.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

A negative copy is available upon request.
SUBJECTS

Names:
International Typographical Union of North America.
International Typographical Union of North America. Local 15 (Rochester, N.Y.)

Subjects:
Labor unions -- New York (State) -- Rochester

Form and Genre Terms:
Records (documents)
Microfilm.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Access Restrictions:
Access to the collections in the Kheel Center is restricted. Please contact a reference archivist for access to these materials.
Restrictions on Use:
This collection must be used in keeping with the Kheel Center Information Sheet and Procedures for Document Use.
Cite As:
International Typographical Union, No. 15 (Rochester, NY) Records on Microfilm #5667 mf. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.

RELATED MATERIALS

Related Collections:
5345: International Typographical Union, Local 6 Legal Files
5436: International Typographical Union Local 252 (Binghamton, NY) Minutes and Related Papers
5811: International Typographical Union Local 62 (Utica, NY) Minute Book
5957: International Typographical Union Local 6 Strike Clipping File
SERIES LIST

Series I: Meeting Minutes, Papers and Correspondence
Series II: Executive Board Minutes

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