Order of Railway Conductors Division 642 Records

Collection Number: 6289

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


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Order of Railway Conductors Division 642 Records, 1948-1952
Collection Number:
6289
Creator:
Order of Railway Conductors (ORC);
ORC Division 642
Quantity:
0.5 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Records (documents).
Repository:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
This collection is made up of dues and assessments records.
Language:
Collection material in English


ORGANIZATIONAL HISTORY

The Order of Railway Conductors and Brakemen [ORC] 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 in 1868 in Amboy, Illinois as the Conductors Union. Initially, it was a fraternal benefit society, but by 1890 it had adopted a policy of engaging in labor negotiations on behalf of its members as well as permitting its members to strike. The name was changed to Order of Railway Conductors of America 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 to reflect its changing membership. The ORC International Headquarters, Grand Division, was located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa with subordinate divisions in the United States, Canada, and the Panama Canal Zone. 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.
Local Division 642 was one of the subordinate divisions of the ORC. It was located in West Springfield, Massachusetts; its members were employees of the Boston and Albany Railroad. These employees were split into two divisions, the Boston Division and the Albany Division, each division working the 100-mile stretch from Springfield to either terminal point.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Inclusive date range: 1948-1952
Bulk dates: 1948-1952
This collection consists of a selection of records produced by ORC Local 642. The records are primarily concerned with dues, both owed and paid, and assessments of the Local and its members by the Grand Division in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Also present in this collection is correspondence between the Grand Division and Local 642, ORC circulars from their 40th Anniversary (1948), and remittance forms. Of note are the quarterly rosters listing the names of all members of Local 642 and, in the case of the roster produced by the Grand Division, local addresses of the union members. The rosters produced by the local division include the names of its members and they dues they had or had not paid.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Order of Railway Conductors of America.
Order of Railway Conductors of America. Division 642.

Subjects:
Railroads -- Employees -- Labor unions.
Boston and Albany Railroad Company. Employees.

Form and Genre Terms:
Records (documents)


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:
Order of Railway Conductors Division 642 Records #6289. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.

RELATED MATERIALS

Related Collections:
5148: Order of Railway Conductors and Brakemen Records
6260m: Order of Railway Conductors Home (Savannah, GA) Papers
6290: Order of Railway Conductors Ledger

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1 Folder 1 1948-1949
First, Second, Third, and Fourth Quarters.
Box 1 Folder 2 1950
Third Quarter.
Box 1 Folder 3 1951-1952
Second, Thrid, and Fourth Quarters.