Houston Public Library, Houston Metropolitan Research Center

The Colored Trainmen of America Papers:

An Inventory of Records at the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library



Descriptive Summary

Creator Colored Trainmen of America
Title Colored Trainmen of America Papers
Inclusive Date 1918-1982
Bulk Date 1940-1969
Identification RG R 3
Extent 36 boxes
Language Materials are in English.
Repository Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library

Historical Note

The Colored Trainmen of America (C.T.A.) was formed on April 6, 1918, with the purpose, as the founding charter stated, "of promoting the condition and welfare of its members and to elevate their social, moral, and intellectual standing." The C.T.A. was one of the earliest black unions in America and from its inception the union strived to protect the rights of its members, the vast majority being railroad brakemen and stewards. Through the years, the union had assisted in areas such as civil rights, discrimination, equal pay rates, job safety, working condidions, and health benefits. With the increased usage of other modes of transportation and the cancellation of many of the train runs in Texas and Louisiana, the C.T.A. had no choice but to dissolve in 1968. Even merger with the International Association of Railway Employees and the Association of Railway Trainmen and Locomotive Firemen failed to save the union.


Scope and Contents

The collection consists of the original records of the Kingsville, Texas, and DeQuincy, Louisiana, Chapters of the Colored Trainmen of America, and contains papers such as correspondence, publications, newspaper and magazine articles, logbooks, minutes, and finance statements. One hightlight of the publications is an incomplete run of the Negro Railway Labor News between June 1948 and February 1950. The major topics of the collection are the administration of the union, including internal correspondence and union meeting minutes, and the correspondence between the C.T.A. and the Missouri Pacific Lines, which consisted of union member grievances, reinstatements, vacation time, seniority rights, and legal matters. One of the main problems the C.T.A. had over the years was in union dues collection, which also was recorded in detail. The time span of the collection is from the union's inception on April 6, 1918 to its dissolution in 1968. A few final logbooks are dated 1969-1972, and several funeral announcements are dated up to 1982.


 

Arrangement

The original order of some of the material was by C.T.A. officer position, however, since this order was not consistently maintained over the years it has now been arranged by subject to allow for easier access. The collection is divided into six subgroups: Administrative, Missouri Pacific Lines Correspondence, Legal and Regulatory Correspondence, Financial Reports and Logbooks, Correspondence with other Unions, and Publications and Literature pertaining to the C.T.A. and labor unions in general. Each subgroup is sorted by subject then by year only.

Restrictions

Access Restrictions

None.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the Colored Trainmen of America Papers must be obtained from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center or the appropriate copyright holder.


Index Terms

Subjects
African Americans--Civil rights
African Americans--Louisiana--DeQuincy
African Americans--Texas--Kingsville
African Americans--Social conditions
Labor unions--Louisiana
Labor unions--Texas
Race discrimination
Railroads--Texas
Railroads--Louisiana
Railroads--Employees
Subjects (Organizations)
Colored Trainmen of America
Missouri Pacific Railroad Company

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Colored Trainmen of America Papers. Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library.

Acquisition Information

Donated by: C.T.A. representatives Woody Horn, Jr. and Leamer Williams.

Processing Information

Processed by: Mark Carley, 1996.


Detailed Description

 

Administrative

Box Folder
1 1 Union charter, 1918
2 C.T.A. Christmas cards,
3 New Iberia & Northern Railroad seniority list, 1916
4 Pay rates: General Order 27 and Supplement 16, 1918-1919
5 Photographs
6 Traveling cards
7 Union constitution booklets, 1929, 1941, 1947
8 Union dues set up, 1917
9 Union letterhead stationary
10 Union member charter, 1940's-1950's
11 Union member charter, blank
12 Union membership list, 1947
13-17 Application for membership in C.T.A., 1928-1960
18 Union Representation Authorization Cards, 1945
19-20 Union Representation Authorization Cards, 1947
21-23 Union constitution, rules, and resolution matters, 1940-1969
24-26 Union elections, appointments, 1939-1978
27 Union mergers, 1960-1966
28 Dissolution of C.T.A., 1968-1969
Box Folder
2 1 Annual pass correspondence
2 Board and meal deducations correspondence
3-5 C.T.A. Ladies Auxiliary, 1940-1966
6 Health benefits, insurance, pensions
7 Health, welfare, and pension plans seminar, 1954
8-15 Hospital Association, 1936-1969
Box Folder
3 1 Box: 32 rubber stamps (addresses, signatures, logo, etc.)
2 Grand Lodge notary seal
3 Brass plaque: Missouri Pacific Safety Award, Kingsville Division, 1950
Box Folder
4 1-21 Union meeting minutes, 1936-1963
Box Folder
5 1-2 Union meeting minutes, 1964-1967
3 Union meeting member attendance logbook, 1951-1954
4 Union meeting member attendance logbook, 1956-1957
5 Union meeting minutes logbooks, 1940-1946
6 Union meeting minutes logbook, 1943-1955
7 Union meeting minutes logbook, 1947-1950
8-10 Union meeting minutes logbooks, 1962-1967
Item
6-7 Oversized union meeting minutes logbooks, 1956-1961
Box Folder
8 1-18 Internal union correspondence, 1927-1952
Box Folder
9 1-16 Internal union correspondence, 1953-1959
Box Folder
10 1-15 Internal union correspondence, 1960-1965
Box Folder
11 1-7 Internal union correspondence, 1965-1982



 

Missouri Pacific Lines Correspondence

Box Folder
11 8-18 Grievances, reinstatements, pay: individual brakemen, 1928-1943
Box Folder
12 1-11 Grievances, reinstatements, pay: individual brakemen, 1944-1949
12 Grievances, reinstatements, pay: James Dotson, 1950-1959
13 Grievances, reinstatements, pay: individual brakemen, 1950
Box Folder
13 1-14 Grievances, reinstatements, pay: individual brakemen, 1950-1958
Box Folder
14 1-13 Grievances, reinstatements, pay: individual brakemen, 1959-1963
Box Folder
15 1-6 Grievances, reinstatements, pay: individual brakemen, 1963-1968
7-22 Jobs and working conditions, 1928-1954
Note: This is general correspondence between the C.T.A. and Missouri Pacific regarding job announcements and applications, railroad and yard safety and equipment, and meeting attendance requests.
Box Folder
16 1-13 Jobs and working conditions, 1955-1967
Note: This is general correspondence between the C.T.A. and Missouri Pacific regarding job announcements and applications, railroad and yard safety and equipment, and meeting attendance requests.
14-18 Leave of absence correspondence, 1940-1967
19-21 Missouri Pacific Lines leave of absence notice, 1930-1959
Box Folder
17 1 Missouri Pacific Lines leave of absence notice, 1950-1959
2 Indebtedness correspondence
3 Military leave correspondence
4 Missouri Pacific Lines meeting minutes
5-6 Missouri Pacific Lines mileage circulars, 1926-1967
7 Missouri Pacific Lines newsletters
8-11 Missouri Pacific Lines seniority list, 1934-1969
12-13 Missouri Pacific Lines seniority queries,
14 Missouri Pacific Lines Time Return and Delay reports
15-17 Pay rates and related correspondence, 1928-1967
18-22 Vacation requests and correspondence, 1950-1967



 

Legal and Regulatory

Box Folder
18 1 Houston, Houston, Hastie & Waddy attorneys, 1943-1944
2-20 Houston, Houston, Hastie & Waddy attorneys, 1947-1962
Box Folder
19 1-2 Accordion files, court case 75-B-110, exhibits, reports, 1930-1970
Box Folder
20 1-3 Correspondence to/from other law firms
4 Civil rights, discrimination: general literature
5 Interstate Commerce Commission releases, 1928
6 Job Protection Agreement, 1936
7 Federal government legislation and correspondence
8-9 State government correspondence, 1940-1967
10-11 National Mediation Board, 1940-1968
12-13 National Railroad Adjustment Board, 1940-1959
14-15 Railroad Retirement Board, 1940-1963
16 Wage Stabilization Board,
17-23 Agreements and mediations, 1919-1946
Box Folder
21 1-18 Agreements and mediations, 1947-1974



 

Financial

Box Folder
22 1-16 Union Dues and Monthly Lodge Reports, 1940-1952
Box Folder
23 1-13 Union Dues and Monthly Lodge Reports, 1953-1957
Box Folder
24 1-10 Union Dues and Monthly Lodge Reports, 1957-1959
Box Folder
25 1-13 Union Dues and Monthly Lodge Reports, 1960-1962
Box Folder
26 1-12 Union Dues and Monthly Lodge Reports, 1962-1967
Box Folder
27 1-26 Finance reports and correspondence, 1941-1967
27-39 Expense claims to union, 1938-1951
Box Folder
28 1-16 Federal and State taxes, 1947-1963
17-24 Audit reports, 1956-1968
25-27 Federal and State taxes, 1947-1963
25-27 Federal and State taxes, 1940-1946
Box Folder
29 1-7 Federal and State taxes, 1947-1963
8-18 Office Expenses, 1944-1967
Box Folder
30 1 Senior Choir Journal/Finance Logbook, 1943-1944
2 Finance Logbook, 1947-1951
3 Finance Logbook, 1948-1952
4 Finance Logbooks, 1958-1959
5 Finance Logbook, 1958-1964
6 Finance Logbook, 1960-1964
7 Finance Logbook, 1960-1965
8 Finance Logbook, 1970-1971
9 Receipt and expense logbooks, 1958-1965
10 Receipt logbook, 1958-1961
11 Receipt logbook, 1966
12 Collections logbook, 1951
13-14 Money receipt registers, 1951-1958
15 Salary and finance logbooks, 1939-1949
16 Salary and finance logbooks, 1944-1947
Box Folder
31 1-2 Disbursement and expense logbooks, 1952-1959
3 Banking records, Calcasieu-Marine National Bank, 1944-1945
4 Banking records, Kleberg First National Bank, 1951-1958
5 Banking records, Kleberg First National Bank, 1965-1968
6 Banking records, State Bank of Kingsville, 1950-1970
7-8 Monthly Statement, First National Bank of Kingsville, 1940-1948
9 Monthly Statement, First National Bank of Kingsville, 1960-1963
10 Monthly Statement, First National Bank of Kingsville, 1964
11-12 Check Logbook, First National Bank of Kingsville, 1936-1945
13 Check Logbook, First National Bank of Kingsville, 1947-1949
14 Check receipt register, 1952-1957
15 Check receipts and logbook, 1960-1962
16 Check book and register,
Box Folder
32 1 Donation logbooks, 1957-1959
2 Union dues and disbursements logbook, 1943-1944
3 Union dues and finance logbook, 1937-1944
4 Union dues and finance logbook, 1940-1951
5-6 Union dues logbooks, 1935-1945
7-8 Union dues logbooks, 1944-1948
9 Union dues logbooks, 1947
10 Union dues logbook, by member name, 1947-1948
11 Union dues logbook, by member name, 1956-1957
12 Union dues logbook, 1960-1962
13 Union dues receipt stib booklets, 1945-1947
Item
33 Oversize union dues logbook, 1948-1950
Item
34 Oversize finance logbook, 1951-1952



 

Other Unions

Box Folder
35 1 Dining Car & Railroad Food Workers Union
2 International Association of Railway Employees
3 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
4 Negro Railway Labor Executive Committee meeting minutes
5 United Transportation Union
6-7 Correspondence to/from other unions
8-10 National conferences, committees, and meetings with other unions, 1940-1969



 

Publications and Literature

Box Folder
35 11 Negro Railway Labor News, newsletter, 1948-1949
12 Report on history of the Locomotive Fireman Brotherhood
13 Publications: railroad companies
14 Alternate transportation: Buses, etc. brochures
15 Church newsletters and correspondence
16 Houston Belt & Terminal Railroad Co., time table, 1950-1951
17-18 Interstate Commerce Commission Accident Reports
19 Publications: correspondence to/from
20-21 Publications: US Code Annotated - Railroads, 1946-1959
22 Newspaper articles
23 America is Different, report by Danish Labor Unionists, 1949
Box Folder
36 1 Daily Worker, newspaper, 1949
2 Labor, international weekly newspaper, 1964-1965
3 Political newspapers and publications
4-5 Publications: federal government
6 Publications: law
6 Publications: universities