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Descriptive Summary

Historical Note

Scope and Contents

Organization

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Separated Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series I. Communications Workers of America, Local 6201

Series II. Communications Workers of America, District 6

Series III. Communications Workers of America (International Union)

Series IV. Telephone Pioneers of America

Series V. Miscellaneous Individuals and Groups' Records

University of Texas Arlington

Blanche Wells Papers:

A Guide



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Wells, Blanche.
Title: Blanche Wells Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1944-1973
Bulk Dates: 1947-1966
Identification: AR59
Extent: 9 boxes (3.83 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library

Historical Note

Longtime employee of Southwestern Bell Telephone Company, 1918-1966; secretary of Communications Workers of America, Local 6201, Fort Worth, Texas, circa 1949-1966; representative for Communications Workers of America, District 6, circa 1947-1966; member and officer, Telephone Pioneers of America, 1949-1972; political and community activist.

Mrs. Wells accumulated records from several levels of the CWA organizations and from other labor groups. She was a state and local officer in the Texas Social and Legislative Conference, an organization of labor and liberals. Those records were processed separately as AR120.

CWA Local 2402 changed to Local 6201 around March or April, 1951. Southwestern Division 20, a regional division of CWA International, changed to District 6 in 1950 or 1951.

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Scope and Contents

Correspondence, minutes, financial records, reports, resolutions, by-laws, bulletins, newsletters, notes, certificates, booklets, brochures, convention materials, newspaper clippings, and photographs. Includes records of Southwestern Telephone Workers' Union, 1944-1948; Communications Workers of America, Southwestern Division No. 20, 1947-1951; Communications Workers of America, District 6, 1951-1965; Communications Workers of America, Local 2402, Fort Worth, Texas, 1950-1951; Communications Workers of America, Local 6201, Fort Worth, Texas, 1951-1966; records of the international, Communications Workers of America, 1948-1966; and Telephone Pioneers of America, Lone Star Chapter, No. 22, 1949-1972. Also includes an unpublished history of union organizing activities in the telephone industry in Fort Worth, 1937-1949, by Wells; the Dallas area newsletter, Telephone Times, 1968-1973; and a folder of correspondence to and from Jim Wright.

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Organization

There was no apparent order when the collection was received, so the records were arranged by organization. The CWA (International) series contains proceedings of District 6 caucuses in the convention materials for 1957, 1959-1961, 1965-1966.
Series I. Communications Workers of America, Local 6201
  • Subseries A. Executive Board Minutes
  • Subseries B. Regular Meeting Minutes
  • Subseries C. Materials in Alphabetical Order
Series II. Communications Workers of America, District 6
  • Subseries A. Minutes
  • Subseries B. Correspondence of Blanche Wells
  • Subseries C. Arbitration and Negotiations
  • Subseries D. Convention Materials
  • Subseries E. Material by Record Group
  • Subseries F. Records of Groups within District 6
Series III. Communications Workers of America (International Union)
  • Subseries A. Minutes
  • Subseries B. Convention Materials
  • Subseries C. Miscellaneous Records
Series IV. Telephone Pioneers of America
  • Subseries A. Lone Star Chapter 22
  • Subseries B. Various Local Clubs and Councils
  • Subseries C. TPA National Records
Series V. Miscellaneous Individuals' and Groups' Records

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Restrictions

Access

Open for research.

Literary Rights Statement

Permission to publish, reproduce, distribute, or use by any and all other current or future developed methods or procedures must be obtained in writing from Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library. All rights are reserved and retained regardless of current or future development or laws that may apply to fair use standards.

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Index Terms

These materials are indexed under the following headings in the catalog of The University of Texas at Arlington Library. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Telephone Times
Persons
Wells, Blanche--Archives.
Organizations
Southwestern Telephone Workers’ Union.
Communications Workers of America. Southwestern Division No. 20.
Communications Workers of America. Local 2402 (Fort Worth, Tex.)
Communications Workers of America--Records and correspondence.
Communications Workers of America. Local 6201 (Fort Worth, Tex.)--Records and correspondence.
Communications Workers of America. District 6--Records and correspondence.
Communications Workers of America. District 6--Employees.
Southwestern Bell Telephone Company--Employees.
Telephone Pioneers of America. Lone Star Chapter 22--Records and correspondence.
Subjects
Telephone companies--Employees--Labor unions--Organizing--Texas--Fort Worth--History.
Telephone companies--Employees--Labor unions--Texas--Sources.
Women labor union members--Texas--Fort Worth.
Alternate Titles
Texas Labor Archives

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Related Material

CWA News, 1941 -

Labor News (Fort Worth), 1946-1975

AR143: Robert W. Staley Papers, 1944-1975

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Separated Material

The CWA international proceedings were moved to the circulating collection. Agreements and constitutions were put in the agreement and constitution collection.

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Gift of Louis Wells, 1975.

Citation

Blanche Wells Papers, AR59, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series I. Communications Workers of America, Local 6201

Subseries A. Executive Board Minutes
Arranged chronologically.
Box Folder
1 1 Minutes, Executive Board Meetings, Jan. 30, 1950 - Nov. 2, 1959
2 Minutes, Executive Board Meetings, Jan. 7, 1960 - Jan. 7, 1963
3 Minutes, Executive Board Meetings, Feb. 4, 1964 - April 4, 1966
Subseries B. Regular Meeting Minutes
Arranged chronologically.
Box Folder
1 4 Minutes, Regular and Special Meetings, Dec. 22, 1949 - Sept. 30, 1954
5 Minutes, Regular Meetings, Jan. 21, 1960, Dec. 20, 1962
6 Minutes, Regular Meetings, Dec. 17, 1964 - Mar. 17, 1966
Subseries C. Materials in Alphabetical Order
Arranged mostly by document type.
Box Folder
2 1 Attendance records (?), no date
(records of dues payment?) one list, A-Z, no date; one list by payroll number
2 By-Laws Committee, Minutes, April 10, 1950
by-Laws
3 Correspondence and miscellaneous records, 1951; 1954-1955; 1959-1962; 1965-1966
4 Financial records, 1950-1965
budgets, financial reports
5 Grievances
reports, 1953-1954; miscellaneous records, 1953; 1955-1956; 1958; 1961
6 Grievances, correspondence (Wanda Ricketts case), 1965-1966
7 History of Unions in the Telephone Industry in Fort Worth, circa 1937-1949
by Wells (some background to 1918); manuscript, 16 pp.
8 Mandates to officers, 1951
9 Membership - lists, miscellaneous records
10 Southwestern Bell Telephone Company, manual of employment practice

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Series II. Communications Workers of America, District 6

Subseries A. Minutes
Box Folder
2 11 Minutes, Executive Board, Jan. 16-24, 1951; Jan. 29 - Feb. 2, 1951
12 Minutes of joint meetings between CWA and management representatives, 1944; 1949
1944, Southwestern Telephone Workers' Union and management
13 Minutes of joint meetings between CWA and management representatives, 1949; 1957; 1965
Subseries B. Correspondence of Blanche Wells
Box Folder
3 1 Wells, Blanche, Northwestern Division
2 Wells, Blanche, Northwestern Division representatives, correspondence, 1948
Subseries C. Arbitration and Negotiations
Box Folder
3 3 Arbitration, 1961-1962
proceedings, memoranda
4 Negotiations with Southwestern Bell, 1953
resolutions, proceedings
5 Negotiations with Southwestern Bell, 1954; 1956
proceedings, proposals, resolutions
6 Negotiations with Southwestern Bell, 1957-July, 1965
bulletins, resolutions
7 Negotiations with Southwestern Bell, Sept., 1965 - 1966
bulletins, resolutions
Subseries D. Convention Materials
Box Folder
4 1 Second Annual Convention, 1948
delegate's manual (Mrs. Wells')
2 Second Annual Convention, 1948
report
3 Fourth Annual Convention, 1950
delegate's Manual (Mrs. Wells')
4 Fourth Annual Convention, 1950
report
Subseries E. Material by Record Group
Arranged alphabetically.
Box Folder
4 5 By-Laws, 1947, 1948
6 Educational Manual, 1948
7 Financial Records, Miscellaneous
8 Grievance Discussions, 1965
field report
9 Officers and Stewards' Manual, circa 1949
10 Officers and representatives, rosters, 1948-1949
11 Taft-Hartley Law, miscellaneous records, 1953-1954; 1959
Subseries F. Records of Groups within District 6
Box Folder
4 12 Texas Traffic Group, Minutes, Nov. 20-22, 1947 - (1948?); Jan. 30, 1947
13 Texas Traffic Group, Arbitration hearings, 1948; 1956
correspondence, reports
Box Folder
5 1 Texas Area Council
First Convention, 1947, report and recommendation; Second Annual Convention, 1948 - proceedings
2 Texas Area Council, officers
manual (includes Minutes of Council, June 1, 1948 - Sept. 7, 1948)
3 Central Committee of Fort Worth, Texas, minutes, Dec. 8, 1947 - July 5, 1949
4 Miscellaneous

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Series III. Communications Workers of America (International Union)

Subseries A. Minutes
Box Folder
5 5 Minutes, Executive Board, Mar. 27 - April 1, 1951
Subseries B. Convention Materials
Arranged chronologically.
Box Folder
5 6 Second Annual Convention, Spokane, Washington, 1948
resolutions, speeches, news releases, financial records
7 Third Annual Convention, Chicago, 1949
resolutions, speeches, news releases, reports, financial records
Box Folder
6 1 Fourth Annual Convention, Cleveland, 1950
"Highlights"
2 Eleventh Annual Convention, Miami Beach, 1958
committee and executive board reports (includes proceedings of District 6 caucus)
3 Twentieth Annual Convention, Miami Beach, 1958
committee and executive board reports, miscellaneous records
4 Twenty-first Annual Convention, Cleveland, 1959
executive board and committee reports (includes proceedings of District 6 caucus)
5 Twenty-Second Annual Convention, St. Louis, Mo., 1960
executive board report, miscellaneous records (includes proceedings of District 6 caucus)
6 Twenty-third Annual Convention, Kansas City, Mo., 1961
executive board report, proceedings, financial records (includes proceedings of District 6 caucus)
7 Twenty-fifth Annual Convention, Kansas City, Mo., 1961
reports, miscellaneous records
8 Twenty-seventh Annual Convention, Kansas City, Mo., 1965
proceedings, reports of executive board, officers and committees (includes proceedings of District 6 caucus)
9 Twenty-eighth Annual Convention, St. Louis, Mo, 1966
proceedings of District 6 caucus
Subseries C. Miscellaneous Records
Box Folder
6 10 Educational Conference, 1965
Manual (includes Mrs. Wells' notes)
11 Miscellaneous

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Series IV. Telephone Pioneers of America

Subseries A. Lone Star Chapter 22
Box Folder
7 1 TPA, Lone Star Chapter 22, membership and financial records, 1949-1952
2 TPA, Lone Star Chapter 22, membership records, 1958-1961
Subseries B. Various Local Clubs and Councils
Arranged alphabetically by name.
Box Folder
7 3 TPA, Local Clubs and Councils, miscellaneous records, 1950-1965
Subseries C. TPA National Records
Box Folder
7 4 TPA (National) General Assembly, reports, 1958
5 TPA (National), Annual reports, 1950-1953; Pioneer Progress, 1954-1964
(incomplete)
6 TPA, history and miscellaneous records

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Series V. Miscellaneous Individuals and Groups' Records

Arranged alphabetically.
Box Folder
7 7 Bell System, statements and testimony concerning labor relations, 1950
8 Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO), Sixteenth Annual Convention, 1954
program, committee reports
9 Miscellaneous organizations - records
(a) Framemen and Cable Splicers' Helpers - minutes, Waco, Nov. 22, 1958
(b) Telephone Employees Legislative Association - constitution, n. d.
10 North Texas CIO Education Conference, 1953
delegate's manual (Mrs. Wells')
11 Southwestern Bell, 1946-1964
job titles and descriptions
Box Folder
8 1 Telephone Chapter, United Fund miscellaneous records, 1953-1965
2 Telephone Employees' Blood Bank, n. d.
miscellaneous records
3 Telephone Times, newspaper of Southwestern Bell, Dallas Area, 1968-1969
4 Telephone Times, 1970-1973
5 Texas AFL-CIO, Ninth Annual Convention, El Paso, 1965
miscellaneous records
6 Wells, Blanche, notes, undated
7 Wells, Blanche, personal correspondence and miscellaneous records, 1958-1965
8 Wright, Jim, U. S. Rep., correspondence and miscellaneous records, 1958-1971; newsletters, 1963-1973
8 Miscellaneous
Box Folder
OS147 3 Photographs
1. Sixth Annual Convention, C.W.A., Cleveland, Ohio, June 16-21, 1952
2. Executive Board Banquet, C.W.A., Los Angeles, Calif., December 10, 1954
3. C.W.A. National Convention, June 9-13, 1958, Miami Beach, Florida
4. C.W.A. National Convention, June 13-17, 1960, St. Louis, Missouri
5. National C.W.A. Convention, June 19-23, 1961, Kansas, City, Missouri
6. National C.W.A. Convention, June 19-23, 1961, Kansas, City, Missouri
7. National C.W.A. Convention, June 19-23, 1961, Kansas City, Missouri
8. 27th Annual Convention, C.W.A., June, 1965, City Auditorium, Kansas City, Missouri

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