University of Texas Arlington

C. W. Woodman Papers:

A Guide

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Woodman, C. W. (Cony Warren), 1864-1948.
Title: C. W. Woodman Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1869-1967
Bulk Dates: 1902-1948
Identification: AR163
Extent: 2 boxes (0.50 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library

Biographical Note

Labor leader and publisher and editor of The Union Banner, Fort Worth, Texas; representative of the American Federation of Labor; Commissioner of Labor Statistics for the State of Texas; charter member of the Texas State Federation of Labor; assistant director of the Farm Labor Division and later manager of the National Reemployment Service of the U.S. Department of Labor (Southwest region); and Fort Worth panel member of the National Labor Relations Board.

C.W. Woodman was born in Wilton, Maine, on July 15, 1864, while the Civil War was still raging. After the War, his family moved to Mississippi, where his parents died in a yellow fever epidemic soon after arriving. Returning to Maine, he lived with relatives until he was sixteen, when he entered a three-year printers' apprenticeship program; he finished the program in two and a half years. He then returned to Mississippi, where he married his first wife. He took her to Winnemac, Indiana, where he worked as a printer. Later, in Francisville, Indiana, he published the New Era from 1888 to 1890. After he moved to San Antonio, Texas, he owned and edited the San Antonio Dispatch from 1898 until about 1903. He then bought the Fort Worth Union Banner about 1904 and served as its editor until 1947.

Woodman was a close friend of Samuel Gompers, the founder of the American Federation of Labor. Woodman was appointed Commissioner of Labor for the State of Texas on February 5, 1915 by Governor James E. Ferguson, and he served two terms. He was also district director of federal employment under Woodrow Wilson. Widowed during the First World War, Woodman remarried.

When he died on October 22, 1948, Woodman was the last surviving charter member of the Texas State Federation of Labor.

See clippings in 163-1 for more details on C.W. Woodman's life.

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, 1902-1948; diary, 1917-1920; photographs, 1869, 1943, 1948, 1967; certificates, 1912, 1915; The Union Banner, May 23, 1947, and supplements, May 6, 1949 and May 19, 1950; newspaper clippings, 1915-1918; and scrapbook. Clippings concentrate on Woodman's career especially his involvement in the labor movement; farm labor issues; and the Buy-It-In-Texas campaign, 1915. Includes copies of letters to Samuel Gompers and one letter from Gompers (1915); copies of letters during Woodman's service as secretary-treasurer of the Texas State Federation of Labor, and with the U. S. Department of Labor, as well as personal correspondence.



The materials are arranged by document type. Within each document type they are in chronological order. The correspondence and the Buy-It-In-Texas Campaign Clippings are together in a Hollinger box, and the larger certificates, newspapers & clippings are in Oversize Box 3 See attached explanation of letters in folders 163-2 through 163-13.



Open for research.

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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.
Gompers, Samuel, 1850-1924.
Woodman, C. W. (Cony Warren), 1864-1948--Archives.
Texas State Federation of Labor--Officials and employees.
United States. Dept. of Labor. Farm Labor Division--Officials and employees.
United States. Dept. of Labor. National Reemployment Service--Officials and employees.
Newspaper editors--Texas--Fort Worth.
Labor leaders--Texas--Fort Worth.
Document Types
Alternate Titles
Texas Labor Archives
Union Banner (Fort Worth, Tex.)

Related Material

  • The University of Texas at Austin has a collection of Woodman's letters dating from 1908 to 1913.
  • Texas Allied Printing Trades Council Proceedings
  • International Typographical Union Proceedings
  • AR2: Fort Worth Trades Assembly Records, 1901-1957
  • Union Banner (microfilm), 1908-1916 and 1939-1954
  • Plane Facts (microfilm), 1944-1946, and its successor Labor News (microfilm), 1946-1948

Administrative Information


Gift of Mrs. Joe Moorman (formerly Wanda Woodman), 1968, 1977, 1985.


C. W. Woodman Papers, AR163, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library.

Processing Information

See 163-2-18 For material donated 10-20-87.

Detailed Description of the Collection


OS3-3 Certificates 1912 and 1913,
signed by Governor O. B. Colquitt; 1915, signed by Governor James E. Ferguson
Union Banner, May 23, 1947
Union Banner, October 22, 1948
Clippings, C. W. Woodman Obituary
Frisco All Aboard, December, 1948
Union Banner, Anniversary Supplement May 19, 1950, dedicated to C. W. Woodman
Photographs, clippings, obituaries (donated 3-4-86) newspaper
Union Banner, Labor Day, 1955 (donated 12-8-92)
Box Folder
2 1 Letter to C. W. Woodman from Samuel Gompers, February 26, 1915
2 Correspondence, December 12, 1902 - December 16, 1902
3 Correspondence, December 17, 1902 - December 24, 1902
4 Correspondence, December 29, 1902 - December 31, 1902
5 Correspondence, December 31, 1902 - January 19, 1903
6 Correspondence, January 20, 1903 - February 17, 1903
7 Correspondence, February 17, 1903 - March 4, 1903
8 Correspondence, March 7, 1903 - July 14, 1903
9 Correspondence, June 25, 1907 - August 28, 1907
10 Correspondence, September 8, 1907 - June 28, 1919
11 Correspondence, June 30, 1919 - August 9, 1933
12 Correspondence, August 10, 1933 - December 13, 1935
13 Scrapbook, Clippings, some correspondence
14 Scrapbook, Buy-It-In-Texas Campaign 1915,
15 Scrapbook, Buy-It-In-Texas Campaign, 1915-1916,
16 Letter, 1936
Union Banner labels
17 Diary, 1917-1920 (donated 3-4-85)
18 Material donated 10-20-87,
Photographs, working card, permit, convention program, poem, correspondence, speech, 1895, 1925, 1942-1948,1967