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San Antonio Trades Council Records

A Guide



Descriptive Summary

Creator: San Antonio Trades Council
Title: San Antonio Trades Council Records
Dates: 1913-1989
Dates (Bulk): 1914-1916
Abstract: The San Antonio Trades Council was an organization that provided support and coordination for various affiliated trade unions in and around San Antonio, Texas, during the early decades of the twentieth century. The Council is now the San Antonio Building and Construction Trades Council and provides support for local unions and their members working in construction and industrial jobs. This collection includes official correspondences between the council and various unions it represented as well as other unions around the nation.
Identification: AR677
Extent: 13 folders and 2 oversize folders (0.24 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library

Historical Note

The San Antonio Trades Council supported and coordinated matters for the various affiliated trade unions in and around San Antonio, Texas, during the early decades of the twentieth century. H. M. Spangler served as secretary during the time in which the bulk of the documents in this collection originated. The Council is now the San Antonio Building and Construction Trades Council. It represents 27 counties under the Texas State Building & Construction Trades Council, and is affiliated with the AFL-CIO. In 2016, Council officers included Tracy Gillis, president, and Greg Tamez, secretary-treasurer.

Source:


  • “Building Trades Local Councils Overview: Texas,” North America’s Building Trades Unions. Accessed June 30, 2016. http://www.bctd.org/Official-Directory/Local-Councils.aspx.

Scope and Contents

The San Antonio Trades Council Records are mainly comprised of correspondence between the Council and affiliated unions. Financial documents and receipts, legal agreements, petitions, and one union charter are also included, as are two AFL-CIO affiliated newspapers from 1964 and 1975.


Organization

This collection is arranged alphabetically by folder title and chronologically thereunder.

Restrictions

Access

Open for research.


Index Terms

These materials are indexed under the following headings in the catalog of The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Persons
Spangler, H. M.--Archives.
Organizations
Operative Plasters’ and Cement Finishers’ International Association (Wichita Falls, Tex.)--Records and correspondence.
San Antonio Trades Council--Records and correspondence.
San Antonio Building and Construction Trades Council--Records and correspondence.
Subjects
Labor unions--Building and construction trades--Texas--San Antonio--Records and correspondence.
Labor unions--Texas--San Antonio.
Alternate Titles
Texas Labor Archives

Related Material

Midwestern Texas Building and Construction Trades Council Records, AR106.

Midwestern Texas Building and Construction Trades Council, Unprocessed mss. 2011-59.

San Antonio AFL-CIO Council Records, AR142.San Antonio AFL-CIO Council Records, AR142.

Tri-Cities Central Labor and Trades Council Records, AR40.

Austin Trades Council Records, AR45.

Texas Panhandle Building and Construction Trades Council Records, AR75.

Howard and Elizabeth Broyles Collection, AR171.


Separated Material

United Association Journal: 100 Years of Pride, U.A. 1889-1989, the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada, 1989.


Administrative Information

Provenance

Gift of Tonya Cummings,November 22, 2010.

Citation

San Antonio Trades Council Records, AR677, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries.

Acquisition

Gift, November 22, 2010.

Accessioned as number 2011-38.

Processing Information

Processed by Erica A. Eaves, June 2016.


Container List

Box Folder
1 1-2 Correspondence Received – H.M. Spangler, February 5, 1914-June 17, 1916
Contains correspondence addressed directly to H.M. Spangler, Secretary of the San Antonio Trades Council.



Box Folder
1 3-4 Correspondence Received –To All Trade Unions, November 20, 1913-November 17, 1921
Contains general correspondences sent to all organized labor bodies by other labor unions and labor union organizers from across the nation. These letters are typically asking for support in their union cause and spreading the news of victories.



Box Folder
1 5-8 Correspondence Received, January 1, 1914-March 18, 1922, undated
Contains general correspondence sent to the San Antonio Trades Council from state and national organizations and various local unions regarding the “fair” and “unfair” lists, needs for assistance and other union matters.



Box Folder
1 9 Correspondence – Sent, February 16, 1913-June 16, 1916
Contains correspondence sent from the Trades Council to various unions, persons and businesses.



Box Folder
1 10 Financial Documents and Receipts, December 1, 1913- September 1, 1920
Contains bills, checks and receipts for various Trades Council expenses.



Box Folder
1 11 Legal Documents and Petitions, May 23, 1912- February 7, 1916
Contains legal documents, agreements and petitions from the Trades Council.



Box Folder
1 12 Meeting Notes, April 5, 1915
Contains notes from a Trades Council meeting as taken by Secretary H.M. Spangler.



Box Folder
1 13 Newspapers, September 1975
Contains the Labor Day issue of the San Antonio AFL-CIO Dispatch, Volume 1, No. 3, September 1975. Includes an article over the economic and standard of living situation across the country, by George Meany, then President of the AFL-CIO.



Box Folder
OS300 1 Newspapers, August 31, 1964
Contains the Texas AFL-CIO News: Official Publication of Texas AFL-CIO, Volume VIII, No. 1, August 31, 1964, 4 pages including articles over state and national labor news.



Box Folder
OS300 2 Union Charter, July 6, 1934
The charter for the Operative Plasters’ and Cement Finishers’ International Association, Local No. 440 in Wichita Falls, Texas.