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Foundry Workers' Union of Laredo Records:

A Guide



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Foundry Workers' Union of Laredo (Laredo, Tex.)
Title: Foundry Workers' Union of Laredo Records
Dates: 1937-1938
Abstract: Founded in 1937, the Foundry Workers' Union of Laredo was a labor union of Tejano mine workers employed at the Antimony Foundry in Laredo, Texas. Records consist of a volume of minutes in Spanish of meetings held between July 14, 1937 and January 25, 1938. An English translation is also included. ǂb Includes the foundation act of La Union de Trabajadores de la Fundicion de Antimonio.
Identification: AR34
Extent: 1 box (0.08 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in Spanish with an English translation.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries

Historical Note

The Foundry Workers' Union of Laredo was a labor union of Tejano mine workers employed at the antimony Foundry in Laredo, Texas, owned at the time by the Texas Mining and Smelting Company. The workers organized on July 14, 1937 as La Union de Trabajadores de la Fundicion de Antimonio with assistancfe from the C.I.O. and the C.T.M. (Confederatión de Trabajadores de México, based in Nuevo Laredo in Nuevo Leon, Mexico) to defend against patronal exploitation, abuse, and discrimination. The group proceeded to join the International Union of Mine, Mill, and Smelter Workers of the C.I.O.


Scope and Contents

Records are comprised of a single volume of minutes written in Spanish. An English translation of the minutes is also included. The minutes record the proceedings of meetings held by the Foundry Workers Union between July 14, 1937 and January 25, 1938. The minutes describe the founding of the union including early discussions of the legalities of Mexican workers belonging to worker unions. Other topics include communications and assistance received from the C.I.O and the C.T.M., other labor unions, individual members, and working conditions at the antimony foundry in Laredo, Texas, owned at the time by the Texas Mining and Smelting Company.


Organization

Records consist of one volume of minutes organized in chronological order.

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.
Organizations
Foundry Workers' Union of Laredo (Laredo, Tex.)--Records and correspondence.
International Union of Mine, MIll, and Smelter Workers. Laredo Local (Laredo, Tex.)--Records and correspondence.
National Lead Company--History--Sources.
Texas Mining and Smelting Company--History--Sources.
La Union de Trabajadores de la Fundicion de Antimonio--History--Sources.
Subjects
Labor unions--Organizing--Texas--Laredo--History--Sources.
Foundry workers--Texas--Laredo--History--Sources.
Foreign workersd, Mexican--Texas--Laredo--History--Sources.
Places
Laredo (Tex.)--History--Sources.
Alternate Titles
Texas Labor Archives

Administrative Information

Citation

Foundry Workers' Union Records, AR34, Box Number, Volume Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries.

Acquisition

Gift.


Administrative Information

Processing

The retrospective updating and conversion of this finding aid was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Special Collections "Documenting Democracy: Access to Historical Records" project, 2014-2015.


Container List

Box Volume
1 1 Handwritten volume of minutes (Spanish) and typed translation (English), July 14, 1937 - January 25, 1938