University of Texas Arlington

Lee A. Lewis Papers:

A Guide



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Lewis, Lee A. (Lee Andrew), 1902-1972.
Title: Lee A. Lewis Papers
Dates: 1949-1954
Abstract: Lee Lewis (1902-1972) was a member of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and Moving Picture Machine Operators of the United States and Canada, Local 279A, an all-black local in Dallas, Texas. In 1947, he and other black unionists organized the Texas Federation Club to protest discrimination experienced by blacks at Texas State Federation of Labor conventions. This collection contains correspondence, minutes, printed material, and photographs pertaining to the Texas Federation Club.
Identification: AR154
Extent: 1 box (0.2 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries

Biographical Note

Lee Andrew Lewis (1902-1972) was born in Des Moines, Iowa in 1902. He began working with moving picture machines in 1912 and served in the Navy during World War I. In 1937, Lewis helped organize Local 279A of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and Moving Picture Machine Operators of the United States and Canada. Local 279A was an all-black local in Dallas, Texas and was not given the full status of a local union. Instead, it was considered an auxiliary to the all-white Local 279. In 1947, Lewis and other black unionists organized the Texas Federation Club to protest discrimination experienced by blacks at Texas State Federation of Labor conventions which included being refused entrance to convention hotels. Lewis was the Club's executive secretary until it disbanded in 1961.


Scope and Contents

Papers contain correspondence, minutes, printed material, and photographs pertaining to the Texas Federation Club.


Organization

Materials are arranged in 4 folders by document type and therein chronologically.

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
Lewis, Lee A. (Lee Andrew), 1902-1972--Archives.
Organizations
Texas Federation Club--Records and correspondence.
Subjects
Labor unions, Black--Texas.
African American labor union members--Texas.
Alternate Titles
Texas Labor Archives

Related Material

The UTA Libraries Oral History Collection also contains a transcribed interview with Lee A. Lewis.


Administrative Information

Citation

Lee A. Lewis Papers, AR154, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries.

Acquisition

Gift, 1971.

Accessioned as number 71-18.


Administrative Information

Grant Support

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 Folder
1 1 Correspondence, General, 1951-1952
2 Minutes, Texas Federation Club, May 15, 1949- June 22, 1954
3 Miscellaneous, 1951, undated
4 Photographs, 1950, undated