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Clyde Johnson Papers:

A Guide



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Johnson, Clyde, 1908-.
Title: Clyde Johnson Papers
Dates: 1941-1944, 1976
1941-1944
Abstract: Clyde Johnson (1908-1994) was a labor organizer and writer involved in several different labor unions throughout his life. From 1942 to 1943, he served as the Southern Director for the CIO Oil Workers Organizing Campaign and was active in organizing Texas oil workers. Papers contain photographs and a photocopy of a typescript by Johnson that document efforts to organize Texas oil workers.
Identification: AR213
Extent: 3 folders (0.06 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries

Biographical Note

Clyde Johnson (1908-1994) was a labor organizer and writer involved in several different labor unions throughout his life. A communist early in his life, he was committed to social justice and the plight of the worker. Johnson worked most often in an organizing capacity, at various times, with students, foundry workers, iron workers, coal workers, agricultural workers, oil workers, electrical workers, sharecroppers, dairy workers, pecan shellers, and carpenters. One such effort was from 1942 to 1943, when he served as the Southern Director for the CIO Oil Workers Organizing Campaign to actively organize Texas oil workers.


Scope and Contents

Papers contain photographs and a photocopy of a typescript by Clyde Johnson. The photographs, 1942-1944, depict members of various South Texas locals of the Oil Workers International Union. The typescript, "The CIO Oil Workers Organizing Campaign in Texas, 1942-1943," is a paper written by Johnson for the 1976 Southern Labor History Conference at Georgia State University in Atlanta. Also included is a copy of Boomtown Bill, a song written by Woody Guthrie in 1942.


Organization

Materials are arranged by document type in three folders.

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
Johnson, Clyde, 1908-,--Archives.
Organizations
Oil Workers International Union--History--Sources.
Oil Workers International Union--Photographs.
Subjects
Labor unions--Organizing--Texas--History--Sources.
Oil industry workers--Labor unions--Organizing--Texas--History--Sources.
Places
Texas--History--Sources.
Alternate Titles
Texas Labor Archives

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Administrative Information

Citation

Clyde Johnson Papers, AR213, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries.

Acquisition

Gift from Clyde Johnson, 1977. Accessioned as number 77-16.


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 Photograph - Oil Workers International Union, Local 316 Ingleside Hall, Brother Frank Hackney, signs and pictures, approximately 1942
1 Photograph - CIO Executive Board, Humble Election Victory Committee (members of executive board on Local 1002 in Baytown, Texas in Humble campaign), approximately 1942
1 Photograph -Texas City Oil Workers Organizing Campaign - CIO. Staff with sign for parade, "Boil Hitler in Texas Oil", approximately 1942
Left to Right: Newcombe (Newcombe worked at Pan American), Jack Frye, John Rae, Bob Able, Clyde Jones, Irwin Elber (West Coast Director), Clyde Johnson (Southern Director)
1 Photograph - Members of Baytown Humble Oil Local 333 met with Phil Murray to discuss CIO policy on race issues especially relating to Houston Steelworkers, approximately 1942
Left to Right: W.O. Carnes, Clyde Jones, Philip Murray, Henry (Slick) Wier, and W.A. (Hot Shot) Rogers
2 Paper - "The CIO Oil Workers Organizing Campaign in Texas, 1942-1943", prepared by Johnson for the Southern Labor History Conference, Georgia State University, Atlanta, April, 1976 (Includes a photocopy of "Boomtown Bill" written by Woody Guthrie, prepared for the Oil Workers Organizing Campaign, Texas City, 1942, also the table of contents for a publication listing Johnson's paper with no title or date), 1976
3 Oil Workers International Union Representatives Conference, May 28, 1943
(2 prints)
3 Unidentified,
(3 prints)
3 Oil Workers Organizing Campaign staff meeting, 1944
3 Delegation from Baytown to see Knight and NLRB about delay in election hearing, April, 1943
3 Photograph, 1941 or 1942
Back row: Tom McCormick, Bill Trombley, Massingale - Front row: Ben Shafer
3 Local 449 Negotiating Committee for OWIU at Southport Petroleum Company, 1942
3 Texas City Organizing Staff, Oil Workers Organizing Committee, CIO, April, 1942