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Descriptive Summary

Historical Sketch

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Galveston (Texas) Typographical Union Records, 1860-1935



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Galveston (Texas) Typographical Union
Title: Galveston (Texas) Typographical Union Records
Dates: 1860-1935
Abstract: Minutes, pamphlets, legal documents, and assorted printed material comprise the Galveston (Texas) Typographical Union Records, 1860-1935, and document the activities of the union.
Accession No.: 1936
Extent: 1 ft., 2 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Historical Sketch

The Galveston Typographical Union was founded on November 23, 1860, when the National Typographical Union issued a charter to a small group of Galveston printers. Known as the Galveston Typographical Union No. 28, the union was one of the first labor organizations in Texas. After the National Typographical Union was incorporated into an international organization, with the addition of some Canadian chapters, they issued Galveston a new charter in June 1869. Organized to protect the interests of printers and typesetters in Galveston, the union engaged in many successful movements to improve the working conditions and benefits of its members. From 1906 to 1908, the union participated in the national movement to lower working hours from 54 hours to 48 hours a week. Again, in 1921, the union engaged in an ultimately successful four-year attempt to lower their hours to 44 per week. Following the 1900 Galveston hurricane, the union raised $5,000 to aid storm victims. The storm also destroyed most of the union’s pre-1900 records. The union disbanded in 1987 when the International Typographical Union merged with the Communications Workers of America (CWA). Now known as the Printing, Publishing and Media Workers Sector of the CWA, the organization represents workers in fields such as newspapers, commercial printing, mailing operations, and graphic design.

Sources:

Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Labor Organizations," http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/LL/oml1.html (accessed July 15, 2010).

Printing, Publishing & Media Workers Sector CWA. "About PPMWS." Printing, Publishing & Media Workers Sector CWA, http://www.cwa-ppmws.org/about/ (accessed July 15, 2010).

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Scope and Contents

Minutes, pamphlets, legal documents, and assorted printed material comprise the Galveston (Texas) Typographical Union Records, 1860-1935, and document the activities of the union. The collection includes rare pre-1900 Galveston records, such as minutes from union meetings from 1875 to 1932, originals and typescript. The records also contain a copy of the original union charter, 1860. The pamphlets in the collection concern the Union Printer’s Home in Colorado Springs, a sanatorium dedicated to the care of invalid and infirm members of the organization. Finally, the collection includes the program, invitation, and special publication for the union’s 75th anniversary in 1935.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Organizations)
International Typographical Union. Local 28 (Galveston, Tex.)
Printing, Publishing, and Media Workers Sector of the CWA
Subjects
Printing--United States--History.
Labor unions--United States--History.
Places
Galveston (Tex.)--History.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Galveston (Texas) Typographical Union Records, 1860-1935, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s “History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project,” 2009-2011.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2D195 Office of the Secretary-Treasurer:
Minutes of monthly meetings, 1875-1932
Minutes of the meetings of News Chapel, 1879-1893
Chapel Rules
Charter
75th anniversary
Union Printers' Home:
Pamphlets, 1932, 1935
Newspaper clippings
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4K611 Office of the Secretary-Treasurer, minutes (typescripts):
January 5, 1890 - December 4, 1892
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4K612 September 10, 1900 - December 7, 1913
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4K613 January 4, 1914 - June 1, 1924
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2Q516 Galveston Typographical Union (typescripts):
Minutes:
January 4, 1914 - July 17, 1919
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2Q517 August 3, 1919 - June 1, 1924

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