Abstract

Vice president and organizer for the International Brotherhood of Papers Makers (I.B.P.M.) who principally attempted to gain union conditions for the papers workers in the Kalamazoo region of Michigan. Includes letters to and from I.B.P.M. president James T. Carey as well as a 116-page transcript of Smith's organizing reports for the years 1914-1920, documenting his activities in Holyoke, Massachusetts, among other cities and towns in Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan, Oregon, and Washington.

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Special Collections & University Archives
UMass Amherst Libraries
154 Hicks Way
Amherst, Mass. 01003-9275
413-545-2780
W.R. Smith Papers
1914-1947 (Bulk: 1914-1921)
1 box (0.25 linear ft.)
Call no.: MS 243
Contents of Collection

W.R. Smith was a vice president and organizer for the International Brotherhood of Paper Makers. These papers document his activities from the period 1914 to 1921, focusing principally on his attempts to gain union conditions for the paper workers in the Kalamazoo region of Michigan.

Included are letters to and from James T. Carey, president of the I.B.P.M. and a 116-page transcript of his organizing reports for the years 1914 to 1920. In addition to Kalamazoo, this transcript documents Smith's activities in Holyoke, Massachusetts; Middletown, Hamilton, Chillicothe, and Urbana, Ohio; Ladysmith, Wisconsin; Detroit, Michigan; and in Oregon and Washington during the tumultuous strikes of 1919.

Collection inventory
Correspondence from J.T. Carey
1914

Box 1
Correspondence to J.T. Carey
1921

Box 2
Memorandum of Organizing
1914-1921

Box 3
Memorandum for the Kalamazoo Regional Office
1947

Box 4
Administrative information
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Processed by Ken Fones-Wolf.

Acknowledgments

Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Copyright and Use (More informationConnect to publication information)

Cite as: W.R. Smith Papers (MS 243). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

Search terms
Subjects
  • Holyoke (Mass.)--Economic conditions--20th century--Sources.
  • Holyoke (Mass.)--Social conditions--20th century--Sources.
  • Kalamazoo (Mich.)--Economic conditions--20th century--Sources.
  • Kalamazoo (Mich.)--Social conditions--20th century--Sources.
  • Labor unions--Organizing--United States--History--20th century--Sources.
  • Labor unions--United States--Officials and employees--History--20th century--Sources.
  • Paper industry workers--Labor unions--Organizing --Massachusetts--Holyoke--History--Sources.
  • Paper industry workers--Labor unions--Organizing--Michigan --Kalamazoo--History--Sources.
  • United States--Economic conditions--20th century--Sources.
  • United States--Social conditions--20th century--Sources.
Names
  • Carey, Jeremiah T.
  • Carey, Jeremiah T., 1870-1957--Correspondence.
  • International Brotherhood of Paper Makers.
  • International Brotherhood of Paper Makers--History--Sources.
  • Smith, W. R.
  • Smith, W. R.