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United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America. Massachusetts State Council

UBCJA Massachusetts State Council Records, 1892-1980.
2 boxes (1 linear feet).
Call no.: MS 015

One of the largest building trade unions in the U.S., the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America was established in 1881 by a convention of carpenters’ unions. An early member of the American Federation of Labor, the Brotherhood began as a radical organization, but beginning in the 1930s, were typically aligned with the conservative wing of the labor movement.

The records of the Massachusetts State Council of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America contain reports and other information generated during the union’s annual conventions as well as copies of the constitution and by-laws, handbooks, and histories of the union.

Subjects
  • Carpenters--Labor unions
  • Labor unions--Massachusetts
Contributors
  • United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America

Bennett, John W., collector

John W. Bennett Labor Collection, ca. 1880-2000.
Call no.: MS 443

Labor historian John W. Bennett has researched the history of the labor movement since his days as an undergraduate at the University of Massachusetts (Class of 1952). A born collector, he began accumulating memorabilia associated with unions, drawn to their potential as a visual record of labor iconography and self-representation.

Extending back to the 1880s, the Bennett Collection includes examples from around the country, but with a particularly strong representation of New England unions between the mid-1930s and mid-1970s.

Subjects
  • Labor unions--Massachusetts
Contributors
  • Bennett, John W
Types of material
  • Badges
  • Ephemera
  • Realia

Labor, work, and industry

Picket line, New Bedford
Picket line, New Bedford, 195
“Teamsters crossed the Hathaway picket line”

Western Massachusetts was an early and important center of both industrialization and the development of organized labor, and in recent years, it has experienced many of traumatic effects of de-industrialization and economic transformation. The Department of Special Collections and University Archives seeks to document the history of organized labor, the experience of work, and business and industry in New England.

At the heart of the SCUA holdings is a suite of collections documenting the organized labor movement in New England. The official records of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO, a large and important collection, is joined by records for trades ranging from clothing and textile workers to carpenters, electrical workers, and granite cutters.

Of particular note is the John W. Bennett Labor History Collection, a large assemblage of labor-related realia and ephemera, including hundreds of badges, pins, watch fobs, lighters, and other artifacts distributed to union members at annual conventions and other union events. The collection is a unique resource for study of the iconography of organized labor and includes items from representative unions and locals ranging from the Knights of Labor in the 1870s to the present. While centered on New England, the Bennett Collection extends nationally.

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Significant collections

  • Organized Labor
    • From the records of the Massachusetts State AFL-CIO to the papers of union locals and labor leaders.
  • See all Business and industry
    • Manufacturing
      • The industrial heritage of New England is represented in collections ranging from the records of the Clement Co., Lamson and Goodnow, and the Northampton Cutlery Company (manufacturers of cutlery), the American Writing Paper Company, the Rodney Hunt Co. (a manufacturer of textile machinery and waterwheels), and Smith and Wesson. The most recent collection is the papers of Sidney Topol, CEO of Scientific-Atlanta, a corporation at the forefront of the growth of cable television in the United States.
    • Merchants and mercantile exchange
      • Account books and other business records for a number of New England merchants dating back to the eighteenth century, ranging from small scale traders to keepers of rural general stores to shipping merchants trading in the Atlantic economy.

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UAASC
see Undergraduate Advising and Academic Support Center (UAASC) (1997- ) RG-6/7
UALRC
see United Asia Learning Resource Center RG-25/U5
U-ARTS
see Undergraduate Art Students Association (U-ARTS) RG-45/40/U5
UCC
see Computer Center RG-29
UCF
see United Christian Foundation (UCF) RG-30/12
UCS
see Computer Center RG-29
UCS Notes (Computer Center Publication) (1990)
RG-29/00/4
UES
see University of El Salvador (UES) RG-60/3
UFF
see University Fund for the Future (UFF) (1989- ) RG-50/7/1
UIS Newsletter (Data Processing Center) (1987- )
RG-35/7
UMAGRAFFITI (Student Publication)
RG-45/00/U4
UMass (News Office) (1983-1984)
RG-5/00/7
UMASS (1996- ) (News Office)
RG-5/00/12
see also Massachusetts (1990-1996) RG-5/00/11
UMASS (University Monthly Anthropological Survey Service (1982-1989)
RG-25/A6/00
UMASS 1983 and UMASS 1984 (Public Affairs)
RG-5/00/7
UMASS Alumni Connection, The
see Alumni Connection, The UMass (1992-1994) RG-50/00/3
UMass Alumni News and Views (1978-1983)
RG-50/00/3
UMass Amherst Globe, The (International Programs) (1993- )
RG-6/4/9/2
UMass 125th Anniversary Slide Show (1988)
RG-187/1
UMass Answers (Continuing Education) (1982- )
RG-7/00
UMass Around the Globe (1992- )
RG-39/9
UMass Boston
RG-55/3
UMass Boston Planning and Establishment (pre-1965)
RG-55/3/1
UMass Dartmouth
see Southeastern Massachusetts University (SMU) RG-55/5
UMass Educational Television (UMET)
RG-13/1/3
UMass Faculty and Staff for Peace and Justice in the Middle East
see Peace and Justice in the Middle East, UMass Faculty and Staff for RG-40/3/P1
UMass Greens (1989)
RG-45/80/U4
UMass Hunger Task Force
see Hunger Task Force, UMass RG-45/40/H8
UMass Information Technology Services (formerly University Information Systems)
RG-35/7
UMass Interaction (1994- )
RG-3/00
UMass Labor Council (1995- )
RG-40/5/U5
UMass Lowell
see University of Lowell RG-55/4
UMass Majors (catalog)
see CASIAC RG-11/5
see also Admissions RG-30/5
UMass News (News Office)
RG-5/3
UMass Nutrient Data Bank
see Food Science and Nutrition, Department of–Nutrient Data Bank, UMass RG-25/F5/3
UMass 125th Anniversary Slide Show (1988)
RG-187/1
UMass Peacemakers
see Peacemakers, UMass (1982-1987) RG-45/80/P4
see also Peacemakers Records (1963-1990) MS309
UMass Plato User’s Group Newsletter
see Massachusetts CAI Consortium Newsletter (1985- ) RG-29/00
UMass Program at Freiburg
see Freiburg, UMass Program at RG-25/F8
U-Mass Tenant Association (UMTA)
RG-35/12/3
UMass Worcester
see Medical School, Worcester RG-55/2
U-Math Newsletter (1981)
RG-25/M5/00
UMET
see UMass Educational Television (UMET) RG-13/1/3
UMPSO
see Pagan Association, UMass RG-45/70/P3
UMTA
see UMass Tenant Association (UMTA) RG-35/12/3
UMTC
see University of Massachusetts Transportation Center (1994- ) RG-25/U4
Undergrad, The (Business Club) (1974-1976)
RG-12/4
Undergraduate Admissions Task Force (1999- )
RG-40/2/U2
Undergraduate Advising and Academic Support Center (UAASC) (1997- )
RG-6/7
Undergraduate Art Students Association (U-ARTS) (1987)
RG-45/40/U5
Undergraduate Course of Study Committee (Faculty Senate, 1960-1963)
RG-40/2/A3
Undergraduate Curriculum Study Committee’s Project (Faculty Senate, 1996- )
RG-40/2/A3
Undergraduate Education, Associate Provost for
see Provost for Undergraduate Education, Associate (1972-1973, 1981- ) RG-6/10
Undergraduate Journal
RG-45/00/U5
Undergraduate Retention Committee (Official University Committee) (1992)
RG-40/2/U4
see also Retention Committee (1985- ) RG-40/2/R5
Unification Church of America (Religious Group) (1981-1984)
RG-45/70/U5
Union, Credit
see Credit Union RG-40/5/C7
Union of Professional Employees
see Union of Professional Employees (UPE) MS-47
Union of Student Employees (1975-1976) RG-45/45/U5

Union Program Council
RG-45/17
Union, Radical Student
see Radical Student Union RG-45/80/R1
Union, Social
see Social Union RG-45/90/S6
Union Video Center (Student Video Project) (1972)
RG-45/30/U5
Unions and Associations
RG-45/45
Unionization, Student
see Student Unionization (Association) RG-45/45/S7
Unions and Associations (Faculty and Staff)
RG-40/5
Unions and Associations (Student Body)
RG-45/45
Unions, Employees
see Unions and Associations RG-40/5
United Asia House (1989)
RG-45/40/U6
see also United Asia Learning Resource Center (UALRC) (1990) RG-25/U5
United Asia Learning Resource Center (UALRC) (1990)
RG-25/U5
see also United Asia House (1989) RG-45/40/U6
United Christian Foundation (UCF)
RG-30/12
United States Student Association (USSA) (1983-1988)
RG-45/80/U5
Universities, State
see Land-Grant Colleges, State Universities RG-60/1
University Advancement
see University Relations and Development RG-39
University Affairs Committee (Faculty Senate, 1965-1972)
RG-40/2/A3
University as a Whole
RG-1
University as a Whole–Publications
RG-1/00
University Bulletin (1973-1977)
RG-5/00/6
see also Weekly Bulletin, University Bulletin (1953-1971) and Executive Bulletin RG-5/00/3
University Career Center
see Career Center, University RG-30/9/5
University Center for Community College Affairs
see Higher Education, Center for RG-13/3/19/4
University Center for Economic Development (1977- )
RG-6/4/14/2
see also Economic Development, Center for RG-12/12
University China Committee
see China Committee, University RG-40/2/C4
University Chorale
see Singing Clubs–University Chorale RG-25/M9.5
University College (Official University Committee) (1966-1967)
RG-40/2/U5
University College Planning Committee (Faculty Senate, 1966)
RG-40/2/A3
University Committee on AIDS
see AIDS, University Committee on RG-40/2/A5.5
University Committee on Alcohol Use
see Alcohol Use, University Committee on (Official University Committee) RG-40/2/A6
University Committees, Official
see Official University Committees RG-40/2/A1-W6
University Community Service Council (1993- )
RG-40/2/U6
University Computer Service Newsletter
see UCS Notes RG-29/00/4
University Computing Center
see Computer Center RG-29
University Computing Services
see Computer Center RG-29
University Conference Services
RG-7/3
University Counsel
RG-4/16
University Day School
see School RG-25/H9
University Democrats (Student Social Action Group) (1989- )
RG-45/80/U6
University Directions
see Handbooks (Student Affairs) RG-30/00/2
University Faculty Senate, ad hoc Committee
see Faculty Senate, University, ad hoc Committee on (Official University Committee) (1955) RG-40/2/F2
University Fund for the Future (UFF) (1989- )
RG-50/7/1
University Gallery
see Art Gallery RG-11/15
University Guide Service
see ARCON (1965-1984) RG-45/90/A7
see also University Tour Service (1984- ) RG-30/4/1
University Historical Collection
RG-1/200-299
University History Committee
see History Committee, University (125th Anniversary, 1986-1987) RG-40/2/H5
see also Campus Awareness Committee (1986- ) RG-40/2/C.5
University History Project (125th Anniversary, 1987-1988)
RG-1/208
University Honors Program
see Honors Program RG-6/4/11
University Human Subjects Review Committees
RG-9/1/2/1
University Information Systems
see Umass Information Technology Services RG-35/7
University Internship Program
see Internships, Office of (University Internship Program) RG-11/6
University Lectures, Committee on
see Lectures, Committee on University RG-40/2/L1.5
University Magazine
see Massachusetts Magazine (1990-1996) RG-5/00/11
University Medal for Outstanding Service (1973)
RG-2/99
see also Awards, Prizes RG-1/11
University Monthly Anthropological Survey Service
see UMASS (Newsletter) (1982-1989) RG-25/A6/00
University Newsletter (News Bureau) (1968-1970)
RG-5/00/2
University Notebook (News Bureau) (1980-1981)
RG-5/3/2
University of El Salvador (UES)
RG-60/3
University of Lowell
RG-55/4
University of Massachusetts Foundation (1950- )
RG-50/7
see also Trustees Council RG-2/4
University of Massachusetts, Future Committee on
see Future University of Massachusetts (Official University Committee) (1970-1971) RG-40/2/F8
University of Massachusetts-Industry Research on Polymers, Center for
see Center for University of Massachusetts-Industry Research on Polymers RG-25/P7.5
University of Massachusetts Republican Club
see Republican Club, University of Massachusetts (1983- ) RG-45/80/R4
University of Massachusetts Transportation Center (UMTC)
RG-25/U4
University, Officials of the (Photographs)
see Officials of the University (Trustees and Presidents Photographs) RG-110
University Outreach
RG-16
University Outreach, Provost for
see Vice Chancellor for University Outreach RG-6/6
University Outreach, Vice Chancellor For
see Vice Chancellor for University Outreach (2000- ) RG-16/1
University Photo Negatives Collection
RG-171
University Photography Club
see Photographers Association RG-45/40/P5
University Policy
see Vice President for University Policy RG-3/2
University Press (Graduate School)
RG-10/4
see also Research and Graduate Studies RG-9
University Professors, American Association of
see American Association of University Professors (AAUP) RG-40/5/A2
University Relations and Development
RG-39
University Relations and Development Council (Faculty Senate, 1995)
RG-40/2/A3
University Relations and Development–Publications
RG-39/00
University Relations and Development–Vice Chancellor for
see Vice Chancellor for University Relations and Development RG-39/1
University Relations, Vice President for
see Vice President for University Relations RG-3/14
University Report (President’s Office) (1978-1979)
RG-3/00
University, Secretary of the
see Secretary of the University RG-3/3
University Staff Association (USA)
RG-40/5/U6
see also Massachusetts State Employees Association (MSEA) (prior to 1977) MS-49
University Statistics (USTAT) (1998) (Student Special Interest Group) RG-45/40/U8

University Store
RG-37/5
University Theatre
RG-25/T3.8
University Tour Service (1984- )
RG-30/4/1
see also ARCON (University Guide Service) (1965-1984) RG-45/90/A7
University Without Walls (UWW) (School of Education)
RG-13/4/2/3
see also Associate Provost for Special Program RG-6
University Without Walls Newsletter (1972-1987)
RG-13/4/2/3
University Women
RG-40/7
University Women’s Network (UWN)
RG-40/5/U7
University Women’s Professional Network (UWPN)
see Women in Staff Professional Positions (WISPP) RG-40/5/W5
University Writing Program
RG-7/11
University Year for Action (UYA) (1971-1976)
RG-6/4/4
Upbeat (1986-1989)
RG-30/11/1
UPC
see Union Program Council (UPC) RG-45/17
Update (1982-1991)
RG-25/P8/00
UPE
see Union of Professional Employees (MTA) MS-47
Upside Down Club (Religious Group) (1992- ) RG-45/70/U7

Upsilon Pi Epsilon (Honor Society)
RG-45/60/U6
Upward Bound (1966-1993)
RG-6/4/13
see also Upward Bound Committee (Faculty Senate, 1967) RG-40/2/A3
Future Scholars of America (1993- ) RG-6/4/13.5
Upward Bound, Committee on (Faculty Senate, 1967)
RG-40/2/A3
Urban and Community Forestry, Northeast Center for
see Northeast Center for Urban and Community Forestry (1996- ) RG-25/N7
Urban Education, Center for (School of Education)
RG-13/3/23/1
USA
see University Staff Association (USA) RG-40/5/U6
USSA
see United States Student Association (USSA) RG-45/80/U5
UVC TV-19 (Student Run Television Station) (1999- )
RG-45/30/U7
UWN
see University Women’s Network (UWN) RG-40/5/U7
UWPN
see Women in Staff Professional Positions (WISPP) RG-40/5/W5
UWW
see University Without Walls (UWW) RG-13/4/2/3
UYA
see University Year for Action (UYA) (1971-1976) RG-6/4/4

Lipshires, Sidney

Sidney Lipshires Papers, 1932-2012.
7 boxes (3.5 linear feet).
Call no.: MS 730

Sidney Lipshires
Sidney Lipshires

Born on April 15, 1919 in Baltimore, Maryland to David and Minnie Lipshires, Sidney was raised in Northampton, Massachusetts where his father owned two shoe stores, David Boot Shop and The Bootery. He attended the Massachusetts State College for one year before transferring to the University of Chicago and was awarded a BA in economics in 1940. His years at the University of Chicago were transformative, Lipshires became politically active there and joined the Communist Party in 1939. Following graduation in 1941, he married Shirley Dvorin, a student in early childhood education; together they had two sons, Ellis and Bernard. Lipshires returned to western Massachusetts with his young family in the early 1940s, working as a labor organizer. He served in the United States Army from 1943 to 1946 working as a clerk and interpreter with a medical battalion in France for over a year. Returning home, he ran for city alderman in Springfield on the Communist Party ticket in 1947. Lipshires married his second wife, Joann Breen Klein, in 1951 and on May 29, 1956, the same day his daughter Lisa was born, he was arrested under the Smith Act for his Communist Party activities. Before his case was brought to trial, the Smith Act was ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court. Disillusioned with the Communist Party, he severed his ties with it in 1957, but continued to remain active in organized labor for the rest of his life. Earning his masters in 1965 and Ph.D. in 1971, Lipshires taught history at Manchester Community College in Connecticut for thirty years. During that time he worked with other campus leaders to establish a statewide union for teachers and other community college professionals, an experience he wrote about in his book, Giving Them Hell: How a College Professor Organized and Led a Successful Statewide Union. Sidney Lipshires died on January 6, 2011 at the age of 91.

Ranging from an autobiographical account that outlines his development as an activist (prepared in anticipation of a trial for conspiracy charges under the Smith Act) to drafts and notes relating to his book Giving Them Hell, the Sidney Lipshires Papers offers an overview of his role in the Communist Party and as a labor organizer. The collection also contains his testimony in a 1955 public hearing before the Special Commission to Study and Investigate Communism and Subversive Activities, photographs, and biographical materials.

Subjects
  • Communism--United States--History
  • Communists--Massachusetts
  • Jews--Massachusetts--Northampton--History
  • Jews--Political activity--United States--History--20th century
  • Labor movement--United States--History--20th century
  • Labor unions--United States--Officials and employees--Biography
Contributors
  • Lipshires, David M
  • Lipshires, Joann B
  • Lipshires, Sidney
Types of material
  • Autobiographies
  • Photographs
  • Testimonies

Massachusetts State Employees Association. University of Massachusetts Chapter

MSEA University of Massachusetts Chapter Records, 1955-1978.
10 boxes (4.5 linear feet).
Call no.: MS 049

Group founded at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1943 to protest proposed changes in the Massachusetts state employees’ retirement system. By 1969, the group became the exclusive bargaining agent for the University’s administrative, clerical, and technical employees. Includes constitution and by-laws, Executive Board and general body minutes, correspondence, contracts, legislative materials, grievance records, hearing transcripts and decisions pertaining to job reallocations, subject files, newsletters, and press releases, that document the activities and administration of the University of Massachusetts chapter of the Massachusetts State Employees Association from 1955 to 1978.

Subjects
  • Collective labor agreements--Education, Higher--Massachusetts--Amherst
  • Labor unions--Massachusetts
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst

Northampton Labor Council (AFL-CIO)

Northampton Labor Council Minutebooks, 1933-1985.
2 boxes (0.75 linear feet).
Call no.: MS 055

From its origins in 1899 as the Northampton Central Labor Union, the Northampton Labor Council coordinated political activity and worked for union cooperation in strikes, boycotts, and celebrations. With 29 unions in its ranks by 1903, it was one of the few labor councils to include both AFL and CIO affiliates during the period of their intense competition during the 1930s, however from 1945 until the AFL-CIO merger, CIO unions were excluded. By 1985, the NLC had 14 affiliated local unions.

As the coordinating body for the political and social activities of fourteen labor unions in Northampton, Massachusetts, and the surrounding area, the Labor Council generated union support for strikes, boycotts, and celebrations, and hosting annual Labor Day parades. Includes photocopies of four minutebooks, spanning the years 1933-1985.

Subjects
  • Central Labor Union (Northampton, Mass.)
  • Labor unions--Massachusetts--Northampton
  • Northampton (Mass.)--Economic conditions--20th century
  • Northampton (Mass.)--Social conditions--20th century
Contributors
  • Northampton Labor Council (AFL-CIO)

United Hatters, Cap and Millinery Workers International Union

United Hatters, Cap and Millinery Workers International Union Local 4 Records, 1945-1995.
10 boxes (15 linear feet).
Call no.: MS 415

The United Hatters, Cap and Millinery Workers International Union (UHCMW) was formed in 1934 by the merger of the United Hatters of North America and the Cloth Hat, Cap and Millinery Workers International Union, settling deep rifts between the competing unions. For five decades, the UHCMW organized the declining hat and millinery trade in the United States until it merged into the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union (ACTWU) in 1983, which merged in 1995 into the International Ladies Garment Workers Union to form UNITE (Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees).

The collection documents UHCMW Local 4, representing workers in Boston and Framingham, from 1945 through the time of its merger into the ACTWU. The series of ledgers and documents in the collection include documents concerning health and retirement benefits for union members, bargaining agreements, and financial records for the local, as well as a small assortment of correspondence, memoranda, and minutes of meetings.

Subjects
  • Hat trade--Labor unions--Massachusetts
  • Labor unions--Massachusetts
Contributors
  • United Hatters, Cap, and Millinery Workers International Union

Bent, Arthur Cleveland, 1866-1954

Arthur Cleveland Bent Collection, 1880-1942.
8 boxes (5.5 linear feet).
Call no.: MS 413

A.C. Bent, 1929
A.C. Bent, 1929

An avid birder and eminent ornithologist, Arthur Cleveland Bent was born in Taunton, Massachusetts, on November 25, 1866. After receiving his A.B. from Harvard in 1889, bent was employed as an agent for the Safety Pocket Company and from 1900 to 1914, he was General Manager of Mason Machine Works. His passion, however, was birds. An associate in Ornithology at the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University, Bent became a collaborator at the Smithsonian and president (1935-1937) of the American Ornithologists’ Union. The culmination of his research was the massive, 26 volume Life Histories of North American Birds (1919-1968).

The Bent collection is a glimpse into the birding life of a remarkable amateur ornithologist. It contains the field notebooks of his collaborator, Owen Durfee (1880-1909), his own journals (1887-1942), photographs and negatives (1896-1930), correspondence concerning the photographs (1925-1946), and mimeographed and printed material. Bent’s records cover nest observations, egg measurements, bird sightings, and notes on specimens provided to organizations such as the Massachusetts Audubon Society, the Bristol County Agricultural School, and the United States National Museum.

Subjects
  • American Ornithologists' Union
  • Bent, Arthur Cleveland, 1866-1954. Life Histories of North American Birds
  • Birds
  • Birds--Eggs
  • Birds--Eggs--Photographs
  • Birds--Nests
  • Birds--Nests--Photographs
  • Birds--Photographs
  • Bristol County Agricultural School (Bristol County, Mass.)
  • Massachusetts Audubon Society
  • Ornithologists--Massachusetts
  • United States National Museum
Contributors
  • Bent, Arthur Cleveland, 1866-1954
  • Durfee, Owen
Types of material
  • Field notes
  • Photographs

Democratic Socialist Conference

Democratic Socialist Conference Collection, 1984-1991.
2 boxes (0.5 linear feet).
Call no.: MS 325

Includes transcripts of papers delivered at conferences (1985-1990) on democratic socialism, and correspondence (1984-1991) between Stephen Siteman, former Executive Secretary of the Socialist Party of America, and Frank Zeidler, former Mayor of Milwaukee, Socialist Party candidate for President of the United States, and national chairperson of the Socialist Party USA.

Subjects
  • Socialism--Africa
  • Socialist Party of the United States of America
  • United States--Politics and government--1981-1989
  • United States--Politics and government--1989-1993
Contributors
  • Siteman, Stephen
  • Zeidler, Frank P
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