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Results for: “Strikes and lockouts--Telephone companies--New England --History” (526 collections)
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New England Telephone and Telegraph Company

Western Massachusetts Ice Storm Photograph Collection, 1942.
1 envelope (0.15 linear feet).
Call no.: MS 354

Ice damage near Becket
Ice damage near Becket

Approximately every twenty years, western New England suffers from devastating ice storms, leaving heavy ice coating on trees and buildings and hazardous conditions. Major storms struck in 1921, 1942, 1961, 1983, 1998, and 2008, with the storm of December 29-30, 1942, disrupting power and closing roads throughout a broad swath of the northeast. In northern New York state, ice depths reached six inches.

The collection includes twenty six of an original thirty eight photographs depicting ice storm damage to power lines in the Pittsfield District (Windsor, Middlefield, Washington Mountain to Becket) resulting from the storm in December 1942. The collection also includes a cover letter pertaining to photos (not included) documenting a similar situation in Northampton, affecting the New England Power Service Co.

Subjects
  • Electric lines--Massachusetts--Photographs
  • Electric power systems--Natural disaster effects --Massachusetts--Photographs
  • Ice storms--Massachusetts--Photographs
Contributors
  • New England Power Service Company
Types of material
  • Photographs

Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union. New England Joint Board

ACTWU New England Joint Board Records, 1974-1987.
8 boxes (12 linear feet).
Call no.: MS 241

Records of the New England Joint Board of the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union include union administration files, company files, and publications. Company files document interactions between the union and companies such as Best Coat Co.; Healthtec, Inc.; Image Wear; M & M Pants Co.; Soloff & Son, Inc.; and Wear Well Trouser Co.

Subjects
  • Clothing trade--Labor unions--New England
  • Labor unions--New England
  • Textile workers--Labor unions--New England
Contributors
  • Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union

Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America. New England Joint Board

ACWA New England Joint Board Records, 1939-1976.
1 vol. (0.25 linear feet).
Call no.: MS 193

Organized in Chicago in 1914, the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America was formed after a split in the United Garment Workers, and quickly became the dominant force for union in the men’s clothing industry. Within a decade of its founding, ACWA had more than 100,000 members across the U.S. and Canada.

Records of the New England Joint Board of ACWA consist of general correspondence, membership lists, press releases, and collective bargaining files for companies such as Arlan’s Department Stores, Bedford Shirtmakers Corporation, Ethan Ames Company, Holyoke Shirt Company, Lawrence Clothing Company, and Whitney Shirt Company.

Subjects
  • Clothing trade--Labor unions--Massachusetts
  • Labor unions--Massachusetts
  • Textile industry--Massachusetts
  • Textile workers--Labor unions--New England
Contributors
  • Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America. New England Joint Board

Association of College and Research Libraries. New England Chapter

Association of College and Research Libraries. New England Chapter Records, 1976-2011.
18 boxes (25.5 linear feet).
Call no.: MS 747

The largest division of the American Library Association, the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is an organization of information professionals employed in the wide variety of academic libraries. In 1972, the ACRL authorized formation of regional chapters, including one in New England, as a means of supporting professional growth among academic and research librarians by sponsoring workshops, conferences, and other opportunities for learning, consultation, and collaboration.

Representing over forty years of records of a regional chapter of the ACRL, this collection offers thorough documentation. The collection includes a nearly complete run of bulletins, information on the organization and administration of the chapter, and some “historical” materials gathered for the chapter’s tenth anniversary.

Subjects
  • Librarians--Societies, etc.

New England Agricultural Economics Council

New England Agricultural Economics Council Records, 1955-1966.
1 box (0.5 linear feet).
Call no.: MS 031

NEAEC was formed in 1955 after the dissolution of the New England Research Council on Marketing and Food Supply, in order to promote education and research on economics and the social problems relating to the production, marketing, and consumption of agricultural products.

The NEAEC Records include correspondence, minutes and proceedings, organizational and financial records, and newsletters.

Subjects
  • Agricultural economics--New England
  • Dairy products--Marketing--New England
  • Food industry and trade--New England
  • Food--Marketing--New England
Contributors
  • New England Agricultural Economics Council

New England Regional Planning Commission

New England Regional Planning Commission Publications Collection, 1935-1942.
3 boxes (1.5 linear feet).
Call no.: MS 069

After many years of haphazard growth and prosperity in New England, a more collaborative approach was sought to plan for the future of the region. Hoping to replace the established method of developing a new industry to replace one that had failed, the New England Regional Planning Commission was formed in 1935. Charged with addressing the economic and social issues facing the region, some specific areas of concern included the condition of land and water resources, railway and airway transportations, fish and game supplies, and parks and recreational facilities.

The collection consists chiefly of minutes of meetings and commission publications.

Subjects
  • New England--Economic conditions--20th century
Contributors
  • New England Regional Planning Commission

New England Research Council on Marketing and Food Supply

New England Research Council on Marketing and Food Supply Records, 1922-1955.
3 boxes (1.25 linear feet).
Call no.: MS 028

The New England Research Council on Marketing and Food Supply was established after a 1922 meeting in which Lloyd Tenny of the Agricultural Economics Bureau disclosed that federal money was available for research in marketing. He requested that an advisory council be organized to prevent the duplication of research. The group’s charge was to stimulate and coordinate the studies of economic problems connected with the supply of foods and other agricultural products of New England. Membership of the council was comprised of representatives from institutions and agencies actively involved in prosecuting such economic studies. A number of faculty at the Massachusetts Agricultural College helped to shape the council in its early years, including Kenyon Butterfield and Alexander Cance. The council dissolved in 1955, and the New England Agricultural Economics Council was formed in its place.

The collection contains the records of the NERC from its formation in 1922 until its dissolution in 1955. Included are the council’s constitution adopted in 1922 and unaltered throughout the life of the organization, proceedings of annual meetings, publications, and reports on such topics as milk marketing and fruit and vegetable marketing.

Subjects
  • Agricultural economics--New England
  • Dairy products--Marketing--New England
  • Food industry and trade--New England
  • Food--Marketing--New England
Contributors
  • Butterfield, Kenyon L. (Kenyon Leech), 1868-1935
  • Cance, Alexander E
  • New England Research Council on Marketing and Food Supply

New England Telephone Workers’ Strike

New England Telephone Workers Strike Collection, 1989.
1 folder (0.15 linear feet).
Call no.: MS 323

In 1989, almost 60,000 telephone workers in New England and New York waged a successful fifteen week strike against Nynex to protest a new contract that threatened cuts to medical benefits.

This small collection includes three handouts and a bulletin documenting the four-month labor strike carried out by New England telephone workers (represented by the Communications Workers of America and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers unions) against the NYNEX corporation.

Subjects
  • NYNEX Corporation
  • New England--Economic conditions--20th century
  • Strikes and lockouts--Telephone companies--New England --History
  • Telephone companies--Employees--Labor unions--New England--History
Contributors
  • Communications Workers of America
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
Types of material
  • Handbills

Murray, Samuel E., 1906-1989

Samuel E. Murray Papers, ca.1945-1989.
14 boxes (7 linear feet).
Call no.: MS 568

Samuel Murray, 1966
Samuel Murray, 1966

One of the pioneers in the ephemera trade, Samuel E. Murray (1906-1989) was a long time antiquarian bookman, based at his home in Wilbraham, Mass. Born on Christmas Day, 1906, Murray interrupted his college studies to go to sea, but after the Depression left him unemployed, he landed a position as sales representative for McGraw-Hill and, later, G. & C. Merriam and other firms. Always an avid book collector, Murray left the publishing industry in 1970 to become a full time bookseller. Without ever advertising or issuing catalogs, he developed a wide reputation among dealers and collectors for his keen eye and perspicacity with rare and uncommon books. A generalist by trade, Murray had a particular fondness for colorplate books and travel literature, but was renowned both for his extensive reference library and for recognizing early on the value of ephemera. After a lengthy bout with myelofibrosis, Murray died at home on June 4, 1989.

The Murray Papers contain correspondence between Murray and a range of his fellow booksellers and clients, as well as his extensive card files on fellow book dealers and wants lists. The collection offers insight into the operations of a well known antiquarian bookman during the 1970s and 1980s.

Subjects
  • Antiquarian booksellers--Massachusetts
  • Book collecting
  • Books--Want lists
  • Printed ephemera--Collectors and collecting--Massachusetts
Contributors
  • Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America
  • Ephemera Society of America
  • Murray, Samuel E., 1906-1989

New England gallery

Images from the Yankee Publishing Incorporated Records. The originals in this small sub-collection are mostly glass plate negatives taken during the period 1915-1939, and may have been taken by a photographer associated with the Boston Ledger.

Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart, 1928-07-09

Dug Out Dan: Dana Smith, East Barre, Vt.

Dug Out Dan: Dana Smith, East Barre, Vt., Ca.1930

Herbert Hoover on Boston Common

Herbert Hoover on Boston Common, Ca.1930

Nan Howard with lobster

Nan Howard with lobster, Ca.1930

Abbie Long, Quaker, on Cape Cod

Abbie Long, Quaker, on Cape Cod, Ca.1930

Oldest telephone operator, Chesterfield, N.H.

Oldest telephone operator, Chesterfield, N.H., Ca.1930

Harriet Blackstone, American Mother Goose woman

Harriet Blackstone, American Mother Goose woman, Ca.1930

Charles Coffin, Freeport, Me., the Maine Hermit, Ca.1930

Cat's Club, Carlisle, Mass.

Cat’s Club, Carlisle, Mass.: James E. Taylor, Ca.1930

Cat's Club, Carlisle, Mass.

Cat’s Club, Carlisle, Mass. James E. Taylor, Ca.1930

Cat's Club, Carlisle, Mass.

Cat’s Club, Carlisle, Mass. James E. Taylor, Ca.1930

Cat's Club, Carlisle, Mass.

Cat’s Club, Carlisle, Mass. James E. Taylor, Ca.1930

Cat with flag, Bell Farm, Lexington, Mass

Cat with flag, Bell Farm, Lexington, Mass., Ca.1930

Kitty Gordon awakes

Kitty Gordon awakes (cat in a baby carriage), Ca.1930

Lynching scene: breaking down the door

Lynching scene: breaking down the door (possibly San Jose, Calif.), Ca.1930

Alburgh, Vt., Stone School house

Alburgh, Vt., Stone School house, 1899-09-02

Armless Johnson

Armless Johnson, Ca.1930

Street cleaner

Street cleaner, Ca.1930

Doctor who walked on his hands

Doctor who walked on his hands (Boston?), Ca.1930

Old fisherman, Cape Cod

Old fisherman, Cape Cod, Ca.1930

Old town crier, Provincetown

Old town crier, Provincetown: Walter Smith, the last in America (died Dec. 5, 1932), Ca.1930

Mr. Poole, Jaffrey, N.H

Mr. Poole, Jaffrey, N.H., Ca.1930

George Willey, Sutton, N.H.  One man band

George Willey, Sutton, N.H. One man band. Willey was a drummer boy during the Civil War, Ca.1930

Capt. Otis Fish, blind clam digger

Capt. Otis Fish, blind clam digger, Falmouth, Mass., Ca.1930

Capt. Otis Fish, blind clam digger

Capt. Otis Fish, blind clam digger , Ca.1930

Capt. Otis Fish, blind clam digger

Capt. Otis Fish, blind clam digger , Ca.1930

Capt. Otis Fish, blind clam digger

Capt. Otis Fish, blind clam digger , Ca.1930

Old lady purchasing walnuts

Old lady purchasing walnuts from street vendor, Ca.1930

Capt. Clark, New Bedford whaling captain

Capt. Clark, New Bedford whaling captain, Ca.1930

Man with divining rod

Man with divining rod, Ca.1930

Professor Braganda, crystal gazer

Professor Braganda, crystal gazer, Ca.1930

Cobbler, South Boston, Mass

Cobbler, South Boston, Mass., Ca.1930

Nathan S. Hill

Nathan S. Hill, china repairer, 1931

Jack and Jill

Childrens’ pageant: Jack and Jill, ca.1930

Blacksmith types

Blacksmith with horseshoes, ca.1930

Bicyclist

Old bicycle rider, ca.1930

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