Guide to the Beaver Valley Labor History Society Collection, 1909-1981 AIS.1981.08

ULS Archives & Special Collections

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
Beaver Valley Labor History Society Collection
Creator
Beaver Valley Labor History Society
Collection Number
AIS.1981.08
Date [inclusive]
1909-1981
Extent
5 Linear Feet (5 boxes)
English .
Abstract
This collection contains material primarily documenting the successful 1930s organizing drive of the Steel Workers Organizing Committee of the Congress of Industrial Organizations at Jones and Laughlin Steel Corporation, Aliquippa, Pennsylvania. The organizing drive resulted in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision, National Labor Relations Board v. Jones and Laughlin Steel Corporation, which upheld the National Labor Relations Act and established the legal right to organize labor unions. The collection was created by members of the Beaver Valley Labor History Society who conducted oral history interviews, compiled subject files, and published a newsletter focused on the early history of what became United Steelworkers of America Local 1211. Recorded from 1978 to 1980, the collection's twenty-four oral histories also document the European immigrant experience in America; African American migration to the industrial north; work in a steel mill; and the social, political, economic, and cultural life of Aliquippa, 1900s-1930s.

Preferred Citation

Beaver Valley Labor History Society Collection, 1909-1981, AIS.1981.08, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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History

With the support of United Steelworkers of America Local 1211 and the Philip Murray Retirees Club, the Beaver Valley Labor History Society was established in 1978 to "inform people of the important role that our valley has played in American labor history" so that "they may be aware and proud of their heritage." For a four year period, the Society collected material, conducted oral history interviews, and published a journal focused on documenting the history of steelworkers in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania. In 1981, the Beaver Valley Labor History Society transferred the organization's subject files, oral histories, and copies of its publications to the Archives of Industrial Society at the University of Pittsburgh and ceased publication of its journal.

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Scope and Content Notes

This collection primarily covers the history of the 1930s Steel Workers Organizing Committee campaign at Jones and Laughlin Steel Corporation, Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, through original and photocopied materials. It also includes material on local and national issues related to the United Steelworkers Union from 1943-1981. Additionally, twenty-four oral history interviews, most of which are transcribed, with steelworkers and their family members who were involved in the 1930s Aliquippa organizing campaign provide additional insights. Further scope and content notes are provided at the series level.

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Arrangement

  • Series I. Subject Files, 1909-1981
  • Series II. Oral Histories, 1978-1980
  • Series III. Publications

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives & Special Collections

University of Pittsburgh Library System
Archives & Special Collections
Website: library.pitt.edu/archives-special-collections
Contact Us: www.library.pitt.edu/ask-archivist
URL: http://library.pitt.edu/archives-special-collections

Access Restrictions

No restrictions.

Copyright

Property rights reside with the University of Pittsburgh. For information about permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the Archives Services Center.

Acquisition Informaiton

Gift of Beaver Valley Labor History Society on October 1, 1981.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Archives Service Center staff in 1981, reprocessed by Ben Blake in 2006 and edited by David Rosenberg and Zachary L. Brodt in 2007.

Existence and Location of Originals

The originals of some items in the collection are held by the Walter P. Reuther Library of Wayne State University and other repositories.

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Related Materials

Related Material

Journal of the Beaver Valley Labor History Society, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

The Union Press (Aliquippa, Pa.), Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

Separated Material

The microfilm reels can be found in cabinets in the Reading Room at the Archives Service Center.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • United States. National Labor Relations Board -- Cases
  • Amalgamated Association of Iron, Steel, and Tin Workers of North America. Beaver Valley Lodge 200 (Aliquippa, Pa.)
  • Steel Workers Organizing Committee (U.S.). Local 1211 (Aliquippa, Pa.)
  • Beaver Valley Labor History Society
  • Jones & Laughlin Steel Corporation. Aliquippa Works
  • Steel and Metal Workers Industrial Union (U.S.). Ambridge Office (Ambridge, Pa.)
  • United Steelworkers of America. Local 1211 (Aliquippa, Pa.)

Genre(s)

  • Oral histories (Document genres)
  • Transcripts
  • Audiotapes

Geographic Name(s)

  • Ambridge (Pa.)
  • Aliquippa (Pa.)

Personal Name(s)

  • Bannik, Mike
  • Cobb, Clark
  • Colbert, Ella
  • Colonna, Nino
  • Cozzicoli, Mary
  • Del Turco, Dominic
  • Di Ciero, Joseph
  • Dunn, Ralph
  • George, Alex
  • Iacobucci, Bert
  • Kromerich, Frank
  • Lopata, Andy
  • Mandity, Joe
  • Modrack, Nick
  • Montini, Elizio
  • Montini, Ormond
  • Pienkowski, Frank
  • Riccitelli, Tony
  • Tadora, Lou
  • Tipper, Bartow
  • Tomeo, Tony
  • Uzelac, Eli
  • Zahorsky, Michael

Subject(s)

  • Iron and steel workers -- Labor unions -- Organizing
  • Iron and steel workers
  • Labor
  • Steel industry and trade -- Pennsylvania -- Aliquippa
  • Iron industry and trade -- Pennsylvania -- Aliquippa

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Previous Citation

Beaver Valley Labor History Society Collection, 1909-1981, AIS.1981.08, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Beaver Valley Labor History Society, 1934-1981 and Beaver Valley Labor History Society Collection, 1909-1981, UELAB.1981.08, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

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Collection Inventory

Series I. Subject Files, 1909-1981 

Scope and Content Notes

This series primarily documents the Steel Workers Organizing Committee campaign at Jones and Laughlin Steel Corporation's Aliquippa Works during the 1930s. Also included is information on early labor relations in the Pennsylvania steel industry, the Steel and Metal Workers Industrial Union organizing drive in Ambridge from 1933-1935, and a selective history of the United Steelworkers Union spanning 1943-1981. The files are organized alphabetically by topic within each subseries and are almost entirely composed of photocopies of original documents held by other repositories.

Subseries 1. Steel Industry Labor Relations, Pennsylvania, 1909-1932 

Scope and Content Notes

This subseries contains information on labor relations in the Pennsylvania steel industry prior to the union organizing drive of the 1930s. It contains photocopies of a variety of documents, including clippings.

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American Federation of Labor, Smoky City Federal Local, Pittsburgh, Demands, 1917 11
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American Iron and Steel Institute, Iron Age, Steel Company Towns including Aliquippa, 1909-1913 12
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Joe Dallet and the Jones and Laughlin Steel, Aliquippa Works Supervisor Bribery Scandal, May-June, 1929 13
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Jones and Laughlin Steel Corporation, "Pension System", July 24, 1923 14
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United States Department of Labor, Deportation of United States Steel Employees, June 21, 1920 15
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United States Department of Labor, Investigation of "Labor Trouble," Aliquippa, PA, October 9, 1918 16
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Woodlawn Gazette, Articles Regarding Steel Worker Union, Steel Industry and Ku Klux Klan, 1923-1924, 1936, undated 17

Subseries 2. Steelworkers Organizing Drive, Aliquippa, 1933-1942 

Scope and Content Notes

This subseries documents the union organizing drive at Jones and Laughlin Steel Corporation's Aliquippa Works during the 1930s. It includes scattered documentation of local membership, finances, organization, and correspondence by union organizers and officers. Also included are proceedings, reports, and petitions related to U.S. National Steel Labor Relations Board hearings, 1934-1935, and U.S. National Labor Relations Board hearings, 1936. In addition, this subseries contains copies of clippings from labor and Pennsylvania newspapers related to this union campaign.

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African Americans Expelled from Beaver County, PA, 1933 18
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Amalgamated Association of Iron, Steel and Tin Workers of North America, Aliquippa, 1933-1936, undated 109-13
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Ambridge, PA, Steel Strike, September, 1933-May, 1935, undated 114
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American Federation of Labor, The AFL Rank and File Federationist, March-April, 1935 115
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American Federation of Labor, List of Alleged Communist Party Members in SWOC, May 21, 1937 116
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American Iron and Steel Institute, Employee Representation in the Iron and Steel Industry, 1930s 117
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American Iron and Steel Institute, Iron Age, Employee Representation Plans, June, 1934-March, 1937 118
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American Iron and Steel Institute, Steel Facts, May 1935 119
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Bannik, Mike, December 1934-January 1935 120
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Beaver County Emergency Relief Board, Requests for Beaver Valley Lodge No. 200 Members, December, 1934 121
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Claessens, August and Rebecca E. Jarvis, ABC of Parliamentary Law, 1936 122
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Daily Worker, Steel Worker Union and Steel Industry, 1930s 123
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Democratic Party, Beaver County, 1934-1935 124
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Di Ciero, Joseph, Treasurer, SWOC Local 1211, Financial Scandal, July, 1938-December, 1939 125
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Federated Press, Steel Worker Union and Steel Industry, 1929-1934 126
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Foster, William Z., "Steel Workers - Organize!" from the Daily Worker, February 27, 1935 127
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Geographic and Demographic Material, Aliquippa, 1930s 128
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Gerstner, Martin, Financial Secretary, Correspondence, August, 1934-May, 1937 129
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Hoenstine, Harry, "Address "Foremen's Club Meeting," Ellwood Works, National Tube Co., October 30, 1933 130
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Jones and Laughlin Steel Corporation, Company Spy Reports, February-May, 1937 131
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Jones and Laughlin Steel Corporation, Discharges, March, 1936-May, 1937 132
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Jones and Laughlin Steel Corporation, Employee Representation Plans, Aliquippa Works, 1934-1937 133-35
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Kane, M.J., Aliquippa Police Chief, undated 136
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League for Social Justice, "Report of the Ambridge Riot", 1933 137
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Marchione, L. and Frank, Correspondence in English and Italian, 1934 138
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Murray, Philip, "The Social and Economic Consequences of Technology", 1940 139
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Pennsylvania, Department of Labor and Industry, "Report....on Special Policing in Industry", October, 1934 140
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Philadelphia Record, Steel Worker Union and Steel Industry, 1934, undated 141
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Pinchot, Glifford, "Statement ...", October 24, 1934 142
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Pucci, Guiseppi, Treasurer, Amalgamated Association of Iron, Steel and Tin Workers, Finances, 1934 143
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Ruttenberg, Harold J., Correspondence, July, 1934 - July, 1935, November 19, 1959 144
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Song Sheets, 1930s 145
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Steel and Metal Workers Industrial Union, Aliquippa Local, Hot Billet, March 1934, undated 146
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Steel and Metal Workers Industrial Union, Steel Metal Worker, August, 1933 - June, 1935 147-51
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Steel and Metal Workers Industrial Union, Steel Workers Organize and Prepare to Strike, 1930s 152
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Steel Workers Organizing Committee, Handling Grievances, 1941 153
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Steel Workers Organizing Committee, "Jones and Laughlin Steel Corporation Basic Contract", May 25, 1937 154
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Steel Workers Organizing Committee Lodge No. 1211, Organizing Drive, June, 1936-July, 1939 155
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Steel Workers Organizing Committee and Jones and Laughlin Steel Corp., Agreement, May 14, 1937 156
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Timko, Joseph J., "Report ...Steel Workers Organizing Committee, Beaver Valley District", January 17, 1941 157
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United States Bureau of Mediation, "Complaint, Beaver Valley Lodge No. 200", March 9, 1935 158
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United States Labor Relations Board, "Official Report ...Jones and Laughlin Steel Corp.", 1936 159-76
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United States National Steel Labor Relations Board, August, 1934-October, 1935, undated 201-02
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United States National Steel Labor Relations Board, "Findings... Jones and Laughlin Steel Corp.", 1935 23
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United States National Steel Labor Relations Board, "Petition for Re-Hearing...Lodge No. 200", 1935 24
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United States National Steel Labor Relations Board, "Report ...Jones and Laughlin Steel Corp.", 1934 205-07
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United States National War Labor Board, "Notice to Employees of Jones and Laughlin Steel Corp.", 1942 28
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United Steelworkers of America, Steel Labor, August, 1936-March, 1937 209-10
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Western Pennsylvania Unemployment Council, Hunger Fighter, Special Steel Strike Edition, June 19, 1934 211
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Young Worker, Steel Worker Union and Steel Industry, 1930s 212

Subseries 3. United Steelworkers of America, Local 1211, 1943-1981 

Scope and Content Notes

This subseries documents a broad range of local and national issues related to steel industry labor relations and the internal union politics of the United Steelworkers. Also included is some material related to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 201, Beaver, PA, from the 1970s. The bulk of this material consists of printed documents or clippings.

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Affirmative Action and Civil Rights, 1978-1979 213
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Aliquippa Democratic Social Club, 1950, 1953, undated 214
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Beaver Valley Gazette, Steel Worker Union and Steel Industry, November 1950 215
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Historical Development, Aliquippa, ca.1970 216
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International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 201, Beaver, PA, 1973-1979 217-22
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Johnson, J. Bruce, United States Steel Corporation, Ambridge Bridge Division, October, 1979 223
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National Steelworkers Rank and File Committee, "Convention Report", August, 1980 224
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North American Congress on Latin America Report on the Americas, "Steelyard Blues", 1979 225
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Steel Worker Union and Steel Industry Articles, 1910s-1940s, December, 1978-April, 1980, undated 226-29
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Story of the Woodlawn Land Company, 1970 230
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United States Labor Party, August, 1980 231
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United Steelworkers of America, "Agreement ... Jones and Laughlin Steel Corp.", 1962 232
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United Steelworkers of America, "Constitution of International Union, Manual ...", September 18, 1958 233
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United Steelworkers of America, Contract Negotiation, 1980 234
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United Steelworkers of America, Experimental Negotiating Agreement, 1967 235
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United Steelworkers of America, National Convention, August, 1980 236
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United Steelworkers of America, Proposed Constitutional Amendments, 1980 237
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United Steelworkers of America, Steel Labor, "Fortieth Anniversary Issue", May-June, 1976 238
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United Steelworkers of America Local 1211, Aliquippa Steelworker, 1964 -1966, undated 239
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United Steelworkers of America Local 1211 Elections, January, 1940-December, 1943 240
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United Steelworkers of America and the Coordinating Committee Steel Companies, "Contracting Out", 1979 241

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Series II. Oral Histories, 1978-1980 

Scope and Content Notes

This series is comprised of twenty-three oral history interviews of steelworkers involved in the Steel Workers Organizing Committee union recognition drive in Aliquippa during the 1930s. In addition to the early history of unionism in the area, the interviews cover a broad range of topics including immigration from Europe; work in a steel mill; and the social, political, economic and cultural life of Aliquippa. The interviews were conducted by members of the Beaver Valley Labor History Society from 1978-1980. Seventeen of the interviews have been fully or partially transcribed.

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Cobb, Clark242
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Colonna, Nino243
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Cozzicoli, Mary244
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Del Turco, Dominic245
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Di Ciero, Joe246
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Dunn, Ralph247
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George, Alex248
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Iacobucci, Bert249
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Kromerich, Frank250
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Lopata, Andy251
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Mandity, Joe252
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Modrack, Nick253
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Montini, Elizio254
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Montini, Ormond255
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Riccitelli, Tony256
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Tadora, Lou257
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Zahorsky, Michael258
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Humeniuk, Paul259
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Bannik, Mike31
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Cobb, Clark32
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Colbert, Ella33
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Colonna, Nino34
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Cozzicoli, Mary35
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Del Turco, Dominic36
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Di Ciero, Joe37
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Dunn, Ralph38
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Iacobucci, Bert39
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Kromerich, Frank310
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Lopata, Andy311
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Mandity, Joe312
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Modrack, Nick313
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Montini, Elizio314
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Montini, Ormond315
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Pienkowski, Frank316
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Riccitelli, Tony317
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Tadora, Lou318
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Tipper, Bartow319
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Tomeo, Tony320
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Uzelac, Eli321
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Zahorsky, Michael322
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unidentified323
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Humeniuk, Paul324

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Series III. Publications

Scope and Content Notes

This series contains microfilmed copies of Beaver Valley Labor History Journal, which was produced by the Beaver Valley Labor History Society, and  The Union Press, which was produced by SWOC 1211 in Aliquippa, Pa. In addition to the microfilmed newspapers of  The Union Press, the originals have been retained.

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Beaver Valley Labor History Journal Volume 1-Volume 3, 1979-1981 39
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The Union Press, Aliquippa, Pa., August 11-October 29, 1937 43
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The Union Press, Aliquippa, Pa., Volume 1-Volume 3, August 11-October 29, 1937 43
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The Union Press, August 25-October 29, 1937 311

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Series IV. Additions, 2009-2016 

Scope and Content Notes

This series includes files pertaining to Service Employees International Union Local 585 and newsletters from their Beaver County Public Employee Coalition. Also present are issues of the Union Bug, the newsletter of the AFL-CIO Labor Council of Beaver County, dating from 1984 to 1994. The Social Democratic Club Banner represents Social Democratic Club where amalgamated unions met to organize into the CIO.

The highlight of this series is a photograph of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Raymond "Moose" Marsilio, President of Transportation Workers Union Local 2035 in Conway, Pennsylvania. The photo was taken at the 1961 TWU convention in New York City, where Dr. King was the keynote speaker. Dr. King autographed the photo: "Good Luck Moose M Luther King Jr."

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Labor Council of Beaver County Newsletter, 1984 41
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Union Bug, Labor Council of Beaver County, 1984-1987 42
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Union Bug, Labor Council of Beaver County, 1988-1990 43
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Union Bug, Labor Council of Beaver County, 1991-1994 44
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SEIU Local 585, 1982-1983 45
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Beaver County Public Employee Coalition Bulletin, 1982-1983 46
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"Grass Roots" Report: A Political Action Newsletter, Butler County United Labor Council, 1982 47
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Labor Rallies and Events, 1982-1983 48
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Fact Sheets49
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Petitions410
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Elections, 1982-1983 411
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Newspaper Clippings, 1981-1982 412
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Photograph: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Raymond "Moose" Marsilio, TWU Convention, New York City, 1961 413
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Social Democratic Club Banner51

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