Guide to the Pittsburgh Typographical Union Local No. 7 Records 1930-1977

Senator John Heinz History Center

Summary Information

Repository
Detre Library & Archives, Heinz History Center
Title
Pittsburgh Typographical Union Local No. 7 Records
Creator
, Pittsburgh Typographical Union Local No. 7
Collection Number
MSS 915
Date [inclusive]
1930-1977
Extent
0.5 linear feet (1 boxes)
Language of Materials
The material in this collection is in English.
Abstract
The Pittsburgh Typographical Union is the oldest continuously run labor union in Pittsburgh originating in 1836. The Pittsburgh Typographical Union Local No. 7 Records contains union contracts, the constitution and by-laws, and correspondence dating from 1930 to the late 1970s.
Sponsor Note
This collection has been made accessible as part of an NHPRC-funded Basic Processing grant.

Preferred Citation

Pittsburgh Typographical Union Local No. 7 Records, 1930-1977, MSS 915 , Thomas and Katherine Detre Library and Archives, Senator John Heinz History Center

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History

The Pittsburgh Typographical Union represents workers in all areas of the printing trade. It is the oldest continuously functioning labor union in the city of Pittsburgh, originating in 1836 as the Journeymen Printers of Pittsburgh. On May 3, 1852, the Pittsburgh union became one of the fourteen founding chapters of the International Typographical Union and was assigned the local number 7. The ITU was a powerful early member of the American Federation of Labor and fought to unionize the newspaper printing industry. In 1986, the ITU merged with the Communication Workers of America to form its Printing, Publishing, and Media Workers Sector. Even though the Pittsburgh local was designated the number CWA 14827, it is still known as Pittsburgh Typographical Union No. 7.

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Scope and Content Notes

The Pittsburgh Typographical Union Local No. 7 Records consists of union contracts, correspondence, and constitutions. The collection primarily consists of drafts and final versions of various agreements and contracts between the Pittsburgh Typographical Union and various local printing employers including the Printing Industry Association of Western Pennsylvania, the Pittsburgh Newspaper Publishers' Association, and the Pittsburgh Press Company. The collection also contains correspondence and other materials pertaining to union benefits, pay rates, and negotiations with employers, including a 1973 survey of the printing industry in Pittsburgh. Also included are the union constitution and by-laws.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Senator John Heinz History Center Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania , February 2013

Senator John Heinz History Center
1212 Smallman Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412-454-6364
library@heinzhistorycenter.org
http://www.heinzhistorycenter.org/libraryArchives.aspx

Restrictions on Access

None

Restrictions on Use

Property rights reside with the Senator John Heinz History Center. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the Thomas and Katherine Detre Library and Archives of the Senator John Heinz History Center.

Acquisition Information

Field Gather from John Maddigan in 2013.

Archives accession # 2013.0019

Processing Information

Preliminary processing by Stephanie Johnson on 02/08/2013.

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Related Materials

Related Materials

Additional materials related to the Pittsburgh Typographical Union Local No. 7 can be found at the University of Pittsburgh Archives Service Center within the Labor Archives

Separated Materials

To the museum: 6 Ribbons from Union Conventions

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Pittsburgh Press Company
  • Printing Industry Association of Western Pennsylvania
  • Pittsburgh Newspaper Publishers' Association

Subject(s)

  • Labor unions -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Collective labor agreements -- Printing industry -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Typists -- Labor unions -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh

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