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Prepared by James K. Stimpert, April 30, 1981; Prepared for the Web by Shauntya Jones, July 28, 1999; Updated September 2023
4 boxes plus 3 volumes, 4 cubic feet, Storage
This collection is housed in a climate-controlled environment off site and requires at least up to three weeks for retrieval. Please call or email the department with requests for this material prior to planning your visit.
Items marked "shelf" remain on-site in Special Collections and Archives.
NOTE: THIS IS AN ADDITION TO THE RECORDS OF LOCAL 1307. RESEARCHERS SHOULD ALSO CONSULT INVENTORY UNITED STEELWORKERS OF AMERICA LOCAL UNION 1307, RECORDS 1943-80, DATED JULY 22, 1980.
Through the efforts of David Gray, Ohio Labor History Project, and MaryAnn Kohler, a representative of Local 1307, United Steelworkers of America (USWA), these records arrived on September 26, 1980, at the American History Research Center, Kent State University.
Scope and Content
The major categories in this collection are grievance materials concerning the years 1959 through 1980, and correspondence files. These materials have been placed in chronological order, as have agreements and arbitration hearing materials. The grievance files have been retained in their original sequential order. There are also three bound minute books, covering the years 1976 through 1980. In addition to these materials, there are subject files, which have been placed in alphabetical order. They contain in several folders of records on union elections held from 1958 through 1979.
Of special interest are the court proceedings from the lawsuit that Representative Lyle Williams, 19th Congressional District, instituted on behalf of several USWA Locals in the Youngstown area against the United States Steel Corporation. It was filed in December, 1979, with the purpose of keeping open and modernizing the steel mills that United States Steel had scheduled to close. This request was ultimately denied as was a later appeal. A copy of the original suit as well as related materials may be found in folder five of box two.
At the end of the collection are two certificates memorializing labor leader Philip Murray, and five photographs of various USWA gatherings in the 1950s. The certificates can be found in the horizontal file (filed in map case), while the photographs can be located in the audio-visual collection (av).
Researchers should find that this addition and the first installment of Local 1307 records complement each other. Taken in their totality, these records will prove of value to researchers interested in the steel industry of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley. Researchers should also consult the records of USWA Locals 1375, 1617, 2243, and 6529, all in the Mahoning-Trumbull County area, for additional information on the USWA or the steel industry in general.
Union officials of Local 1307 have kindly donated property and literary rights, as they posses in these records, to Kent State University.
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