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International Typographical Union, Local 90 (Richmond, Va.):

A Guide to Its Records at Georgia State University Library

Georgia State University
Georgia State University
Special Collections and Archives
100 Decatur St., SE
Atlanta, GA 30303-3202
Fax: 404-413-2881

March 14, 2011

Profile Description

Creation: EAD version 2002 finding aid created in XMetaL 4.5 by Harold Victor Hansen Jr., March 14, 2011.
Language: English

Collection Summary

Repository: Georgia State University Library, Special Collections and Archives, Atlanta
Creator:International Typographical Union, Local 90 (Richmond, Va.)
Title:International Typographical Union, Local 90 (Richmond, Va.), records
Dates: 1886-1971
Quantity: 5.5 linear ft. (in 10 boxes)
Abstract:The guide to this collection has been created from one of the Southern Labor Archives’ legacy finding aids, which has not been updated since the time of processing.
Identification: L1977-12

Organization of the Records

Organized into five series:
Series I. Correspondence, 1894-1971
Series II. Minutes,1886-1974
Series III. Financial Records, 1897-1971
Series IV. 1971 Strike Records, 1970-1972, undated
Series V. Printed Materials, 1902-1972, undated

Scope and Content of the records

The Records, 1886-1974, of the Richmond Typographical Union Local 90 consist of correspondence, minutes, financial records, printed materials, photographs and tape recordings. The minutes are especially informative for the early years, listing the names of employers declared unfair, describing contract terms, chronicling the changes in wages and hours over the years, and revealing political associations.

Papers relating to the 1971 strike against the Richmond Times-Dispatch and Richmond News-Leader are gathered in a separate series containing correspondence, strike rolls, negotiation notes, news releases, and other materials. A tape recording of a radio broadcase featuring No. 90's president F. S. Thomasson provides an overview of the major issues of the strike, which caused the demise of the local.

History of the International Typographical Union, Local 90 (Richmond, Va.)

The Richmond Typographical Union Local 90 was chartered in 1866 by the National Typographical Union and in 1872 by the International Typographical Union. The local was affiliated with the AFL until 1937 and then re-affiliated in 1943, and also with the Virginia-Carolinas Typographical Conference, the Virginia Allied Printing Trades Council and the Central Trades and Labor Council. The Richmond Typothetae, an organization of employing printers, was a major adversary of the RTU 90 during two strikes in 1905-1907 and 1919-1923.

Two outstanding members of No. 90 were Giles C. Courtney (president, 1909; Secretary-Treasurer of Virginia-Carolinas Typographical Conference, 1927-1942, International Union organizer 1935) and R.T. Bowden (President 1910-1913 and 1922-1933; candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates, 1929, defeated).

In 1971, the union broke up following an unsuccessful strike against its principal employer, The Richmond Times-Dispatch and Richmond News-Leader, both owned by Media General.

Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the Georgia State University Library online catalog (GIL). Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Bowden, R.T.
Courtney, Giles C.
Ritchie, Chester
Thompson, F. S.
International Typographical Union
Richmond Typographical Union 90 (Richmond, Va)
Richmond Typothetae (Richmond, Va.)
Virginia-Carolinas Typographical Conference
Industrial relations--Virginia
Labor unions--Printing industry--Virginia
Labor disputes--Virginia
Printing industry--Virginia
Strikes and lockouts--Printing industry--Virginia
Richmond Virginia


Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access. All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the Worldwide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult the reference archivist to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.

Administrative Information


[item], [folder title], [series title], International Typographical Union, Local 90 (Richmond, Va.), records, L1977-12, Southern Labor Archives. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Acquisition Information

Donated by representatives of the International Typographical Union, Local 90 (Richmond, Va.), 1977.

Processing Information

Processed by Debra Whatley, 1978.

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Separated Material

Separated material: See List of Separated Material following Detailed Description of the Collection.

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