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United Brotherhood of Carpenters, Local 531 (St. Petersburg, Florida):

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
404-413-2880
Fax: 404-413-2881
archives@gsu.edu

June 2001



Profile Description

Creation: Text converted and initial EAD tagging provided by Apex Data Services, June 2001.
Language: English

Collection Summary

Repository: Georgia State University Library, Special Collections and Archives, Atlanta
Creator: United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, Local 531 (Saint Petersburg, Fla.)
TitleUnited Brotherhood of Carpenters, Local 531 (St. Petersburg, FL) records
Dates: 1900-1977
Quantity: 16 linear feet
Abstract:United Brotherhood of Carpenters, Local 531 was chartered in 1900, the first trade union organized in the city of St. Petersburg, Florida. Its records, 1900-1977, of United Brotherhood of Carpenters, Local 531 (St. Petersburg, Florida), comprise mostly minutes and financial documents.
Identification: L1978-13
LanguageEnglish.

Scope and Content of the Records

The Records, 1900-1977, of United Brotherhood of Carpenters, Local 531 (St. Petersburg, Florida), comprise mostly minutes and financial documents. The minutes, 1900-1965, describe Local 531's part in forming the first trades assembly in St. Petersburg, setting wage scales, contract negotiations with numerous construction employers, and the local's real concern to settle employer-employee problems without resorting to strikes. Strikes, however, become more common after 1955 when the Gulf Coast District Council of Carpenters began handling contract negotiations. Local 531 efforts to organize workers in related crafts led to minor disputes with sheetmetal workers, iron workers, laborers, latherers, and plumbers. The minutes also reveal Local 531's interest in education and safety programs for its members, the abolition of prison labor at construction sites, the enforcement of union work rules, and the maintenance of a blood bank for members.


Historical Note

United Brotherhood of Carpenters, Local 531 was chartered in 1900, the first trade union organized in the city of St. Petersburg, Florida.


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.

United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America--Local 531 (Saint Petersburg, Fla.)--Archives.
Carpenters--Florida--Saint Petersburg.
Carpenters--Labor unions--Organizing--Florida.
Labor union locals--Florida--Saint Petersburg.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access. Oversize materials stored offsite; allow 24 hours for retrieval.

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


Administrative Information

Citation

[item], [folder title], [series title], United Brotherhood of Carpenters, Local 531 (St. Petersburg, FL) Records, L1978-13, Southern Labor Archives. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Erwin Shaw, Carpenters Local 1275, June 30, 1978.

Processing Information

Inventoried by Alice Gernazian, May 6, 1980. EAD finding aid created by Apex Data Services, Hune 2001; revised by William Hardesty, December 2005.


Related Material

Related materials in this repository: Records of United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America locals in Fort Meyers, Jacksonville, Tampa, Florida; Florida State Council of Carpenters.


Separated Material

Separated material: During processing, oversize records, photographs, printed material, and artifacts were separated to other Southern Labor Archives collections. See List of Separated Material following Detailed Description of the Collection.


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