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Finding Aid to the William Neal Coleman Iron Workers International Union Collection larc.ms.0390
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Description
Consists of materials related to Coleman's work as General Organizer and International Representative for the Iron Workers International Union. Includes weekly reports, correspondence, convention proceedings, and minutes for the District Council meetings, and contracts for locals 509 (Los Angeles), 624 (Fresno), 627 (San Diego), 790 (San Francisco, Oakland), 562 (Salt Lake City), 801 (Reno), and 803 (Honolulu), along with other District Council materials. Includes COPE, Shop Division, and Ironworkers conference materials, as well as ephemera, photographs, and publications produced by various locals of the International Association of Bridge, Structural and Ornamental Iron Workers. Artifacts consist of union memorabilia, including Coleman's collection of convention pins and badges.
Background
William Neal Coleman was General Organizer and International Representative for the Iron Workers International Union, and a member of Iron Workers Local 509.In the late 1800s, the increased number of railroads around the United States, combined with the use of new materials such as cast iron and steel, led to stronger, safer forms of bridges being built to support them. At the same time, these new materials also allowed for innovative forms of building construction to be developed. The face of the construction industry was changing, and a specialized type of iron worker was born. Structural and ornamental ironworkers were responsible for the construction of some of the most famous structures in North America, including the Brooklyn Bridge, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Sears Tower, and the World Trade Center.
Extent
19.5 cubic feet (17 cartons)
Restrictions
Copyright has not been assigned to the Labor Archives & Research Center. All requests for permission to publish or quote from materials must be submitted in writing to the Director of the Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Labor Archives & Research Center as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.
Availability
Collection is open for research.