The files of IAM #68 are arranged into three series: Minutes, Membership and Treasury. Types of material in the collection
include of bound volumes of minutes, financial ledgers and membership records. A detailed series list is attached.
The International Association of Machinists (IAM) Lodge #68 is one of the oldest of the Bay Area Metal working unions and
has a long and interesting history. San Francisco IAM lodge #68 gained an early reputation for militancy and self autonomy
and was frequently in conflict with the Grand Lodge. Serious conflict with the International during the 1930's and particularly
during World War II eventually led to the suspension of Lodge # 68, the dismissal of its executive and the seizure of its
funds. The independence of Lodge #68 and its willingness to do combat has been documented in several secondary sources including,
Mark Perlman's The Machinists: A New Study in American Trade Unionism, (1962), which gives a good account of the battles between the local and the grand lodge during the depression and the 1940's.
Richard Prime Boyden's unpublished manuscript, The San Francisco Machinists from Depression to Cold War, 1930-1950, (1988) explores the militancy of the both San Francisco Lodge #68 and Oakland Lodge #284.
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