Inventory of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, Pacific Division, No. 110 Collection, 1869-1933

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Inventory of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, Pacific Division, No. 110 Collection, 1869-1933

Collection number: MS 22

California State Railroad Museum Library



Sacramento, California

Contact Information:

  • California State Railroad Museum Library
  • 111 "I" Street
  • Sacramento, California 95814
  • Phone: (916) 323-8073
  • Fax: (916) 327-5655
  • Email: csrmlibrary@csrmf.org
  • URL: http://www.csrmf.org/library.html
Processed by:
Blaine Lamb
Encoded by:
Xiuzhi Zhou
© 1999 California State Railroad Museum. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, Pacific Division, No. 110 Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1869-1933
Collection number: MS 22
Creator: Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, Pacific Division, No. 110
Extent: 15 volumes and miscellaneous papers
Repository: California State Railroad Museum Library
Sacramento, California 95814
Shelf location: Big Four Building or off-site storage. Please contact the Library in advance of your visit.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Provenance

United Transportation Union, Enginemen, 1982

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the California State Railroad Museum. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Senior Curator. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the CSRM 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.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, Pacific Division, No. 110 Collection, MS 22, California State Railroad Museum Library, Sacramento, California.

Historical Background

The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers was organized on May 8, 1863, in Detroit by engineers on Michigan railroads. Organized in divisions, the Brotherhood soon attracted engineers from railroads throughout the Midwest and east. Later in the decade and in the 1870s and 1880s, membership spread to lines in the west. The Brotherhood provided insurance for its members as well as representation in dealings with management. Engineers participated in serious strikes in 1877 and 1888, the latter action resulting in serious setbacks for the Brotherhood.
By the turn of the century it had recovered and in 1916 was successful in obtaining an eight-hour workday. Before the late 1920s, the Brotherhood initiated the sale of Loyalty Certificates to raise money for the financially troubled organization, and since that time it has been involved in labor actions and negotiations as well as in litigation with other railroad unions.
The Pacific Division, No. 110 of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers was formed in December 1869 in Rocklin. In June of the following year, the Pacific Division moved to Sacramento where it remained. The records of the Pacific Division in the California State Railroad Museum's collection contain information on the organization's operation, officers, membership, finances, and responses to major labor issues and events, such as the 1894 Pullman strike.

Key to Arrangement

 

Series 1: Minute Books

Box 1

December 25, 1869 - March 6, 1881

 

May 11, 1892 - December 29, 1900

 

January 5, 1901 - June 6, 1904

 

June 9, 1904 - April 15, 1910 [removed to Box 4]

 

November 7, 1913 - May 12, 1916

 

August 29, 1919 - June 9, 1922

 

June 30, 1922 - November 28, 1924

Box 2

December 5, 1924 - July 23, 1926

 

August 13, 1926 - December 30, 1927

 

Series 2: Correspondence

Box 2

Letterpress book, June 10, 1904 - November 7, 1911

 

Series 3: Financial

Box 2

Cash book, 1872-1890

 

Cash book, 1907-1911 [removed to Box 4]

 

Cash book, 1926-1928 (includes Loyalty Certificate sales)

 

Dues and assessment ledger, 1872-1889 [removed to Box 4]

 

Dues and assessment ledger, 1889-1906

 

Series 4: Miscellany

Box 3

Meeting attendance register, March 26, 1915 - August 4, 1933

 

1 folder with ephemera, dues notices, miscellaneous letters, cards, etc.

Box 4

Volumes with mold damage