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Finding aid to the San Francisco Web Pressmen Photograph Album
larc.pho.0040  
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  • Availability
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition
  • Arrangement
  • Historical Note
  • General
  • Scope and Contents

  • Title: San Francisco Web Pressmen photograph album
    Date (inclusive): 1921-1958
    Date (bulk): 1951
    Creator: Web Pressmen's Union. Local 4 (San Francisco, Calif.)
    Physical Description: 1 album (30 pages); 26.5 x 53 cm.
    Collection number: larc.pho.0040
    Accession number: 2003/103
    Repository: Labor Archives and Research Center
    J. Paul Leonard Library, Room 460
    San Francisco State University
    1630 Holloway Ave
    San Francisco, CA 94132-1722
    (415) 405-5571
    larc@sfsu.edu
    Abstract: Photo album consisting of images of web pressmen at work printing San Francisco newspapers, on break and posing with co-workers, and spending leisure time together on recreational outings. The album documents the pressmen's working environment, including web press machinery and ink-stained clothes, and hunting, fishing, and clam-digging trips taken throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and greater California, and San Diego.
    Physical Location: Collection available on site.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English.

    Availability

    Collection is open for research.

    Conditions Governing Use

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Labor Archives and 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 and 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.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], San Francisco Web Pressmen Photograph Album, larc.pho.0040, Labor Archives and Research Center, San Francisco State University.

    Acquisition

    Collection donated by the Graphic Communications International Union, 2003 (2003/103).

    Arrangement

    Arranged as received.

    Historical Note

    Printers in early America were the first craftspeople to form local unions and they formed the first International Union in 1852 called the International Typographical Union (ITU), originally named National Typographical Union. Technological advancements transformed the printing industry in the late 1800s and by the turn of the century several separate printing unions had emerged or seceded from the ITU, including the International Printing Pressmen's Union of North America, from which the San Francisco Web Pressmen's Union most probably evolved. All the printing unions were joined together by 1983 under the name Graphic Communications International Union (GCIU). In 2005, the GCIU merged with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. The printers have their own segment within the Teamsters called Graphic Communications Conference.

    General

    Two photos removed from page one (verso).

    Scope and Contents

    Photo album consisting of images from 1921-1958, the bulk from 1951, of web pressmen at work printing San Francisco newspapers, on break and posing with co-workers, and spending leisure time together on recreational outings. The album documents the pressmen's working environment, including web press machinery and ink-stained clothes, and hunting, fishing, and clam-digging trips taken throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and greater California, and San Diego. The album has handwritten notes identifying people in the photos, some with retirement and death dates. The album also contains two newspaper clippings of obituaries.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Printers
    Printing industry -- California -- San Francisco.
    Printing presses
    Photograph albums.
    Photographic prints.