Inventory of the Edward J. Santos Papers, ca. 1934-1986 (predominantly 1940-1950)

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Inventory of the Edward J. Santos Papers, ca. 1934-1986 (predominantly 1940-1950)

Accession number: 1998/025

Labor Archives & Research Center

San Francisco State University

San Francisco, California

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Processed by:
The Labor Archives & Research Center staff
Encoded by:
James Lake
© 1999 San Francisco State University. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Edward J. Santos Papers,
Date (inclusive): ca. 1934-1986
Date (bulk): (predominantly 1940-1950)
Accession number: 1998/025
Creator: Santos, Edward J.
Extent: 1 box (58 folders)
Repository: San Francisco State University. Labor Archives & Research Center
San Francisco, California 94132
Shelf location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Center's online catalog.
Language: English.

Administrative Information


Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

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.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Edward J. Santos Papers, 1998/025, Labor Archives & Research Center, San Francisco State University.

Biographical Notes

The collection contains limited biographical materials, the bulk of the material centers around Edward Santos' organizing activities in the late 1940s. Santos was a native of the Bay Area who sailed on Union Oil ships in the early 1930s and was active in the onboard ship committees. Santos joined the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association (M.E.B.A.) Local 97 in 1943. He sailed in World War II, the Korean War and Operation Freedom in the Indo-China Wars. He was a representative organizer from 1946 to 1947 in the New York Area. He was also a national tanker organizer for Locals 79 and 97 from September 1947 to November 1947. He served as a National and Consolidated Great Lakes Organizer from December 1947 to April 1948, during which time he was involved in the effort to consolidate all of the M.E.B.A. Locals on the Great Lakes into one unit. In the early 1960s, Santos became an employee of the State of California. He worked at U.C. Berkeley's Lawrence Berkeley Lab, although the exact nature of his work is not specified.

Scope and Content

The collection offers a glimpse into the world of a maritime organizer's life during the late 1940s. The bulk of the material spans from 1940 to 1950. Possibly the most valuable portion of the collection can be found in the folder entitled "Ship Log Sheets" (Folder 7). The log sheets are records of Santos' visits on board ships that had been organized by the M.E.B.A. They detail the names of the members and crew on the ship, note the status of the members dues and also whether or not there were sailors on the ship who were not M.E.B.A. members. The logs also include notes made by Santos regarding issues that the members wanted to see addressed in the next contract. Also included in the collection is a folder of organizing notes that Santos kept. While some of the notes are cryptic individually, taken as a whole, a picture of an aggressive organizer is produced. However, the scattered nature of the notes is indicative of the reason why Santos was an organizer for such a short period of time. It is apparent from some of the letters included in the "Organizing Correspondence" folder that Santos had a difficult time completing his official reports in a detailed and timely manner. This produced a colorful exchange of letters between Santos and the M.E.B.A. International President, S.J. Hogan.
The collection also in includes numerous agreements, both in draft and complete forms. The agreements cover both the M.E.B.A. and other maritime unions like the National Maritime Union (N.M.U.) and the Masters, Mates, and Pilots (M.M.P.). The bulk of the agreements are for the post World War II years but there is one folder that contains information form the War Shipping Administration regarding wage scales and bonuses. The agreements have been separated by company name and when possible, two copies of each agreement have been included in the collection.
The collection does not include complete records for any M.E.B.A. Local or the International. Instead, it offers pieces from a number of M.E.B.A. Locals. It includes constitutional drafts from Locals 97 and 33, meeting minutes from Local 97, and information on affiliation and mergers at the National level. The collection also includes a number of individual copies of newsletters and periodicals produced by various M.E.B.A. Locals, maritime unions, and other labor organizations. These are all located in the Periodical Series.

Container List


Series I: Biographical Information

Box-folder 1/1

Santos Biographical Information 1940-1958

Box-folder 1/2

Oil, Chemical, Atomic Workers Intl Union & CA State Employees' Association, U.C. Berkeley ca.1960-1986

Box-folder 1/3

Fresh Water Swing Joints Maintenance Log 1950s


Series II: Organizing Information

Box-folder 1/4

Organizing Correspondence 1944-1948

Box-folder 1/5

Organizing Notes & Materials 1942-ca.1948

Box-folder 1/6

Ship Visit Logs ca.1947-ca.1948

Box-folder 1/7

Business Cards & Membership Cards ca.1948

Box-folder 1/8

Grievances ca.1947


Series III: Agreements

Box-folder 1/9

M.E.B.A. Agreements with Pere Marquette Railway Co. 1946-1947

Box-folder 1/10

M.E.B.A. Agreements with East Coast & Gulf Shipping Co. 1946

Box-folder 1/11

M.E.B.A. Agreements with Ann Arbor Railroad Co. ca.1947

Box-folder 1/12

M.E.B.A. Agreements with Pacific Maritime Association 1951-1961

Box-folder 1/13

M.E.B.A. Agreements with Grand Trunk Western Railroad Co. 1937-1947

Box-folder 1/14

M.E.B.A. Agreements with Chesapeake & Ohio Railway Co. ca.1945-1948

Box-folder 1/15

M.E.B.A. Agreements with Wisconsin & Michigan Steamship Co. ca.1945

Box-folder 1/16

M.E.B.A. Agreements with Pacific Tankers Inc. 1945-1947

Box-folder 1/17

M.E.B.A. Agreements with Union Oil Co. 1947

Box-folder 1/18

M.E.B.A. Agreements with Pacific American Shipowners Association 1940-1946

Box-folder 1/19

M.E.B.A. Agreements with Keystone Shipping Co. 1945-1946

Box-folder 1/20

M.E.B.A. Agreements with Miscellaneous Companies 1941-1946

Box-folder 1/21

M.E.B.A. Agreement Drafts 1947-1951

Box-folder 1/22

Foreman's Association of American Agreements 1945-?

Box-folder 1/23

Masters, Mates, & Pilots Agreements 1947

Box-folder 1/24

National Maritime Union Agreements 1945

Box-folder 1/25

War Shipping Administration Wage Scales, Bonuses, Working Conditions 1941-1944


Series IV: Constitutions

Box-folder 1/26

M.E.B.A. Constitutions & By-laws 1931-1946

Box-folder 1/27

M.E.B.A. Local 97 Constitutional Revisions 1943-1957

Box-folder 1/28

M.E.B.A. Local 33 Revised Constitution 1947

Box-folder 1/29

International Association of Machinists Constitution 1941

Box-folder 1/30

National Maritime Union Constitutions 1943-1945


Series V: Meeting Minutes & Committee Reports

Box-folder 1/31

Meeting Minutes on Board S.S. A.C. Rubel 1942

Box-folder 1/32

M.E.B.A. Great Lakes Convention Information & Correspondence 1946-ca.1948

Box-folder 1/33

M.E.B.A. Great Lakes Convention Transcript 1948

Box-folder 1/34

M.E.B.A. Executive Committee Minutes 1947

Box-folder 1/35

M.E.B.A. Statement of Cash Disbursements 1957

Box-folder 1/36

M.E.B.A. Affiliations & Mergers 1948-1958

Box-folder 1/37

M.E.B.A. Local 97 Meeting Minutes 1943-1956

Box-folder 1/38

M.E.B.A. Local 97 Officials' Wage Lawsuit 1958-1959

Box-folder 1/39

National Maritime Union Convention Reports 1947


Series VI: Benefit Plans

Box-folder 1/40

Union Oil Benefit Employee Benefit Plan 1940

Box-folder 1/41

M.E.B.A.-P.M.A. Pension & Welfare Fund 1947-1960


Series VII: Political Action

Box-folder 1/42

Political Action: Lee Pressman 1950

Box-folder 1/43

Political Action: Right to Work, Bill Knowland ca.1958


Series VIII: Strikes

Box-folder 1/44

M.E.B.A. Locals 33, 79, 97 Strike Information 1934-ca.1946

Box-folder 1/45

Maritime Strike Information 1934-ca.1946

Box-folder 1/46

Committee for Maritime Unity 1946-1947


Series IX Newsletters/Periodicals

Box-folder 1/47

M.E.B.A. Local 31 Newsletters ca.1947

Box-folder 1/48

M.E.B.A. Local 79 Newsletters 1947

Box-folder 1/49

M.E.B.A. Local 97 Newsletters 1946-1948

Box-folder 1/50

M.E.B.A. Local 33 "Our Living Democracy" Newsletter 1957

Box-folder 1/51

National Maritime Union Pier Guide 1945

Box-folder 1/52

M.E.B.A. The American Marine Engineer 1946-1959

Box-folder 1/53

Operating Engineers' Engineer News 1963

Box-folder 1/54

Michigan CIO News 1948

Box-folder 1/55

The International Teamster 1959

Box-folder 1/56

The Master, Mate, & Pilot 1946-1947

Box-folder 1/57

The California State Employee 1963

Box-folder 1/58

The Maritime Fireman 1948-1957