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Inventory of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, Pacific Division, No. 110 Collection, 1869-1933
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Historical Background

  • 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


    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.