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Special Collections: Guide to the International Brotherhood of Paper Makers Local 410 Records

Collection title: International Brotherhood of Paper Makers. Local 410 (Lincoln, Me.). Records
Collection number: MS 259
Dates of collection: 1937-1965
Size of collection: 1 box
Restrictions on access and use: Kept at Fogler Library's offsite storage facility. One week's notice required for retrieval

History

The International Brotherhood of Paper Makers was formed in 1902 with the merger of the United Brotherhood of Paper Makers, formed in 1883 in Holyoke, Massachusetts, and the International Paper Machine Tenders Union, chartered by the AFL in 1898. In 1901 another union was also organized, the International Brotherhood of Pulp, Sulphite and Paper Mill Workers, representing skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled workers in the industry. In 1909 the two unions agreed to work together and this remained in force until the Paper Makers merged with the United Paperworkers of America in 1957 to form the United Papermakers and Paperworkers; in 1972 this union merged with the International Brotherhood of Pulp, Sulphite, and Paper Mill Workers to form the United Paperworkers International Union. This union later merged with the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers International Union to form the Paper, Allied-Industrial, Chemical and Energy Workers International Union (PACE).

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains records primarily of Local 410 of the International Brotherhood of Paper Makers at the Eastern Corporation mill in Lincoln, Maine. The records were not arranged in any particular order upon their arrival at Fogler Library so the processing archivist imposed the present order and assigned the folder headings.

The folders are arranged in alphabetical order by type of material and include contract agreements, correspondence, grievance reports, minutes, etc. Of special interest is a series of letters written in 1965 between Senator Margaret Chase Smith and Harold Noddin, president of Local 410. Information about other unions, especially the International Brotherhood of Pulp, Sulphite, and Paper Mill Workers, is also found in these records. Contracts were often written to include both unions in the same document and correspondence and memos from the company were frequently addressed to all bargaining units at both the Lincoln and Brewer mills. A few folders of material from other companies or unions is found at the end of the collection.

Contents of Box

Box 1

Folder

1 Contract negotiations and amendments, correspondence, etc., 1948-1959

2 Contract agreements, 1955-1957, 1960

3-7 Incoming correspondence, undated, 1943-1965

8 Correspondence with Sen. Margaret Chase Smith, 1965

9 Outgoing correspondence, 1940s-1963

10 Correspondence re insurance benefits, pensions, etc.; includes photograph of Union officers, 1950(?)

11 Grievance reports, responses to grievances, 1940s-1960s

12 Interdepartmental memos and job classifications, 1941-1950

13 Minutes of Union meetings, Lincoln mill, 1946-1960

14 Procedures, policies, rates of pay, Eastern Fine, 1951-1965

15 Production study, 1959

16 Miscellaneous publications: Eastern Corp. quarterly reports, 1954, 1956; The Pulp, Sulphite and Paper Mill Workers’ Journal, July-August, 1956; Union audit report forms (blank)

17 Great Northern Paper Company, Millinocket Mill: labor agreements, 1937-1952

18 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers: brochures, etc.

19 Penobscot Chemical Fibre Company negotiated pension plan for hourly workers, 1954

20 Publications: Labor laws of Maine, rev. of 1949; Social Security Yearbook, 1948


Finding Aids for selected manuscript collections in the Special Collections Department at Fogler Library are accessible online in URSUS, in a browsable Guide to Manuscript Collections. Please contact Special Collections at spc@umit.maine.edu or (207) 581-1686 for further information.

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