Arranged in seven series. Series I and II: arranged chronologically; Series III: arranged by type of item; Series IV: arranged by type of item and then chronologically; Series V: arranged by type of item; Series VI: arranged by type of item; Series VII: arranged by type of item.
Scope and Contents Note
This collection contains correspondence, membership records, minutes, financial reports, legal documents (union law and elections), contracts and negotiations, and printed material of the International Typographical Union, Little Rock, Local 92.
Series I: Correspondence. Arranged chronologically.
Series II: Minutes. Arranged chronologically. (Note: Minutes for 1884-1958 are contained in bound volumes. Loose materials stored in those bound volumes were removed and stored in separate folders at the end of the series.)
Series III: Membership. This series includes name registers, travel cards, and other records which were used to track members' status. The series also contains materials relating to the activities of Local 92, including special events and a history of the local union.
Series IV: Financial Records. This series contains such materials as the local union secretary's monthly reports, bank account statements, dues received from chapel members, and dues paid to union headquarters. Arranged by form and then chronologically.
Series V: Legal Matters. This series contains materials related to union law, including infractions, amendments to the law, and proceedings of I.T.U. conventions. The series also contains materials related to national and local union elections.
Series VI: Negotiations, Arbitration, and Agreements. This series contains contracts and scales established between the Local 92 and Little Rock newspaper and job publishers. It also contains records of the negotiations conducted to reach those agreements, and background materials gathered by Local 92 for negotiations.
Series VII: Printed Material. This series includes the constitution and by-laws for both Local 92 and the I.T.U. Most of the series, however, is comprised of materials from I.T.U. headquarters and includes such subjects as right-to-work laws, I.T.U. history, instructions to local unions, and wage scales. The series also contains I.T.U. serial publications.
The Little Rock Typographical Union first met on 1865 July 11, and was chartered as Local 92 by the National Typographical Union (later the International Typographical Union) on December 5 of that year. The first craft union organized in Arkansas, Local 92 had an initial roster of 31 members; its first known president, W. I. Whitwell, was elected in 1878.
Each place of employment within the union's jurisdiction was known as a "chapel." Early meetings were convened at individual chapels, since membership numbers were not sufficient to require a permanent meeting place. By 1884, Local 92 was holding regular meetings in a firehouse and in later years met at various downtown locations, including the Odd Fellows Hall and the Labor Temple.
A Woman's Auxiliary was organized in 1906, but apparently disbanded after some years and was reorganized in 1931. Local 92 fought for safe and sanitary working conditions, shorter workdays, modern equipment, and to have all state printing jobs performed within Arkansas.
The I.T.U. also provided its members a pension, mortuary benefits, and an apprenticeship program. In 1918, Local 92 was instrumental in forming the Arkansas Typographical Conference, an annual meeting of Arkansas I.T.U. locals to discuss labor issues. Local 92 continued to operate until the early 1980s.
Hays, Thomas L., donor
International Typographical Union.
International Typographical Union. Local 92 (Little Rock, Ark.).
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International Typographical Union, Local 92, 1884-1978, UALR.MS.0108. UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture, Arkansas Studies Institute, Little Rock.
Footnote or Endnote info:
Description of item, file number, box number, series number, International Typographical Union, Local 92, 1884-1978, UALR.MS.0108.
Hugh B. Patterson, Jr., Papers, 1657-1998, UALR.MS.0223