M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives

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Finding Aid for the
SCHENECTADY AREA CENTRAL LABOR
COUNCIL, AFL-CIO

Records, 1921-1959, 1970-1988
APAP-034

For reference queries contact M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives Reference staff

Finding Aid Compiled by
Geoffrey A. Huth
February 1, 1990







M. E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives 
University Libraries / University at Albany / State University of New York 
1400 Washington Avenue / Albany, New York 12222 / (518) 437-3935


VOLUME: 2 reels of microfilm

ACQUISITION: All items in this manuscript group were lent to the University Libraries, M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, by the Schenectady Area Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, and subsequently micro-filmed as a part of the Harry Van Arsdale, Jr., Labor History Project. The originals have been returned to the Schenectady Area Central Labor Council.

ACCESS: Access to this record group is unrestricted.

COPYRIGHT: The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of copyright. Whenever possible, the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives will provide information about copyright owners and other restrictions, but the legal determination ultimately rests with the researcher. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the Head of Special Collections and Archives.


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Adminstrative History

Scope and content note

Reel List


Schenectady Area Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO
Administrative History

The Schenectady Trades Assembly, the earliest predecessor institution of the Schenectady Area Central Labor Council, was chartered in 1898.  However, no records before 1921 survive.  In the early years of this century, the trades assembly consisted of a group of trade union locals working together for labor's goals.

In 1941, the Schenectady Trades Assembly changed its name to the Schenectady Federation of Labor and was rechartered by the AFL.  The 1940's were a particularly busy time for the federation, as attested to by the amount of correspondence it produced.

The founding date of the Schenectady Area Industrial Union Council, CIO, is unknown, but by 1959 it had merged with the Schenectady Federation of Labor to form the Schenectady Area Central Labor Council, representing unions in the combined AFL-CIO.  The labor council now includes any AFL-CIO unions in Schenectady, Fulton, Montgomery and Schoharie counties.


Schenectady Area Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO
Scope & Content Note

The records of the Schenectady Area Central Labor Council contain records of all its predecessor bodies; however, there are large and frequent gaps in the records, including an almost complete dearth of records for the 1950's and 1960's.  The 1970's and 1980's are the best documented decades, represented by both correspondence and minutes.  Of the other records retained by the labor council, the best source for early labor history in Schenectady is the minute book of the Schenectady Trades Assembly for 1928 to 1932.  Unfortunately, these are the last minutes saved until 1981.  There appear to be no surviving records of the Schenectady Area Industrial Union Council except for copies of its 1952 constitution.

The correspondence files generally consist of letters to legislators explaining the council's view on topics of the day, and these are a good record of the council's interests especially for the 1940's, 1970's and 1980's.  Correspondence, especially in the later years, sometimes includes press releases and newspaper clippings.

For other records related to labor union cooperation in Schenectady, New York, see the records of the Schenectady Building and Construction Trades Council (APAP-033) and the records of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 166 (APAP-022). For additional labor collections in the Department, see the online Labor subject guide at http://library.albany.edu/speccoll/labor.htm.


Schenectady Area Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO
Reel List

Reel 1

Schenectady Trades Assembly, AFL

Correspondence, 1921-23
Correspondence, 1932
Minutes, 1928-32
 

Schenectady Federation of Labor, AFL

Charter, 1941
Constitution and By-Laws, 1955
Correspondence, 1930-38
Correspondence, 1944
Correspondence, 1945
Correspondence, 1946
Correspondence, 1947
Correspondence, 1948
Correspondence, 1949
 

Schenectady Area Industrial Union Council, CIO

Constitution, 1952
 

Schenectady Area Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO

Charter, 1959
By-Laws, 1957
Correspondence, 1970-71
Correspondence, 1972-73
Correspondence, 1976-77
Correspondence, 1978-79
Correspondence, 1980
Correspondence, 1981
Correspondence, 1982
Correspondence, 1983

Reel 2

Correspondence, 1984
Correspondence, 1985
Minutes, 1981
Minutes, 1982
Minutes, 1983
Minutes, 1984
Minutes, 1985
Minutes, 1986
Minutes, 1988


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