M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives


Finding Aid for the 
RECORDS, 1892-1989

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Finding Aid Compiled by
Geoffrey A. Huth
April 27, 1990

Finding Aid Revised By
Sarah Campbell
August 2002


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 cubic ft.

ACQUISITION: All materials in this collection were loaned to the University Libraries, M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, by the Sheet Metal Workers' International Association, Local 83 for preservation photocopying in 1990.

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.


Administrative History

Scope and Content Note

Series Descriptions

Box and Folder List:

Sheet Metal Workers International Association, Local 83
Administrative History

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Local 83 was organized in 1892 as an affiliate of the Tin, Sheet Iron and Cornice Worker's International Association. In 1903 this international organization merged with the Sheet Metal Workers National Alliance, creating the Amalgamated Sheet Metal Worker's International Alliance. The Sheet Metal Workers International Association, Local 83 was chartered on April 1, 1920 by the Amalgamated Sheet-Metal Workers International Alliance and then by the Sheet Metal Workers International Association on July 22, 1924. At that time, their jurisdiction spanned through Saratoga, Albany and Rensselaer Counties of New York. Schenectady County was added to their jurisdiction by 1930. The current jurisdiction covers the counties of: Albany, Clinton, Columbia, Greene, Hamilton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren and Washington.[1]

Comprised of a group of highly skilled sheet metal workers, this union serves as both an educational institution that trains future sheet metal workers through a five year apprentice program and as a forum for grievances suffered by members.[2] As the local legislative body for all sheet metal workers in upstate New York, this organization is responsible for negotiating the length of workdays, the number of vacation days, the average pay and the overtime rate. It organizes strikes when conditions at a job site are deemed unsafe or unfair, supports families of those who are on strike, and fines those who break strike lines. This organization also determines which jobs fall under the job description of sheet metal workers. To achieve this, Local 83 coordinates with other labor unions that perform similar tasks such as the Boiler Makers Union or the Air Condition and Heating Union.


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1. Press release, New York State Department of Labor, Steel Metal Workers Recruit Apprentices (Albany, NY, June 4, 2001), http://www.labor.state.ny.us/business_ny/apprenticeship_training/press_releases/smw_gcd3.htm (16 August 2002).
2. Landau, Mark B., Sheet Metal Workers Local Union #83 (Albany, NY, undated), http://hometown.aol.com/SMWIA83org/. (28 August 2002).

Sheet Metal Workers International Association, Local 83
Scope & Content Note

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The Sheet Metal Worker's International Association, Local 83 collection documents the founding and daily activities of this organization from 1892-1984. In addition to the actual minutes, related materials that have been entered into the body of the minutes have been filed at the back of the folders. These related materials include correspondence, treasurer's reports and other documents referred to in the body of the minutes. The bulk of the business discussed within the minutes of Local 83 concerns grievance cases where the plaintiff was laid off unfairly.

The minutes found in the records of the Sheet Metal Workers International are photocopies from the original ledgers of this organization. At times the copies are difficult to read. This is especially true of the pre-1900 minutes as the words from the reverse side often obscured the already difficult penmanship. There is a gap in the minutes from 1909-1919.

The collection also includes newsletters a program from Local 83's 1987 dinner dance. Strike bulletins are included with the newsletters.

For additional labor collections in the Department, see the online subject guide for Labor.

Sheet Metal Workers International Association, Local 83
Series Descriptions

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Series 1: Minutes and Related Materials, 1892-1908, 1920-1942, 1944-1949, 1951-1989, 2 cubic ft. Arranged Chronologically.

The minutes of the Sheet Metal Workers International Association, Local 83 document the daily activities of this organization. Included within the minutes are Treasurers' reports, discussions of incoming correspondence, reports from the Grievance Committee that coordinates incoming grievances against both employers of members of Local 83 and fellow members of Local 83, reports from the Trial Committee that coordinate court cases against members of this organization and reports from the Testing Committee that creates and administers the examination given to apprentices at the culmination of their five year apprenticeship.

Sheet Metal Workers International Association, Local 83
Box and Folder List

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Series 1: Minutes and Related Materials, 1892-1908, 1920-1942, 1944-1949, 1951-1989

Box 1

1. Roll of Members, Minutes, 1892-1894
2. Minutes, 1894
3. Minutes, 1894-1898
4. Minutes, 1898-1899
5. Minutes, 1899-1901
6. Minutes and Related Materials, 1901-1902
7. Minutes, 1902-1904
8. Minutes, 1904-1905
9. Minutes, 1905-1907
10. Minutes and Related Materials, 1907-1908
11. Materials Related to Missing Minutes of 1912, List of Officers of Local 83, Minutes and Related Materials, 1920-1922
12. Minutes, 1922-1925
13. Minutes, 1925-1927
14. Minutes and Related Materials, 1927-1929
15. Minutes, 1929-1930
16. Minutes, 1930
17. Minutes, 1930-1931
18. Minutes and Related Materials, 1931
19. Minutes, 1931-1932
20. Minutes, 1932-1933
21. Minutes, 1933-1934
22. Minutes, 1934-1935
23. Minutes, 1935-1936
24. Minutes and Related Materials, 1936-1938
25. Minutes, 1938-1939
26. Minutes, 1939-1940
27. Minutes, 1940-1941
28. Minutes and Related Materials, 1941-1942
29. Minutes, 1944-1945
30. Minutes and Related Materials, 1945-1946
31. Minutes, 1946-1947
32. Minutes, 1947-1948
33. Minutes, 1948-1949
34. Minutes, 1951-1952
35. Minutes, 1952-1953
36. Minutes, 1953-1954
37. Minutes and Related Materials, 1954-1955

Box 2

1. Minutes, 1955-1956
2. Minutes, 1956-1957
3. Minutes, 1957-1958
4. Minutes, 1958-1959
5. Minutes, 1959-1960
6. Minutes, 1960-1961
7. Minutes and Related Materials, 1961-1962
8. Minutes, 1963-1964
9. Minutes and Related Materials, 1964
10. Minutes and Related Materials, 1965
11. Minutes and Related Materials, 1965-1966
12. Minutes and Related Materials, 1966-1967
13. Minutes and Related Materials, 1967-1968
14. Minutes and Related Materials, 1968-1969
15. Minutes and Related Materials, 1969-1970
16. Minutes and Related Materials, 1970-1971
17. Minutes, 1971-1972
18. Minutes, 1972-1973
19. Minutes, 1973-1974
20. Minutes, 1974-1975
21. Minutes, 1975-1976
22. Minutes, 1976-1977
23. Minutes, 1977-1978
24. Minutes, 1979-1980
25. Minutes, 1980-1981
26. Minutes, 1981-1982
27. Minutes, 1982-1983
28. Minutes, 1983-1984
29. Dinner Dance, 1987
30. Newsletters, 1968-1980

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