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Arne Johnson fonds
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Arne Johnson fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1662
  • Fonds
  • 1896-1970

The fonds consists of documents relating to his career in logging, including membership cards in various union organizations; correspondence with Myrtle Bergren relating to her book, <em>Tough Timber</em>, on the history of the loggers...

Johnson, Arne

Union activities

Series consists of correspondence, minutes, union cards and ephemera from Johnson’s period as an elected representative for the ILWU. Includes items related to the 1934 woodworkers strike which was successful in achieving significant wage and bene...

Historical controversies

Series consists of correspondence, newspaper clippings and an extensive personal note relating to two historical controversial published histories of the ILWU’s activities in the 1930s. One of these publications was the 1966 book Tough Timber writ...

Lumber Workers’ Industrial Union (LWIU)

Contains records relating to the functions of the LWIU including correspondence, meeting minutes and convention documents. Also includes records relating to the preparations for and planning during the 1934 strike and the registration license for ...

Workers’ Unity League

Contains publications and records related to Johnson’s activities in the union federation the Worker’s Unity League. This includes an annotated draft report of the executive committee’s decision to disband the organization.

Personal records

Contains records related to Johnson’s personal finances and his political activities outside of his trade union activism.

Lumber and Sawmill Workers’ Union (IWA Local 1-71)

Contains correspondence, meeting minutes and convention documents related to the LSWU including the merger of the union with the IWA. Also includes documents related Johnson’s activities within the LSWU including his arrest in 1937.


Series consists of documents relating to his work and union activities such as membership books, receipts, and credentials.

Printed material

Series consists of a leaflet relating to the Blubber Bay strike, 2 I.W.A. publications, a Workmen’s Compensation Board publication and two clippings relating to Soviet Russia.

Photograph series

Series consists of 3 unidentified photographs, 2 photographs depicting IWA conferences in the mid-1940s. Also contains photographs of Johnson with his relatives and friends during the 1960s.


Series consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence relating to his activities as a member of logging unions, 1937-38, and his input and opinions on Myrtle Bergren’s book, <u>Tough Timber</u>, on the history of the loggers of Briti...


Series consists of minutes of union meetings including a meeting of October 3, 1948 in which a motion was passed to disaffiliate the membership from the International Woodworkers of America and form the Woodworkers Industrial Union of Canada.


Notebook consists mostly of newspaper clippings.

Personal documents

File contains a variety of personal documents, including Johnson’s birth certificate,marriage certificate, transportation records, and correspondence.

<em>Tough Timber</em> controversy

Contains correspondence and a number of drafts a document created by Johnson relating to the historical controversies contained in <em>Tough Timber</em>.Incoming letter, from: [HP?], Thursday, Feb 9th, 1967.Incoming letter, from: “Al”,...

<em>The Fisherman</em> article controversy

Includes newspaper clippings and correspondence relating to an article which appeared in <em>The Fisherman</em> in July of 1962.Incoming letter from: “Operator 212”, July 21st, 1962.Incoming letter from: George North, Managing Editor, ...

<em>Tough Timber</em> controversy

Contains correspondence and extended personal notations by Johnson relating to the historical controversies contained in <em>Tough Timber</em>.Incoming letter, from: Myrtle and Hjalmer Bergren, May 31, 1966.Incoming letter, from: Myrtl...


Incoming letter, from: John Ferguson, Oct. 8th 1934.Incoming NSF cheque, from: The Royal Bank of Canada, Nov. 5th 1935.

1934 strike materials

“Memorandum of proceedings” for negotiations between the union and the various lumber employers. March 8th, 1934.Personal note made by Johnson calculating the pay scale for workers after the strike.Record entitled “Wage Scale Before the Strike of ...

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