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E. Tilford Fenton fonds
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[between 1906 and 1915], predominant 1912-1915 (Creation)
- Fenton, E. Tilford
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30 cm of textual records.
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E. Tilford Fenton was member of the Local 213 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, and served as the Executive Board representative of the First District of the Pacific District Council of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers from March 1912 to October 1913. Fenton lived in Mission City, B.C. for some years. Fenton had been Local 213 President in 1911. On 26 October 1912, Fenton was re-elected as Executive board member. During Fenton’s term of office, the Local 213 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers was mostly devoted to improve working conditions and fight for the rights of local electrical workers.
The fonds was collected by David Yorke who arranged for the transfer of the E. Tilford Fenton papers to the UBC Rare Books and Special Collections with the curator, George Brandak in November 2007. Some papers were acquired from a commercial source by David Yorke. The donation of papers is with the permission of Rich Dowling, the financial secretary of Local 213 of the I.B.E.W. A small number of the papers remain in the custody of David Yorke. In those cases, photocopies are kept in the archive files.
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Fonds consists of records reflecting Fenton’s activities as the president of the Local 213 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in B.C. and the Executive Board representative of the First District of the Pacific District Council of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, spanning approximately from 1912 to 1913. These records are arranged in chronological order. Textual records in the fonds primarily consist of incoming correspondence from the U.S. to E.Tilford Fenton as the president of the I.B.E.W. in B.C., general circulars and reports from Pacific District Council, and administrative documents of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Personal correspondence of E. Tilford Fenton spans primarily from 1914 to 1915. These records are also arranged in chronological order. The fonds is arranged into the following four series: office correspondence; general circulars; administrative documents; and personal correspondence.
Some of the correspondence is illegible due to water damage.
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The documents were received in no specific order. Correspondence has been arranged in chronological order.
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International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 213 Fonds at the UBC Rare Book and Special Collections.
No further accruals are expected.
Paper clips and needles were removed. Partial of the personal letters of E. Tilford Fenton Fonds has water damage. Please handle all documents with care, especially the correspondence.
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