Fonds RBSC-ARC-1449 - Harold Pritchett fonds

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Harold Pritchett fonds

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40 cm of textual records;ca. 17 photographs

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Harold Pritchett was born in Birmingham, England and arrived in Port Moody, B.C. in 1912. He began working at the Thurston-Flavelle Mill in 1919 and gradually became involved in union activities. By 1931, he was Chairman of the Fraser Mills Strike Committee and President of the Shingle Weavers Union in 1933. He was elected president of the Independent Federation of Woodworkers in 1936; then with the affiliation of the Federation of Woodworkers to the Congress of Industrial Organizations, he was elected founding president. Pritchett resigned from activities in the United States in 1940 and became President of District Council No.1 (IWA) for British Columbia. Following a split in the Union, Pritchett helped organize the short-lived Woodworkers Industrial Union.

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The fonds consists of a scrapbook (1936-1939); clippings, printed material; correspondence (1970s); financial statements of B.C. District, IWA (1945-1947); ribbons and buttons for IWA and Labour Progressive Party conventions (1944-1948); subject files pertaining to his legal status while travelling in the United States (1936-1938); 31 prints of loggers' funerals and membership cards. The fonds also includes correspondence (1945-ca.1980), subject files, photographs (1940s), memorabilia (1936-1940) and membership books.

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Inventory available. PDF document attached.

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Photograph identifier: BC-1845|BC-1529

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