Fonds RBSC-ARC-1282 - International Woodworkers of America. District Council No.1 fonds

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International Woodworkers of America. District Council No.1 fonds

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1.9 m of textual records;108 photographs

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The International Woodworkers of America was formed in Portland in 1937. In British Columbia the predecessor of the IWA was the Lumber Worker's Industrial Union. In 1936 the LWIU affiliated with the American Federation of Labor and was to be grouped under the AFL's Carpenter's organization. West Coast discontent with the AFL resulted in a meeting of representatives of the newly organized union locals in the fall of 1936 to form the Federation of Woodworkers which became the IWA in the summer of 1937. The Canadian division of the IWA in British Columbia was known as District Council No. 1 but later became Western Canadian Regional Council No. 1.

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The fonds consists of minutes, photographs, printed material, and correspondence relating mainly to union organization in the forest products industry (1931-1952), including the Lumber Workers' Industrial Union, Lumber and Saw Mill Workers Union, International Woodworkers of America, and Woodworkers Industrial Union of Canada, as well as to the activities of Harold Pritchett, whose correspondence up to 1979 is also included. There are, in addition, reports of convention, materials concerning wages and conditions in logging camps, a poster, and subject files on various strikes including those at Fraser Mills and Blubber Bay (1933-1944).

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The material has been divided by the various organizational structures represented in the collection as can be seen in the table of contents.

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Inventory available. PDF document attached.

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Photographs are stored under BC1845/58 to BC1845/65. BC1845/62 is stored as a medium sized print and the rest are stored as oversize items in flat storage under RBSC-ARC-1449.

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B.C. Lumberworker (B.C. Lumber Worker) listed on p. 38 of the PDF finding aid is available on microfilm reels in RBSC-ARC-1283, Box 11.

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