Fonds RBSC-ARC-1281 - International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers (Canada) fonds

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International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers (Canada) fonds

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  • 1897-1967 (Creation)
    International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers (Canada)

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75 m of textual records and other material.

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The International Union of Mine, Mill, and Smelter Workers dates to 1893 when a small group of miners created the Western Federation of Miners in Idaho. The Rossland Miners' Union (1895) became Canada's first recorded local in 1895. In 1916 the WFM changed its name to the International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers and constitutional amendments in 1955 firmly established the Canadian section of the union. The Union expended much energy in jurisdictional disputes and contended with raids from the International Steelworkers of America. The two unions merged in 1967.

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The fonds consists of records from the International Office (Denver), national office (Toronto), B.C. District Union files, Western District Union Files, and records of Canadian locals, the Western Federation of Miners, District No. 6 and its locals, the Sandon Miners Union, and the Metal Miners Union of the One Big Union (1920-1933). Records of individual locals vary from minute books and financial records, reports, and correspondence to extensive subject files and financial reports for larger locals. The fonds also includes a substantial photograph collection documenting union activities (1944 to 1962), tape recordings, films, charters, badges, official seals and recordings of Paul Robeson Peace Arch concerts (1950s).

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Photograph identifier: BC-1449

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Includes : ca. 962 photographs, 29 sound tape reels, 2 films, and 2 m realia.

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