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Upholsterers’ International Union of North America Photograph Collection

Collection ID

PC-54

Related Subject(s)

Collecting Area(s)

Description

Collection Summary

Title
Upholsterers’ International Union of North America Photograph Collection

Dates
1882-1973

Collection ID
PC-54

Creator
Upholsterers’ International Union of North America

Quantity
3.76 linear feet (11 boxes)

Repository
Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries

Language
Materials in English

           

Detailed Collection Information

Historical Note

The Upholsterers' International Union of North America was formed in 1882, reorganized in 1892, and was chartered by the American Federation of Labor (AFL) in 1900. The union represents workers in the furniture, mattress and bedding, and casket industries, as well as window trimmers and display installers. In 1937, due to internal disputes, several union locals and an estimated 7,500 members split from the union to form the rival United Furniture Workers of America. Despite the split the union continued to thrive. The union increased from 20,000 members in 1937 to 30,000 members in 120 locals by June 1940. By the mid-1970s the union had approximately 60,000 members organized in 176 locals nationwide.

Description of Collection

Most photographs deal with activities of the union involving banquets, conventions, meetings, Executive and Pension Board, and office workers. Includes extensive photography of the Salhaven community and President Sal B. Hoffman. Also includes a small number of images of union members at work and on strike and portraits of William Kohn and Al Rota. Photographers include Paul Almquist, Alexander Archer, J. Sam Johnson, Mort Kaye Studios, Larson Studio, Mike Maicher, Sam R. Quincey, Maurice Robbins, B. Kenneth Roberts, Standard Photo Service.

Patron Information

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Temple University’s online library catalog: http://diamond.temple.edu/record=b1710857~S12

Research Access

Collection is open for research.

Collections Stored Off-Site

This collection may be housed off-site at the Library Depository, and require up to two business days to retrieve. Please review the finding aid and be prepared to identify specific materials to be retrieved. Contact the Special Collections Research Center in advance of your visit, so that materials may be relocated to the reading room for research.

Publication and Copyright Information

The Upholsterers’ International Union of North America Photograph Collection is the physical property of the Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries. Intellectual property rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for determining the identity of rights holders and obtaining their permission for publication and for other purposes where stated.

Preferred Citation

[Description and date of item], [Box/folder number], Upholsterers’ International Union of North America Photograph Collection, PC-54, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Related Material

Upholsterers’ International Union of North America Records, Accession 494, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Donated by the organization through Ray Pudliner, Education Director, December 1981, as part of the Upholsterers’ International Union of North America Records, Accession 494.

Processing Information

Finding aid revised according to contemporary archival standards in July 2015.        

           

Index Terms

The following headings have been used to index the description of this collection in Temple University’s electronic catalog:

Corporate Names:
Upholsterers’ International Union of North America

Subjects:
Labor -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia
Labor unions -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia
Upholstery -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia

Places:
Philadelphia (Pa.)

Material Types
Negatives
Photographs

Inventory

8          Acme Venetian Blind Manufacturers Company Christmas Party          1941
1          Councils-Artistic          1959
8          Banquet Local 77          1937
8          Banquet Local 77/404          1940
1          Betsy Ross House          1957
1          Pension Board          1955
1          Pension Board          1958
1          Pension Board          1961
1          Building-Fourth Street          undated
1          Building-Broad Street Parking Lot          1961
8          Councils-Simmons          1948-1949, 1954, 1958, 1961
8          Confederated Upholsters and Furniture (CUF)          1957
1          Confederated Upholsters and Furniture (CUF)          1956
1          City of Hope Medical Center CA          1969
1          Civic Education and Government Affairs Department          1965-1969, 1972-1973
1          Councils-International Furniture Company          1956, 1958
1          Councils-Kroehler          1958
1          Executive Board Installation          1948
1          Executive Board and Staff          1948
1          Executive Board Meeting          October 31, 1949
1          Executive Board Miscellaneous          1954-1956
1          Finance Examiners          1961
8          General Executive Board          1929-1931
1          General Executive Board          1950
8          General Executive Board          1960
8          General Executive Board          1965
8          Get together dinner          Undated
9          Convention          1882
9          Convention          1913
9          Convention          1917
9          Convention          1921
9          Convention          1926
9          Convention          1938
9          Convention          1939
9          Convention          1940
9          Convention          1941
9          Convention          1942
9          Convention          1944
10          Convention          1946
10          Convention State Council-Indiana          1947
10          Convention Washington, DC          1948
10          Convention          1949
10          Convention          1952
10          Convention          1953
1          Convention          1956
1          Convention St Louis          1956
2          Convention          1956
2-3          Convention          1959
3          Convention Special at Salhaven          1960
11          Salhaven aerial          1960
11          Convention          1962
11          Convention          1970
11          Conventions          undated
11          North Central States Council No. 2          1952
11          Pacific Coast and Northeastern Conference          1927
7          Convention negatives and 3 x 5 images          1956
3          State Council-NY          1954
3          State Council-Michigan          1957
3          Exhibits          1954, 1972-1973
3          Executive Advisory Council          1942
10          Dues Ledger Page (copy)         1922
3          State Council-Wisconsin          1954
3          State Council-New England          1950, 1953
3          State Council-Indiana          1950, 1954, 1955, 1957
11          Councils-District IV          1951, 1952, 1957
11          Councils-District III          1957
11          Councils-District II          1957
11          Councils-District I          1954 1957
4          Health and Welfare Fund Claims Department          1960
4-5          Health and Welfare Fund Conference          1961
5          Industry-Tent Making          Undated
5          Industry-Upholstered Furniture Becker Plant          1955
5          Industry-Upholstered Furniture Bulk Service Building, Columbus, OH          undated
5          Industry-Upholstered Furniture Film "Americans At Work"          May 1960
5          Industry-Upholstered Furniture Meeting          1955 1957 1958
11          Industry-Upholstered Furniture Miscellaneous          Undated
5          Industry-Awing Erection          Undated
5          Industry-Casket Workers          Undated
5          Industry-Maritime, Philadelphia Navy Yard          1960
11          Industry-Mattress and Bedding Department          Undated
5          Industry-Miscellaneous          Undated
5          Salhaven-Administrative and Admission's Committee          1955
5          Salhaven-Board of Managers          Undated
5-6          Salhaven-Dedication (8 folders)          1956
6          Salhaven-Exteriors          1952, 1956, 1958, 1960
6          Salhaven-Flag Raising          1958
6          Salhaven-Miami Group Picnic          November 8, 1959
6          Meeting In Hamburg West Germany          Undated
6          National Delegates Conference          1966
6          Miscellaneous          Undated
6          Salhaven Resident          1958
6          Salhaven Resident          1958
6          Salhaven Resident          1959
6          Salhaven wedding          1962
6          Sal B. Hoffman Birthday Party          1957
6          Sal B. Hoffman Birthday Party          1958
6          Sal B. Hoffman Birthday Party          1961
6          Portraits, Sal B. Hoffman          undated

6          Strikes-Simmons          1958
6          Strikes-Miscellaneous          Undated
11          Testimonial Banquet for Al Rota, Chicago          1965
6          Industry-Window trimmer, St. Louis          Undated
6          Office Staff          1946
6          Office Staff          1950
6          Office Staff          1956
6          Office Staff          1957
6          Office Staff          1959
6          Office Training Program          1970-1973
6          Portraits, Unidentified          Undated
6          Portraits, William Kohn          Undated