MS 740 - National Association of Letter Carriers Auxiliary (Bowling Green, Ohio)
|MS 740 - National Association of Letter Carriers Auxiliary (Bowling Green, Ohio)
The National Association of Letter Carriers Auxiliary (NALCA) collection was donated to the Center for Archival Collections by Bernice Butler on August 8, 1997. Supplemental documents were donated by Paul Garno. The collection consists primarily of chapter meeting minutes, membership rosters, correspondence, and financial documents.
No restrictions exist on the use of this collection. It measures a total of 0.9 linear feet. The finding aid was started by Gary Washington, student, in May 2009. It was continued by Jessica Schmidt, archival assistant, and completed by Rex Childers, graduate student assistant, in March 2010.
The NALCA was established in 1905 by the spouses and family members of those belonging to the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) union. The forming of this organization shares a close tie to the northwest Ohio area, as one of the first officers of the NALCA, vice-president, Dora M. Carl, was from Toledo. The original duties of NALCA members were:
Over the course of its existence, the NALCA would be involved in more than just charity and financial aid to its members. The NALCA would conduct an intense campaign of private letters to First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, which resulted in the NALCA leadership’s successful meeting with President Franklin D. Roosevelt to discuss working conditions for letter carriers. Their meetings and continued political activity, combined with the NALC itself, eventually led to workplace reforms that are now common for U.S. Postal Service letter carriers today, including Sundays off, sick leave, shorter work days, compensation for injuries occurring on the job, salary increases, and support for widows and survivors.
It is unclear when the Bowling Green chapter (no. 1316) was established; however, by-laws specifically for the local NALCA organization were created in the 1940s and 1950s. The NALCA still exists today and continues to follow the guidelines for its creation. In addition to its original objectives, NALCA also promotes community involvement through various public events, legislative activity, and also is a major contributor to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
|Scope and Content
The collection of the NALCA Bowling Green chapter consists of meeting minutes, conference minutes, chapter roster, membership applications, constitution and by-laws, correspondence, officer’s guide, annual and semi-annual reports, literary works, financial documents, various printed materials, and artifacts. The most comprehensive documents include the chapter and conference meeting minutes. Additionally, the constitution and by-laws and annual/semi-annual reports will also offer researchers significant information about the organization and its operating procedures.
The chapter and convention meeting minutes are relatively comprehensive. Chapter meeting minutes are present from 1948-1977. The chapter minutes provide information on the daily activities of the group and how it operated, including a listing of members and guests present at the meetings, where and when they were held, and what was discussed. There are only two sets of biennial convention minutes included in the collection, one from the 45th Ohio NALCA Biennial Convention in 1971, held in Toledo, and another from the 46th Ohio NALCA Biennial Convention in1973, in Cincinnati. The minutes include exact outlines of procedures and events held at the convention, as well as any changes discussed with the Ohio NALCA constitution and/or state by-laws.
The Bowling Green chapter roster and membership applications offer a complete listing from 1956-1978 of the members of the NALCA. In addition to names, the roster includes positions held, addresses, and attendance records at various meetings and functions. The membership applications span only a few intermittent years from 1953-1969. They include names, addresses, relationship to a member of the NALC, and by whom they were recommended for initiation. Several blank application cards are also present in the collection.
Another main component of this collection is the constitution and state and local by-laws. The constitution was amended in 1974, along with the national ritual guidelines. Three state sets of by-laws and four local by-law amendments also exist in the collection. These documents explain the daily rituals and procedures members of NALCA needed to follow under the national charter.
Various years of correspondence are available. However, most of the letters relate to new or amended by-laws within the state and local chapters. The collection also includes annual and semi-annual reports of the local Bowling Green chapter. This brochure-like report contains information such as active members, officers, and also dues that have been paid. These reports would have been sent to the NALCA state organization for statistical data.
The financial documents include ledgers indicating dues and other fees paid by each member during the course of 1951-1982. This offers a clear picture of what kind of financial standing the chapter was in. Additionally, several receipts from numerous social events are also included. These receipts for events, such as the national NALC Camp Out and Christmas social, describe the types of expenses needed for each. For example, the Camp Out event included purchases of corn and eggs. Finally, the chapter’s tax exemption forms are also included in the collection.
A few printed materials are incorporated in the collection. These materials include a small NALCA Christmas magazine, an order book and form for various chapter necessities, and the 1976 copy of the NALCA Digest newsletter. Finally, two artifacts are available: a small American flag and an officer’s gavel. One can assume that these items were used during rituals and/or chapter meetings.
CHAPTER MEETING MINUTES.
BIENNIAL CONVENTION MINUTES.
NALCA CONSTITUTION AND RITUAL HANDBOOK.
NALCA OHIO STATE BY-LAWS.
BOWLING GREEN NALCA CHAPTER BY-LAWS.
BOWLING GREEN NALCA CHAPTER BY-LAW AMENDMENTS.
INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE APPROVAL LETTER FOR NALCA EXEMPTION
LOCAL CHAPTER NALCA ANNUAL REPORTS.
NALCA SEMI ANNUAL REPORTS.
NALCA LEDGER BOOKS.
NALCA FINANCIAL RECEIPTS.
NALCA TAX EXEMPT FORMS.
AUXILIARY OFFICER’S GUIDE.
HOW TO RUN AN AUXILIARY MEETING.
NALC AUXILIARY CHRISTMAS MAGAZINE.
NALCA PRICE LIST AND ORDER BOOK.
AMERICAN FLAG AND GAVEL.