MS 750 - United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America. Carpenters Union Local 1581 (Napoleon, Ohio)
|Title||MS 750 - United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America. Carpenters Union Local 1581 (Napoleon, Ohio)|
The records of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America Local Union 1581 of Napoleon, Ohio were donated to the Center for Archival Collections in October 1997 through the cooperation of William Booth, Business Representative of Local 1581, and Kristin R. Dusseau, a graduate archives assistant for the Center in 1997. Literary and property rights have been dedicated to the public and duplication is permitted for the purpose of preservation and scholarly research.
The records of Carpenters Local 1581 are divided between three Locals that merged to form Local 1581 in 1973: Carpenters Local Union 1825 of Bowling Green, Ohio, Carpenters Local Union 2180 of Defiance, Ohio, and Carpenters Local Union 822 of Findlay, Ohio. The entire collection includes three and a half linear feet of minutes, dues ledgers, financial reports, correspondence, membership rosters, job referrals, and miscellaneous printed material dating from 1935 to 1973. The records dating after 1973 are located within the offices of Local 1581 in Napoleon.
Carpenter Locals throughout Northwest Ohio work together in a cooperative effort to assist their members in securing employment with competitive, fair wages and benefits that provide a life-long, healthy standard of living. Moreover, the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners diligently upholds the dignity of labor, and a higher standard of skill for their members. In that, the objectives of the first Carpenter Union chartered in Northwest Ohio in 1897 have not changed in the efforts of Carpenters Local Union 1581.
Local 1581 of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America was organized out of a merger between three Locals in 1973: Carpenters 1825, of Bowling Green, Ohio, Carpenters 2180 of Defiance, Ohio, and Carpenters 822 of Findlay, Ohio. Individually these local unions survived from 1935 until 1973 with membership peaking at around one-hundred active members in the mid 1960's. The original charter of Defiance Local 2180 dates from May of 1938.
Currently, Carpenters Local Union 1581 is located at 111 East Clinton Street, Napoleon, Ohio 43545. Further inquiry about the union may be made to William Booth, Business Representative for Local 1581.
|Scope and Content|
The collection of Carpenter Local 1581 contains vital information about daily union activity. More importantly, however, this collection documents the rise, and the eventual disbandment of three individual locals, providing essential information and history on the general trends of the labor movement in Northwest Ohio. While the records of all three locals are scattered in the early years, the minutes of Carpenters Locals 2180 of Defiance, Ohio span the entire length of its history, uninterrupted. Moreover, the minutes of Carpenters Local 1825 of Bowling Green, Ohio provide relatively consistent, linear history of the local despite its gaps. Approximately one-half of this collection consists of bound volumes of minutes. The other half are dues ledgers, financial documents, and miscellaneous correspondence and printed material.
The dues ledgers and financial documents are plentiful for all three locals, and provide a comprehensive financial history. These records both provide statistical information about members, officials, and the locals themselves, and document the way in which union money was spent; they document union pension policies, the salaries of union officials, and the financial priorities of all three locals. The bulk of the dues ledgers come from Carpenters 2180 of Defiance, Ohio, and date from 1950 to the early 1970's. The financial statements are from Carpenters 1825 of Bowling Green, Ohio and are concentrated from 1960 to 1970. The financial records for Carpenters 822 of Findlay are in the form of Treasurer's Cash Books, a chronological listing of union expenses dating from 1966 to 1973.
The minutes of Carpenters 1825 are scattered from 1935 to 1941 with a gap from 1942 until 1946. They are complete, however, from 1946 to 1971. The minutes of Carpenters 2180 of Defiance, Ohio span its entire history from its inception in May of 1938 to the merger into Carpenters 1581 of Napoleon in 1973.
While the strength of the collection lies in the relatively complete series of minutes of both Carpenters 1825 and Carpenters 2180 in documenting motions made and carried, business conducted, election results, and committee reports, the researcher might find the correspondence, though limited, helpful for information on union policy. Moreover, the newsletter publications, dating circa 1950, are particularly interesting for their insights on union codes of behavior; and the job referrals provide adequate summations of local carpenter job activity. Completing the collection is a newspaper clipping of those carpenter union members distinguished for their long service to their locals, and a union cartoon.
MINUTES - CARPENTERS LOCAL 1825, BOWLING GREEN, OHIO
MINUTES - CARPENTERS LOCAL 2180, DEFIANCE, OHIO
MEMBERSHIP ROSTER - CARPENTERS LOCAL 1825, B.G, OHIO
MEMBERSHIP ATTENDANCE ROSTER - CARPENTERS 2180, DEFIANCE,OH
CORRESPONDENCE - CARPENTERS 1825, BOWLING GREEN, OHIO
CORRESPONDENCE - CARPENTERS 2180, DEFIANCE, OHIO
BUSINESS AGENT REPORT - CARPENTERS 2180, DEFIANCE, OHIO
JOB REFERRALS - CARPENTERS 2180, DEFIANCE, OHIO
JOB REFERRALS - CARPENTERS 822, FINDLAY, OHIO
AGREEMENT - CARPENTERS 2180, DEFIANCE, OHIO
DAY BOOKS - CARPENTERS 1825, BOWLING GREEN, OHIO
DAY BOOKS - CARPENTERS LOCAL 2180, DEFIANCE, OHIO
DUES LEDGERS - CARPENTERS LOCAL 2180, DEFIANCE, OHIO
FINANCIAL LEDGERS - CARPENTERS 1825, BOWLING GREEN, OH
FINANCIAL REPORTS - CARPENTERS 1825, BOWLING GREEN, OH
TREASURER'S CASH BOOKS - CARPENTERS 2180, DEFIANCE, OH
TREASURER'S CASH BOOKS - CARPENTERS 822, FINDLAY, OHIO
ACCOUNTING STATEMENTS - CARPENTERS 1825, B. G, OHIO
ACCOUNTING LEDGER - CARPENTERS 1825, BOWLING GREEN,OHIO
BOND REPORTS - CARPENTERS 2180, DEFIANCE, OHIO
UNION PUBLICATIONS - CARPENTERS 2180, DEFIANCE,OHIO
NEWSPAPER CLIPPING - CARPENTERS 2180, DEFIANCE, OHIO
BALLOT REFERENDUMS - CARPENTERS 1825, BOWLING GREEN, OH
Box 1: Carpenters Local Union 1825, Bowling Green, OH
Box 2: Carpenters Local Union 2180, Defiance, OH
Box 3: Carpenters Local Union 2180, Defiance, OH
Box 4: Carpenters Local Union 822, Findlay, OH