Great Lakes Labor Documents Collection

Identifier: GLMS-0128

Collection Overview

Scope and Contents

The first portion of this collection consists mainly of agreements between maritime labor unions and steel production and shipping companies spanning 1914-1983, with most falling in the 1960s-1970s. Many large companies including Inland Steel, U.S. Steel, Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Company, and American Shipbuilding Company are represented. Major unions featured include the National Maritime Union, Seafarer's International Union, Licensed Tugmen's Protective Association, and the United Steel Workers of America and their Great Lakes Local 5000.

The other segment of the collections is made up of runs of union newspapers, mainly from the 1960s, although a few issues from the 1940s and one from 1939 are also present. Titles included are The Pilot, The Seafarer's Log, and The Great Lakes Seafarer.


  • 1914-1983


2.71 Cubic Feet (3 letter manuscript boxes, 3 legal manuscript boxes, and 1 half legal manuscript box)


Conditions Governing Access

No known access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers using this collection assume full responsibility for conforming to the laws of libel, privacy, and copyright, and are responsible for securing permissions necessary for publication or reproduction.

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Related Materials

For further records of the Great Lakes Local 5000, see United Steel Workers, Great Lakes Seamen Local 5000 Records.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Archivist Mark Sprang in March 2022.

Guide to the Great Lakes Labor Documents Collection
Mark Sprang
March 2022
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