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Guide to the Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 953 Records,​ 1935-​1943

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Summary Information

Title: International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Local 953: Records

Inclusive Dates: 1935-1943

Creator: International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Local 953 (Eau Claire, Wis.)

Call Number: Eau Claire Mss AC

Quantity: 4.8 c.f. (12 archives boxes)

Repository: Housed at the Area Research Center, William D. McIntyre Library, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire; owned by the Wisconsin Historical Society, Library-Archives Division

Archival Locations: UW-Eau Claire McIntyre Library / Eau Claire Area Research Ctr.

Abstract: Correspondence, bills, receipts, and employment agreements of Local 953. Included is information on negotiations with the Northern States Power Company, relationships with the parent union and other locals, efforts to organize non-union workers, and other topics. The files are those of the Business Manager, Sherman (Shorty) Preston.

Language: English

Scope and Content Note

These records throw light on the everyday activities of Local 953. The scope ranges from the disciplining of members delinquent in their dues payments, to the seeking of advice from the national organization on what steps to take against recalcitrant employers. Information is present on the relationships the local and individual members, other IBEW locals, regional labor organizations, and the Wisconsin State Federation of Labor. The struggle with rival unions for dominance in particular spheres is evident as is the continual struggle to organize workers in non-union establishments such as the Rural Electrification Associations. The prominent figure is the business manager, Sherman (Shorty) H. Preston.

The bulk of the material is from the years 1939-1941. Most of the collection is correspondence but also present are bills, receipts, agreements, minutes of meetings, memoranda, and printed matter. The collection's alphabetical organization corresponds to the filing system used by Local 953.

Administrative/Restriction Information

Acquisition Information

Presented by Local 953, Eau Claire, Wis., May 1951.

Search Terms/Subject Terms

  • Northern States Power Company (Wisconsin)
  • Electricians—Labor unions—Wisconsin—Eau Claire
  • Preston, Sherman H.

Contents List

Box 1 American Federation of Labor, Washington, D.C.
Box 1 Agreements - St. Paul and Minneapolis
Box 1 A - Miscellaneous correspondence
Box 1 Arnold, L. G., Eau Claire, Wis.
Bills
Box 1 1939 Jan.-1941 April
Box 2 1941 May-Dec.
Box 2 Boyle, M. J., International Vice President of IBEW, Chicago, Ill., Correspondence, 1935-1941
Box 2 Brown, Edward J., Correspondence, 1939-1941 Note: Brown first was president of the State Conference; in 1940 he became president of IBEW.
Box 2 Boley, K. H., Electric, Eau Claire, Wis.
Bugniazet, G. M., International Secretary of the IBEW, Washington, D.C.
Box 2 Correspondence, 1939-1941
Box 3 Per Capita Taxation Lists and Correspondence
Box 3 Electrical Worker's Benefit Association Correspondence
Box 3 B - Miscellaneous correspondence, 1939-1941
Box 3 Chippewa Trades and Labor Council Correspondence
Box 3 Christoffersen, Henry, Attorney, Chippewa Falls, Wis.
Box 3 Committee: Attendance
Box 3 Committee: Nominating
Box 3 C - Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1939-1941
Box 3 Delegates to I.O. Convention, 1941
Box 3 Draft List
Box 3 D - Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1939-1941
Box 3 Eastern Minnesota Division Correspondence, 1939-1941
Box 3 Eau Claire Building and Trades Council
Box 4 Eau Claire Trades and Labor Council
Box 4 Eau Claire Transportation Co.
Box 4 E - Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1939-1941
Box 4 Eau Claire Book and Stationery Co.
Box 4 Farmers Equity Union, Wisconsin Division, Chippewa Falls, Wis.
Box 4 Friederick, Raymond, Chippewa Falls, Wis.
Box 4 F - Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1939-1941
Box 4 G - Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1939-1941
Box 4 H - Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1939-1941
Box 4 Hansen, Harold M., Muskegee, Oklahoma and Texas
Box 4 Hartzell, Robert Steward, Jim Falls, Wis
Box 4 Hurtley, Archie, Mondovi, Wis.
Box 4 Industrial Commission of Wisconsin
Box 5 Inside Wiremen Correspondence, 1937-1941
Box 5 Insurance
Box 5 Ingles, Andy
Box 5 Joint Utility Council
Box 5 J - Miscellaneous Correspondence
Box 5 Kelley Construction Co.
Box 5 K - Miscellaneous Correspondence
Box 5 Local Unions, Miscellaneous Correspondece with, 1938- 1941
Local 953
Box 6 General Correspondence
Box 6 Executive Board Minutes
Box 6 Miscellaneous
Box 6 Monthly Financial Reports
Box 6 Names and Addresses of Members
Box 6 Steward Letters
Box 6 By-laws
Box 6 Wage Reports
Box 6 Local B-23, IBEW, St. Paul, Minn.
Box 6 Local B-110, IBEW, St. Paul, Minn.
Box 6 Local 135, IBEW, La Crosse, Wis.
Box 6 Local B-160, IBEW, Minneapolis, Wis.
Box 7 Local 176, IBEW, Joliet, Ill.
Box 7 Local 292, IBEW, Minneapolis, Minn.
Box 7 Local 702, IBEW, Springfield, Ill.
Box 7 Local B-749, IBEW, La Crosse, Wis.
Box 7 Local 928, IBEW, Red Wing, Minn.
Box 7 Local B-949, IBEW, Austin, Minn.
Box 7 Local B-965, IBEW, Prairie du Sac, Wis.
Box 7 Long, Jean, Menomonie, Wis.
Box 7 L - Miscellaneous Correspondence
Box 7 Lufsky, William
Box 7 Meyers, L.E., Company
Box 7 Moving Pictures Operators
Box 7 M - Miscellaneous Correspondence
Box 7 Northern States Power Co., Chippewa Falls, Wis.
Box 7 Northern States Power Co., Eau Claire, Wis.
Northern States Power Co
Box 12 Agreements and Negotiations
Box 7 Sick Leave
Box 7 Newfoundland Correspondence
Box 7 N - Miscellaneous Correspondence
Box 7 National School and Equipment Co.
Box 8 O - Miscellaneous Correspondence
Box 8 Office Workers' Union, Eau Claire, Wis.
Box 8 O - Miscellaneous Correspondence
Preston, Sherman H., Local 953 Business Manager
Box 8 Correspondence, 1939-1941
Box 8 Reports
Box 8 Patrow, George, Chippewa Falls, Wis.
Box 8 Q - Miscellaneous Correspondence
Rural Electric Associations
Box 8 Correspondence and Allied Material
Box 9 Buffalo Electric Cooperative, Alma, Wis.
Box 9 Chippewa Valley R.E.A. Cooperative, Holcombe, Wis.
Box 9 Clark Electric Cooperative, Greenwood, Wis.
Box 9 Dunn County Electric Cooperative, Menomonie, Wis
Box 9 St. Croix Electric Cooperative, Baldwin, Wis.
Box 9 Research Dept., IBEW, Washington, D.C.
Box 9 Ramharter, George, Eau Claire, Wis.
Box 9 R - Miscellaneous Correspondence
Box 9 Sippy, Steve, Chippewa Falls, Wis.
Box 9 Social Security Statements
Box 9 State Conference, IBEW
Box 9 Stenehjam, L. C., Eau Claire, Wis.
Box 9 Stocks Electric Co., Eau Claire, Wis.
Box 9 S - Miscellaneous Correspondence
Box 9 Touchstone, Ivan
Box 9 Tracy, D. W., International President, IBEW, Washington, D.C., Correspondence
Box 9 T - Miscellaneous Correspondence
Box 9 Unemployed
Box 9 Union National Bank
Box 9 United Electric Service
Box 9 Urtubees, P. D.
Box 9 U - Miscellaneous Correspondence
Box 10 V - Miscellaneous Correspondence
Box 10 Winger, R. D., Chetek, Wis.
Box 10 Woodford, M. V.
Box 10 Wage and Hour Correspondence
Box 10 W - Miscellaneous Correspondence
Box 11 Wisconsin Hydro Electric Co., Amery, Wis., Correspondence and Allied Material
Box 11 Wisconsin Hydro Electric Co., continued
Box 11 Wisconsin Labor Relations Board, 1937
Box 11 Wisconsin State Federation of Labor
Box 11 Z - Miscellaneous Correspondence

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