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District 12, United Mine Workers of America, 1900, 1919-29

 File — Box: 13, Folder: 6

Scope and Content

From the Collection: The Wieck Collection contains many original documents relating to the early attempts to unionize the coal mining industry. Among these papers are circulars, membership lists and letters of the Knights of Labor and the Progressive Miners of America. The bulk of the collection, including clippings, interviews, correspondence and proceedings, is concerned with the coal mining industry and the history of the miners' unions. Items relating to T. L. Lewis, John Mitchell and John L. Lewis make up part of this mining material. In addition to the coal mining material, there are items on union activity in the automobile, steel and other industries. There is also extensive material on government agencies in the labor field.

Important correspondents in the collection:

Louis Brandeis James B. Carey Samuel Gompers Max Lerner John L. Lewis T. L. Lewis Robert M. Lovett H. L. Mencken Theodore Roosevelt Oswald Garrison Villard

Important subjects in the collection:

Automobile industry workers--Michigan Coal mines and mining--Safety measures Coal mines and mining--United States Knights of Labor Progressive Miners of America Russell Sage Foundation Steel Workers Organizing Committee United Mine Workers of America

Series Description Part 1 Series I, Original Union Documents, Boxes 1-3: Handbills, correspondence, proceedings, etc. relating to the early history of miners' unions and the Knights of Labor collected and cataloged by Mr. Wieck. Also included are minutes of the UMWA executive board and Dodge Main plant Work Council.

Series II, Reports and Articles by Edward Wieck, Boxes 4-6 Published works by Wieck and reports prepared for the Russell Sage Foundation. Files are arranged alphabetically by title.

Series III, Office File, Boxes 7-9 A wide variety of material, including correspondence, AFL and CIO convention reports and reports covering labor conditions in various industries and governmental activities in t he labor field. Files are arranged alphabetically.

Series IV, Auto Industry/UAW and Steel Industry/Steel Workers Union, Box 10: Correspondence, interviews, minutes, reports, etc., including extensive material on the sit-down strikes of 1937 as well as notes on the Steel Workers Organizing Committee and steel production. Files are arranged alphabetically by subject or correspondent.

Series V, Mining, Boxes 11-18: Correspondence, clippings, reports, notes, interviews, etc. on coal mining and coal miners' unions, including UMWA convention material and histories of the miners' unions. Files are arranged alphabetically by subject or correspondent.

Part 2

Box 19 Correspondence from Edward Wieck to his son, David Thoreau Wieck, 1943-46


  • 1886 - 1953

Language of Materials

From the Collection: Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


From the Collection: 9 Linear Feet (19 MB, 1 OS folder)


Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA