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Joseph Smith Papers

 Collection — Box: Small Processed Collections: S-T, Box 13, Folder: 9
Identifier: LP000854

Scope and Content

The papers of Mr. Smith consist primarily of correspondence and miscellaneous documents relating to his work as a union official with District 24 of the UMWA, Bay City, Michigan.

Contents: A.F.L. Convention, [c.1911-1912]; Roll Call Correspondence; 1908-1912, 1932 UMWA; Auditor's report, 1st qtr., 1911 UMWA; Constitution, 1932 UMWA; Delegate credential form, 1909 UMWA District 24; Financial report, 1910 UMWA; President's reports, 1912, 1932 UMWA; Work report, 1910 Wenona Sick, Death and Accident Society, Bayside, Mich., Rules and By-Laws [n.d.] Wolverine Coal Co. vs A. Andrewjeski; Compensation claim [1913]


  • 1908 - 1932


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials.


Joseph Smith was born in Saddleworth, England in 1870. He came to America and settled first in Maryland, but later became a resident of Bay City, Michigan and for the forty years he lived there played a leading role in the Michigan labor movement. He served several terms as president of District 24 of the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA), was a delegate from the Michigan State Federation of Labor to several American Federation of Labor conventions, and at the time of his death was a member of the state executive board of the CIO. He died in August, 1940.


.25 Linear Feet (1 folder)


Joseph Smith played a leading role in the Michigan labor movement, serving several terms as president of the United Mine Workers District 24, and being active in the Michigan Federation of Labor and the state Congress of Industrial Organizations executive board. His papers relate primarily to his activities with the UMWA in Bay City, Michigan.


Material arranged in 1 folder.


The papers of Joseph Smith were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in October of 1977 by the estate of Joseph Smith and were opened for research in August of 1987.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in August, 1987.
Guide to the Joseph Smith Papers
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
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Repository Details

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