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Sandusky, Ohio Labor Council (Sandusky, Ohio) - MS 29

Introduction | Agency History | Scope and Content | Series Description | Inventory

 Introduction

The Sandusky Ohio Labor Council records were transferred to the Center for Archival Collections in June 1977 by Paul D. Yon, Associate Director of the Center for Archival Collections and Stephen P. Gietschier, Co-Director of the Ohio Labor History Project with the cooperation of Stanley Bennett, President of the Sandusky Ohio Labor Council.

The collection is small, measuring approximately two-thirds linear foot and covering the years 1951 through 1964, and mainly documents the annual Labor Day Rally held in Sandusky and correspondence of the Council.

Literary and property rights have been dedicated to the public and duplication is permitted for the purposes of preservation and scholarly research. The collection was processed by Joanne Passet, a graduate student employed by the Ohio Labor History Project.

 Agency History

Information on the history and development of the Sandusky Ohio Labor Council currently is not available. The Council's office is located at 1205 West Perkins Avenue, Sandusky, Ohio, 44870. Mr. Stanley Bennett was the President and J. P. Jackman was the Financial Secretary of the Council at the time this finding aid was prepared.

 Scope and Content

The Sandusky Ohio Labor Council collection documents only a few aspects of union activities during the years 1951 through 1964. The bulk of the records deal with the Labor Day Rally held annually in Sandusky. These records include the minutes (1952- 1959), correspondence (1951-1959), and financial statements (1953-1961) of the Labor Day Rally Committee, delegates credentials (1959), entertainment contracts (1953, 1955-1959), and news clippings (1952, 1953, 1956, n.d.).

Another record series is the correspondence of the Sandusky Ohio Labor Council (1956-1964) which includes correspondence with Sandusky City officials, congressional representatives, other unions, state and national AFL-CIO offices. Financial ledgers (1955-1959) provide insight into per capita dues of member unions and receipts and expenditures of the Council.

A very small set of handwritten minutes (May-October 1960) document the activities of the Council's Committee on Political Education (COPE) which mainly provided endorsements of political candidates.

 Series Description

PROCEEDINGS

MINUTES, COMMITTEE ON POLITICAL EDUCATION
May 1960-October 1960
Arranged chronologically
Includes information on members attending, candidates heard and endorsed, constitutional changes.

MINUTES, LABOR DAY RALLY COMMITTEE
1952-August 1959
Arranged chronologically
Includes list of officers and delegates; committee reports on arranging location, entertainment, speakers, ticket sales; treasurer's reports, bills approved. Series contains one stenographer's notebook with minutes of the Committee and also minutes of Local 701.

CONSTITUTION, ERIE AND HURON COUNTIES AFL-CIO COMMITTEE ON POLITICAL EDUCATION
n.d.
Includes articles establishing membership, responsibilities, organization and rules of the Committee.

CORRESPONDENCE

CORRESPONDENCE, LABOR DAY RALLY COMMITTEE
November 1951-September 1961
Arranged by incoming and outgoing mail and chronologically within those categories
Includes information on obtaining location, speakers, and entertainment for the Rally, progress of ticket sales, and letters from various locals. Includes correspondence from William Green and George Meany, presidents of AFL-CIO.

CORRESPONDENCE, SANDUSKY OHIO LABOR COUNCIL
May 1956-November 1964
Arranged by incoming and outgoing mail and chronologically within those categories
Includes correspondence with city officials, other unions, state and national AFL-CIO offices, congressional representatives.

SUBJECT FILES (All dealing with Labor Day Rally)

DELEGATE CREDENTIALS, LABOR DAY RALLY COMMITTEE
1959
Arranged chronologically
Includes date, name and address and local of delegate, signatures of President, Secretary, and delegate.

DIRECTORY OF LOCALS AND COUNCILS
1952
No arrangement.
Listing of those locals and councils invited to Labor Day Rally. Includes local name and number, name and address of president.

ENTERTAINMENT CONTRACTS
1953, 1955-1959
Includes name of entertainer, place and date of employment, price, date and signatures.

NEWSCLIPPINGS
1952, 1953, 1956, n.d.
Arranged chronologically
Includes articles announcing Labor Day Rally and events to take place.

FINANCIAL DOCUMENTS

FINANCIAL STATEMENTS, LABOR DAY RALLY COMMITTEE
1953-1961
Arranged chronologically
Includes itemized listing of income and expenditures for the Rally.

FINANCIAL LEDGER, SANDUSKY OHIO LABOR COUNCIL
1955-1959
Arranged chronologically
Includes itemized listing of receipts and expenditures of the Council, per capita dues, yearbook and card file record expenditures.

AUDIT REPORTS
February 1958, February 1959
Arranged chronologically
Includes summary of income, expenditures and balances for fiscal year 1957 and 1958.

 Inventory

Box 1

Folders
  1. Labor Day Rally Committee Minutes (1952-1953), February 1954-September 1956
  2. Labor Day Rally Committee Minutes--stenographer's notebook, November 1956-August 1958
  3. Labor Day Rally Committee Minutes, February 1957-August 1959
  4. Labor Day Rally Committee--outgoing correspondence, May 1952-August 1956, February 1957, February, June 1959, n.d.
  5. Labor Day Rally Committee--incoming correspondence, November 1951-September 1953, (1953) (scattered)
  6. Labor Day Rally Committee--incoming correspondence, April 1954-June 1959, September 1961 (scattered)
  7. Labor Day Rally Committee--financial statements, 1953-1961
  8. Labor Day Rally Committee--locals and councils invited to Rally, 1952
  9. Labor Day Rally Committee--entertainment contracts, 1953, 1955-1959
  10. Labor Day Rally Committee--delegates credentials, 1959
  11. Labor Day Rally Committee--news clippings, 1952, 1953, 1956, n.d.

Box 2

Folders
  1. Committee on Political Education--minutes, May-October 1960
  2. Erie and Huron County AFL-CIO Committee on Political Education-- Constitution, n.d.
  3. Sandusky Ohio Labor Council--outgoing correspondence, May, August 1956-December 1963, n.d. (scattered)
  4. Sandusky Ohio Labor Council--incoming correspondence, January 1957-December 1962 (scattered)
  5. Sandusky Ohio Labor Council--incoming correspondence, February 1963-November 1964, n.d.
  6. Sandusky Ohio Labor Council--financial ledger, February 1955- February 1957
  7. Sandusky Ohio Labor Council--financial ledger, January 1957- December 1959
  8. Sandusky Ohio Labor Council--audit reports, February 1958 (for fiscal year 1957), February 1959 (for fiscal year 1958)

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