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Women's Auxiliary #2 - Carpenters (Toledo, Ohio) - MS 149

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


The records of the Women's Auxiliary #2 of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America date from 1902 to 1977. The history of the contribution of the wives, mothers, sisters, and daughters of members of the carpenters' union is reflected in this collection which consists of one and one-half linear feet of minutes, dues, registers, scrapbooks, membership lists, constitutions, and the original charter of the auxiliary.

The records of the Women's Auxiliary #2 were donated to the Center for Archival Collections in August 1980 through the cooperation of David Gray of the Ohio Labor History Project and Paul Yon, Associate Director of the Center for Archival Collections, Bowling Green State University. An addition to the collection was made in November 1997 by Mr. Ron Rothenbuhler, Business Representative of Carpenters 1138 in cooperation with Kristin Dusseau, graduate assistant in the archives in 1997. Literary and property rights have been dedicated to the public and duplication is permitted for the purposes of preservation and scholarly research. The register was prepared by Jill Morse, a graduate assistant, in October 1980, and updated by Kristin Dusseau.

Agency History

The purpose of the Women's Auxiliary #2 of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America was, according to the constitution, "to help, aid, and assist in the carpenter industry, to elevate the social, moral, and intellectual conditions of men in the trade..." To be eligible for membership, one must be a wife, mother, sister, or daughter of a member in good standing in the carpenters union.

Auxiliary #2 was chartered in 1915, though it had been in operation since 1902. The members took great pride in marching in the Labor Day Parade of 1913 and in subsequent parades. Over the years, the Auxiliary members have given assistance to striking workers, helped with Red Cross work, taken care of needy families, planned social events for the carpenters and been involved in a variety of philanthropic projects. During the 1960s, the women were encouraged to attend the regular union meetings of the carpenters; thus making the union and its affairs even more of a family affair.

Although the Women's Auxiliary #2 has disbanded, the spirit of their dedication and work lives on. Currently, information on their records can be found with Carpenters Local 1138 (MS 147).

Scope and Content

The minutes of the Women's Auxiliary #2 stretch from 1913 until 1977. The collection contains only one folder of correspondence as some records were lost during the 1930s. The collection also includes a scrapbook, dues registers, membership applications, and pamphlets. Though there is a complete run of minutes, the information contained is of an abbreviate nature; thus the lack of correspondence will be a drawback to the researcher.

Although the Women's Auxiliary received some communication from the Toledo Central Labor Union regarding major issues within the carpenters' union, the Auxiliary's main concerns were those of a social and philanthropic nature. The collection, however, may have some value for the labor historian or the women's studies researcher as this particular women's auxiliary was the first of its kind in the nation. In addition, the records of Carpenters' Local 1138 (MS 147), with which Auxiliary #2 was connected, are available at the Center for Archival Collections .

Series Description


June 1913-December 1974
Arranged chronologically
Contains a record of members absent, motions, discussion, signature of secretary, financial reports, resolutions for deceased members, and record of receipts and expenditures.

Roster of early member in attendance for monthly meetings. Includes a series of advertisements for local businesses.


Arranged chronologically
Correspondence to and from Carpenter's Local 1138 (MS 147), correspondence to and from General Secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters, and thank you notes to the women.


This record consists of the original charter granted to the Women's Auxiliary #2 by the national chapter of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America.


1952, 1960, 1977.
Arranged chronologically
Contains a record of receipts, disbursements, and balances.

1909-1921, 1929-1944.
Arranged chronologically--one volume contains expense account records for 1929-1939.
Contains a record of members name, date of birth, date of initiation, address, and record of dues paid.


Contains thank-you notes, news clippings, and photographs of the Labor Day Parade and various social functions.


Arranged chronologically
Records contain the union's constitutions (1915, 1957, 1967), procedural ritual (1927, 1967), and yearbooks (1963, 1968, 1970). Yearbooks contain lists of officers and committee members and their addresses.

Contains applicant's name, address, date of birth, applicant's husband's name, his local, and his state of health.


Box 1

  1. Minutes, June 1913-December 1921
  2. Minutes, January 1922-April 1928
  3. Minutes, April 1928-February 1930
  4. Minutes, March 1930-June 1934
  5. Minutes, July 1934-April 1938
  6. Minutes, April 1938-January 1943

Box 2

  1. Minutes, March 1943-June 1948
  2. Minutes, July 1948-July 1956
  3. Minutes, November 1957-June 1965
  4. Minutes, June 1965-December 1974
  5. Correspondence, 1953-1972
  6. Notes--history of organization, n.d.
  7. Applications--membership, 1921
  8. Audit reports, 1952, 1960, 1977
  9. Constitutions, 1915, 1957, 1967
  10. Ritual pamphlets, 1927, 1967
  11. Yearbooks, 1963, 1968, 1970

Box 3

  1. Dues register, 1909-1921
  2. Dues register and expense account, 1929-1939
  3. Dues register, 1931-1944
  4. Scrapbook, 1913-1972

Box 4 (Oversized)

  1. Membership Roster, 1902
  2. Original charter, 1915

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