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Labor Union Constitutions, By-Laws, Agreements and Other Records collection

Identifier: LAC0012

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the constitutions, by-laws and agreements of local union branches in the United States and Canada. The material dates from 1883-2009.


  • 1883-2009

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.


20.5 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



The collection is comprised of printed copies of various union constitutions and their by-laws, as well as contractual, wage and working condition agreements between unions and their employers, dating from 1883-1999. The majority of the unions represented are related to the railroad industry, including the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen, the Brotherhood of Railway and Steamship Clerks, Freight Handlers, Express and Station Employees, and the United Transportation Union. Also included are constitutions and agreements of the United Steelworkers of America, United Automobile, Aircraft and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW), the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, and a variety of other labor organizations.


Organized into 2 series: Labor Union Constitutions and By-Laws and Agreements

Physical Location

Materials are stored off-site, and will require additional retrieval time. Please contact the Special Collections Research Center for more information.

Guide to the Labor Union Constitutions, By-Laws and Agreements collection, 1883-1999
Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
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Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University Repository

2130 H Street NW
Washington 20052 United States of America