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International Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers Local #160 (Capitol Division) records

 Collection
Identifier: IBT0089

Scope and Contents

This collection contains financial documents, meeting minutes, correspondence, election ballets/documents, original charters, divison presses, books, booklets/brochures, and information on imsurance plans for memebers. The materials date from 1873-1989. Noted record keepers are Treasurers and Secretaries Kenneth Briers and Thomas Cox. These records are the result of 100 years of division activities such as meetings, paying dues, and elections.

Dates

  • Majority of material found within 1873-1989

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical / Historical

The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, initially named the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, was founded in 1863 to protect the rights of locomotive engineers after three decades of abominable working conditions. It is the oldest transportation labor organization in North America having celebrated its 150th anniversary in May 2013. In 2004, the BLET merged with International Brotherhood of Teamsters and officially changed their name to the Brotherhood of the Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen.

Division 160 of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers was located in Washington D.C. From 1873 to 1989 they kept thorough documents on meetings through writing detailed meetings in minute journals and registered members.

Extent

14.75 Linear Feet

Overview

These records contain the history of The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers Local #160, North America's oldest rail labor union, before they merged with the Teamsters in 2004. Founded in 1863 and initially named the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. It is the oldest transportation labor organization in North America having celebrated its 150th anniversary in May 2013. The records include financial documents, meeting minutes, and memorabilia dating from 1873 to 1989.

Arrangement

This collection has been organized into 5 Series: Financial Documents, Organization Documents, Organization Election Documents, Legal Documents, and Memorabilia.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Kenneth Briers, 2018 [2018.017].
Title
Guide to the International Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers Local #160 (Capitol Division) records, 1873-1989
Status
Completed
Author
Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
Date
2018
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding Aid Written In English

Repository Details

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

Contact:
2130 H Street NW
Washington 20052 United States of America