Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives Printed Ephemera Collection on the International Typographical Union
Language of Materials
The Printed Ephemera Collection on the International Typographical Union is an artificial collection, collected and assembled by the staff of the Tamiment Library over the course of several decades. The files contain agreements, contracts and constitutions, as well as printed ephemera such as fliers, leaflets, newspaper clippings, pamphlets and other publications.
The Tamiment Library, New York University, a special collection documenting the history of United States radicalism, labor, and progressive social action, accumulated this artificial collection of printed ephemera gradually over the years through purchases, donations, standing orders with publishers, trade unions and other organizations, and through exchanges with other special library collections via the Collectors' Network, which was organized by Russell Benedict at the University of Nevada in the 1970s and promoted through his newsletter Top Secret. Ongoing collecting by staff is another significant means for acquiring printed ephemera for the collection.
The Library's Trade Union Printed Ephemera Files include material generated by federations and national, regional and local bodies, as well as departments and divisions of trade unions. While a small portion of the material is international in scope or associated with other regions of the United States, the majority of the collection relates to the New York metropolitan area.
Files are arranged alphabetically with locals and sections after the alphabetical run. Local 6 New York, NY is arranged as a separate series from the main union papers.
Organized into two series: I. International Typographical Union II. Local 6 New York, NY
Scope and Content Note
The Printed Ephemera Collection on the International Typographical Union consists of constitutions, contracts, agreements, by-laws, memoranda, reports, and printed ephemera such as clippings, flyers, broadsides, leaflets, catalogs, press releases, programs, and pamphlets generated by the national, regional and local bodies, as well as departments and divisions of the union.
One folder added to the collection in 2017 includes newsletters from the International Typographical Union, Women's International Auxiliary.
Conditions Governing Access
Materials are open without restrictions.
Conditions Governing Use
Because of the assembled nature of this collection, copyright status varies across the collection. Copyright is assumed to be held by the original creator of individual items in the collection; these items are expected to pass into the public domain 120 years after their creation. Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Archives is not authorized to grant permission to publish or reproduce materials from this collection.
Published citations should take the following form: Identification of item; date; Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives; Printed Ephemera Collection on the International Typographical Union; PE 004; box number; folder number; Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012, New York University Libraries.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The provenance of the materials is varied. Items were obtained through purchases, donations, standing orders with publishers, arrangements with labor unions and other organizations, exchanges with other libraries, and through ongoing collecting by Tamiment staff. There is no accession number associated with these materails.
In 2014 the Spencer Research Library at University of Kansas sent one folder of International Typographical Union and Women's International Auxilary newsletters. The accession number associated with this gift is 2014.155.
About this Guide
Processing decisions made prior to 2017 have not been recorded. In 2017, a folder of International Typographical Union - Women's International Auxilary newsletters were add to Series I: International Typographical Union and incorporated.