Musical Mutual Protective Union Minutes
Language of Materials
Scope and Contents
The MMPU, established in 1863, was the first organization that could be classified as a trade union for musicians. This collection documents the nineteenth-century activities of New York City's organized musicians. Musicians organized for better wages and working conditions, supported each other's welfare, and attempted to regulate their employment in a constantly fluctuating job market. The collection contains two volumes each of Executive Committee/Board of Directors minutes, 1863-1878, and Regular Meetings minutes, 1867-1905. Also included are a book of minutes and accounts for the Pension Fund, 1900-1901, a finance ledger, 1870-1910, a few pocket-sized membership directories (1877, 1883, 1885, 1886, 1899, and 1904), and some constitutions and by-laws.
The MMPU Minutes and ledger, 1863-1910 are also available on microfilm at the library (R-7437). Researchers should use microfilm for these items.
Conditions Governing Access
Materials are open without restrictions.
Conditions Governing Use
The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Archives has no information about copyright ownership for this collection and is not authorized to grant permission to publish or reproduce materials from it. Materials in this collection are expected to enter the public domain in 120 years after the date of creation.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The provenance of this collection is unknown. The accession number associated with this collection is 1950.048.
Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
Due to the fragile nature of the original materials, researchers must use the microfilmed version; microfilm call number is R-7437.