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Collections - MF 038 Maine State Federated Labor Council Collection

Number of Interviews: 24
Dates when interviews were conducted: 1969-1974
Time period covered: early-to-mid twentieth century
Principal interviewers: multiple, see individual accessions
Finding Aides: indexes and transcripts
Access Restrictions: No releases.  Copyright retained by interviewee and interviewer and/or their heirs.

Description: A collection of twenty-four accessions featuring interviews conducted between 1969-1973 under the auspices of the Maine State Federated Labor Council. Topics range widely over the spectrum of organized labor issues in Maine, but seem to deal primarily with unions, union organizing, and elections. Interviewees include top ranking union officials as well as lobstermen, longshoremen, bricklayers, quarry workers, textile and paper millworkers, sulphite workers, iron workers, shipbuilders, railroad workers, typesetters, building trade workers, electricians, garment workers, and shoe makers. Also represented are union organizers, labor historians, and publishers of labor periodicals such as “Labor News.” A card index of personal names, place names, topics, unions, and company names for this collection is available in the Archives.

574 Maine State Federated Labor Council. Spring 1969. Maine: Waterville. 18 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ trans. Interview with George Jabar, former CIO president, about organizing unions in Maine between 1937 and 1941, the first general strike and riot in Waterville, picketing laws, check-off provisions, national conventions, also remarks about Ben Dorsky, Jean D’Avagnon, and James George. Interviewer: Charles O’Leary. T298

584 Maine State Federated Labor Council. July 1969. Maine: Waterville. 27 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ brief cat. & trans. Interview with Benjamin J. Dorsky, President of the Maine State Federated Labor Council since 1937, about his career in organized labor in Maine. Interviewer: Charles O’Leary. T328

585 Maine State Federated Labor Council. Feb. 1971. Maine: Bangor. 14 pp. Tape: 1/2 hr. w/ brief cat. & trans. Interview with Harold Noddin, Secretary-Treasurer of the Maine State Federated Labor Council, on the history of organized labor in Maine; also the 1962 convention that elected Benjamin Dorsky president and the campaign leading to his election. Interviewer: Charles O’Leary. T328

600 Maine State Federated Labor Council. 1971. Maine: Bangor, Livermore Falls. 52 pp. Tape: 1 1/2 hrs. w/ brief cat. & trans. Interviews on labor history: 1.) Unidentified respondent; 2.)  Wilfred D. Gagnon, a Vice-President of International Brotherhood of Pulp, Sulphite, and Paper Mill Workers. Interviewer: Charles O’Leary. T337

667 Maine State Federated Labor Council. Dec. 1971 & Jan. 1972. Maine: Bangor, Bucksport. 68 pp. Tape: 2 hrs. w/ brief cat. & trans. Interview with Prof. Edward Holmes on organizing lobsterman’s co-operatives on Maine coast in 1930’s; interview with Harold Noddin on union organization in pulp and paper industry; interview with Frank Dunbar on his experiences organizing pulp and sulfite workers and longshoremen in Maine, especially in Bucksport. Interviewer: Bill Griffith. T367

668 Maine State Federated Labor Council. Feb. 1972. Maine: Bangor. 68 pp. Tape: 2 hrs. w/ brief cat. & trans. Interview with Bob Ewer about labor organization history of the railroad; interview with Ted Kimble about labor history of bricklayers. Interviewer: Bill Griffith. T368

671 Maine State Federated Labor Council. Feb., Mar., May, 1972. Maine: Waterville, Bangor. 140 pp. Tape: 4 hrs. w/ brief cat. & trans. Interview with Floyd Craig of Denver, Colorado on the early history of Labor News; an unidentified conference with several men; interview with Benjamin Dorsky and Arthur Lebel; interview with George Jabar. Interviewer: John Hanson. T373 -  T374

672 Maine State Federated Labor Council. March 1972. Maine: Woodland. 38 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ brief cat. & trans. Interview with Joseph White on early labor movement in paper mills in Woodland. Interviewers: Charles O’Leary, John Hanson, Harold Noddin. T375

682 Maine State Federated Labor Council. April 1972.Maine: Old Orchard Beach. 43 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ trans. Interview with Mike Schoonjons about human rights for workers and the difficulties in establishing unions in Maine. Interviewer: Bill Griffith. T392

683 Maine State Federated labor Council. March 1972. 39 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ brief cat. & trans. Interview with C. Arnold Brown of the Paper Makers’ Union about his fight for safety in working conditions and difficulties in organizing the workers; also speaks on the split between the AFL and CIO. Interviewer: Charles O’Leary. T393

685 Maine State Federated Labor Council. April 1972. Maine: Bangor. 34 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ trans. Interview with John Wheeler about his experiences in different unions over the years. Interviewers: Ben Dorsky, Jay McCloskey, Charles O’Leary. T395

687 Maine State Federated Labor Council. April 1972. Maine: Bangor. 91 pp. Tape: 2 1/2 hrs. w/ brief cat. & trans. Interview with Benjamin J. Dorsky about the early history of labor unions in Maine and the difficulties they encountered within and without. Interviewers: Charles O’Leary and Jay McCloskey. T397

688 Maine State Federated Labor Council. May 1972. Maine: Hampden. 42 pp. Tape: 1 1/2 hrs. w/ brief cat. & trans. Interview with Percy Flanders about working conditions before and after the union; how elections were conducted in the union; the art of stone laying. Interviewers: Jay McCloskey and Chris Lavin. T398

689 Maine State Federated labor Council. May 1972. Maine: Oquossoc, Bath. 76 pp. Tape: 2 hrs. w/ brief cat. & trans. Interview with Al Page about attitudes of Maine people towards unions, problems of organization, merger of AFL and CIO; interview with workers at Bath Iron Works about the beginnings of the union there, their work on famous yachts, the work during the war, individual experiences. Interviewers: Jay McCloskey and Chris Lavin. T399 – T400

691 Maine State Federated Labor Council. May 1972. Maine: Bangor. 19 pp. Tape: 1/2 hr. w/ brief cat. & trans. Interview with Fred Parent about the organizing of the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad workers; absence of strikes; procedures in grievance cases; connections with state legislature. Interviewer: Jay McCloskey. T404

694 Maine State Federated Labor Council. June 1972. Maine: Bangor. 23 pp. Tape: 3/4 hr. w/ brief cat. & trans. Interview with Bob Toole about his work as a typographer; Maine people’s attitudes toward the labor movement and lack of knowledge about unions. Interviewer: Jay McCloskey. T408

696 Maine State Federated Labor Council. July 1972. Maine: Augusta. 35 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ brief cat. & trans. Interview with Carl Russell about unions in the building trades; minority groups in the building trades; safety and wage improvements. Interviewers: Jay McCloskey and Ken Morgan. T411

703 Maine State Federated Labor Council. July 1972. Maine: Portland, Rockport. 69 pp. Tape: 2 hrs. w/ brief cat. & trans. Interview with Ed Boulos about the organizing of an electrical union and related trades; interview with Joe Maloney of bricklayers union; interview with Edith Wall of Amalgamated Clothing Workers. Interviewer: Ken Morgan. T426 – T427

709 Maine State Federated Labor Council. July 1972. Maine: South Port land. 34 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ brief cat. & trans. Interview with Phil Place of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Interviewer: Ken Morgan. T433 – T434

711 Maine State Federated Labor Council. August 1972. Maine: Millinocket. 71 pp. Tape: 2 hrs. w/ brief cat. & trans. Interviews with Bill MacLeod and Adelaide Bilodeau about organizing labor in the State of Maine and at Great Northern Paper Company. Interviewers: Ken Morgan and Jay McCloskey. T450 – T451

712 Maine State Federated Labor Council. Sept. 1972. Maine: Biddeford, Bangor, Sanford. 141 pp. Tape: 3 hrs. w/ trans. Interview with Arthur Lebell of the Maine State Federated Labor Council; interview with Herman Ackroyd of the United Textile Workers at Sanford; interview with Alexander Anastosoff of the TWUA at Biddeford. Interviewers: Jay McCloskey, Ken Morgan, and Mark Jacobs. T452 – T455

728 Maine State Federated Labor Council. Sept.-Dec. 1972. Maine: Millinocket, Auburn, Hallowell, Lisbon, Bath, Rumford; N. H.: Lancaster. 269 pp. Tape: 9 hrs. w/ trans. Series of interviews concerning the labor history of the State of Maine. Interviewees: Cecil Crawford, Quarry-workers’ International Union, the United Mine Workers, and the International Brotherhood of Pulp, Sulphite and Paper Mill Workers; Thomas Simpson of the International Brotherhood of Paper Makers; Mark Burke of the Lewiston-Auburn Shoe Workers’ Protective Assn; Stuart Gould of the United Textile Workers; George Young, worker at Bath Iron Works; Herman Combs, National representative of Industrial Brotherhood of Marine and Shipbuilding Workers of America; George Worthley of the Paper Makers. Interviewers: Ken Morgan and Mark Jacobs. T545 – T553

779 Maine State Federated Labor Council. August 1973. Maine: Mercer, Lisbon Falls, Waterville. 13 pp. Tape: 2 1/2 hrs. w/ brief cat. Interviews with Leslie King, Kendall Merriam, Denis Blais, Bryant Hopkins about organized labor in Maine. Interviewer: Richard Davies. T651 – T654

980 Madigan, Kevin. Summer 1974. Maine: Brewer. 6 pp. Tape: 1 hr. w/ brief cat. Interview with Ken Wormell about union activities, strikes, walkouts, relations between carpenters and other building trades, State Labor Council, featherbedding, negotiating. T980


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