United Paperworkers International Union (UPIU), Local 209, Local 110, and Local 21 records Edit


Finding Aid Author
Diana Menhennick
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Finding Aid Note


  • 1916 - 2009 (Creation)


  • 1 Cubic Feet (Whole)


  • Preferred Citation Note

    [Identification of item], in the United Paperworkers International Union (UPIU), Locals 209, 110, and 21 records, MSS-094, Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives, Northern Michigan University.

  • Conditions Governing Access note

    No restrictions. Open for research.

  • Separated Materials

    The four DVDs have been separted from the collection and are in location 3-2-1.

  • Arrangement Note

    This collection is arranged into twelve series: bylaws, contracts, meeting minutes, correspondence, legal files, elections, reports, publications, newsletters, programs, audio-visual, and membership. All series are arranged alphabetically except for the correspondence and membership records, which are arranged chronologically.

  • Scope and Contents Note

    This collection provides extensive documentation on the management of an active labor union in the southern Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The collection consists of correspondence, contract records, meeting minutes, reports, financial records, and publications dated from 1916 to 2009. Of particular note are the verbatim minutes for contract negotiations in 1986 and 1989. The collection also contains a complete set of regular monthly meetings of the membership, 1977-1982. Also included in this collection are Trades and Labor Council Constitution and By-Laws from 1916 and 1963. The collection also contains copies of Labor Agreements for Locals 21, 110, and 209. Correspondence tends to focus on internal memoranda related to work procedures and policies. Included in this collection are four dvds. The lack of any financial information and incomplete record of meeting minutes are the collection's primary weaknesses.

  • Historical Note

    The United Paper Workers International Union (UPIU) represents over 250,000 men and women in the wood products industry in the United States and Canada. Prior to 1937, the International Brotherhood of Papermakers and the International Brotherhood of Pulp, Sulphite, and Paper Mill Workers represented labor in the paper industry. In 1937, the Congress of Industrial Organizations established United Paper Workers of America. The union of the American Federation of Labor and the CIO in 1957 resulted in the formation of the United Pulp and Paper workers (UPP). In 1972, the UPP merged with sulphite workers to form the UPIU.

    UPIU locals 21, 110 and 209 are located in Escanaba, Michigan, at the Mead, Inc., paper plant.

  • Conditions Governing Use note

    Permission to publish material from the United Paperworkers International Union (UPIU), MSS-094, must be obtained from the University Archivist. The University Archivist may be reached by phone at 906-227-1225, or e-mail, The University Archivist may also be reached in Room 126 of the Learning Resource Center, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI.


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