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American Federation of Musicians, Local #11 records, 1871-1960

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American Federation of Musicians, Local #11 records




University of Kentucky Special CollectionsLexington, Kentucky 40506


Organized: Correspondence; Letterbooks (bound), 1892-1911; Contracts, 1901-1955; Minute books (bound), 1890-1946; Board of Director minute books (bound), 1900-1919; Miscellaneous books (bound), 1890-1920; Daybooks, 1907-1958; Dues ledgers, 1907-1914; Miscellaneous Materials. All are arranged chronologically except: Miscellaneous Materials is unarranged and two organizational units ( Correspondence and Contract) are divided thereunder by incident and place of performance respectively.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], American Federation of Musicians, Local #11 records, 1871-1960, 1M61M97, Special Collections, University of Kentucky.


9.2 cubic ft.


Union The Musicians' Mutual Protective Society was formed on May 16, 1890, and has been in continued existence since that time. At the time of the organization, the Musicians' Protective Union #1 of Louisville, Kentucky, had 24 members. On November 20, 1890, it was admitted to the National League of Musicians of the United States as Local #29.The organization was not a member of the American Federation of Labor and some of its members were not interested in cooperation with the laboring classes on the local level. The American Federation of Musicians was organized in 1896, and local #29 refused to join it, ostensibly because of the A.F.of M.'s cooperation with the laboring classes on the local level.

A group of Louisville musicians received a charter as Local #11, on February 11, 1897. Under the guidance of the Central Labor Union of Louisville and the national president of the A.F. of M., the two unions were able to resolve their differences and form an amalgamated union. Thus, the American Federation of Musicians Local #11 was formed in April 1897 by the amalgamation of an earlier local and Local # 29 of the National League of Musicians.

Scope and Content

The records of this local union consist of minute books, dues ledgers, letter books, day books, theater tax receipt books, and financial records (all bound), plus correspondence, contracts, and miscellaneous materials. Subjects of special interest include: Information of the organization and development of the Louisville Symphony; The theater strike of 1916-1918 which stimulated the development of the Theatrical Trades Federation; Relations between Local # 11 and the negro musicians union, Local 637 (organized in 1928); Relief given to the union in the 1937 flood; and charitable activities of the union. The impact of "technological unemployment," which musicians experienced with the appearance of motion pictures, phonographs, and radio, is also revealed.


  • Labor contract--Kentucky--Louisville.
  • Strikes and lockouts--Kentucky--Louisville.
  • Symphony orchestras--Kentucky--Louisville.
  • Trade-unions--Musicians--Kentucky--Louisville.
  • Trade-unions--Kentucky--Records and correspondence.
  • Trade-unions and the arts--Kentucky--Louisville.
  • Musicians.
  • Louisville (Ky.)--Theaters.
  • Louisville (Ky.)--Race relations.
  • Contracts.
  • Daybooks.
  • Minutes.
  • Receipts

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