Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Seymour, Indiana Order of Railway Conductors division meeting minutes

Abstract

The Seymour, Indiana Order of Railway Conductors division meeting minutes (dated 1923-1930; 0.07 cubic feet; 1 wrapped item) comprise one meeting minutes book that documents the regular meetings of the Seymour, Indiana division of the Order of Railway Conductors labor union in the 1920s.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Seymour, Indiana Order of Railway Conductors division meeting minutes
Extent
0.07 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Employment -- Indiana.
Labor unions
Labor union meetings.
Minutes and proceedings.
Railroads.
Railroads -- Labor unions.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by format. The Wade Hall Collection of American Letters has been processed into discrete collections based on provenance.
Finding Aid Author
Sarah Coblentz
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.0390: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Seymour, Indiana Order of Railway Conductors division meeting minutes, 1923-1930, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
The Order of Railway Conductors (ORC) was a labor union founded in 1868 to represent train conductors in the United States. Membership was open to white men in the railroad industry, working as road conductors, assistant conductors, ticket collectors, road brakemen, flagmen, train baggagemen, yard conductors, yard foremen, and other yard trades. In 1907, the ORC successfully lobbied Congress into passing a law limiting the maximum number of hours a railroader could work in one day to sixteen hours. By 1916, negotiations between the union and Congress brought that number down to eight hours a day along with half overtime pay. In 1969, the ORC merged with the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen, the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, and the Switchmen's Union of North America to form the United Transportation Union.
American Letters collector Wade Hall (1934-2015) was a native of Union Springs, Alabama. Starting in 1962, he lived in Louisville, where he taught English and chaired the English and Humanities/Arts programs at Kentucky Southern College and Bellarmine University. He also taught at the University of Illinois and the University of Florida. He held degrees from Troy State University (B.S.), the University of Alabama (M.A.), and the University of Illinois (Ph.D.). He served for two years in the U.S. Army in the mid-fifties. Dr. Hall was the author of books, monographs, articles, plays, and reviews relating to Kentucky, Alabama, and Southern history and literature. His most recent books include A Visit with Harlan Hubbard; High Upon a Hill: A History of Bellarmine College; A Song in Native Pastures: Randy Atcher's Life in Country Music; and Waters of Life from Conecuh Ridge.
Scope and Content
The Seymour, Indiana Order of Railway Conductors division meeting minutes (dated 1923-1930; 0.07 cubic feet; 1 wrapped item) comprise one meeting minutes book that documents the regular meetings of the Seymour, Indiana division of the Order of Railway Conductors labor union in the 1920s. The minutes detail the events of the meetings, whether a quorum was reached or not, grievances discussed and resolved, lobbying efforts for better working conditions, support for sick and bereaved members, involvement in national railway labor conferences, and correspondence sent to and from the division.
The Seymour, Indiana Order of Railway Conductors division meeting minutes are part of the Wade Hall Collection of American letters, which includes correspondence and diaries from all over North America covering the time period of the Civil to Korean Wars. The materials were collected by Wade Hall and document everyday men and women.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.

Contents of the Collection

Division meeting minutes, 1923-1930

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