Rockford United Labor AFL-CIO Records, 1940-1978
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Brief Description:

The Rockford United Labor AFL-CIO records are arranged in four series: administrative records, committee records, subject files, and publications and printed materials.  The collection traces the history of the organization from its founding in 1957.  Records dating from 1977 to the present remain with the organization, but will be transferred to the Center when they become inactive.

The first series contains by-laws, minutes, correspondence, membership information, and financial records.  Although minutes from the first two meetings (July-August 1957) are missing, there are no other gaps.  The minutes contain committee reports, financial reports, and membership and election records.  Additional financial information is available in the auditor’s reports (1963-1969), the treasurer’s cash book (1957-1958), and the dues book (1957-1958).   Materials from Central Labor Union Conferences complete the series with information on topics such as labor and politics, inflation, and union strikes.

Series two contains records of five committees: community services, credentials, education and farm labor, union label, and the Committee on Political Education (COPE).  The COPE records comprise the largest subseries consisting of correspondence, legislation reports, voter registration information, and pamphlets and newsletters.  The third series of subject files covers topics ranging from energy to labor laws to workmen’s compensation and occupational safety.  Series four comprises additional pamphlets, handbooks and manuals, news releases and photographs.  Also included in this series are incomplete runs of several Rockford labor newspapers, such as the Rockford Labor News, Rockford Trade Unions, and the Advocator, some national union publications are also in this series.  Photocopies have been made of these documents and are available for reproduction. The original newspapers are restricted and not open to the public.

This collection primarily documents legislation affecting labor unions and the organization’s contributions to the community of Rockford.

Held at:
Northern Illinois University
Founders Memorial Library
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: 815-753-1779
Email: rhcua [at]
Record Series Number: RHC/RC/145
Volume: 4.25 Linear Feet
Acquired: 03/11/1982.
Arrangement: The Rockford United Labor AFL-CIO records are arranged in four series: administrative records, committee records, subject files, and publications and printed materials.
Access Restrictions: There are some restrictions on access to the collection due to preservation purposes. Photocopies of these documents have been made and are open to the public.
Subject Index
Labor unions
Rockford (Ill.)
Rockford United Labor, AFL-CIO
United States--Politics and government
Winnebago County (Ill)
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: Property rights in the collection belong to the Rockford United Labor AFL-CIO; literary rights are dedicated to the public.
Acquisition Notes: Amedeo Giorgi  Amedeo Giorgi, President of the Rockford United Labor AFL-CIO, deposited the organization’s records in the Northern Illinois Regional History Center on March 11, 1982.
Related Materials: Researchers may wish to consult the Rockford Building and Construction Trades Council Records (RC 138) for more information on labor in Winnebago County.  Other related holdings can be found in the Center’s Guide.