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Aurora Trades and Labor Assembly Records


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Constitution, By-Laws, Minutes, Reports

Financial Records

Affiliate Unions; Delegates, Credentials, Officers


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Collection Overview

Title: Aurora Trades and Labor Assembly Records, 1901-1984

ID: RHC/RC/182

Extent: 5.25 Linear Feet

Arrangement: Subject files (1957-1984) are arranged alphabetically in Series V.

Date Acquired: 08/14/1986

Subjects: Aurora (Ill.), Aurora Trades and Labor Assembly, Kane County (Ill), Labor, Labor unions

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The records in the Aurora Trades and Labor Assembly (ATLA) Collection are arranged in five series and span the years from 1901 to 1984.  Series I contains constitutions, by-laws, annual reports, minutes of meetings, and a brief history of the ATLA.  There are some gaps in the meeting minutes and several meetings in the late 1970’s are on cassette tapes.  Financial records (1904-1883) comprise Series II.  Included are income and expense records, audit reports, bank accounts, and per capita dues records.  Partial documentation of ATLA affiliates is contained in Series III: officers, attendance records, and credentials.  Series IV contains correspondence (1908-1979).  Subject files (1957-1984) are in Series V.

Collection Historical Note

The Aurora Trades and Labor Assembly was organized April 27, 1892 and received its American Federation of Labor charter in 1901. At the time it was chartered the ATLA included thirty nine local unions as members. Among the major concerns of the Assembly during the first half of the twentieth century were the right to organize, hours of work, wages, and working conditions. The merger of the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Insudtrial Organizations resulted in a new charter for the ATLA granted in 1958. The ATLA supports and promotes the interests of its members and provides information, seminars and workshops on topics of interest to its membership: OSHA, social security, labor history, labor-management relations, and health issues. In addition, the Assembly is an integral part of the Aurora community and is active in local politics, industrial development, mental health, and other community action programs. At the present time the ATLA has over thirty local unions as members and continues its affiliation with the Illinois and National AFL-CIO.

Subject/Index Terms

Aurora (Ill.)
Aurora Trades and Labor Assembly
Kane County (Ill)
Labor unions

Administrative Information

Repository: Northern Illinois University

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to the collection.

Use Restrictions: Property rights in the collection are held by the Regional History Center. Literary rights are dedicated to the public.

Acquisition Source: Earl J. Schroeder

Acquisition Method: Earl J. Schroeder, President of the Aurora Trades and Labor Assembly, donated the Assembly’s records to the Northern Illinois Regional History Center on August 14, 1986.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series I.: Constitution, By-Laws, Minutes, Reports],
[Series II.: Financial Records],
[Series III.: Affiliate Unions; Delegates, Credentials, Officers],
[Series IV.: Correspondence],
[Series V.: Subject Files],

Series I.: Constitution, By-Laws, Minutes, Reports
Box 1
Folder 1: Constitution, By-Laws, History, Annual Reports, Officers, 1901-1982
Folder 2-13: Minutes of Meetings, 1908-1980
Volume 1: Minutes of Meetings (1 volume), 1926-1938
Series II.: Financial Records
Box 1
Folder 14-17: Income and Expenses, 1904-1912, 1935-1940, 1945-1955
Box 2
Volume  1: Income and Expenses (1 volume), 1955-1971
Volume 2: Income and Expenses (1 volume), 1978-1984
Box 3
Folder 1: Check Register and Account Summary, 1960
Folder 2: Bankbooks and Check Registers, 1948-1960
Folder 3: Donations and Membership Costs, 1951-1955, 1961-1963
Folder 4: Audit Reports, 1977-1983
Folder 5-55: Per Capita Dues Records, 1909-1918, 1950-1983
Series III.: Affiliate Unions; Delegates, Credentials, Officers
Box 3
Folder 56: Delegate Attendance, 1955-1967
Box 4
Folder 1-3: Delegate Attendance, 1955-1967
Folder 4-6: Credentials, 1957-1972
Folder 7-9: Officers, 1960-1969, 1976
Series IV.: Correspondence
Box 4
Folder 10-14: Correspondence, 1908-1979
Series V.: Subject Files
Box 4
Folder 15: American Federation of Labor- Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) Publications, 1961-1968
Folder 16-22: American Federation of Labor- Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)Executive Council Statements, 1963-1969
Folder 23: American Cancer Society, 1961-1973
Folder 24: Anti-Poverty Program, 1965
Folder 25: Anti-Poverty Program, 1965-1966
Folder 26: Aurora Freedom Forum, 1962
Folder 27: Aurora Industrial Development, 1962-1968
Folder 28: Aurora Municipal Airport, 1959
Folder 29: Bargaining; City Firemen, 1957-1960
Folder 30: Bonds; Employees and Officer, 1964-1984
Box 5
Folder 1-2: Citizens Survey Committee, 1954, 1963-1965
Folder 4-7: City Manager Form of Government, 1954-1968
Box 6
Folder 1-12: Civil Rights, 1963-1968
Folder 3: Community Action Program, 1965-1966
Folder 4: COPE (Committee on Political Education) Manual, circa 1974
Folder 5: Dedication of Police and Court Building, 1966
Folder 6-7: Decade of Progress, 1965-1967
Box 7
Folder 1: Department of Labor's 50th Anniversary, 1963
Folder 2: Elgin Trades Council, Minutes, 1976-1979
Folder 3: Illinois Post Office Clerks Convention, 1962, 1966
Folder 4: Illinois Right to Work, 1957
Folder 5: Illinois Workman's Compensation, 1977
Folder 6: Kane County Legislative Committee, 1955-1956
Folder 7: Kane County Building and Construction Trades Council,  Minutes, 1977-1980
Folder 8: Kane County Sheriffs, 1956
Folder 9: Lease, 1965-1974
Folder 10: List of Unaffiliated Locals, 1965-1971
Folder 11: Local Government, 1968
Folder 12: Mental Health, 1973
Folder 13: Modoff v. ATLA (Aurora Trades and Labor Assembly), 1946-1960
Folder 14: Photographs; Phillips and Schwartz Awards Dinner, 1981
Folder 15: St. Charles Boys School, 1972
Folder 16: Trade Union Exchange Program, 1966
Folder 17: Weisser Optical Plan, 1972

Browse by Series:

[Series I.: Constitution, By-Laws, Minutes, Reports],
[Series II.: Financial Records],
[Series III.: Affiliate Unions; Delegates, Credentials, Officers],
[Series IV.: Correspondence],
[Series V.: Subject Files],

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