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Descriptive inventory for the Edward Sadlowski papers, 1956-1991, bulk 1974-1978

Edward Sadlowski papers

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Descriptive inventory for the Edward Sadlowski papers, 1956-1991, bulk 1974-1978

Prepared by Laura Alagna, 2016; edited by Gretchen Neidhardt, 2017.
  
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Chicago History Museum, Research Center
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Chicago, IL 60614-6038
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E-mail: research@chicagohistory.org
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Collection Overview +/-

Title: Edward Sadlowski papers, 1956-1991 (inclusive), 1974-1978 (bulk)
Creators: Sadlowski, Edward
United Steelworkers of America. Local 65 (Chicago, Ill.)
United Steelworkers of America. District 31
United States. Court of Appeals (District of Columbia Circuit)
United Steelworkers of America. District 31
United Steelworkers of America. Local 65 (Chicago, Ill.)
United Steelworkers of America. Local 1033 (Chicago, Ill.)
1033 news and views
65 news
Local 65 [Newsletter]
Dates: 1956-1991 (inclusive), 1974-1978 (bulk)
Accession number: M1981.0039
Bib number: 00065379
Call numbers: MSS Lot S
OMM.64 film
OMM.64 sound
Size:14 linear ft. (35 boxes)
16 sound cassettes. (Original).
23 sound tapes. (Original).
14 sound discs : analog. (Original).
1 motion-picture film. (Original).
Language of material:Collection is written in English.

Provenance statement:

Gift of Ed Sadlowski M1981.0039.

Terms governing use:

Copyright may be retained by the creators of items, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law, unless otherwise noted.

Restriction(s):

In order to view an original motion picture film or listen to original sound recordings, it is necessary for a research copy to be made.

Please cite this collection as:

Edward Sadlowski papers (Chicago History Museum) plus a detailed description, date, and box/folder number of a specific item.

Additional Materials +/-

Related material:

Related materials at Chicago History Museum, Research Center, include the United Steelworkers of America, District 31 records; the James Balanoff papers; the George Patterson papers; United Steelworkers of America, District 31 collection of visual materials (1986.0360); and other collections from or about United Steelworkers of America.

Roosevelt University Library holds the original of the Sadlowski interview with George Patterson (with a transcript online at http://www2.roosevelt.edu/library/oralhistory/oralhistory.htm).

Collection Summary +/-

Correspondence, legal documents, election and poll materials, financial records, newsletters, press releases, newspaper clippings, speeches, and other papers of Ed Sadlowski, a labor leader who was elected director of District 31, United Steelworkers of America (USWA) in 1973 and then campaigned for the presidency of USWA. Most of the collection relates to Sadlowski's 1977 campaign against the incumbent, Lloyd McBride; support from rank and file members in the Chicago area; and the federal lawsuit eventually decided by the U.S. Supreme Court about campaign contributions by non-members of the union. Includes trial transcripts and affidavits relating to the federal court cases; text of Sadlowski's interview of George D. Patterson, an early organizer of unions around Chicago (258 p.); sound recordings of campaign speeches and songs (1970s); and a motion-picture film about steel workers' safety issues.

Biographical/Historical Note +/-

Edward Sadlowski was elected director of United Steelworkers of America (USWA), District 31, in 1973 and ran on a reform platform for the presidency of USWA in 1977, losing to incumbent Lloyd McBride. During his campaign Sadlowski received donations not only from local union members but from non-members as well. After the campaign, the union passed a regulation against accepting campaign donations from non-members. Sadlowski challenged this regulation in federal court on first amendment grounds. After winning in lower courts, Sadlowski's lawsuit was overturned by the United States Supreme Court in 1982.

Catalog Subject Headings +/-

Subjects:
Actions and defenses--United States--20th century
Iron and steel workers--Illinois--Chicago Metropolitan Area
Labor leaders--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Labor unions--Elections--Illinois--Chicago Metropolitan Area--20th century
Steel industry--Labor unions--Illinois--Chicago Metropolitan Area--20th century
Steel industry--Labor unions--Indiana--20th century
Persons:
McBride, Lloyd
Patterson, George Alexander, 1907- --Interviews
Sadlowski, Edward--Archives
Sadlowski, Edward--Interviews.
Organizations:
United Steelworkers of America. District 31
United Steelworkers of America. Local 65 (Chicago, Ill.)
Genre/Form:
Advertisements
Announcements
Audiocassettes
Audiotapes
Correspondence
Financial records
Interviews
Legal documents
Motion pictures (visual works)
Newsletters
Oral histories
Phonograph records
Photographic prints
Press releases
Speeches
Geographic:
Chicago (Ill.)--Social conditions--20th century
South Chicago (Chicago, Ill.)

Organization and Arrangement of Collection +/-

The collection is arranged in seven series.

Click on heading to view series description.

Series 1. Union materials, 1956-1980 (box 1-7)
Series 2. Election materials, 1974-1979 (box 8-14)
Series 3. Legal documents, 1974-1980 (box 15-18)
Series 4. Newspaper clippings, 1960-1980 (box 19-24)
Series 5. Newsletters and publications, 1970-1980 (box 25-29)
Series 6. General files, 1956-1991 (box 30-34)
Series 7. Audiovisual materials, 1960-1980 (box 35-38)

About This Finding Aid +/-

Creation: Finding aid encoded by Laura Alagna using Oxygen editor, 2016; revised by Julie Wroblewski, 2016.
Language: Finding aid is written in English.
Other Finding Aids: Finding aid also submitted to the Explore Chicago Collections portal.
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