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Calgary and District Labour Council fonds


Physical Description:
16.5 m of textual records. -- 57 photographs

The Calgary Trades and Labour Council was organized on February 19, 1901, and included stonemasons, carpenters, leather craftsmen, printers, moulders, and blacksmiths. The Council was formed for the purpose of voicing the needs and aspirations of labour, legislative and otherwise. Its objects were to establish friendly relations among all sections of the working class, to foster and strengthen existing unions and organize unorganized workers, and to affect satisfactory settlement of disputes between labour organizations or between employer and employee. Many delegates of the council also served on the City of Calgary Council, civic boards, and represented labour in local educational, cultural and social service organizations. By the 1950s, over sixty unions were represented and this number remained constant thereafter. In 1956 the Calgary Trades and Labour Council joined the Calgary Labour Council under the latter's name. The name was changed to Calgary and District Labour Council in 1992 to avoid confusion with the Canadian Labour Congress when acronyms were used. The Council is affiliated with the Canadian Labour Congress, the Alberta Federation of Labour and other local labour councils.

Custodial History:
Part of the records were deposited at the University of Calgary Special Collections; they were transferred to the Glenbow in 1974.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of constitution and rules (1911); minutes (1913-1924, 1927-1928, 1947-1957, 1959-1964, 1970-1999); correspondence (1913-1921); office files (1952-1958, 1978-2007); financial records (1954-1990); scrapbooks (1950-1983); and photographs (1921-1970).
RECORDS RELATED TO THE FOLLOWING SUBJECTS ARE ALSO IN THIS FONDS. SEE INVENTORY FOR DETAILS: Industries, trades and professions represented by affiliated unions include: airlines; automotives; bakery and confectionery; brewing and malting; broadcasting; chemical, electrical and energy; clothing and textiles; communications; construction; distilling; films and motion pictures; fire fighting; food industries; government; hotel and restaurant; mining; nursing; painting; postal workers; printing and graphics; public employees; railway; retail; theatre; and transportation.

Source of Acquisition:
Gifts of Calgary and District Labour Council and the University of Calgary Special Collections, 1974-2017.

The material is in English.

No restrictions on access.

Finding Aids:
Inventory available. Please consult before requesting material.

View finding aid / scanned documents:

Microfilm copies of the official CLC journals, Call and New Call (1945-1952), are held by the Glenbow Library.

Further additions expected.

Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-4743, M-8199, M-8395, M-8990, M-9295, M-9397, M-9595, M-9857, PA-2947, PA-3914, PB-809, PE-158

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