International Brotherhood of Pottery and Allied Workers, Local Union 166,
Prepared by James K. Stimpert August 1, 1980; Prepared for the Web by Kristen Scalf July 7, 2000
2 boxes, 2 cubic feet, Storage
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Through the efforts of Patricia Burnett, Ohio Labor History Project, and William Graham
President of Local 166, International Brotherhood of Pottery and Allied Workers (IBPAW),
know formerly as the International Brotherhood of Operative Potters (IBOP), these records
arrived on July 10, 1980, at the Department of Special Collections and Archives, Kent State
Local 166 was charterd May 3, 1937 at Sebring, Ohio and its members work at the
plant originally known as the Gem Clay Forming Corporation. It is presently known as the
Gem Refractories Plant of the Ferro Corporation. Devices such as brooder radiants for
poultry, liners for fireplaces, and other energy saving items are produced by the employees of
this company. As part of the IBPAW, Local 166 belongs to the American Federation of Labor/Congress
of Industrial Organizatins (AFL/CIO), but prior to the merger in 1955 of the AFL and the CIO,
they belonged to the AFL only.
Scope and Content
Since these materials arrived after the processing of the main collection of IBPAW
records had been completed, they have been arranged and described seperately. The records
of Local 166 consist of working agreements, correspondence, minutes covering the period
from the Local's charter in 1937 though 1974, financial reports, wage agreements,
applications for transfer and withdrawal, and materials from union elections held in 1961,
1963-1965, and 1967-1974. The records have been arranged chonologically within the topical
categories assigned to them.
This collection would be of value to the researcher interested in Local 166 itself, or,
studied in conjunction with the records of Locals 44 and 59, also of Sebring and located in
the main IBPAW collection (B.3.3.1.), would provide a wealth of material dealing with the
pottery industry in Sebring and the local area.
Property and literary rights to this collection are pending.
Folder -- Contents
Constitution, International Brotherhood of Opperative Potters and Affliliated Unions
Correspondence: September, 1950 - June, 1960
Correspondence: September, 1961 - December, 1973
Correspondence: January, 1974 - July, 1975; and undated.
Subject files, bid-sheets for changes in departments: July, September, 1974; and undated
Subject files, disciplinary notices: March, May - August, 1971; October, December, 1974;
Subject files, grievences: August, 1964; April, 1968; April, 1973; August - October, 1974;
April, 1975; and undated
Subject files, seniority lists: 1970; 1974; and updated
Minutes, IBOP, Local 166: May 1937 - August, 1942
Minutes, IBOP, Local 166: January, 1943 - June, 1963
Minutes, IBOP and International Brotherhood of Pottery and Allied Workers (IBPAW), Local 166:
June, 1963 - June, 1973
Dues ledger, IBOP, Local 166 (entries by last name): 1937 - 1942
Dues ledger, IBOP, Local 166 (entries by date): May, 1937 - September, 1946
Financial reports, IBOP, Local 166: November, 1966 - September, 1969
Financial reports, IBOP, Local 166, quarterly: March - December, 1970; September,
1971 - December, 1972
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