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United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, Local 104 Records

Identifier: MS-125

Scope and Content

The bulk of the records of Local 104, United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, is the minutes of the organization for the years 1890-1923, 1926-1939, 1947-1954, and 1967-1969. The minutes are general in nature. They include records of the receipt of communications, payment of expenses, application and initiation of members, elections of officers and delegates to union councils and conventions, and contributions for the relief of members in distress. There are occasional references in the early minute books to labor issues, but no details are recorded on these subjects.

The hour and wage goals of the union in 1890 and 1900 are recorded in Minutes Books 1 and 2, respectively. In volume 1, there is a reference to the local's first, and unsuccessful, strike, from May 16 to June 7, 1980. In 1919, there are frequent records of requests for aid from striking unions and of Local 104's actions on these requests. In 1920, proposed rules for job stewards are recorded. From the 1920s, reports on expenditures from the unions various funds appear regularly in the minutes; prior to this, expenditures are not recorded for specific accounts. There are gaps in the minutes from February 1923 through May 1926, January 1940 through June 1947, and 1955 through 1966. Minute Book 11, 1923-1926, appears to have been missing as early as circa 1939, when an inventory of minute books was prepared.

Miscellaneous loose papers removed from the minute books include correspondence, rough drafts, financial reports, and committee reports. Among these miscellaneous loose papers are two sheets which appear to be notes excerpted from an earlier minute book. They mention events in the history of the Local from the 1880s.

The financial records consist of one folder of bond reports and quarterly audits, 1934-1953, and three ledgers: receipts and expenses, 1947-1954, and in two volumes, accounts of the General Fund, Building Fund, Sick Benefit Fund, Emergency Fund, and Contingency Fund, 1957-1963.

Ephemera consists of miscellaneous printed items, including: a card containing a brief history of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, an "ode card;" a pension fund report dated 2/1/73; and union stationery.


  • Creation: 1890-1973
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1890-1969


Restrictions on Access

There are no restrictions on accessing material in this collection, however Local 104 retains the right to recall any records needed by the organization.

Restrictions on Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder. Literary property rights of materials produced by the organization in this collection have been deeded to the public.

History of United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, Local 104

The United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America was founded in Chicago, Illinois, on August 12, 1831. The purposes of the organization were "to discourage piece work; to encourage an Apprenticeship System and a higher standard of skill; to cultivate feelings of friendship among the men of the craft; to assist each other to secure employment; to reduce the hours of daily toil, to secure adequate pay for work done; to elevate the moral, intellectual and social condition of its members; to improve the trade and to furnish aid in cases of sickness, permanent disability, or death." Local 104, Dayton, Ohio, was organized circa. 1882. Locals 104 and 396 amalgamated in 1894.


3.5 linear feet

Language of Materials



These records include minutes of the organization, 1890-1969, ledgers, 1947-1963, and bond reports, 1934-1953. The collection consists of eighteen volumes and twelve folders.

Statement of Arrangement

Arranged by record type, and chronologically thereunder.

Acquisition Information

The records of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, Local 104, were donated to the Archives and Special Collections, Wright State University, by Donald W. Brown, president of Local 104, on July 16, 1981.

Processing Information

Processed by: James A. Funkhouser, April 20, 1982. Revised by Toni Vanden Bos, August 25, 2014.

Guide to the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, Local 104 Records (MS-125)
Finding aid prepared by James A. Funkhouser, April 20, 1982.
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This collection was obtained with the assistance of the Ohio Labor History Project and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Wright State University Libraries
Special Collections and Archives
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy
Dayton OH 45435-0001 USA