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American Postal Workers Union, Local 252 Records

Identifier: MS-96

Scope and Contents

The records within the American Postal Workers Union (APWU), Local 252, are divided into 10 series or record groupings.

Series I, Minutes, contains the minute book from an early organization of Dayton Postal Workers, The United National Association of Post Office Clerks, 1904-1905; the minute books of the National Federation of Post Office Clerks, Local 252, 1944-1957; Minutes of the United Federation of Post Office Clerks (OFPOC), Local 252, 1966-1967; Minutes of the Executive Board, UFPOC Local 252, 1971; Minutes, Joint Labor-Management Meetings, 1962-1969; and Minutes of the Local Scheme Committee, 1966-1967.

Series II, Financial Records, contains a cashbook for Local 252, 1967-1970, and various Treasurer's Reports and Audits for the years 1960, 1963-1971.

Series III, Administrative Materials and Policies, includes constitutions and bylaws for various postal workers organizations, copies of union resolutions, policies on administration, discipline and ethical conduct, election materials, membership lists and a charter for UFPOC, Local 252. Span dates for this series are 1948-1978.

Series IV, Negotiations and Agreements, has several agreements between the U.S. Postal Service and the APWU, Local 252; copies of non-negotiable proposals from the union; a suggested outline for a basic local agreement; a booklet outlining management strategy for negotiation; and a copy of the violation of local agreement procedure. Span dates for this series are 1966-1978.

Series V, Grievance Materials, comprises of copies of individual grievances for the years 1962-1970.

Series VI, Legislation Materials, is a small series consisting on one folder on legislation pertaining to postal workers, dated 1965-1969.

Series VII, Memorandums and Bulletins, contains memos and informational material covering Post Office regulations, scheduling and work assignments; a bulletin about summer employment; several labor-management bulletins which are interpretations of executive orders; and two union booklets. Span dates for this series are 1958-1971.

Series VIII, Newspapers and Newsletters, includes publications from both the Dayton Local 252 of the APWU and newsletters from the National APWU. Clippings and reprints from articles pertinent to postal workers are also included. Span dates are 1945-1978.

Series IX, Correspondence, contains information about such matters as legislation, working conditions, union business, hiring practices, and union-Post Office relations.

Series X, Photographs, contains over 150 unsorted snapshots of postal workers.


  • Creation: 1904-1978


Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on accessing material in this collection.

Conditions Governing 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.

Historical Note

In 1900, a small group of Postal Clerks in Chicago formed the Chicago Post Office Clerks Union and affiliated with the American Federation of Labor. The same year saw the formation of the United National Association of Post Office Clerks (UNAPOC). In 1906 the Chicago union along with groups from Louisville, Milwaukee, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, and Muskogee met and started the National Federation of Post Office Clerks (NFPOC).

Dayton Postal Workers at first organized with the UNAPOC, but later joined ranks with AF of L affiliate NFPOC. Gradually, the NFPOC became the dominant organization of postal workers.

1980 saw the amalgamation of several unions within the post office into the American Postal Workers Union. The Dayton Local, 252 has a membership of over 800, while nationally this union has 258,000 members.


3 linear feet

Language of Materials



Records consist of minutes, financial records, administrative policy papers, membership lists, negotiations and agreements, grievance materials, newsletters, correspondence, and photographs. Local 252 is based in Dayton, Ohio.


The collection is arranged into 10 series:

Series I:
Series II:
Financial Records
Series III:
Administrative Materials & Policies
Series IV:
Negotiations and Agreements
Series V:
Series VI:
Legislation Materials
Series VII:
Memorandums and Bulletins
Series VIII:
Newsletters & Newspapers
Series IX:
Series X:

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The records of the American Postal Workers Union, Local 252 were accessioned into the Wright State University Archives and Special Collections by the Ohio Labor History Project in April of 1980.

Guide to the American Postal Workers Union, Local 252 Records (MS-96)
Dorothy Smith
1980 Spring
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Revision Statements

  • 2017 September: Finding aid revised according to DACS.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Special Collections and Archives
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy
Dayton OH 45435-0001 USA