Inventory

Labor Temple Association Records
Dates:  1899-1934
Accession Number:  20070718
Description:  Nine document cases

History of the Labor Temple


Terre Haute's original Labor Temple was in use from 1923-1991.  Previously, labor unions had convened regular meetings at locations around Terre Haute.

The local "father" of the idea for a "Labor Temple", a building where the unions of Terre Haute could each establish a central office and assemble for meetings, was Frank Parker, a member of the Glass Bottle Blowers Union.   At the time there were similarly named establishments for labor union central offices throughout the United States.

According to a special section on Terre Haute labor published in the Terre Haute Star in October 1923, Parker's dream of a Terre Haute Labor Temple was described as an exception to his well-established reputation for dreams that never became reality.  Parker persisted in his advocacy of a Labor Temple and was joined in his campaign by John Chamberlain, a fellow member of the Glass Bottle Blowers Union.

On December 31, 1911, Chamberlain and members of several other labor unions convened for the purpose of obtaining a central location for labor to set up offices and hold union meetings.  Chamberlain was appointed temporary chairman of the meeting and a member of the painters union was selected as temporary secretary.  The assembled group appointed a committee to form a permanent organization for the purpose of building a labor temple.

At their next meeting on January 14, 1912, the group decided to name their organization the Terre Haute Labor Temple Association.  The association would be comprised of 3 delegates from each trade or labor union in Terre Haute and the surrounding area.

One year later, in April 1913, a committee appointed by the Labor Temple approved of the purchase of property at Fifth and Walnut Streets occupied by the Phoenix Club.  Subject to approval by the Board, the membership voted to have the LTA purchase the property.  In June, with the Board's approval on record, the LTA purchased the property for $35,000.

The building at Fifth and Walnut did not become the Labor Temple until 1923 because it was still in use by the Phoenix Club which was waiting for the construction of their new facilities.  According to a schedule of meetings printed in the Terre Haute Star on October 31, 1923, there were 38 different union locals with regularly scheduled meetings. 

The Labor Temple was in continual use from 1923 until 1991 by which time it had fallen into disrepair.  Due to the prohibitive cost of repairs, the Labor Temple Association purchased the Veterans of Foreign Wars headquarters at 31 1/2 S. 13th Street and sold the Labor Temple to the AP&S Clinic.  The building was vacated and razed to make way for an AP&S Clinic parking lot.


Content and Scope of Collection

This collection is comprised of labor union records removed from the Labor Temple formerly located at 5th and Walnut Streets (201 S. 5th Street). 

The records include ledgers and booklets containing membership information (dues paid, suspensions from the unions and reinstatements to the unions), minutes and daybooks (financial records) for the unions listed below.   

  • United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, Local # 205           
  • United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, Local # 1068
  • District Council, United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America
  • United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, Local # 133
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Locals # 279
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local # 725
  • United Association of Journeymen Plumbers, Gas Fitters and Steam Fitters Helpers, Local # 157 (daybooks)

 

Note:  When this collection was originally inspected by archives staff, the ledgers were each assigned numbers from 1 to 56 on acid-free bookmarks and a description sheet was filled out for each of the 56 items.  This numbering system has been retained to facilitate replacing in document cases after the ledgers have been used by patrons.  The description sheets are in the inventory folder and ledger numbers are indicated in parentheses after each book in the inventory.

Document Case 1

 

 

 

 

Book 1

Membership information, Local # 1068
  (Ledger No. 23)

1905-1907

 

 

 

Book 2

Membership information, Local # 205
  (Ledger No. 40)

1899-1901

 

 

 

Book 3

Membership information, Local # 205
  (Ledger No. 41)

1901-1902

 

 

 

Book 4

Membership information, Local # 205
  (Ledger No. 25)

1903

 

 

 

Book 5

Membership information, Local # 205
  (Ledger No. 12)

1904-1906

 

 

 

Book 6

Membership information, Local # 205
  (Ledger No. 19)

1907-1908

 

 

 

 

 

 

Document Case 2

 

 

 

 

Book 1

Membership information, Local # 133
  (Ledger No. 13)

1909-1912

 

 

 

Book 2

Membership information, Local # 133
  (Ledger No. 31)

1912

 

 

 

Book 3

Membership information, Local # 133
  (Ledger No. 56)

1913

 

 

 

Book 4

Membership information, Local # 133
  (Ledger No. 28)

1914

 

 

 

Book 5

Membership information, Local # 133
  (Ledger No. 18)

1915

 

 

 

Book 6

Membership information, Local # 133
  (Ledger No. 55)

1916

 

 

 

Book 7

Membership information, Local # 133
  (Ledger No. 26)

1917

 

 

 

 

 

 

Document Case 3

 

 

 

 

Book 1

Membership information, Local # 133
  (Ledger No. 24)

1918

 

 

 

Book 2

Membership information, Local # 133
  (Ledger No. 27)

1919

 

 

 

Book 3

Membership information, Local # 133
  (Ledger No. 22)

1920

 

 

 

Book 4

Membership information, Local # 133
  (Ledger No. 21)

1921

 

 

 

Book 5

Membership information, Local # 133
  (Ledger No. 42)

1922

 

 

 

Book 6

Membership information, Local # 133
  (Ledger No. 37)

1923

 

 

 

 

 

 

Document Case 4

 

 

 

 

Book 1

Minutes, Local # 205
  (Ledger No. 2)

Feb. 21, 1899-
Dec. 9, 1901

 

 

 

Book 2

Minutes, Local # 205
  (Ledger No. 6)

Jan. 13, 1902-
Dec. 7, 1903

 

 

 

Book 3

Minutes, District Council, United Brotherhood
  of Carpenters and Joiners of America 
  (Ledger No. 15)

July 18, 1906-
Feb. 1907

 

 

 

 

Minutes, Carpenters, Local #133

Feb. 1907-
Jan. 15, 1909

 

 

 

Book 4

Minutes, Local # 133
  (Ledger No. 1)

Jan. 1, 1909-
Sept. 30, 1910

 

 

 

Book 5

Minutes, Local # 133
  (Ledger No. 8)

July 25, 1912-
June 25, 1914

 

 

 

Book 6

Minutes, Local # 133
  (Ledger No. 16)

July 2, 1914-
July 27, 1916

 

 

 

 

 

 

Document Case 5

 

 

 

 

Book 1

Minutes, Local # 133
  (Ledger No. 17)

Aug. 3, 1916-
June 27, 1918

 

 

 

Book 2

Minutes, Local # 133
  (Ledger No. 4)

July 25, 1918-
Dec. 18, 1919

 

 

 

Book 3

Minutes, Local # 133
  (Ledger No. 3)

Nov. 1, 1921-
June 28, 1923

 

 

 

Book 4

Minutes, Local # 133
  (Ledger No. 7)

July 5, 1923-
June 24, 1926

 

 

 

Book 5

Minutes, Local # 133
  (Ledger No. 10)

July 1, 1926-
July 18, 1929

 

 

 

Book 6

Minutes, Local # 133
  (Ledger No. 9)

July 25, 1929-
April 21, 1932

 

 

 

Book 7

Minutes, Local # 133
  (Ledger No. 11)

April 28, 1932-
Dec. 27, 1934

 

 

 

 

 

 

Document Case 6

 

 

 

 

Book 1

Daybook, Local # 1068
  (Ledger No. 30)

March 12, 1905-
Feb. 26, 1907

 

 

 

Book 2

Daybook, Local # 205
  (Ledger No. 43)

Jan. 16, 1905-
Feb. 25, 1907

 

 

 

Book 3

Daybook, Local # 133
  (Ledger No. 20)

March 4, 1907-
July 9, 1910

 

 

 

Book 4

Daybook, Local # 133
  (Ledger No. 34)

July 11, 1910-
May [30,] 19 [12]

 

 

 

Book 5

Daybook, Local # 133
  (Ledger No. 51)

May 31, 1912-
Oct. 30, 1913

 

 

 

Book 6

Daybook, Local # 133
  (Ledger No. 36)

Oct. 31,1913-
May 27, 1915

 

 

 

Book 7

Daybook, Local # 133
  (Ledger No. 29)

May 28, 1915-
Dec. 28, 1916

 

 

 

Book 8

Daybook, Local # 133
  (Ledger No. 49)

Dec. 30, 1916-
June 27, 1918

 

 

 

Book 9

Daybook, Local # 133
  (Ledger No. 50)

June 28, 1918-
Oct. 30, 1919

 

 

 

 

 

 

Document Case 7

 

 

 

 

Book 1

Daybook, Local # 133
  (Ledger No. 35)

Oct. 30, 1919-
Dec. 30, 1920

 

 

 

Book 2

Daybook, Local # 133
 (Ledger No. 53)

Jan. 1, 1921-
Dec. 28, 1922

 

 

 

Book 3

Daybook, Local # 133
  (Ledger No. 32)

Jan. 4, 1923-
Dec. 31, 1924

 

 

 

Book 4

Daybook, Local # 133
  (Ledger No. 54)

Jan. 1, 1925-
May 31, 1928

 

 

 

 

 

 

Document Case 8

 

 

 

 

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local # 725

 

 

 

Book 1

Daybook
  (Ledger No. 39)

Feb. 16, 1908-
June 3, 1912

 

 

 

Book 2

Daybook
  (Ledger No. 52)

Aug. 14, 1910-
May 20, 1918

 

 

 

Book 3

Daybook
  (Ledger No. 33)

Jan. 19, 1920-
March 20, 1922

 

 

 

Book 4

Daybook
  (Ledger No. 48)

Oct. 18, 1926-
Dec. 17, 1928

 

 

 

Book 5

Daybook
  (Ledger No. 47)

Jan. 7, 1929-
Nov. 17, 1930

 

 

 

Plumbers, Gas Steam and Steam Fitters Helpers, Local # 157

 

 

 

Book 6

Daybook (Ledger No. 38)

1901-1902

 

 

 

Book 7

Minutes
  (Ledger No. 14)

Aug. 1, 1902-
Aug. 24, 1903

 

 

 

Book 8

Minutes
  (Ledger No. 5)

Aug. 31, 1903-
Jan. 26, 1906

 

 

 

 

 

 

Document Case 9

 

 

 

 

Folder 1

Membership Application Book, United
  Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners
  Local # 133  (Ledger No. 44)

Oct. 25, 1918-
March 5, 1919

 

 

 

Folder 2

Membership Application Book, Local # 133  | 
  (Ledger No. 45)

Nov. 7, 1918-
Aug. 23, 1919

 

 

 

Folder 3

Stock acquisition contract,
  Carpenters Local #133 (Ledger No. 46)

n.d.

 

 

 

Folder 4

Contents of D.C. 1, Book 3
  found between pp. 92-93

 

 

 

 

Folder 5

Contents of D.C. 2, Book 4

 

 

 

 

Folder 6

Contents of D.C. 3, Book 1
  found between pp. 138-139

 

 

 

 

Folder 7

Contents of D.C. 3, Book 2
  found between pp. 194-195

 

 

 

 

Folder 8

Contents of D.C. 3, Book 3
  found between pp. 264-265

 

 

 

 

Folder 9

Contents of D.C. 4, Book 1
  found between pp. 94-95

 

 

 

 

Folder 10

Contents of D.C. 4, Book 2
  found between pp. 86-87

 

 

 

 

Folder 11

Contents of D.C. 4, Book 2
  found between pp. 92-93

 

 

 

 

Folder 12

Contents of D.C. 4, Book 3
  found in front of page 1

 

 

 

 

Folder 13

Contents of D.C. 4, Book 3
  found between pp. 6-7

 

 

 

 

Folder 14

Contents of D.C. 4, Book 3
  taped to p. 33

 

 

 

 

Folder 15

Contents of D.C. 4, Book 3
  found between pp.92-93

 

 

 

 

Folder 16

Contents of D.C. 4, Book 3
  found between pp. 104-105

 

 

 

 

Folder 17

Contents of D.C. 4, Book 3
  found between pp. 110-111

 

 

 

 

Folder 18

Contents of D.C. 4, Book 3
  found between pp. 14-145

 

 

 

 

Folder 19

Contents of D.C. 4, Book 3
  found between pp. 178-179

 

 

 

 

Folder 20

Contents of D.C. 4, Book 6
  found on last page

 

 

 

 

Folder 21

Contents of D.C. 5, Book 2
  found between pp. 122-123

 

 

 

 

Folder 22

Contents of D.C. 5, Book 2
  found between pp. 162-163

 

 

 

 

Folder 23

Contents of D.C. 5, Book 2
  found between pp. 184-185

 

 

 

 

Folder 24

Contents of D.C. 5, Book 3
  found in front of book

 

 

 

 

Folder 25

Contents of D.C. 5, Book 3
  found between pp. 194-195

 

 

 

 

Folder 26

Contents of D.C. 5, Book 4
  found between entries for Oct. 8, 1910
  and October 18, 1910

 

 

 

 

Folder 27

Contents of D.C. 5, Book 6
  found between entries for May 7, 1931
  and May 14, 1931

 

 

 

 

Folder 28

Contents of D.C. 7, Book 4
  found between entries for Sept. 30, 1927
  and October 13, 1927

 

 

 

 

Folder 29

Contents of D.C. 8, Book 3
  found on page for Feb. 16, 1920

 

 

 

 

Folder 30

Contents of D.C. 8, Book 3
  found on page for March 6, 1922

 

 

 

 

Folder 31

Contents of D.C. 8, Book 4
  found on page for June 4, 1928