Tuesday, June 03, 2008


WHMC-KC owns the records of Kansas City Typographical Union #80. The union first received its charter in 1865, lost it in 1878, and then was issued a new charter in 1880. The union represented printing industry workers in Kansas City.

Records held include minutes of regular and executive board meetings; records of contract negotiations; charges, appeals, and arbitrations; and programs from some union meetings. The collection also includes the “slip board” from the Kansas City Star, and an old wooden ballot box that contains white and black clay balls- relics of the days when being “blackballed” meant exactly that.

The records offer some coverage of the period 1883-1994.

Western Historical Manuscripts Collection-KC

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