Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen Collection
AC 042

Summary Information

Repository
McConnell Library Archives and Special Collections
Title
Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen Collection
ID
AC 042
Date [inclusive]
1886-1915
Extent
1.0 Linear feet
Physical Description
Contains three quarto volumes from the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, W.B. Ryder Lodge 232, Hinton, WV. These volumes comprise an Attendance Register dated 1902-1915; Minutes book for the years 1886-1892; Minutes book for the years 1900-1905.
Location
Located in locked compact shelving, level 1.
Language
English
 

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen Collection, Radford University Archives, McConnell Library, Radford University, Radford, VA.

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HISTORical Note

The Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen was founded in 1883 by 8 brakemen from the Deleware & Hudson Railroad in Oneonta, NY and remained one of the largest fraternal labor organizations in the United States until its absorption into the National Transportation Union in 1969. The Hinton lodge was named after Capt W. B. Ryder, Superintendent of the Charlotte Division of the Southern Railway, reputedly one of the best-liked and most highly respected trainmen in the east. Membership in the brotherhood was open to all white railroad employees. This made Lodge 232 one of the largest labor organizations in southern West Virginia at the time. Hinton was a major terminus for trains entering and leaving the New River Valley coalfields, and was one of the largest maintenance facilities on the C&O line.

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Scope and Contents

Three quarto volumes, comprising an Attendance Register of 160 pages dated 1902-1915; Minutes Book for the years 1886-1892 (184 pages); the Minutes Book for the years 1900-1905 (160 pages).

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

McConnell Library Archives and Special Collections

McConnell Library
PO Box 6881
Radford, Virginia
540-831-5692
archives@radford.edu

Restriction to Access

An appointment for research is required. The collection is open for research. No interlibrary loan.

Accruals Note

Additional accruals are not expected.

Processing Note

Finding aid by Bud Bennett.

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Collection Inventory

Box 1 

Attendence Register- 1902-1915

Minutes Book- 1886-1892

Minutes Book- 1900-1905