Finding aid for the Cleveland Federation of Musicians Records

Repository: Western Reserve Historical Society
Creator: Cleveland Federation of Musicians
Title: Cleveland Federation of Musicians Records
Dates: 1888-1965
Extent: 13.55 linear feet (7 containers, 29 oversize volumes, and 1 oversize folder)
Abstract: The Cleveland Federation of Musicians was established in 1877 as the Musicians Mutual Protective Association. In 1895 the Association joined the American Federation of Musicians and became A.F.M. Local 4. African American members left to form their own local, No. 550, in 1910, but reunited with Local 4, also known as the Cleveland Federation of Musicians, in 1962. Establishment of minimum wages and protection of its members were the union's main goals. Women musicians were given equal protection after being admitted to the union in 1901. Other union activities included support of other unions, publication of the Cleveland Musician, and sponsorship of the Druid Club. The collection consists of constitutions, minutes, correspondence, financial records, wage scale directories, membership lists, material on the 1935 trial of a union member, beneficiary notices, contracts, issues of the Cleveland Musician, scrapbooks, miscellaneous material, and records of the Druid Club.
MS Number MS 3718
Location: closed stacks
Language: The records are in English