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United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America. Local 511 (Roswell, N.M.) Minute Book,

Identifier: MSS 726 BC

Scope and Content

This collection contains minutes of regular and special meetings of the Roswell Local 511 of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, January 1906-July 1908. The minutes illustrate how the union was involved in setting wage scales and negotiating contracts for construction employees. In March 1907 the members voted to send representatives to speak with Dr. Veal to see if they could convince him to use union men to build his ball park and skating rink. Later that same year they granted a permit for men to work on the Johnson Warehouse on S. Main St. and the Christian Church roof from the hours of 7-11 in the morning and 2-6 in the afternoon.

Since the union had a recording secretary and a financial secretary, there are no financial reports in these minutes, however there are notations indicating amounts to be sent to sick members and fines to be gathered from union members. The union seal has been stamped on page 85 of the minute book.

The loose materials found in the minute book are housed in a separate folder. The material includes an amendment to bylaws, special meeting minutes (1907 and 1908), application for membership, and request for sick benefits (1908), among other notes.


  • January 1906-July 1908


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The collection is open for research.

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Historical Information

According to the newspaper, Roswell Record, the Carpenters' Union was organized with 24 charter members in February 1900. It remained the main New Mexico chapter in the union for the next 35 years. The union promoted craft training, trade union solidarity, and pride in work. The union classified the labor of Roswell into different types such as millwrights, cabinet makers, and coach builders for the purpose of adjusting pay rates. The jobs were normally on the Santa Fe railway and in small industries, as well as new home construction. Union membership was seen as a way to get ahead through the apprentice training programs and a way to find jobs. In 1905, they began to hold Labor Day parades and picnics. The union provided funeral costs for members and their wives and modest disability benefits for injured carpenters. There were no strike benefits. They provided community service by contributing labor to projects such as repairing damage at the hospital.


1 box (.26 cu. ft.)


The collection consists of the January 1906-July 1908 minutes for union Local 511 of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America in Roswell, New Mexico.

Related Archival Material

New Mexico Labor Unions Photograph Collection. Center for Southwest Research Pictorial Collections, University Libraries, University of New Mexico.
Finding Aid of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America. Local 511 (Roswell, N.M.) Minute Book, January 1906-July 1908
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Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131