Scope and Contents
The papers of Andrew Pettis cover the years 1924 to 1972, though the bulk of the material dates from 1942 to 1951 while Pettis was president of the Industrial Union of Marine and Shipbuilding Workers of America (IUMSWA), Local 50 and the IUMSWA New England Regional Director.
The earliest materials in the collection relate to his education and his beginnings in shipbuilding. The materials from Pettis' career at Local 50 include agreements, business files, bylaws, correspondence, minutes of the local's various boards, and National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) case files. Pettis' files from his term as Regional Director include correspondence, local files similar to those of Local 50, materials on the Progressive Metalworkers Council and the United Railroad Workers of America, and organizer's reports. Though not as extensive, the materials from Pettis' service as vice president and president of IUMSWA include a significant amount of material on shipbuilding nationwide and worldwide and, in particular, union relations with Bethlehem Steel; these files include agreements, clippings, correspondence, minutes, and NLRB case files. There is also a small amount of material on the various boards and committees on which Pettis served including agendas, minutes, and relevant documents from these units. The collection also contains 35 mm slides, photographs, and memorabilia.
Significant topics covered include Andrew Pettis' progression upwards through the union ranks, national and international shipbuilding, and shipyard strikes, in particular, two at Bethlehem Steel.