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Robert W. Pemberton papers

 Collection 0113-LBR

Robert W. Pemberton, Jr. was an active member of the Industrial Union of Marine and Shipbuilding Workers of America (IUMSWA), serving a variety of roles including Business Agent (1979-1981), District Representative, and National Vice President - Secretary General for IUMSWA (1984-1990). He was a member of IUMSWA Local 24 and was most associated with the Sparrow Point and Key Highway shipyards in Baltimore, Maryland. His duties included grievance arbitration, negotiations, insurance claims, pensions, election planning, training, productivity and contract costing. The collection includes Pemberton's copies of union bylaws, grievance arbitrations, notebooks of negotiation proposals, data and correspondence, negotiated agreements, Supreme Court and Maryland Court of Appeals decisions regarding the union, general correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, buttons and other memorabilia, and a framed letter from president of the United Automobile Workers and labor movement leader Walter P. Reuther to IUMSWA President John Green.


  • 1918-1999
  • Majority of material found within 1974-1995

Use and Access to Collection

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This collection is unprocessed. This means that materials are in the same state we received them and have not been reviewed for content or condition. The collection may need to be screened prior to use. Please contact us before visiting the Special Collections reading room to view this collection. A preliminary inventory is available under the Inventories/Additional Information section.


3.00 Linear Feet

27 Items

Guide to the Robert W. Pemberton papers
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Finding aid written in English

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

University of Maryland Libraries
Hornbake Library
4130 Campus Drive
College Park Maryland 20742