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Andrew Pettis papers


Andrew Pettis papers
Pettis, Andrew
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23.50 linear feet
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State of Maryland and Historical Collections
Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries, Hornbake Library, College Park, MD 20742. Tel: 301-405-9212, Fax: 301-314-2709, Email:

Andrew Pettis (1906-1987) joined the carpentry crew at a Portland, Maine, shipyard in 1939 and rose through the ranks to become shop steward and, when the yard unionized in 1942, president of Local 50 of the Industrial Union of Marine and Shipbuilding Workers of America. Pettis became increasingly active in the union and in politics. He was named New England Regional Director of the IUMSWA in 1945 after an unsuccessful bid for election to Congress in 1944. In 1950 he was named vice president of the IUMSWA, a position he held until his election as president of the union in 1968. Pettis served as president for five years, until his retirement from the IUMSWA in 1973. Pettis' papers consist of labor agreements, business files, minutes from the local meetings, and correspondence. The bulk of the collection focuses on a nine year period (1942-1951) when Pettis headed Local 50 and served as New England Regional Director. A smaller portion of the collection deals with his years as vice president of the IUMSWA and provides information on shipbuilding nationwide and worldwide.

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