University of Texas Arlington

Austin Trades Council Records:

A Guide

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Austin Trades Council
Title: Austin Trades Council Records
Dates: 1904-1910, 1959-1967
Abstract: The Austin Trades Council was founded in 1900 and served as a central organizing body of labor unions in Austin, Texas. Minutes (1904-1910, 1963-1967) and scrapbook pages containing newspaper clippings (1959-1967) document the proceedings and activities of the Austin Trades Council.
Identification: AR45
Extent: 2 volumes, 1 microfilm (0.4 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries

Historical Note

Founded in 1900, the Austin Trades Council served as a central organizing body for labor unions. Its purpose was to organize, coordinate, and unify unions and union activity in Austin, Texas. Delegates from each participating labor union attended meetings to discuss and consider labor issues and the activities of labor unions in the city.

Scope and Contents

The Austin Trades Council Records are comprised of two bound volumes of minutes and a microfilm reel containing minutes and scrapbook pages. The minutes record and describe the proceedings of meetings held by the Austin Trades Council from 1904-1910 and from 1963-1967. Topics include the various labor unions associated with the Trades Council, representatives and delegates, grievances, financial matters, political matters, and organized activities. The scrapbook pages contain mainly newspaper clippings about the Austin Trades Council and its activities.


Records consist of minutes in 2 volumes (1904-1910) and 1 role of microfilm containing minutes (1963-1967) and a scrapbook (1959-1967).



Open for research.

Index Terms

These materials are indexed under the following headings in the catalog of The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Austin Trades Council--Records and correspondence.
Labor unions--Texas--Austin--History--Sources.
Austin (Tex.)--History--Sources.
Alternate Titles
Texas Labor Archives

Separated Material

Constitution and By-Laws (1955) of the Austin Trades Council placed in AR417: Texas Labor Archives: Constitutions, By-Laws, and Rules.

Administrative Information


Austin Trades Council Records, AR45, Box Number, Volume Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries.


Gift, 1970.

Administrative Information

Grant Support

The retrospective updating and conversion of this finding aid was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Special Collections "Documenting Democracy: Access to Historical Records" project, 2014-2015.

Container List

Box Volume
1 1 Minute Book, November 8, 1904-March 31, 1908
2 Minute Book, April 14, 1908-September 27, 1910
3 Minutes (on microfilm, Collection M14), February 19, 1963-July 18, 1967
4 Scrapbook (on microfilm, Collection M14), 1959-1967