National Founders Association Records

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The National Founders Association was an early 20th Century labor union that represented foundry workers and other metal workers. The union was mainly represented in the upper-Midwest, with its national headquarters in Detroit, MI and with other regional offices in Minneapolis, MN. During the union’s existence, it found itself in conflict with a similar union, The Molder’s Union, over the issue of open shop vs. closed shop foundries.

The records in this collection detail the Presidential Election of 1908, the state of the National Founders Association, and its interaction with other labor movements in the late 1900s. The main focus is the administration of the union. The majority of the material is newspaper clippings and correspondences between the heads of the National Founders Association.

1905-1911, bulk 1905-1909
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