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Collection TitleCL 45 Ladies Auxiliary to the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen/ Clara Bradley Drill TeamCreatorBooth Library
Processed BySue Rogan
Date Completed:August 2009
Provenance:The items in this collection were donated to the Booth Library by George Bowman in 1984.
Terms:Elmira (N.Y.); Railroads-Employees; Trade-unions; Trade-unions-Railroads; Women-Societies and clubs
Historical:The Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen-The Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, a labor union and mutual insurance organization for railroad workers, was founded in Oneonta, New York in 1883.  The first Ladies Auxiliary was organized in 1889.  The two Elmira lodges, No. 229 Chemung Lodge and No. 413 Northern Central Lodge, were founded in 1894. Both lodges had Ladies Auxiliaries associated with them.  The Clara Bradley Drill Team was founded in 1922 from members of the Ladies Auxiliary of both Elmira lodges and preformed marches and dance drills at various occasions.  The organization provided benefits to widows, orphans and disabled railroad employees, as well as political lobbying on behalf of railroad workers.  In 1969, the Brotherhood merged with two other railroad unions to form the United Transportation Union. 
Scope:The Ladies Auxiliary to the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen/ Clara Bradley Drill Team Collection contains records pertaining to those organizations including treasurer's reports and minutes, 1926-1964; newsletters, 1963-1964; correspondence, 1948-1965; and miscellaneous material. 
Extent.5 Linear Feet
Date Span1927-1965
AbstractThis collection contains material related to the Elmira branch of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen and the Clara Bradley Drill Team.


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Letter from J.T. Cushing, Chairman State Legislative Representative of Brotherhood of Railroad Trainman to Delegates of the 23rd International Convention of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, June 15, 1962. Letter011411
Letter to railroad employees of Chemung & Steuben Counties regarding a town hall meeting with State Senator Harold A. Jerry, July 12, 1962.Letter011412
Resolutions #1-11 of the New York State Ladies Auxiliary to the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen legislative committee regarding Industrial Code Rule 42, the Full Crew Law, and the Railroad Retirement Act, October 1962.Document011413
Mary Gorski correspondence regarding railroad legislation with the office of the governor, Congressman Howard W. Robinson, and Senators Kenneth B. Keating and Jacob K. Javits, April-August 1963.Correspondence011414
Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, New York State Legislative Board updates on railroad legislation, February-July 1963.Letters011415
Mary Gorski correspondence regarding railroad legislation with New York State Senator William T. Smith, New York State Assemblymen L. Richard Marshall and R. Watson Pomeroy, January-February 1964.Correspondence011416
Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, New York State Legislative Board updates on railroad legislation, April-September 1964.Letters011417
Correspondence between Mary Gorski and various officers of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen regarding legislative lobbying, January-August, 1964.Correspondence011418
Correspondence between Elmira Mayor Edward Lagonegro and Brotherhood of Railroad Trainment President Charles Luna regarding the organization's 80th year, Feburary 1964.Correspondence 011419
Letter from New York State Senator William T. Smith to Mrs. William A. Wayne regarding the Full Crew Law, February 10, 1964.Letter011420
Letter from E.A. Martin, Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen New York State Legislative Representative, to Theresa E. Mosher, Grand President of the Ladies Auxiliary regarding the convention, April 21, 1964.Letter011421
Letter from Theresa E. Mosher, Theresa E. Mosher, Grand President of the Ladies Auxiliary, to J.E. Gallagher of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen regarding the convention, April 23, 1964.Letter011422
Letter from J.V. Bechard of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen regarding the retirement of E.A. Martin, June 9, 1964.Letter011423
Correspondence between E.A. Martin, Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen New York State Legislative Representative, and the treasurer of the Trainmen's Political Education League, June 1964.Correspondence011424
Correspondence between Mary R. Sotanski, secretary of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainment New York Legislative Board, with the treasuerer of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, July 1964.Correspondence 011425
Letter from the secretary of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen New York State Legislative Board to Mary Gorski, May 28, 1965.Letter011426
Lists - New York Congressional Delegation and Assembly Public Service Committee, ca. 1960s.Documents011427
Assorted envelopes, ca. 1960s.Envelopes011427
(10) Resignation letters from members of the Clara Bradley Drill Team, June 1947-March 1951.Letters011501
(9) Thank you letters from members of the Clara Bradley Drill Team for flowers and/or cards, ca. 1940s.Letters011502
Christmas Card sent to the Clara Bradley Drill Team, 1948.Greeting Card011503
Letter from Eleanor Brown to the Clara Bradley Drill Team regarding a card party, January 21, 1948.Letter011504
Letter from Harvey Shomo to Mrs Harriet Mann regarding the price of tea, September 1, 1948.Letter011505
Letter from Eleanor Brown to the Clara Bradley Drill Team regarding a card party, March 24, 1949.Letter011506
Letter from Nancy Conklin, Senior Girl Scouts Elmira Troop 3, to the Clara Bradley Drill Team regarding cookie sales, March 1, 1951.Letter011507
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