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Welcome to the Booth Library manuscript index. 

The manuscript index contains links to finding aids for the collections of the Booth Library.  Each finding aid has a description of that collection along with a listing of the items within that collection.  The Booth Library staff and volunteers are updating the index daily in order to make your research experience more productive.

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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 Arthea Ladd to the president of the Clara Bradley Drill Team resigning her commission as Publicity Officer, July 13, 1951.Letter011508
Letter from the New York State Association of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen inviting the Clara Bradley Drill Team to perform at the convention, May 7, 1954.Letter011509
Officers of the Clara Bradley Drill Team from 1935 to 1940.Document011601
Speech - History of the Clara Bradley Drill Team, ca. 1940s.Document011602
Invoice from E.R. Springstead to the Clara Bradley Drill Team for uniforms, June 10, 1941.Invoice011603
Letter to the Clara Bradley Drill Team from W.C. Emerson, Manager of the Mark Twain Hotel, regarding the Drill Team dinner, December 10, 1947.Letter011604
Correspondence between Sangamon Mills and the Clara Bradley Drill Teams regarding an order of sunflower dish cloths, November 1947.Correspondence 011605
Clara Bradley Drill Team meeting minutes, February 4, 1935; February 6, 1941; September 9, 1941.Documents011606
Clara Bradley Drill Team treasurer's notes and dues lists, 1940-41.Documents011607
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