Contents and Arrangement

Photograph Album of U. U. T. W. (United Union of Telephone Workers) Women Telephone Workers on Strike Near Lincoln (Ashland), Nebraska, 1946-1949

1 folder

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

This photograph album contains 116 black and white photographic prints, each captioned with identifying names on black album pages in white ink. Some individual's positions with the company are also included. The album belonged to a woman who worked at the Ashland office of the Lincoln Telephone and Telegraph Company, and begins with both individual and group portrait photographs of her coworkers. Most are in front of the steps of the telephone office, and the album begins with the caption, "The Telephone Gang, Ashland."

The majority of the photographs are of the Lincoln Telephone and Telegraph Company strikers who participated in the 1947 Telephone strike that took place from April 7 to May 19, 1947. Most of the photographs are of employees on the picket line with signs. Besides the 1947 Telephone strike, there are other organizing photographs of labor union members attending mass meetings of the United Union of Telephone Workers (U. U. T. W.), at the union office headquarters, and at city hall and the capitol. At the end of the album are photographs of the company events, including Christmas parties from 1947 and 1948, and the wedding of Virgil Bowman and Dorothy Nelson in 1949.

The people identified in the album include the creator, although her photograph is captioned simply with "myself". Other people identified in the album include: Jean Gilmore, John Potter (manager), Audrey Neal, Evelyn Sprague (chief operator), Genevieve Wood, Helen Boldt, Lillian Campbell, Lola Hetherington, Ruth Marcks (strike captain), Mabel Volpp (strike captain), Delores Glover (strike captain), Elaine Scovell (supervisor), Lawanna Graham, Margaret Micloski, Onita Clausen, Ruth Hetherington, Vera Wasson, and many others.


Arranged alphabetically by the name of the creator or by the date of acquisition.

Collection History


Purchased from Michael Vinson Americana in 2021 (AM 2022-085).


No material was separated during processing.

Processing Information

These materials were processed and described by Amy C. Vo in January 2022.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Photograph Album of U. U. T. W. (United Union of Telephone Workers) Women Telephone Workers on Strike Near Lincoln (Ashland), Nebraska; General Manuscripts Miscellaneous Collection, C0140, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Existence and Location of Copies

Parts of this collection are available on microfilm, cataloged separately as RCPXM-7497696.

Subject Terms:
Labor unions -- United States -- 20th century
Women labor union members
Genre Terms:
Photograph albums -- United States -- 20th century.
Photographic prints