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International Typographical Union collection

Identifier: COU:845

Scope and Contents

1st Accession: The 1st Accession of the International Typographical Union Collection is comprised of many historical documents, including general historical files, photographs of the Printer’s Home, legal files for various legal proceedings (including Scott v. Columbia Basin), and job action reports. The Typographical Journal and The Bulletin are two prominent publications included in this collection, along with “Reports of the Officers and Proceedings of the ITU.”

The oversize material featured in this section is split into two parts: oversize folders and books. The oversize folders contain copies of the ITU Review and the last folder contains various issues of The Guild Reporter and a copy of News and Views for the year 1971. The books contain copies of Labor’s Daily from 1952 to 1958. The last book in this collection is Chicago Daily News’ 100 Years of Famous Front Pages.

2nd Accession: The 2nd Accession includes Convention material, Executive Council records, papers from various local unions and other sources, Proceedings, strike files and ITU films and photographs as well as miscellaneous audio/visual items.


  • Creation: 1851 - 1986

Conditions Governing Access

All analog sound recordings, video formats, and moving image film held by the Archives must be digitized for research access, due to preservation concerns. If these materials have not previously been digitized, the researcher is responsible for the cost of digitization. Researchers may request access to previously-digitized audiovisual materials that are not online on the CU Digital Library by contacting

Copyright Statement

The University Libraries do not own the copyright to this collection. Researchers are responsible for contacting the copyright holder(s) for this material and obtaining permission to publish or broadcast. The University Libraries will not grant permission to publish or broadcast this material and are not responsible for copyright violations resulting from such use.


311.5 linear feet (350 record boxes, 400 reels, 256 volumes, 20 oversize boxes)

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Established in 1852 as the National Typographical Union, this was the oldest labor union in continuous existence. Members worked in composing, printing, press rooms throughout the newspaper industry. The ITU worked for employment security, higher wages, standards control, benefits and pensions for their membership. The ITU was headquartered in Colorado Springs, along with the ITU Printers' Home, a retirement and medical facility for infirm ITU retirees. The collection consists of two accessions. The first includes published journals, proceedings, newspapers, newsletters and the library of the union. There are also legal files of several NLRB cases and photographs of the Printers' Home. The second accession contains the manuscript papers, minutes, "rat" files, strike files, letterpress books, films, memorabilia, and membership materials.

Physical Location

Located at offsite storage (PASCAL). Allow at least 5 days for delivery. Contact for questions and requests.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of William Frazee, Communication Workers of America, 1987

Permanent URL

Processed by David Hays and Rebecca Spilver, 1988. Edited by Christine de Vries, 2016.
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries, Rare and Distinctive Collections Repository

1720 Pleasant Street
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Boulder Colorado 80503 United States