One Big Union fonds Help




One Big Union fonds


Dates of Creation 


1918-1921, 1930, 1957


Physical Description 


24 cm of textual records


Scope and Content 


Fonds consists of records kept by Victor R. Midgley in his role as the secretary of the Central Executive of the One Big Union from 1918 to 1921. Midgley was one of the main forces behind the movement that led to the Calgary Convention and the formation of the OBU. His office was in the Labor Temple, Vancouver. Subjects discussed in the letters include labour issues, unions, OBU administration, the Winnipeg General Strike, donations, and the Russian Revolution.

Fonds also includes a copy of the constitution and by-laws of the Winnipeg Central Labour Council, One Big Union, as amended on December 16, 1930.


Administrative History or Biographical Sketch 


One Big Union (OBU) was a Canadian revolutionary industrial union that operated mostly in western Canada from 1919 to 1956.

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Restrictions on Access 


There are no restrictions on access to these records.


Terms For Use and Reproduction 


Researchers are responsible for observing copyright legislation. Permission may be required for any form of publication or exhibition where records are not in the public domain.


Custodial History 


Records were donated to the Archives of Manitoba by Margaret Sykes, daughter of R. B. Russell, in 1972.


Related Material 


The Archives of Manitoba also holds the Robert Boyd Russell fonds and the Mary Jordan fonds which contain related records.


Availability of Other Formats 


The microfilm of this fonds has been digitized and can be viewed through the listings database.




The Archives of Manitoba received the correspondence in chronological order. The only change made to the arrangement was to place a reply to a letter with the incoming letter. The Archives subsequently numbered the pages and prepared a descriptive list. This item level information has been included in the listings database.


Former Codes 


MG10 A3


How to proceed

Records may be consulted on microfilm, digitized microfilm may be accessed online or original records can be consulted in the Archives Research Room.

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This material is available for microfilm loan.

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