Loom Fixers Association Records

2 boxes (1 linear ft.)
Call no.: MS 3
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Union of loom fixers from Fall River, Massachusetts, affiliated at times with the United Textile Workers of America. Records include evocative executive committee minutes, a treasurer's book, and six dues books.

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Scope of collection

The records of the Loom Fixers Association include executive committee minutes for the years 1900-1901 and 1911-1917, a treasurer's book (1901-1905), and six dues books, spanning the years 1895 to 1907.

The loom fixers were among the most skilled workers in the New England textile industry. Labor organization in the industry, however, was sporadic and often localized. The records of the Fall River Loom Fixers Association do not indicate a date of origin but show an affiliation with the United Textile Workers of America, at least during the 1910s.

The minutes of the Loom Fixers indicate a lively union culture. The union had its own meeting hall, and it organized parades, socials, and excursions. Moreover, the Union executive committee considered all grievances; thus the minutes demonstrate clearly how the union operated on the shop floor in terms of checking pay rates, intervening against offensive foremen, handling layoffs or reductions, and protesting poor working conditions.


Executive Committee Minutes (volume)
Box 1
Executive Committee Minutes (volume)
Box 1
Dues books (6)
Box 2
Treasurer's Account Book
Box 2

Administrative information


The collection is open for research.


Acquired as a gift of the Labor Relations & Research Center, University of Massachusetts, 1984

Processing Information

Processed by Ken Fones-Wolf, August 1985.




Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Copyright and Use (More information )

Cite as: Loom Fixers Association Records (MS 3). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

Search terms


  • Fall River (Mass.)--Economic conditions--Sources.
  • Fall River (Mass.)--Social conditions--Sources.
  • Fall River Loom-Fixers' Association.
  • Labor unions--Massachusetts--Fall River.
  • Textile machinery industry--Massachusetts--Fall River--History--Sources.
  • Textile workers--Labor unions--Massachusetts--Fall River --History--Sources.


  • Fall River Loom-Fixers' Association [main entry]

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