Fonds MsC-255 - Trade Union Research Bureau fonds

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Trade Union Research Bureau fonds

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  • [195?]-[200?] (Creation)
    Trade Union Research Bureau

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19 m of textual records and audiovisual material

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Originally established as a Canadian branch of the Pacific Coast Labour Bureau in 1938, the Trade Union Research Bureau (TURB) was re-organized in 1946 as an independent, locally-owned company in Vancouver, B.C. TURB served Western Canadian trade unions as an independent labour research organization. Over the 75 years of its existence the Bureau underwent several transformations reflecting changes in the West Coast labour and social movements it served, the issues that these movements focused on, and the expertise of its staff. Over the years, TURB extended the scope of its services, connections and partnerships to organizations across the country, from Victoria to Toronto, and from the B.C. maritime and resource extraction industries to the manufacturing, construction, public health, education, government service, public utility and transportation sectors.

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Records were in the custody of the Trade Union Research Bureau prior to their acquisition by Simon Fraser University Library Special Collections and Rare Books in 2013.

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Fonds documents the research, advocacy and communications activities of the Trade Union Research Bureau. Records include books, newspapers, magazines, pamphlets, correspondence, legal documents, research materials, sound and video recordings.

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  • English

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Created December 13, 2016. SS

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