[Virginia City, Nv. 1877-1896. Three items, totalling pp. Light wear and soiling. Very good. Item #1882
Three neat documents of early mining unions in Nevada during the last quarter of the 19th century. The two principal pieces here comprise oaths of office and certifications of the elections for the trustees of the Virginia City Nevada Miners' Union in 1877 and 1880. The union was founded in 1867 (after a previous "protective association," formed in 1863, had collapsed), and a union hall building that was constructed in 1877 is still standing in Virginia City. Each document consists of two attached sheets, one a manuscript attestation by the recording secretary that certifies the results of the annual elections for union trustees, and the other a partially printed form completed in manuscript that served as the oath of office for the trustees, signed by each recently elected member. Also present is an 1896 dues card for the Storey County, Nevada, chapter of the Ancient Order of United Workers, completed in full for a member named Desmond. The Nevada Miners' Union was one of the earliest successful efforts at labor organization in the West, and these documents provide an interesting record of their operations and structure.