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  • United Transportation Union Collection

The Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen began in mid-nineteenth century as the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. The organization's primary focus role was to serve as a mutual insurance association. The organizations initially functioned as secret lodges with elaborate initiation ceremonies. In 1907, the organization changed its name to the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen to reflect the growing number of its members promoted to enginemen. In 1969, the union joined with the Order of Railway Conductors and Brakemen, the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, and the Switchmen's Union of North America to form the United Transportation Union.

Photographs in this collection include images of railroad accidents and Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen state and national meetings.

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