Skip to main content

Henry T. Becker Papers

 Collection
Identifier: 1984-0004

Scope and Content

The collection documents Becker's career with various unions and service organizations. There is a small quantity of personal materials, but very little information concerning his political activities. The collection includes correspondence, reports, publications, news releases, proposals, minutes, and ephemera.

Dates

  • undated, 1917-1989

Access

The collection is open and available for research.

Restrictions on Use

Permission to publish from these Papers must be obtained in writing from the owner(s) of the copyright.

Biography

Henry T. Becker was born on 5 February 1917 in Hartford, Connecticut. He attended George Washington University, Duquesne University, Western Reserve University and the University of Connecticut.

Becker had a long and distinguished labor career beginning with Lodge 1746 of the International Association of Machinists while working for Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in East Hartford. In 1946, he was appointed steward, and from 1947-1949 conducted classes for stewards and local officers in Labor History while working as a full-time organizer.

In January 1950, Becker accepted the position of national representative in the union label department of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America. For the next decade, he worked on and directed campaigns against non-union clothing firms. While on leave of absences from the ACWA, 1956-1958, Becker worked as the national representative and organizer for the American Federation of Teachers. During this time, he reorganized and made permanent the Connecticut Federation of Teachers.

In 1965 he became a delegate to the Greater Hartford Labor Council for Local 125 of the ACWA, and in 1973 was appointed a member of the Community Services Committee, eventually becoming the executive secretary of the committee. Becker's affiliation with the Connecticut State Labor Council began in 1958. In the late 1960s he helped formulate the bylaws for the Connecticut State Union Label and Service Trades Council, of which he was later elected secretary-treasurer. In 1974, Becker assisted in forming the Statewide Community Services Committee.

In addition to his work with labor unions, Becker has been involved with politics and community activities in Connecticut. As a long time member of the Manchester Democratic Town Committee, he was elected Democratic Chairman of District Two in 1960, a post he held until 1962. In 1966, he was elected to the General Assembly, representing District 20 in the town of Manchester. From 1957 to 1966, he was Chairman of the Pension Board of the Town of Manchester. In the 1970s and 1980s, he also served as a member of the Statewide Health Coordinating Advisory Committee of the School of Social Work, University of Connecticut, and the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Lion's Eye Research Foundation.

Henry Becker is a veteran of the U. S. Army Air Corps (1943-1945), a member of the American Legion, the Knights of Columbus, and the Manchester Lions Club. He is married to Marie Elizabeth De La Chevrotiere Becker, and the father of three children, Theresa, Elaine and Timothy.

Additional biographical information may be found in Series I of the Papers.

Extent

16 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Henry T. Becker was born in Hartford, Connecticut. He attended George Washington University, Duquesne University, Western Reserve University and the University of Connecticut. Becker had a long and distinguished labor career beginning with Lodge 1746 of the International Association of Machinists while working for Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in East Hartford. He was also affiliated with the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America, American Federation of Teachers, Greater Hartford Labor Council, Connecticut State Labor Council, and other state-wide boards.

Arrangement

Series I: Personal (1917-1983) contains primarily biographical information, including correspondence, documentation of political activities, and articles and papers written by Becker.

Series II: Correspondence (1975-1980) consists of letters written by Becker during his affiliation with the Connecticut State Labor Council, the Greater Hartford Labor Council and the United Way.

Series III: Unions (undated, 1941-1983) is divided into six subseries—A: Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America (1950-1974); B: American Federation of Teachers (1955-1979); C: Connecticut State Labor Council (1957-1983); D: Greater Hartford Labor Council (1973-19834); E: International Association of Machinists (1941-1983); F: United Labor Agency (1978-1983). The series contains correspondence, publications, news releases, strikes, local and regional activity notices, reports, policies, proposals, minutes and other materials pertaining to Becker's union activities.

Series IV: Memorabilia(undated, 1940-1989) contains photographs of Becker during his youth, army and political career, and union and community services. It also contains plaques, buttons, programs, newspapers and clippings. The union movie, “Look for the Union Label” is located in this series.

Acquisition Information

The collection was donated by Mr. Becker to the University of Connecticut Libraries in several accessions beginning in March 1984.
Title
Henry T. Becker Papers
Status
Published
Author
Archives & Special Collections staff
Date
1992 May
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, University of Connecticut Library Repository

Contact:
University of Connecticut Library
405 Babbidge Road Unit 1205
Storrs Connecticut 06269-1205 USA US