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July 8-10, 1894

 File — Box: 3, Volume: 3
Identifier: Case Pullman 12/00/03

Scope and Contents note

From the Series:

May 11, 1894, walkout of American Railway Union-led Pullman Car Works employees, prompted by the Panic of 1893, induced wage cuts with no corresponding reduction in rents and fees at the company-owned town of Pullman, Illinois. By the end of June, after union members refused to handle Pullman cars, the local walkout developed into a national railroad strike. A month later, following a union-defied federal injunction prohibiting interference with trains, mob violence, and the use of federal troops, the strike ended. Eugene V. Debs and other union leaders were convicted of violating the injunction and a three-man strike commission was appointed by President Cleveland to investigate the strike.

Clippings from United States, Canadian, and European newspapers and magazines regarding the 1894 Pullman strike and its aftermath. Includes articles about conditions in Pullman, striking workers and their families, the response of city and federal officials, the activities of Eugene V. Debs and the American Railway Union during and after the strike, and the U.S. Strike Commission investigation and report.

Scrapbooks have been digitized and are also available on 35 mm. microfilm in the General Reading Room of the library.


  • Creation: 1894


Conditions Governing Access

The Pullman Company Records are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Medical records and records of disciplinary action are closed for a period of fifty years after the creation of the record. Such records may be disclosed only to the named individual or his legal representative. Application and service files that may contain medical and disciplinary information will be reviewed and records removed before the files are supplied to a researcher.

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Repository Details

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