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Welcome to the International Woodworkers of America Archive!

Located at the Kaatza Station Museum and Archives in Lake Cowichan British Columbia, the IWA Archive holds the records of Canada’s largest woodworkers’ labour union, covering the time period from the union’s inception during the 1930s through to its amalgamation with the United Steelworkers in 2004. The collection includes the records of IWA Canada and its predecessor organizations, as well as several IWA local unions, including the 1-80 (Duncan), 1-217 (Vancouver), and the 1-71 (Courtenay). The archive also houses an impressive collection of 1930s and 1940s forestry and labour photographs taken by Wilmer Gold, and generously loaned to the Museum and Archives by USW Local 1-1937.

This blog’s purpose is to both document the creation of the archive, and to tell the epic history contained within these records!

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