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Ellis, Frank Alexander, 1888 - 1976. Oral History Interview, November 1974

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: SMHC Collection 1258


This collection consists of an audiocassette, a reel-to-reel tape, a CD duplicate of the audiocassette, and a transcript of an oral history interview conducted between lone Louk and Frank Ellis of Austin, Minnesota. The cassette, reel-to-reel tape, and audio CDs are of the same recording. Ellis was a labor organizer and a worker at the Hormel. In 1933, Elhs helped to found the Independent Union of All Workers, and after the union joined the Committee for Industrial Organization, he served in Local P-9, of the United Packinghouse Workers of America. In the interview, Ellis talked about his work as an organizer. In particular, he discussed his work in organizing the packinghouse workers and his part in the 1933 Hormel strike.


  • 1974-11

Biographical / Historical

Frank Alexander Ellis was bom on 10 September 1888, in St. Joseph, Missouri. He attended the Floyd School in St. Joseph.

Ellis was involved in the organized labor movement during nearly all of his adult life. He worked for the Hormel Company of Austin, Minnesota, in the Hog Casing Department from November 1928 until July 1933. In 1933, Ellis helped organize the Independent Union of All Workers and conducted one of the nation's first successful sit-down strikes. He terminated his employment in 1933 in order to found and become the first president of Local P-9, United Packinghouse Workers of America. He became the vice-president of the United Packinghouse Workers in May 1937, a position he held until his retirement in 1952. Frank EUis died in December of 1976.


2.00 folders

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Ellis, Frank Alexander, 1888 - 1976. Oral History Interview, November 1974
Karin Thiem
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Part of the Southern Minnesota Historical Center Repository

Minnesota State University, Mankato
Memorial Library
PO Box 8419
Mankato MN 56002-8419 US