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Donald H. Shelton Papers 1907, 1956-2006

MSS-352


Overview of the Collection

Creator: Shelton, Donald H., 1940-
Title: Donald H. Shelton Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1907, 1956-2006
Quantity: 19 Boxes (10.33 Linear Feet)
Abstract:This collection contains personal papers, minutes, agendas, membership lists, correspondence, conference materials, newspaper and journal articles, newsletters, interviews, and video and audio tapes documenting Don Shelton's work at Magma Copper Company between 1965 and 1998. Of particular interest are the materials documenting changes in the company and local unions at both of Magma's branches (San Manuel and Pinto Valley).
Identification: MSS-352
Language: Material in English
Repository: Arizona State University Library. Greater Arizona Collection
P.O. Box 871006
Tempe, AZ 85287-1006
Phone: (480) 965-4932
E-Mail: archives@asu.edu
Questions? Ask An Archivist!

Biographical Note

Don Shelton was born on August 31, 1940 in Tucson, Arizona. He joined the Air Force 1959 and became a mechanic for jet fighters. After being honorably discharged in 1963, Shelton returned to Tucson and started working a variety of different jobs. By the end of 1964, the unsteady work drove him to apply at the San Manuel branch of Magma Copper Company. He started work on January 15, 1965. His first position with Magma was as an underground chute tapper. He transferred to pipe-fitter in June of 1965. While Shelton worked with the pipe-fitters, he met the current Union President, Eddy Jackson. After being unfairly transferred back to chute tapper, the union helped Shelton return to the pipe-fitter position.

As a result of his positive interaction with the union, Shelton became pro-union and began serving as a grievance man for Magma's pipe-fitters section. By 1967, Shelton had become the Vice-President of the Mine-Mill Union. Shelton was President of the union when women started working at the mine and he supported the female employees' presence, cautioning male workers against harassing female co-workers and refusing to support male workers accused of mistreating female coworkers. Shelton also worked to make Magma pay disability pensions owed to their workers and was successful in at least one case. During the merger of the United Steelworkers of America and the International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers, Shelton served as union officer. He also served as President of the USWA's Local #937 from 1982 to 1991.

Shelton became a board member of the AFL-CIO in 1979, served as President of the Board from 1987 to 1989, and stepped down in 1989. Shelton was an important part of the 1989 change in management at Magma that established the Joint Union-Managment Cooperation Council (JUMCC). Although it took time for both Magma and the unions to recognize that working together would work, the JUMCC changed the atmosphere at Magma, helping to raise profits and stocks in the company and to decrease costs of business and production. Shelton retired from the mine in January of 1998.


Scope and Content Note

This collection contains personal papers, minutes, agendas, membership lists, correspondence, conference materials, newspaper and journal articles, newsletters, interviews, and video and audio tapes documenting Don Shelton's work at Magma Copper Company between 1965 and 1998. In addition to Shelton's personal papers, which document the unions he was involved with, the collection houses materials produced by Magma Copper Company that show the corporation's perspective. Some items were given to Shelton prior to his arrival at Magma, including historical printings about mining and policy information.


Arrangement

This collection consists of eighteen boxes divided into three series:
Series I: Don Shelton Personal Papers
Sub-Series A: Interviews
Sub-Series B: Materials
Sub-Series C: Bargaining Notebooks
Sub-Series D: Correspondence
Sub-Series E: Training
Sub-Series F: Other Papers
Sub-Series G: Don's Notes
Series II: Magma Copper Company
Sub-Series A: Company Information
Sub-Series B: Internal Workings
Sub-Series C: Magma-Union Settlements
Sub-Series D: Printed Agreements
Sub-Series E: Presentations
Sub-Series F: San Manuel
Sub-Series G: Unions General Information
Sub-Series H: Articles on Magma, Mining, and Unions
Sub-Series I: Union Education
Sub-Series J: Voice of Magma
Sub-Series K: Union Newsletters
Sub-Series L: Non-Steelworker Unions
Sub-Series M: United Steelworkers of America
Sub-Series N: Joint Union Management Cooperation Committee (JUMCC)
Sub-Series O: Broken Hill Proprietary Company
Series III: Media

Restrictions

Access Restrictions

To view this collection, make an appointment at least five business days prior to your visit by contacting Ask an Archivist or calling (480) 965-4932. Appointments in the Wurzburger Reading Room at Hayden Library (rm. 138) on the Tempe campus are available Monday through Friday. Check the ASU Library Hours page for current availability.

Copyright

The Arizona Board of Regents retains copyright to this collection for and on behalf of the Arizona State University Library. Requests to publish, display, or redistribute information from this collection must be submitted via our online application.


Related Material

A plaque produced by the International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers Local #586 in Miami, Arizona was removed to the Arizona Artifacts Collection.


Access Terms

Personal Name(s)
Kennedy, Robert F., 1925-1968
Shelton, Donald H., 1940-

Corporate Name(s)
United Steelworkers of America. Local 586 (Pinto Valley, Ariz.)
AFL-CIO
Broken Hill Proprietary Company
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. Local 2181 (San Manuel, Ariz.)
International Brotherhood of Boiler Makers, Iron Ship Builders, and Helpers of America. Local 187 (Pinto Valley)
International Brotherhood of Boiler Makers, Iron Ship Builders, and Helpers of America. Local 337 (San Manuel, Ariz.)
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Local 2223 (San Manuel, Ariz.)
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Local 518 (Pinto Valley, Ariz.)
International Brotherhood of Teamsters. Local 104 (San Manuel and Pinto Valley, Ariz.)
International Union of Operating Engineers. Local Union 428 (Pinto Valley, Ariz.)
International Union of Painters and Allied Trades. Local 596 (San Manuel, Ariz.)
Joint Union-Management Cooperation Committee
Magma Copper Company
United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America. Local 1914 (Pinto Valley, Ariz.)
United States. Subversive Activities Control Board
United Steelworkers of America. Local 987 (San Manuel, Ariz.)

Subject(s)
Copper mines and mining -- Arizona
Gain sharing -- Arizona
Pipe fitters -- Arizona
Underground chute tappers -- Arizona


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Donald H. Shelton Papers, MSS-352, Arizona State University Library.

Provenance

Don Shelton donated these papers to the Arizona Collection in 2010 (Accession #2010-04428).


Container List

Series I: Don Shelton Personal Papers
Sub-Series A: Interviews
BoxFolder
11 Interview (Original)
12 Interview (Version 2)
13 Interview (Version 3)
Sub-Series B: Materials
BoxFolder
14 Resume
15 Writings by Shelton
16 Business Travel for Company: Expense Reports
17 Business Travel for Union #184: Expense Reports
18 Information on Innovation in Workplaces
19 Scottsdale II Attendee Lists
Photographs
BoxFolder
211 Training for Union Leadership
210 Photographs
Sub-Series C: Bargaining Notebooks
BoxFolder
110 Bargaining Notebook 1986 (1 of 2)
BoxFolder
21 Bargaining Notebook 1986 (2 of 2)
22 Bargaining Notebook 1996
23 Bargaining Notebook 1997
Sub-Series D: Correspondence
BoxFolder
24 Correspondence from Shelton
25 Correspondence to Shelton
26 Correspondence with Unions
27 Correspondence with Outside Companies
28 Correspondence with Magma
29 Correspondence with BHP
Sub-Series E: Training
BoxFolder
211 Training for Union Leadership
212 Training for Facilitator
213 Training Manuals
Sub-Series F: Other Papers
BoxFolder
214 Union Information
BoxFolder
31 Work Place of the Future
32 Drafts
Sub-Series G: Don's Notes
BoxFolder
33 Don's Notes
34 Don's Notes
35 Don's Notes
Series II: Magma Copper Company
Sub-Series A: Company Information
BoxFolder
41 Company Information 1965-2006
42 Magma Update 1985-1988
43 Magma Update 1985-1988
44 Notes on the Magma Story 1985-1988
45 Annual Reports 1988-1994
BoxFolder
51 Internal Correspondence 1988-1994
Sub-Series B: Internal Workings
BoxFolder
52 Internal Development Team Committee
53 Internal Development Team Correspondence
54 Absentee Case File
55 Work Redesign Committee
56 Work Redesign Renewal
57 Cultural Revolution
58 Facilitator Training and Strategic Partnering
BoxFolder
61 Careshare Committee
62 Excellence Session
63 Newsletters
64 HR/Org. Development/JUMCC Redesign
BoxFolder
73 Copper Share
74 Disputes and Litigation
75 Magma-Union: New Union-Management Partners (1 of 3)
76 Magma-Union: New Union-Management Partners (2 of 3)
77 Magma-Union: New Union-Management Partners (3 of 3)
78 Preliminary Economic Report
79 Magma Division 2000 Best Practices Inquiry Report
BoxFolder
81 Consultant Workbook
82 Education for Workers: Breakdown Session
83 Education for Workers: Landmark Education
BoxFolder
91 Magma Management Review
92 Trade Negotiation Correspondence
93 Canadian Work Papers
910 Mill Work Redesign Workshop
911 Champagne's Article about Magma
912 Governance
913 Industrial Transformation
914 Visits to Magma
BoxFolder
101 Pinto Valley
Sub-Series C: Magma-Union Settlements
BoxFolder
65 Company-Union Settlement 1971
66 Company-Union Settlement 1977
67 Company-Union Settlement 1980
68 Company-Union Settlement 1983
69 Company-Union Settlement 1986
610 Company-Union Settlement 1989
611 Company-Union Settlement 1991
612 Company-Union Settlement 1992
BoxFolder
71 Company-Union Settlement 1997
72 Minutes from Barging Session 1996
Sub-Series D: Printed Agreements
BoxFolder
84 Magma-Union Agreements 1957, 1971, 1974, 1977, 1980, 1983
85 Agreements Studied 1985, 1990-1996
86 Plans for Employees 1968, 1983, 1986
Sub-Series E: Presentations
BoxFolder
94 Copper Presentation
95 Presentation Sault St. Marie
96 JUMCC Presentation
97 Presentation for Nestles
98 Presentation for Nabisco
99 Tankhouse Presentation
Sub-Series F: San Manuel
BoxFolder
102 Steering Committee
103 Business Presentation
104 Strategic Planning Committee
105 Classification of Workers
106 Management General
107 Management Leadership
108 Management Teams
109 Management Correspondence
1010 General Finance
1011 Gainshare
1012 Operations
1013 Materials and Environmental
BoxFolder
111 Safety Manuals
112 Insurance
113 Pensions
Documents in this folder have been redacted to remove the pensioner's date of birth, the pensioner's spouse's date of birth, and pensioner's payroll number.
114 Publication
Sub-Series G: Unions General Information
BoxFolder
116 Photographs
115 Union History
117 Merger between Unions
118 Enrollment
1112 Creative Labor Management Relations Conference
BoxFolder
124 Steward Information
125 Mine-Mill Task Force
126 Proposal for Oxide Operations
127 Miscellaneous Union Papers
128 Correspondence with Federal Officials
129 Records of Union-Company Relationship
1210 Union-Company Grievances and Correspondence
BoxBox
132 Miscellaneous Papers
Sub-Series H: Articles on Magma, Mining, and Unions
BoxFolder
119 News Articles
1110 Journal Articles
Sub-Series I: Union Education
BoxFolder
121 Workshops
122 Class Materials
123 Grievance Class Materials
Sub-Series J: Voice of Magma
Scope and Contents
The dates in this series are for the documents dealing with the Voice of Magma. Don Shelton's Notes and the Distribution Lists are not dated.
BoxFolder
1211 Don's Notes from Voice of Magma 1991-1996
1212 Documents 1991-1996
BoxFolder
131 Distribution Lists 1991-1996
Sub-Series K: Union Newsletters
BoxFolder
137 Rank and File
138 USWA: The Voice
139 Local 937 News, We the People, Label Letter
1310 Que-Pasa?
1311 AFL-CIO News
1312 National Nonferrous Industry Coordinating Committee
1313 Cu News
1314 Straight Talk
1315 Magma Unity Council
1316 Unlabeled Newsletters
Sub-Series L: Non-Steelworker Unions
BoxFolder
133 Mine-Mill Union: Correspondence for Union President 1966
134 Mine-Mill Union Newspaper 1966
135 International Unions: Unions to Magma Correspondence 1967-
136 International Unions: Subversive Activities Control Board 1967
1317 Western Federation of Miners Materials 1967
Box
19/OV2 15th Annual Convention of the Western Federation of Miners Photograph 1907 June (Photograph Stuck to Glass)
Sub-Series M: United Steelworkers of America
BoxFolder
1318 Steelworker Publications: Information Booklets
1319 Steelworker Publications: Magazines
BoxFolder
141 Mine-Mill to USWA
142 Union Barging
143 Memorandum
144 Economic Data and Committee
145 Safety and Drug Testing
146 Meetings
147 Grievance and Arbitration: Committee Records and Notes
148 Grievance and Arbitration: Arbitration Cases
149 Grievance and Arbitration: Teran Arbitration Case
1410 Leadership
1411 Rocky Mountain Labor School
1412 Labor Management Conference
BoxFolder
151 Flyers and Cartoons
152 Miscellaneous Papers
153 Union Election Materials
1513 Proceedings of the 58th USWA Convention
154 Correspondence: USWA to State and Federal Politicians
155 Correspondence: Local Union to Union Admin
156 Correspondence: Union to Local Members
157 Correspondence: Printed Emails
158 Correspondence: NIPSCO Electric Production
159 Correspondence: Letters of Agreement
1510 Correspondence: Concerning Finances
1511 Correspondence: R. Skiba
1512 Correspondence: Union to Union
Sub-Series N: Joint Union Management Cooperation Committee (JUMCC)
BoxFolder
161 History
162 Flowcharts and Job Descriptions
163 Charter and Committee Meetings
164 Sub-Committee Papers
165 Kerrigan's Notebook from Scottsdale Meeting
166 MCC Questions Referred to Director JUMCC-Steering Committee
167 Failed Proposal
168 Work Redesign Documents
169 Miscellaneous Papers
1610 Distribution Lists
1611 Correspondence: Letter Drafts
1612 Correspondence: Union to JUMCC
1613 Correspondence: Committee
1614 Correspondence: To the Committee
BoxFolder
171 Notes from Meetings
172 Mine Problems brought to JUMCC
173 Financial Documents
174 New Beginning Workshop
175 Work in America
Sub-Series O: Broken Hill Proprietary Company
BoxFolder
176 BHP-Magma Merger
177 Correspondence with Magma
178 Memos
179 Distribution Lists
1710 Mineral Background/Mining Procedure
1711 Leadership, Policy, and Legal
1712 Financial Information
1713 Negotiations: Pre- and Setup Committee
1714 Settlement
1715 Miscellaneous BHP Papers
1716 BHP New Zealand Support
1717 Presentations
1718 Best Practice in Mining and Processing Conference
Series III: Media
Box
18 Mooney Cassette Tapes (5 Tapes)
18 A New Beginning 1992 (VHS; 14 Minutes)