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Guide to the John Jacob Scherer Papers, 1931-1959

Collection Overview

The John Jacob Scherer (1881-1956) Papers span the years 1931 to 1959. They chiefly consist of subject files and printed material but also include writings, sermons, clippings, and subject cards. The collection primarily relates to Scherer's career as an independent labor arbitrator for several companies and labor unions in Virginia including: Mead Corporation, United Paper Workers of America, Brooks Transfer Company, and the Teamsters Union. Included are two volumes of typed transcripts of proceedings of arbitration cases. Other areas represented in the collection are Scherer's career as a Lutheran minister in both West Virginia and Virginia. There is no information pertaining to his personal life or his tenure as an associate justice. In the Subject Files Series is information pertaining to labor arbitration from 1937-1955, such as literature from both labor unions and the companies. This information contains the grievances of each party, and also contains Scherer's notes and recommendations for specific cases. The Printed Materials Series contains published texts collected by Scherer that pertain to labor arbitration. The Miscellaneous Series includes Scherer's writings on labor arbitration and also a few sermons and church addresses. Photocopied newspaper clippings in this series concern both Scherer's labor arbitration and ministry.

Descriptive Summary

Title
John Jacob Scherer papers, 1931-1959
provenance
Scherer, John Jacob, 1881-1956.
Extent
4.8 Linear Feet, 4,000 Items
Repository
Duke University. David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Language
English.

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Contents of the Collection

Subject Cards, 1940-1949(Includes Subject Files information)
Box 1
American Arbitration Association, 1945-1955, undated
(2 folders)
Box 1
Ampthill Rayon Workers, 1944-1950, undated
Box 1
Baltimore Transfer Company, 1949-1950
Box 1
Bristol Steel and Iron Works, Inc., 1954-1955, undated
(3 folders)
Box 1
Background information on Scherer, John Jacob, Jr., 1947-1956, undated
Box 1
Brooks Transportation Company, 1946, undated
Box 1
1945-1954, undated
Box 1
Brunswick-Balke-Collender Company, 1949-1955, undated
Box 1
Celanese Corporation of America, 1945-1952
Box 1
L-436, WAS-L-23-48; 1948-1949, undated
Box 2
L-5067, WAS-L-14-49;1949, undated
Box 2
Citizens Rapid Transit Company, Court Exhibits 1-36, undated
(2 folders)
Box 2
Clarksburg, W. Va., 1954-1955, undated
Box 2
Concrete Pipe and Products Co. Inc., 1947-1949, undated
Box 2
Consolidated Paper and Box Manufacturing Company, 1947-1952, undated
Box 2
Correspondence: General, 1943-1955
Box 2
Craddock-Terry Shoe Corporation, 1945, undated
Box 2
Davidson Transfer and Storage Company, 1952-1954, undated
Box 2
East Coast Freight Lines, 1950
Box 2
E.I. Dupont de Nemours and Company, 1955, undated
Box 2
Erwin Mills and Textiles Workers Union of America, 1950-1951, undated
Box 3
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, 1948
Box 3
Fiber Board Container Company, 1946-1952, undated
Box 3
Friedman-Marks Clothing Co. Inc., 1937-1954, undated
(2 folders)
Box 3
Hoffmeister Concrete Company, 1948
Box 3
Huntington Chair Corporation, 1949-1954, undated
Box 3
Indiana-Kansas City Motor Express Company, 1954
Box 3
Industrial Relations Research Association, 1948-1950
Box 3
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, 1953-1955, undated
(2 folders)
Box 3
Jefferson Manufacturing Co. Inc., 1947
Box 4
Jones and Robins, Inc. and Brown Realty Corporation, 1943-1954
Box 4
Kaufman and Company, Inc., 1953-1954, undated
Box 4
Kingan and Company, 1939-1941, undated
Box 4
Laburnum Construction Company, 1949-1953, undated
Box 4
Larus and Brother Company, Inc., 1944-1946, undated
Box 4
Lummis and Company, 1951, undated
Box 4
Manchester Board and Paper Company, Inc., 1946-1948, undated
Box 4
Mead Corporation, 1946-1947, undated
Box 4
National Academy of Arbitrators, 1947-1952
(3 folders)
Box 4
National Academy of Arbitrators, 1953, undated
Box 5
National Electrical Contractors Association, Inc., 1947-1951, undated
(2 folders)
Box 5
Kimbalton, Va., 1954-1955, undated
Box 5
Petersburg, Va., 1947-1955
Box 5
Roanoke, Va., 1946-1953, undated
Box 5
National War Labor Board, 1943-1955, undated
(4 folders)
Box 5
Old Hickory Chemical Company, 1948-1949, undated
Box 6
Planters Nut and Chocolate Company, 1948-1955
Box 6
R. C. Motor Lines, Inc., 1955
Box 6
R. H. Hardesty Company, 1951, undated
Box 6
Richmond Bridge, Structural and Ornamental Iron Workers, 1949-1950, undated
Box 6
Richmond Dairy Company, 1954
Box 6
Richmond-Greyhound Lines Inc., 1953-1955, undated
Box 6
Richmond Hotels, Inc., 1944-1945
Box 6
Ripplemead Lime Company, 1955
Box 6
Roanoke-Webster Brick Co. Inc., 1950-1955, undated
Box 6
Savage Truck Line Inc., 1946-1951, undated
Box 6
Southern Aid Society of Virginia, Incorporated., 1947-1948, undated
Box 6
Standard Lime and Stone Company, 1949-1952, undated
Box 6
Standard Paper Manufacturing Co., 1950-1955
Box 6
Swift and Company, 1943-1945, undated
Box 7
Swift Ice Cream Company of Hampton, Va., 1946
Box 7
T and E Laundry Co. Inc., 1944-1945
Box 7
Torch Club, 1952-1953, undated
Box 7
Union Envelope Company, 1948-1951, undated
Box 7
Virginia Dairy Company, Inc., 1951, undated
Box 7
Virginia Electric and Power company, 1948-1953;Union Exhibits #1-17,1948
Box 7
Virginia Manufacturer's Association, Inc., 1954-1955, undated
Box 7
Virginia Mechanical Corporation, 1950, undated
Box 7
Virginia Telephone and Telegraph Co., 1952-1954
Box 7
Virginia Transit Company, 1943-1946, undated
(2 folders)
Box 8
Wage Stabilization Board, 1951-1952,June, undated
(2 folders)
Box 8
West Virginia Pulp and Paper Company, 1947-1948
Box 8
Wilson Trucking Company, 1954, undated
Box 8
Wortendyke Manufacturing Company, 1948-1949, undated
Box 8
Yale and Towne Manufacturing Co., 1952-1953, undated
Box 8
Yellow Cab Company, 1949-1953
Box 8
Miscellaneous, 1943-1955, undated
Box 8
1931-1948
(6 folders)
Box 9
1949-1953
(6 folders)
Box 10
1954-1955
(4 folders)
Box 11
1955, undated(1 folder, 1 vol.)
Box 12
Miscellaneous materials
Box 12
Writings and speeches
Box 12
Planters Nut and Chocolate Company, 1948-1955
Oversize Box 15

Historical Note

DateEvent(s)
1881, May 6Born, Marion, Va.
1888-1897Student, Marion College
1897-1898Student, Fishburne Military School, Waynesboro, Va.
1900Earned A.B., Roanoke College, Salem Va.
1904Earned B.D. Gettysberg (Pa.) Lutheran Theological Seminary
Ordained into the Evangelical Lutheran Church
1904-1906Minister, Grace Lutheran Church, Fairmont, W. Va.
1906-Minister, First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Richmond, VA
1906, Dec. 13Married Anna Belle Downtain
1916-Associate justice Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, Richmond, Va.
1919Conferred, D.D., Roanoke College, Salem, Va.
1926-1948President, Lutheran Synod of Virginia
1946Member of the American Arbitration Association
1956, Jan. 14Died, Richmond, Va.

John Jacob Scherer, Jr. served and held positions in many civic and community organizations including: President and member of Board of Directors, Richmond Community Council; Trustee, Roanoke College, Marion Junior College, and Richmond Professional Institute of College of William and Mary (founder and President); Konnarock Training School (Director); and Iron Mountain School for Boys. Scherer also served as a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Virginia (President 1919-1922) and Lutheran Synod of Virginia (President 1926-1948). Scherer also served on the National War Labor Board, Region IV; as Vice-Chairman of the National Wage Stabilization Board, Region IV; and as Chairman of the Virginia Board of Public Welfare.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], John Jacob Scherer Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The John Jacob Scherer Papers (1931-1959) were donated to the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library in 1979.

Processing Information

Processed by: John Gribble

Completed 8 June 1994

Encoded by Jackie Dean

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.