Frank S. McDaniels papers

Lebanon County Historical Society
924 Cumberland Street, Lebanon, PA, 17042
Material Type
1948 – 1981 Inclusive date(s)
1948 – 1981 Normal date(s)
Extent Units
linear feet
McDaniels, Frank S. (is creator of)
Administrative/Biographical History
Frank S. McDaniels was born May 7, 1924 in Lebanon, Pa.  McDaniels garduated from Lebanon High School in 1942, served in the U.S. Navy in World War II and attended Lebanon Valley College.  In 1946, McDaniels was employed by the Bethlehem Steel Corporation Cornwall Ore Mines and joined the United Steelworkers of America Local Union #2731.  He continued work in various positions at the Bethlehem Steel Cornwall Concentrator Plant until 1979. McDaniels quickly became an active member of the steelworkers union and served in different capacities as a representative or delegate and in several elecetd offices from 1952-1981: Recording Secretary, Local #2731 President, Local #2731 Chairman of the Grievance Committee, Local #2731 Member of the Steelworkers Negotiation Committee, Local #2731 Delegate to the local area United Labor Council, AFL-CIO Council COPE Director Delegate and member of the Area Labor Blood Bank, Steelworkers Strike Relief Committee, Steelworkers Legislative and Education Committee Organizing representative, United Steel Workers of America McDaniels was also a member of many fraternal organizations in Lebanon, founder of the Lebanon County Kidney Foundation and President of the Palmyra Area School District PTA.  He served as a labor representative on the executive committee of the Lebanon County Republican Party from 1958-1963 and in the same capacity for the Lebanon County Democratic Party from 1964-1981.  Frank S. McDaniels died December 24, 2006.
Scope and Content
This collection contains McDaniels' correspondence and speeches and notes, materials pertaining to his employment and labor relations at the Cornwall Ore Mines and the Cornwall Concentrator Plant and several awards and educational certificates.  The bulk of the collection is correspondence arranged chronologically in 6 folders and primarily relating to McDaniels' involvement in organized labor. Folder 1 contains letters concerning McDaniels' appointment to and activities with the Republic County Committee of Lebanon County in 1958-1962 and charges brought against him by USW of America Local #2731 when he was its recording secretary in 1958, as well as two personal letters and a letter concerning the annexation of part of North Londonderry Township by Palmyra borough. Folders 2 and 3 contain correspondence entirely related to his term asPresident of the United Labor Council of Lebanon County in 1964-1965 Folders 4 and 5 contain letters spanning 1973-1979 including several relating to the close of the Cornwall Mines, labor union organizational issues and the Democratic Party Committee of Lebanon County.  Included with a letter seeking employment with the United Steelworkers of America are four copies of McDaniels' resume. Folder 6 contains correspondence between McDaniels and John L. Oshinski, the Director of th Organizing Department of th United Steelworkers of America. The remainder of the collection includes two undated speeches and manuscript transcript of the charges brought against McDaniels by Local #2731 in 1958, office election returns of the United Council of Labor of Lebanon County (1959-1965), grievances filed by McDaniels against Bethlehem Steel in 1962 and 1974, a copy of the employee pension agreement concluded at the shutdown of th Cornwall Mines in 1974 and several certificates and awards including a Camp Sertoma Service Award received by Frank McDaniels' wife Doris.
Existence and Location of Copies
11 folders
Bethlehem Steel Corporation, United Steelworkers of America. Local 2731 (Lebanon, Pa.), Central labor councils, Labor unions