The 131st Division of the Amalgamated Association of Street Railway Employees was founded in 1899 by several St. Louis Transit Company employees. In 1900, the union members, disgruntled by long work hours, low pay, and the mistreatment of employees, went on strike against the Transit Company. The strike lasted from March to September. During that time, St. Louis was in a state of lawlessness, 14 people were killed, and nearly 200 wounded. The collection consists of one scrapbook documenting this bloody strike.