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UAW International Affairs Department. Washington Office: Victor Reuther and Lewis Carliner Records

Identifier: LR002254
Series 1, Outgoing Correspondence - Victor Reuther, 1956-1962,

Series 2, Outgoing Correspondence.- Lewis Carliner, 1958-1962,

Series 3, Invitations,

Series 4, Non UAW Organizations - Victor Reuther, 1956-1962,

Series 5, Non-UAW Organizations - Lewis Carliner, 1958-1962,

Series 6, U.S. Government Executive Agencies, and Congress - Victor Reuther, 1956-1962,

Series 7, U.S. Government Executive Agencies - Lewis Carliner, 1958-1962,

Series 8, Legislation - victor Reuther, 1956-1962,

Series 9, Legislation - Lewis Carliner, 1958-1962,

Series 10, UAW Staff Members - Lewis Carliner, 1958-1962,

Series 11, UAW Staff Members,

Series 12, Lewis Carliner, 1958-1962, AFL-CIO Departments and Unions, 1956-1962,

Series 13, Office File - Lewis Carliner, 1958-1962,

Series 14, Foreign Countries, 1956-1962. The records of this series are arranged geographically, and they are divided into the following eleven sub-series: A. Western Europe and Canada, 1956-1962, B. Eastern Europe and Soviet Union, 1956-1962, C. Middle East, 1956-1962, D. Africa, 1956-1962, E. South Asia, 1956-1962, F. East Asia, 1956-1962, G. Southeast Asia, 1956-1962, H. Pacific Ocean Islands, 1956-1962, I. Central America and Mexico, 1956-1962, J. South America, 1956-1962, K. Atlantic Ocean Islands, 1956-1962,

Series 15, International Metalworkers Federation, 1956-1962,

Series 16, International Confederation of Free Trade Unions, 1956-1962


  • 1955 - 1963
  • Majority of material found within 1956 - 1962


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


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62 Linear Feet (124 MB)


Created in 1955, the United Auto Workers International Affairs Department coordinated the activity of the UAW with free trade unions around the world. Victor Reuther was its first director and Lewis Carliner became his assistant in 1958. Their records reflect the activities of the department while it was under the auspices of the Washington Office. Subjects include: Agency for International Development; International Coalition of Free Trade Unionists; UAW relations with the AFL-CIO.


The International Affairs Department of the Washington Office was created in December, 1955, shortly after the merger of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations. Its primary concern was to coordinate the Activity of the United Automobile Workers with free trade unions around the world. Victor Reuther directed this department, and Benjamin Seligman worked as his assistant from October, 1956 until August, 1957. In May, 1958, Lewis Carliner took over this responsibility.

The Washington Office opened on February 10, 1943. In its early years, it consisted of several departments which were under the direction of vice-presidents, Richard Frankenstein and Walter Reuther. Shortly after the 1947 convention, at an executive board meeting on November 28, the Washington Office was reorganized. Between 1947 and 1955, the only division of this office was the Legislative Department which was directed by Donald Montogomery. After the International Affairs Department was created, the Washington Office, which was directed by Montogomery, was divided into two sections, legislative and international affairs. When Donald Montogomery died in October, 1957, Victor R.euther was put in charge of the office. In December, 1962 the Washington Office was abolished, and the International Affairs Department became an Independent agency.

Lewis Carliner joined the Education Department of the United Automobile Workers in 1946, where he worked with Victor Reuther. Carliner was editor of Ammunition, a monthly, illustrated manual which helped to instruct shop stewards, committeemen, and other local union officials. He also conducted education programs, and he directed the educational publication, film and radio activities, From 1951~1953. he assisted Victor Reuther with the publication program of the CIO European Office.

Most of the records in this collection are dated 1956-1962. There are a few items dated 1955, most of which are attached to correspondences dated in January, 1956. There are some letters dated January - April 1963 which concern a visit of Walter Reuther to Japan in November, 1962.

When the Washington office was abolished in December, 1962, the International Affairs Department became an independent agency. The records of that department represent a continuation of the material in this collection. For further information, the researcher should check the International Affairs Department Collection. Additional information concerning the activity of Victor Reuther with international trade affairs see the congress of Industrial Organizations - Washington Office collection and other holdings of the Archives.


Arranged in 16 series - Series 1 (Boxes 1-7), Series 2 (Boxes 8-10), Series 3 (Boxes 11-17), Series 4 (Boxes 17-48), Series 5 (Boxes 44-51), Series 6 (Boxs 51-62), Series 7 (Boxes 62-64), Series 8 (Boxes 65-69), Series 9 (Boxes 70-71), Series 10 (Boxes 72-77), Series 11 (Boxes 78-79), Series 12 (Boxes 80-87), Series 13 (Boxes 87-89), Series 14 (Boxes 90-112), Series 15 (Boxes 112-121), and Series 16 (Boxes 121-124). Folders are arranged alphabetically by subject.

Series 14 is divided into 11 subseries.


The papers of the United Automobile Workers - Washington Office, International Affairs Department, Victor Reuther and Lewis Car liner were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in 1971.

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