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Morris Weisz Papers

Identifier: LP001245

Scope and Content

The Morris Weisz Collection consists of correspondence, manuscript drafts, published articles, reports, lectures, conference materials, reference files and other material relating to his intellectual interests and professional activities. His involvement with Indian labor and industrial relations groups is particularly well documented. The collection also contains information on the Labor Diplomacy Oral History Project, in which he participated, and the Washington area’s Bannockburn housing cooperative as well as some family correspondence and memorabilia.

Important subjects in the collection: Diplomacy--Study and teaching Industrial relations Housing, Cooperative--Maryland Labor--United States--History Labor activities, International Labor economics--Developing countries Labor economics--History Labor movement--Developing countries Labor movement--Economic aspects Labor policy--India Labor policy--United States Labor relations--United States Marshall Plan Meany, George Reuther, Walter P. Socialism--United States Trade-unions--Europe Trade-unions--India Trade-unions--United States United Automobile Workers Union

Important correspondents in the collection: Jack Barbash Chester Bowles Everett Kassalow Esther Peterson David J. Saposs Norman Thomas Nat Weinberg


  • 1927 - 1995


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


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Morris Weisz was born on January 22, 1914 in New York City. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering in 1934 from the College of the City of New York. In the 1930s and ‘40s he worked as a labor economist for the NLRB and the War Production Board and pursued graduate studies in statistics, economics and constitutional and administrative law at American University in Washington, D.C. From 1948 until 1965 Mr. Weisz held various positions in the U.S. Department of Labor, interrupted by service with the U.S. Mission to NATO and the OEEC in Paris in the 1950s. A specialist in foreign labor conditions, he joined the State Department as Counselor for Labor Affairs attached to the American Embassy in India in 1965 and served as director of the Industrial Relations Division of the OECD in the early 1970s.

Throughout his career and since his retirement in 1979, Mr. Weisz has lectured widely and taught courses on U.S. labor history and the international labor movement at universities in the United States, Australia, Switzerland and India. Mr. Weisz has also authored a number of publications on labor topics, particularly in the field of international labor relations.


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Labor economist Morris Weisz worked for the National Labor Relations Board, the War Production Board, held various positions in the U.S. Department of Labor, and taught courses on international and U.S. labor history at various domestic and foreign universities. Mr. Weisz’s papers relate to his intellectual interests and professional activities, particularly concerning his work with labor and industrial relations groups in India. The Bannockburn Cooperative Housing Community of Maryland, the Foreign Service Institute Labor Attaché Training Program, the Labor Diplomacy Oral History Project, and UAW factionalism are among important subjects addressed in the collection.


PLEASE NOTE: Folders are computer-arranged alphabetically in this finding aid, but may actually be dispersed throughout several boxes in the collection. Note carefully the box number for each folder heading.


Several photographs received with the collection have been transferred to the Archives Audiovisual Department and a number of books and other publications have been placed in the Archives Library.

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