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CIO Washington Office Records

 Collection
Identifier: LR000548
Series 1: Office of the President-Walter Reuther, 1952-1956 Most of the records in this series comprise the office files of Walter Reuther as President of the CIO, 1952-1955. Some were created by Robert Oliver as Executive Assistant to the President. A few relate to the activities of Walter Reuther as President of the AFL-CIO Industrial Union Department; these records are intersperced with those of the CIO but are dated 1956.

Subseries A: Invitations, 1953-1956 Invitations, letters received, and copies of letters sent. These records are divided into four parts-union invitations accepted, union invitations declined, nonunion invitations accepted, and nonunion invitations declined.

Subseries B: Non-CIO Organizations, 1953-1956 Correspondence, minutes, reports, press releases, newsletters, and newspaper clippings. These records are arranged alphabetically; at the end, there is one folder labeled sponsorships and memberships. The records in this folder are lists of organizations which Walter Reuther supported. Material concerning the American Federation of Labor and independent unions is included in this subseries.

Subseries C: Foreign Countries, 1953-1956 Correspondence, press releases, newsletters, and newspaper clippings.

Subsidies D: U.S. Government Executive Agencies, Commissions, and Congress, 1952-1956 Correspondence, reports, press releases, and newspaper clippings. Subseries E: CIO Conventions Correspondence, resolutions, delegate and committee lists, press releases, and programs. Resolutions of the AFL-CIO Unity Convention, December 5-9, 1955 can be found in the files of Victor Reuther in folders labeled AFL-CIO Unity Committee.

Subseries F: CIO Executive Board Meetings, 1952-1956 Correspondence, minutes, reports, press releases, resolutions, financial records, lists of committee members, and newspaper clippings.

Subseries G: CIO and AFL-CIO Committees and Departments, 1952-1956 Correspondence, minutes, reports, press releases, resolutions, financial records, lists of committee members, and newspaper clippings.

Subseries H: CIO Industrial Union Councils and Regional Offices, 1953-1955 Correspondence, reports, newsletters and newspaper clippings. These records are divided into two sections: 1. Industrial Union Councils and 2. Regional Offices. The records pertaining to city or local councils are in the folders of their respective states.

Subseries I: CIO and AFL-CIO Unions, 1952-1956 Correspondence, reports, press releases, agreements, legal briefs, proposed constitutions, notes, newspaper clippings, and manuals. At the end of this sub-series there are two folders labeled local industrial unions and four folders labeled form letters to international union presidents.

Subseries J: Office Files Correspondence, speeches, statements, and notes.

Series 2: Office of the President-Victor Reuther, 1953-1955. The records in this series comprise the office files of Victor Reuther as Assistant to the President. During this period, Mr. Reuther was also Director of the International Affairs Department. Many of the records in this series, therefore, relate to foreign policy issues.

Subseries A: Invitations Invitations, letters received, and copies of letters sent. These records are divided into invitations accepted and invitations declined.

Subseries B: Non CIO Organizations, 1953-1955 Correspondence, reports, constitutions, minutes, press releases, notes, speeches, drafts, and newspaper clippings. Material concerning the American Federation of Labor and independent unions is included in this sub-series.

Subseries C: U.S. Government Executive Agencies, Commissions, and Congress, 1953-1955 Correspondence, reports, speeches, newsletters, summaries of meetings, and newspaper clippings.

Subseries D: CIO Committees, 1953-1955 Correspondence, minutes, reports, resolutions and statements, testimony, press releases, drafts of constitutions, notes, and newspaper clippings.

Subseries E: Staff of CIO Departments, 1953-1955 Mostly correspondence, much of which is copies of letters sent. Some reports, press releases and speeches. At the end of this sub-series, there is one folder labeled list of staff members.

Subseries F: CIO Industrial Union Councils and Regional Offices, 1953-1955 Mostly correspondence; some speeches and programs. These records are divided into two sections: 1. Industrial Union Councils and 2. Regional Offices.

Subseries G: CIO Unions, 1953-1955 Correspondence, reports, and newspaper clippings.

Subseries H: Legislations, 1953-1955 Correspondence, testimony, minutes, proceedings, press releases, and newspaper clippings.

Subseries I: Office File Correspondence, reports, press releases, speeches, and newspaper clippings.

Series 3: European Office and International Affairs Department-Victor Reuther, 1950-1955 Most of the records in this series comprise the office files of Victor Reuther as Director of the CIO International Affairs Department. There are seven folders dated December, 1950-August, 1953 pertaining to his activity as CIO European Representative. When the CIO was merged with the AFL on December 9, 1955, the United Automobile Workers established a Department of International Affairs, and Victor Reuther was appointed its Director. In some ways, the records of that Department represent a continuation of the records in this series. For further information, see the UAW Washington Office-International-Affairs Department Collection.

Subseries A: European Office, 1950-1953 Correspondence, reports, newsletters, and notes.

Subseries B: Foreign Countries, 1953-1955 Correspondence, reports, press releases, newsletters, and newspaper clippings. These records consist of reports on labor and political conditions, and of correspondence with union representatives, national political leaders, and U.S. government officials in the respective countries. The activity of the CIO against the attempts of the communists to infiltrate the labor groups in these countries is particularly well-documentated.

Subseries C: International Labor Organizations, 1953-1955 Correspondence, minutes, reports, and newspaper clippings. These records pertain to the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions, the International Labor Organization, and the International Metalworkers Federation.

Subseries D: Staff members of the International Affairs Department, 1953-1955 Mostly correspondence; some reports newsletters and newspaper clippings. Although most of the persons in this sub-series were at one time directly affiliated with the CIO, many of them took leave or left to work with government agencies, with the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions, or with the International Metalworkers Federation.

Series 4: Legislative Department-Robert Oliver and Thomas Burke, 1952-1955 The records of this series were created by Robert Oliver who directed the Legislative Department from June, 1953-1955 and by Thomas Burke who was Chief of Congressional Liaison.

Subseries A: Non CIO Organizations, 1953-1954 Correspondence, reports, minutes, press releases, and fact sheets. These records were created by Thomas Burke.

Subseries B: CIO Committees and Departments, 1953-1955 Correspondence, reports, and minutes. Most of these records are dated 1954. At the end of the sub-series, there is one folder labeled lists of staff members.

Subseries C: CIO Industrial Union Councils, 1954 Correspondence, reports, and press releases.

Subseries D: Legislations, 1952-1955 Correspondence, reports, minutes, testimony, newspaper clippings, and published bills.

Subseries E: Lobbying for the CIO Legislative Program, 1953-1955 Correspondence reports, surveys, membership data, voting records, and bulletins.

Dates

  • 1950 - 1956

Creator

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials.

Extent

43.5 Linear Feet (85 MB, 1 OS)

Abstract

Subjects include: Walter Reuther presidential files; international labor; legislation; politics

Arrangement

Arranged in 4 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-42), Series 2 (Boxes 43-64), Series 3 (Boxes 64-74), and Series 4 (Boxes 75-85). Folders are arranged alphabetically, unless otherwise noted below.

Series 1 is further divided into ten subseries, with subseries E arranged chronologically and subseries H further divided into two sections. Section one is arranged chornologically by year and then alphabetically by state. Section two is arranged chronologically gy year and then numerically within each year.

Series 2 is further divided into nine subseries. Subseries F is further divided into two sections. Section one is arranged chronologically by year and then alphabetically by state. Section two is arranged numerically.

Series 3 is further divided into four subseries.

Series 4 is further divided into five subseries.

Acquisition

The papers of the Congress of Industrial Organizations-Washington Office were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in June, 1969.

Transfers

Approximately 10 photographs relating to Victor Reuther and the international affairs program of the Congress of Industrial Organizations have been placed in the Archives Audiovisual Collections. Numerous pamphlets, newspapers, and press releases have been placed in the Archives Library.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Title
CIO Washington Office Records
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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