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National Policy Association Records

 Collection
Identifier: LR001816
The records detail the daily operations and interests of the NPA. They show the growing range of policy issues that the organization dealt with during its seven decades and its wide range of members, authors and contributors. The records include many NPA publications and publications of its committees from the 1930s to 2003. There is correspondence with White House and congressional leaders, CEOs and executives of hundreds of corporations in the U.S., Canada and overseas, as well as many academics and labor leaders. They include organizational documents such as memos, correspondence, reports and meeting minutes of the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee, as well as documents from many events sponsored by the NPA and its committees.

Important Subjects: Agricultural policy Business Canada-U.S. prospects Competitiveness (economics) Economic policy Foreign relations Income distribution International economic policy International trade Labor Labor-management relations Labor relations Race relations Technological change Technological innovation Trade and development issues Workplace

Important Correspondents: Alexander Haig Seymour Martin Lipset Peter Morici Moeen A. Qureshi H. Christian Sonne Nestor Terleckyj John Volpe William Winpisinger

Dates

  • 1930 - 2003
  • Majority of material found within 1970 - 2003

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials. Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials. Restrictions: Researchers may encounter records of a sensitive nature – personnel files, case records and those involving investigations, legal and other private matters. Privacy laws and restrictions imposed by the Library prohibit the use of names and other personal information which might identify an individual, except with written permission from the Director and/or the donor.

Extent

64 Linear Feet (64 SB)

Abstract

The National Policy Association (NPA)was established in 1934 as the National Planning Association, a nonpartisan, nonprofit research institution founded by prominent business and labor leaders who believed that the private sector should actively participate in the formulation of public policy. The organization’s name was changed to National Policy Association in 1997. Organized with a broad-based structure of committees and an independent research program, the NPA brought together influential leaders from business, labor, agriculture and academia in four major policy committees: The Committee on New American Realities, Food and Agriculture Committee, Global Economic Council and North American Committee. Among the influential committees on international economic and foreign policy were the Canadian-American Committee, the British-American Committee and the Committee on the Changing International Realities. At one time, over 400 private-sector leaders belonged to one or more of the policy committees, which explored domestic and global concerns, developed recommendations and commissioned studies. NPA-sponsored research focused on major economic and social issues facing the U.S. and other nations and fundamental questions relating to strengthening U.S. global competitiveness. The NPA reached out to policymakers and the public through publications and events such as seminars and conferences. The NPA had its offices in Washington, D.C. It ceased operation in 2003.

The records detail the daily operations and interests of the NPA. They show the growing range of policy issues that the organization dealt with during its seven decades and its wide range of members, authors and contributors. The records include many NPA publications and publications of its committees from the 1930s to 2003. There is correspondence with White House and congressional leaders, CEOs and executives of hundreds of corporations in the U.S., Canada and overseas, as well as many academics and labor leaders. They include organizational documents such as memos, correspondence, reports and meeting minutes of the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee, as well as documents from many events sponsored by the NPA and its committees.

History

The National Policy Association (NPA) was established in 1934 as the National Planning Association, a nonpartisan, nonprofit research institution founded by prominent business and labor leaders who believed that the private sector should actively participate in the formulation of public policy. The organization’s name was changed to National Policy Association in 1997. Organized with a broad-based structure of committees and an independent research program, the NPA brought together influential leaders from business, labor, agriculture and academia in four major policy committees: The Committee on New American Realities, Food and Agriculture Committee, Global Economic Council and North American Committee. Among the influential committees on international economic and foreign policy were the Canadian-American Committee, the British-American Committee and the Committee on the Changing International Realities. At one time, over 400 private-sector leaders belonged to one or more of the policy committees, which explored domestic and global concerns, developed recommendations and commissioned studies. NPA-sponsored research focused on major economic and social issues facing the U.S. and other nations and fundamental questions relating to strengthening U.S. global competitiveness. The NPA reached out to policymakers and the public through publications and events such as seminars and conferences. The NPA had its offices in Washington, D.C. It ceased operation in 2003.

Arrangement

Folders are listed by their location within each box. They are not necessarily arranged, so any given subject may be dispersed throughout the entire collection.

Acquisition

Records of the National Policy Association were deposited at the Reuther Library on June 30, 2003.

Transfers

Videotapes, audiotapes, photo negatives, and slides (Box 64) have been transferred to the Reuther Library AV Department. Twelve signed original letters from U.S. presidents and vice-presidents have been removed to the vault.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Aimee Ergas on February 22, 2012.
Title
Guide to the National Policy Association Records
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Aimee Ergas.
Date
2012-02-22
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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