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Charles Orr Papers

 Collection
Identifier: LP000246
Part 1: Important subjects: International Confederation of Free Trade Unions World Congresses Africa Education Conferences
Part 2: Part 2 of the Charles Orr Collection consists primarily of newsletters, pamphlets and other publications, articles and reports authored by Charles Orr and others in topics in international labor and labor education.

Important subjectsL International Confederation of Free Trade Unions International labor activities International Labour Organisation -- Workers' Educational Programme Labor and laboring classes -- Education -- Asia Labor and laboring classes -- Education -- United States Labor movement -- Africa Labor movement -- Asia Labor movement -- India United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization -- International Cener for Workers' Education

Dates

  • 1912 - 1970
  • Majority of material found within 1950 - 1970

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

12.5 Linear Feet (10 SB, 5 MB)

Abstract

Charles Orr was an economist who focused on labor from early on in his career, working in several capacities both in the U.S. and Europe during the 1930s and 1940s. In the early 1950s he was research officer for the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) and acting head of the Adult Education Section of UNESCO. In the early 1960s he taught worker education in India, Malaysia, Formosa, Hong Kong and Japan for the International Labor Office. Since 1946, Orr has taught labor education at several American universities and the University of Cardiff in Wales. His main interests have been comparative labor movements in Africa and other developing countries, comparative workers education , and economic growth in developing countries. His papers relate primarily to his activities with the ICFTU and the various publications he authored.

History

Charles Andrew Orr was born in North Branch, Michigan on November 15, 1906. He received a Ph.D. in economics from the Univeresity of Michigan. His career began as a statistical clerk for the League of Nations in 1929-1930. He worked in Spain for the British Independent Labour Party as an editor and newscaster during the Spanish Civil War in 1936. He organized for the Amalgamated Clothing Workers out of St. Louis from 1941 to 1943; he was president of a large local of the Machinists in Louisville from 1943-1944; and from 1944-1946 he was secretary of the UAW faction within the Farm Equipment Workers at McCormak Works.

From 1950 to 1954 he was a research officer for the ICFTU and organized the Workers Education Center at Paris for UNESCO. In the early sixties he taught worker education in India, Malaya, Formosa, Hong Kong and Japan for the International Labor Office.

Charles Orr's teaching career began in 1946 with his appointment as associate professor of economics at Roosevelt University in Chicago. He has also taught labor education at several other American universities and at the University of Cardiff in Wales. His main interests have been comparative labor movements in Africa nad other developing countries, comparative workers education, and economic growth in developing countries.

Arrangement

Part 1: Materials are arranged in 5 boxes.
Part 2: 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.

Acquisition

The papers of Charles Orr were deposited in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in August, 1967 by Charles Orr.

Transfers

Part 2: A large number of books and periodicals on international labor and labor education have been transferred to the Archives Library.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Title
Guide to the Charles Orr Papers
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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