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UAW International Affairs Department: Victor Reuther and Lewis Carliner Records

 Collection
Identifier: LR000488_VRLC
Most of the records in this collection are dated 1963-1964. There are a few items dated 1962, most of which are attached to correspondence dated in early 1963.

Important correspondents: Becu, Omer; Benza, Anton; Bluestone, Irving; Bowles, Chester; Brandt, Willy; Brenner, Otto; Brodolini, Giacomo; Burt, George; Eban, Abba; Geijer, Arnie; Graedel, Adolphe; Lovestone, Jay; Meany, George; Olah, Franz; Rauh, Joseph; Reuther, Walter; Rosenberg, Ludwig; Shriver, Sargent; Thomas, Norman.

Series Description: Series 1: Outgoing correspondence and invitations, 1963-1964

Series 2: Non UAW individuals and organizations, 1963-1968

Series 3: U.S. Government executive agencies and Congress, 1963-1968

Series 4: Legislation, 1963-1965

Series 5: UAW departments and regional offices, 1963-1968

Series 6: AFL-CIO departments, State Labor Councils and unions, 1963-1968

Series 7: Lewis Carliner, office file, 1963-1964

Series 8: Foreign countries, 1963-1968: Sub-Series 8-A: Western Europe and Canada, 1963-1968 Sub-Series 8-B: Eastern Europe and Soviet Union, 1963-1968 Sub-Series 8-C: Middle East, 1963-1968 Sub-Series 8-D: Africa, 1963-1968 Sub-Series 8-E: South Asia, 1963-1968 Sub-Series 8-F: East Asia, 1963-1968 Sub-Series 8-G: Southeast Asia, 1963-1968 Sub-Series 8-H: Pacific Ocean Islands, 1963-1968 Sub-Series 8-I: Central American and Mexico, 1963-1968 Sub-Series 8-J: South America, 1963-1968 Sub-Series 8-K: Atlantic Ocean Islands, 1963-1968

Series 9: International Metalworkers Federation, 1963-1968

Series 10: International Confederation of Free Trade Unions, 1963-1968

Dates

  • 1962 - 1968
  • Majority of material found within 1963 - 1964

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.

Extent

30 Linear Feet (60 MB)

Abstract

The International Affairs Department of the United Auto Workers coordinated the activity of its workers with free trade unions around the world. The department was directed by Victor Reuther from 1957-1972. Lewis Carliner was his assistant for most of that time. Their records reflect the activities of the department after it ceased to be a part of the Washington Office and became its own independent agency. Subjects include: Agency for International Development; IMF; International Confederation of Free Trade Unions.

History

The International Affairs Department was created in December, 1955, shortly after the merger of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations. Originally, the International Affairs Department was part of the Washington Office, and there is an earlier collection in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs.

The primary concern of the International Affairs Department was to coordinate the activity of the United Automobile Workers with free trade unions around the world. Victor Reuther directed this department until he retired in April, 1972, and from May, 1958 until December, 1968, Lewis Carliner worked as his assistant.

Lewis Carliner left the International Affairs Department in December, 1968, and in 1969, Herman Rebhan succeded him. The records of the International Affairs Department are continued with the files of Victor Reuther and Herman Rebhan.

Most of the records in this collection are dated 1963-1964. There are some records dated 1965-1968, but many of the records for these years appear to be missing. There are a few items dated 1962, most of which are attached to correspondence dated in early 1963.

Lewis Carliner left the International Affairs Department in December, 1968, and in 1969, Herman Rebhan succeded him. The records of the International Affairs Department are continued with the files of Victor Reuther and Herman Rebhan. For further information, the researchers should check this collection.

In 1966, the Executive Board of the UAW created a Social, Technical, and Education Program (STEP) division within the International Affairs Department. However, there are very few records relating to this Program in this collection.

Arrangement

Arranged in 10 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-4), Series 2 (Boxes 4-19), Series 3 (Boxes 19-21), Series 4 (Boxes 21-23), Series 5 (Boxes 23-26), Series 6 (Boxes 26-28), Series 7 (Boxes 28-31), Series 8 (Boxes 31-50), Series 9 (Boxes 51-58), and Series 10 (Boxes 58-60). Folders are arranged alphabetically and chronologically therein.

Series 8 is divided into 11 subseries.

Acquisition

The papers of the United Automobile Workers - International Affairs Department, Victor Reuther and Lewis Carliner were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in 1971 and 1979.

Related Materials

UAW International Affairs Department: Herman Rebhan Records, UAW International Affairs Department: Victor Reuther and Herman Rebhan Records

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Title
Guide to the UAW International Affairs Department: Victor Reuther and Lewis Carliner 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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