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Thomas E. Posey Papers

Identifier: LP001155

Scope and Content

The bulk of the collection falls within 1963 to 1975, and reflects his interests in manpower economics, the third world and developing countries, racial discrimination, the history of the black church, and minorities in Canada. There are some materials relating to his years in Burma, but only a few folders of materials from the Philippines or Turkey.

Important subjects covered in his collection are: Agency for International Development, 1963-1971 Developing Countries--Economic Conditions International Labor Organizations

Among the important correspondents are: Dr. Carleton B. Good let Dr. Samuel Adams Dr. Ozay Mehmet

Series Description: Series I, Foreign Service Years, 1926-1963, Boxes 1-3: The correspondence, clippings and working files from Dr. Posey's years as a foreign advisor, 1952-1963, including many foreign government publications.

Series II, Office and Personal Files, 1949-1978, Boxes 3-13. Office files of Dr. Posey as senior AID administrator and research associate at the University of Windsor, including correspondence, minutes and financial records, as well as over fifty files of background reading material.


  • 1926 - 1977
  • Majority of material found within 1963 - 1975


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


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.


Thomas E. Posey was born in Washington, D.C. on June 9th, 1901. He received his Bachelor of Arts in economics from Syracuse University in 1923 and his Master of Arts from Syracuse in 1925. He taught at West Virginia State College from 1926 to 1951. In 1946 he took a leave of absence to lecture at the University of Wisconsin and to work for his Ph.D. in economics and labor relations, which he obtained in 1947. From 1940 to 1942 he was chairman of the AFL-CIO's Political Action Committee.

He served as an economist for the Wage Stabilizaton Board from 1951 to 1952, and then he joined the Mutual Security Agency (MSA) in 1952 and assumed the post of labor advisor in Burma. At the end of his first year the Agency was asked to leave Burma, but on the request of the Prime Minister, Dr. Posey served out his full term until 1954. From 1954 to 1959 he served as an advisor in the Philippines, and from 1959 to1963 in Turkey. He returned to Washington and held the position of senior policy and planning officer for the Agency for International Development (AID) until his retirement in 1971. During this time, he also taught economics at Howard University. In 1971 he took a position as part-time research associate at the University of Windsor, and taught there until 1979.


6.5 Linear Feet (13 MB)


Thomas Posey earned his PhD in economics and labor relations from the University of Wisconsin, and worked as an economist and labor advisor for the Wage Stabilization Board, the Mutual Security Agency (MSA) and the Agency for International Development (AID). Mr. Posey’s papers document his work for the MSA and AID, particularly in Burma and the Philippines, and reflect his interests in labor economics and developing countries, as well as the history of African American churches and Canadian multiculturalism.


Arranged in 2 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-3), and Series 2 (Boxes 3-13). Folders are arranged alphabetically.


The papers of Dr. Thomas E. Posey were placed by him in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in January of 1984.


Approximately 200 loose photographs relating to Dr. Posey's work overseas have been placed in the Archives Audiovisual collection. One roll of microfilm labeled "First Baptist Church Windsor Minutes" and one reel-to-reel audio tape labeled "W. Va State, Dr. Posey, 3/7/67, recorded at 3 3/4" are also in the Audio-Visual Collection. Numerous pamphlets and journals received in this collection are available in the Archives Library.

Processing History

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Repository Details

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