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National War Labor Board Records

Identifier: LR000634_NWLB

Scope and Content

The papers of the National War Labor Board Collection consist of executive board meeting proceedings and public hearings.

Series Description: Series 1: Executive Board Meeting Proceedings, 1942-1947 Series 2: Public Hearings, 1942-1945


  • 1942 - 1947


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


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Established in 1941, the National War Labor Board (NWLB) was designed to function as a voluntary agency to peacefully settle labor-management disputes. Its predecessor, the National Defense Mediation Board (NDMB), was appointed in the first half of 1941 to hear industrial disputes. The NDMB collapsed when representatives of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) resigned from the board due to policy disagreements.

The jurisdiction of the NWLB first included only disputes which could not be solved by voluntary means. On October 3, 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9250, which gave the board control over changes in wage rates, even without a unionmanagement dispute. At the same time, EO 9250 limited NWLB control by allowing for higher prices to become effective only after approval by the new Director of Economic Stabilization.


69 Linear Feet (69 SB)


Subjects include: NWLB proceedings and public hearings


Arranged into 2 series - Series 1 (Boxes 1-59), Series 2 (Boxes 59-69). Folders in each series are simply listed by their location within each box. They are not arranged, so any given subject may be dispersed throughout several boxes within each series.


The National War Labor Board records were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs on February 28, 1974.

Related Materials

UAW National War Labor Board Records, National Labor Relations Board Records

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library on April 4, 1994.
Guide to the National War Labor Board Records
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

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