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Sam Pollock Papers

Identifier: LP000111

Scope and Content

The papers of Sam Pollock consist primarily of bulletins, correspondence, newsletters, pamphlets, and miscellaneous materials relating to United Organized Labor of Ohio's campaign in 1958 against the "Right To Work" Amendment to the Ohio Constitution. Part two of the Pollock collection consists of copies of miscellaneous labor documents and pamphlets of the nineteenth and twentieth century. A microfilm of these materials is available in the Library of the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs.

Part I: Right to Work

Part II: 19th and 20th Century Labor


  • 1927 - 1958
  • Majority of material found in 1958 - 1958


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.


Sam Pollock was born in Cleveland, Ohio on June 21, 1909. He graduated from Woodward Tech High School, Toledo, Ohio in 1926, subsequently attended the University of Toledo, 1926-1932, and eventually received a law degree from Cleveland State University in 1973. Mr. Pollock became a member of District 427, Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen of North America, AFL-CIO, Cleveland, Ohio in 1938. He was active of numerous committees of District 427 before assuming the presidency in 1953, and office which he held until his retirement in 1973. Upon his retirement Mr. Pollock moved to California where he became an Assistant Professor, California State University at Northridge, California. In addition to his union activities, Mr. Pollock was active in community affairs. He was an Executive Committee Member, Cleveland Housing Board, 1970-72, member of the Metropolitan Health Planning Corporation of North East Ohio, 1968-73, and an Executive Board Member of the Eugene V. Debs Foundation, to cite but a few of his civic services. Mr. Pollock published numerous articles on labor problems and labor leaders in various labor journals.


2.5 Linear Feet (5 MB, 2 microfilm reels)


Leaflets, newsletters, press releases, campaign material, radio and television scripts, speeches, and newspapers collected by Mr. Pollock, who served as president of Meat Cutters Local 427, Cleveland, Ohio, and was an active member of the United Organized Labor of Ohio, a committee established to oppose the "Right-to-Work" amendment to the Ohio Constitution. This collection pertains to the 1958 right-to-work campaign.


Parts 1 (Boxes 1-4) and 2 (Box 5) : 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.


The papers of Samuel Pollock were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in May of 1963 and June of 1964 by Mr. Pollock. The papers deposited in June of 1964 were opened for research in March of 1965 and those deposited in May of 1963 were opened for research in May of 1986.

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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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