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Ted F. Silvey Papers

Identifier: LP000625

Scope and Content

The Ted F. Silvey Collection contains his research files on automation, computer and industrial technology, and labor topics; his speeches, lectures, and articles; CIO pamphlets; and some office correspondence.

Important subjects in the collection: American Association of Junior Colleges American Management Association Association of Computing Machinery Automation--United States CIO Reconversion Committee Computer engineering Electric utilities--United States Indiana State AFL-CIO Council Industrial engineering--United States Institute of Cybercultural Research Instrument Society of America International Confederation of Free Trade Unions Labor movement--Latin America Labor movement--United States Industrial relations--United States National Planning Association National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Ohio State AFL-CIO Council Ohio State CIO Council Reconversion U.S.--National Production Authority U.S.--Office of War Mobilization and Reconversion U.S.--Surplus War Property Administration U.S.--War Production Board World War, 1939-1945--Economic aspects--United States Worker’s compensation--United States Young Men’s Christian Association

Important correspondents in the collection: Philip Murray Walter Reuther

Series Description: Series I, Subject Files, 1936-69 Series II, Professional Files, 1944-69 Series III, Speaking Engagements Files, 1957-69


  • 1936 - 1969


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.


Ted F. Silvey was born in 1904 in Manchester, New Hampshire and grew up in Zanesville, Ohio. He returned to the east coast in the 1920s and began his career as a printer’s devil and typesetter-compositor in New York. He worked at the printer’s trade in Brooklyn and in Zanesville and Columbus, Ohio. In 1935, he became the editor for the Columbus AFL newspaper and in 1938, went to work for the Ohio state CIO Council, moving through the ranks as an organizer, Secretary-Treasurer, and Legislative Representative. In 1944, he joined the Speaker’s Bureau of the national CIO, where his duties included teaching at labor union schools and lecturing at union meetings, and conferences as well as before non-union audiences. Mr. Silvey authored several articles on labor-related topics (copies of which may be found in the collection), especially the effects of automation on the workforce.

In addition to his CIO responsibilities, Mr. Silvey worked as the Scientific Consultant for the U.S. Military Government in Germany (1946-47), studying accident prevention and occupational disease control, as Executive Director of the Labor Office in the Marshall Plan, and as Acting Administrator of the Labor Office in the National Production Authority from 1950-51.


60 Linear Feet ((60 SB), 1 scrapbook)


Ted Silvey began in the printer's trade before moving up the ranks in the Ohio Congress of Industrial Organizations and joining the national CIO Speakers Bureau in 1944. In that capacity, he lectured at labor union schools, union meetings and conferences, and non-union gatherings. His papers document his public speaking for the CIO as well as his writings, especially those on automation, computer, and industrial technology.


PLEASE NOTE: Folders are computer-arranged alphabetically within each series in this finding aid, but may actually be dispersed throughout several boxes in the collection. Note carefully the box number for each folder heading.


A few photographs received with the papers have been placed in the Archives Audiovisual Collection.

Processing History

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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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