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Jack Barbash Papers

Identifier: LP001237

Scope and Content

The Jack Barbash Collection contains an extensive assortment of articles, books, journals, government reports, trade union reports and documents, university (University of Wisconsin and others) reports, industrial relations and other materials relating to the labor movement and radical organizations. The contents of the collection are secondary sources which served as Mr. Barbash’s personal resource files and cover the entire span of his long career, from the early 1930s to the 1980s.

Important subjects in the collection: Bureau of Labor Standards Supreme Court: Steel Seizure Case Bureau of Labor Statistics United Automobile Workers Union Civil Rights U.S. Dept. of Health, Education, and Welfare Congress of Industrial Organizations U.S. Dept. of Labor Federal Mediation/Conciliation Committee U.S. House Comm. on Education and Labor Inter-University Labor Education Committee U.S. Senate Select Comm. on Improper Activities in Labor or Mgt. Field Hearings Labor-Management Relations National Labor Relations Board U.S. Senate Labor and Welfare Committee Radical Organizations United Mine Workers of America Socialist Party of America Wage Stabilization Board Social Security Board War Production Board Works Progress Administration Publications

Series Description: Series I, Vertical Files Series II, U.S. Government Materials and Publications Series III, Selected Labor Materials Series IV, Selected Student Dissertations Series V, Bibliographies Series VI, Research Materials Series VII, Union Materials


  • 1920 - 1989


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.


Jack Barbash was born in Brooklyn, New York on August 1, 1910. He received his B.S. from New York University in 1932 and an M.A. in Economics from New York University in 1937.

Mr. Barbash has held a variety of positions in the federal government, the labor movement, and academia. He worked for the New York Department of Labor from 1937-1940 as both an investigator (1937-1939) and an economist for the National Labor Relations Board (1939-1940). During World War II, he worked in the U.S. Office of Education from 1940-1945 as well as serving on the War Production Board from 1943-1945. At the conclusion of the war he worked in the Department of Labor until 1949, when he became the staff director of the U.S. Senate Sub-Committee on Labor and Labor Management Relations. He held this position until 1953.

While working on the Labor and Labor Management Sub-Committee, Mr. Barbash began his work in the labor movement when he worked as a Research and Education Director for the Amalgamated Meat Cutters Union from 1948-1949 and in the same capacity for the AFL-CIO Industrial Union Department from 1955-1957. He also worked as an economist for the CIO Legal Department from 1953-1955.

Mr. Barbash left the AFL-CIO in 1957 and joined the faculty at the University of Wisconsin where he remained until his retirement in 1981 as Emeritus Professor of Economics and Industrial Relations. He is the author of numerous books on U.S. trade unions and workers, including Apprenticeship Admittance Requirements in Trade Unions in New York City, published in 1936, andTheories and Concepts in Comparative Industrial Relations, published in 1989. He also served on the editorial board of the Journal of Economic Issues from 1970 to 1975 and was the President of the University of Wisconsin branch of the AAUP from 1970-1971. Mr. Barbash died in May, 1994.


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Jack Barbash held positions in the federal government, the labor movement, and academia, serving in departments such as the U.S. Office of Education, the Department of Labor, and the National Labor Relations Board. Mr. Barbash served as Research and Education Director for the Amalgamated Meat Cutters Union and for the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) Industrial Union, and served a term as president of the American Association of University Professors University of Wisconsin branch.

Mr. Barbash’s papers consist of secondary sources related to the labor movement and radical organizations. Important subjects include Bureau of Labor Statistics, Social Security, the Socialist Party of America, the Wage Stabilization Board, and the War Production Board.


Arranged in 7 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-50), Series 2 (Boxes 50-69), Series 3 (Boxes 70-74), Series 4 (Boxes 75-77), Series 5 (Box 77), Series 6 (Boxes 78-111), and Series 7 (Boxes 112-122).


A large number of books and several issues of Monthly Labor Review have been placed in the Archives Library.

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