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George L.P. Weaver Papers

 Collection
Identifier: LP001295
The papers of George L-P. Weaver contain correspondence, reports, minutes, clippings, speeches, and published material related to his career in the international labor movement and to his interest in fair employment practices and African-American education.

Important subjects in the collection: Afro-Americans—Education Agricultural Laborers—Asia Discrimination in Employment Economic Development—Asia International Confederation of Free Trade Unions International Labor Activities International Labor Organization International Metalworkers' Federation International Union of Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers Stuart W. Symington Tin Industry Trade Policy—United States Trade Unions—Asia

Important correspondents in the collection: Thomas Bavin; J. H. Oldenbroek; David Burgess; Thomas Posey; James Carey; Howard T. Robinson; C. Wilfred Jenks; Harold D. Snell; Jay Krane; David A. Waugh; David A. Morse

Dates

  • 1950 - 1975

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

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.

Extent

12 Linear Feet (12 SB)

Abstract

George L. P. Weaver served as assistant to the secretary-treasurer of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO), as executive secretary of the American Federation of Labor-CIO (AFL-CIO) Civil Rights Committee, as political education and international programs assistant for the International Union of Electrical Radio and Machine Workers (IU), as Assistant Secretary of Labor for international Affairs during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations and as special assistant to the Director-General of the International Labor Organization. Mr. Weaver’s papers document his career in the international labor movement and reflect his interest in fair employment practices and civil rights, particularly concerning African-American education.

History

George Leon-Paul Weaver was born in Pittsburgh on May 18, 1912 and spent his entire working life in the labor movement, especially in the areas of civil rights and international affairs. Weaver served as assistant to the Secretary-Treasurer of the CIO from 1942 until its merger with the AFL in 1955; thereafter he became executive secretary of the Civil Rights Committee. In 1958 he left the AFL-CIO to work for International Union of Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers president James Carey as assistant for political education and international programs. In the late 1950s he made several trips to the Far East and Southeast Asia to study labor problems for the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions. During the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, Weaver served as Assistant Secretary of Labor for International Affairs, leaving in 1969 to join the International Labor Organization as special assistant to the Director-General.

Arrangement

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

Transfers

Several books received with the collection have been placed in the Archives Library, and an audio cassette and a few photographs may be found in the Archives Audiovisual Collection.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Title
Guide to the George L.P. Weaver Papers
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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