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Wesley and Rita Cook Papers

 Collection
Identifier: LP000676
The papers of Mr. Cook consist of office files which reflect the duties of his two official positions with the TWUA.

Series 1: Office Files, 1958-1964 The office files of Mr. Cook as Administrative Vice President of the Executive Council, TWUA. Included are state¬ments and reports regarding the depressed textile industry and the lobbying efforts of the TWUA, 1958-1961. The proceedings of Executive Council meetings are contained in binders which constitute numbered volumes, 1963-1964. One folder of newspaper clippings is included pertaining to factionalism within the Executive Council and emergent unionism in the South, 1964.

Series 2: Office Files, 1941-1964 The office files of Mr. Cook as Director of the Synthetic Yarn Division, TWUA. The files consist solely of arbitration decisions concerning TWUA members' grievances against various textile manufacturers, 1941-1964. An exception is one decision involving a union local and the TWUA international, 1960.

Dates

  • 1941 - 1964

Creator

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

4 Linear Feet (8 MB)

Abstract

Wesley Warren Cook became a member of the Textile Workers Union of America in 1937. He held two administrative positions within the union: Director of the Synthetic Yarn Division and Administrative Vice President of the Executive Council. His papers reflect the duties of these two positions.

History

Wesley Cook was born in Windom, Minnesota on August 16, 1902. He studied at German universities during the years 1929-1932. He received a B.A. and M.A. from Northwestern University. Mr. Cook became a member of the Textile Workers Union of America on March 13, 1937. During the years 1949-1952 he was an employee of the United States government assigned to the Marshall Plan in Austria. Mr. Cook rose to the positions of Director of the Synthetic Yarn Division, TWUA and Administrative Vice President of the Executive Council, TWUA, AFL-CIO, CLC.

Arrangement

Arranged in 2 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-3), and Series 2 (Boxes 4-8). Folders in Series 1 are arranged chronologically, and folders in Series 2 are arranged in reverse chronological order.

Acquisition

The papers of Wesley Warren Cook were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in October of 1974 by Mr. Cook and were opened for research in March of 1980.

Transfers

A duplicate of the published Statement of Wesley Cook Representing Textile Workers Union of America has been placed in the Archives' Library. A notation of this has been placed in the case file. Two additional copies of this Statement- made by Mr. Cook before the Senate in 1958, remain in Series 1.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in March, 1980.
Title
Guide to the Wesley and Rita Cook Papers
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Date
1980-03
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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