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Morag McLeod Simchak Papers

Identifier: LP000905

Scope and Content

Series Description: Series 1: United Rubber Workers International Union. Report, newsclips, bulletin and index of URW locals relating to Ms. Simchak's activities while working at the Washington Office of the URW.

Series 2: Federal Service Files Articles, speeches, correspondence, reports, outlines, memos, activity reports and related materials which reflect Ms. Simchak's central involvement in achieving equal rights for women.


  • 1955 - 1976
  • Majority of material found within 1961 - 1975


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.


Morag McLeod Simchak was born in 1914 in London and was from the Isle of Skye, in the Hebrides, Scotland. She was educated in Britain and continental Europe. She came to the United States in 1941 and became an American citizen in 1945. From 1951 to 1960, Ms. Simchak was employed by the Washington Office of the United Rubber Workers International Union. Her activities for the URW included writing and producing a bi-weekly Washington newsletter and aiding workers by stressing the need for amendments to strengthen the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938. In 1961 Ms. Simchak became a Federal employee for the Department of Labor. Her government service included two years with the Women's Bureau, eight years with the Wage and Hour Division, and a special assignment as head of the Division of Systems Evaluation in the Department's Office of Federal Contract Compliance. Before she retired, Ms. Simchak became Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employment Standards. Her assignments related to equal employment opportunities, particularly in the areas of sex discrimination and age discrimination in employment. In 1974 Ms. Simchak served as president of the Washington, D.C. Chapter of the Industrial Relations Research Association. She also served as representative of the National Episcopal Church in the U.S. to the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights. Morag Simchak was recognized as the Department of Labor's leading expert on the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, the Equal Pay Act of 1963, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967. She received nationwide recognition and many awards for her achievements. The Morag McLeod Simchak Collection is a reflection of her efforts to achieve equality for the working woman. Ms. Simchak died of cancer September 12, 1978.


1.5 Linear Feet (3 MB)


Morag McLeod Simchak began her career with the United Rubber Workers International Union before she embarked on a government career with the Department of Labor. She was recognized as their leading expert on several Acts dealing with equal rights for workers. Her papers are a reflection of her efforts to achieve equality for working women, in particular.


Arranged in 2 series – Series 1 (Box 1), and Series 2 (Boxes 1-3). Folders in Series 1 arranged chronologically and folders in Series 2 arranged alphabetically.


The papers of Morag McLeod Simchak were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in December of 1978 through arrangements made between Dorothy Haener of the Women's Department of the UAW and Marian Henry, the executor of Ms. Simchak's will. The collection was processed and opened for research in February of 1979.


Several photographs of Ms. Simchak, the International Women's Year Conference, and the signing by President John F. Kennedy of the Equal Pay Act of 1963 have been placed in the Archives' Audiovisual Collections. Published materials, such as hearings before various congressional committees on EPA of 1963 have been retained in the collection.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in February, 1979.
Guide to the Morag McLeod Simchak Papers
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

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