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Herbert T. McCreedy Papers

Identifier: LP000991

Scope and Content

Series 1: New American, 1934-1941 Correspondence, minutes and reports, convention proceedings, and pamphlets pertaining to Herbert McCreedy's membership in the Chicago-based organization, New America.

Series 2: Labor & Education, 1941-1973 Correspondence and printed and manuscript material collected by Herbert McCreedy as an offical of the CIO and AFL-CIO and relating to his interest in education.


  • 1934 - 1973
  • Majority of material found within 1935 - 1965


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.


Herbert McCreedy was born in Fairgrove, Michigan on June 18, 1901. His family moved to Albion, Michigan in 1916 and he graduated from Albion High School in 1921. Subsequently he attended Albion College and the Detroit College of Law. During the 1920s and early 1930s McCreedy held a variety of jobs in Detroit and Pontiac. In 1934 he joined New America and served on their National Policy Council and as Midwest Regional Director. This organization was founded in Chicago in 1933. It advocated conversion to a planned economy and the elimination of the profit system. New America sought to bring about this change democratically as the result of its educational efforts through its publications and speakers program. McCreedy became an organizer for the Society of Designing Engineers, CIO and was instrumental in bringing them into the UAW in 1935 as Local 412. In 1941 he became vice president of the Michigan CIO Council. From 1944 until 1954 he was Assistant Director of CIO Region 7 (Michigan and Indiana). In 1954 he succeeded August Scholle as Regional Director. When the AFL and CIO merged in 1955 he was appointed Director of AFL-CIO Region XI (Michigan), and he continued in that position until his retirement in 1967. McCreedy also served on the War Labor Board, the Department of Labor's Advisory Committee on Migratory Labor, the Labor Advisory Committee of the Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations of Wayne State University and the University of Michigan, and was Chairman of the Michigan State Board for Public Community and Junior Colleges. He was married in 1922 to Veda Ward and they had two children. At the time of his death on September 7, 1971 he was residing in Pigeon, Michigan.


2.25 Linear Feet (5 MB)


Herbert McCreedy enjoyed a long career with the Michigan Congress of Industrial Organizations and later the AFL-CIO, serving in various capacities. He also served on several labor-related organizations in government and education. His papers reflect his early association with "New America," a Chicago-based economic organization and his tenure with the AFL-CIO, paricularily his interest in education.


Arranged in 2 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-2), and Series 2 (Boxes 2-5). Folders are arranged alphabetically.


The papers of Herbert Theodore McCreedy were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in July of 1980 by his wife, Veda Wade McCreedy, and were opened for research in August of 1982.


A number of books have been placed in the Archives Library. New American, New American News, and Social Change, publications of New America, are available in the Archives Library.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in August, 1982.
Guide to the Herbert T. McCreedy Papers
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
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Repository Details

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