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CIO Department of Education and Research Records

 Collection
Identifier: LR000270
Part 1: Important subjects covered by the collection are: CIO Summer Schools CIO Leadership Schools CIO Education Conferences Educational materials used by the CIO in their education programs Labor Films

Series Description: Series I: Packets of educational materials Boxes I-IV mailed under George T. Guernsey's signature from the CIO Department of Education and Research to Directors of Education of local unions having education programs (signified by DE) and to Staff Education Directors, those personnel who serve as the Department's ed-ucation staff (signified by SE); these packets of mailings were filed by the Department as representative; arrangement is by chronological order; 37 folders. Inclusive dates: July 10, 1950--March 17, 1955 (one folder for April, 1959). Mailings to Directors of Education and Staff Education Directors--Handbooks; arrangement is by chronological order; 1 folder; inclusive dates: 11949-1950]

Mailings to Directors of Education and Staff Education Directors--miscellaneous; arrangement is by topic; contents: correspondence--concerning educational materials; mailings to DE—labeled DE; mailings to SE—labeled SE; mailings to DE- SE—labeled DE-SE; mailings--not labeled; 1 folder. CIO Department of Education and Research; mimeographed mailings--dated; Miscellaneous correspondence arranged by chronological order; contents: requests for educational material and acquirement of new mailing lists; 1 folder.

Series II: Mimeographed mailings from the CIO Department of Education and Research, under George T. Guern¬sey's signature, to Directors of Education, Staff Education Directors, and to those associated with the American labor movement concerning notifica-tions about books, pamphlets, records, mailing lists, scholarships, social security, education-al materials, UNESCO, UN, meetings of all kinds, segregation, summer schools, leadership schools, educational conferences, sample literature, economics, legislation, government proceedings, reprints, posters, questionnaires, songs, CIO educational services, speeches, elections; All subjects--dated; arrangement is by chron-ological order; 11 folders; inclusive dates: March 22, 1945--December 1, 1955. Mimeographed mailings from the CIO Department of Education and Research, under George T. Guern¬sey's Education Directors, and to those assoc¬iated with the American labor movement, con¬cerning the above listed subjects; All subjects--undated; 1 folder. Mimeographed mailings from the CIO Department of Education and Research, under George T. Guern¬sey's signature, to Directors of Education, Staff Education Directors, and to those associated with the American labor movement, concerning films; arrangement is by chronological order; 2 folders; inclusive dates: August 27, 1945--January 14, 1954. Mimeographed mailings form the CIO Department of Education and Research, under George T. Gurn--sey's signature, to Directors of Education, Staff Education Directors, and to those associated with the American labor movement, concerning films; films--undated; 1 folder. CIO Department of Education and Research--Bibliography folder as source of mimeograph mail¬ings; contents: free materials--dated August,1949--September, 1955; correspondence--inquries and request for educational materials; mis-cellaneous--educational materials received by the Department; arrangement by chronological order when dated; 1 folder.

Series III Box VI The relationship of the CIO Department of Education and Research with other organizations concerned with the American Labor movement--specifically, in this case, with the American Friends Service Committee; correspondence; arrangement is by topic and chronological order within the topic; contents: correspondence--staff positions for the Labor Advisory Com-mittee; correspondence--the Labor Advisory Committee; Correspondence--films; 1 folder; inclusive dates: May, 1949--January, 1951.

Series IV CIO Department of Education and Research, Boxes VII-XL under the signature of George T. Guernsey, concerning CIO Summer Schools, CIO Leadership Schools, and CIO Educational Conferences; Correspondence and financial statements; Arrangement is by topic and by chronological order within the topic; 64 folders. Boxes VII-VIII CIO Department of Education and Research--Summer Schools; 27 folders; inclusive dates: May 7, 1945--September 1, 1951. Box IX CIO Department of Education and Research-- Leadership Schools; 13 folders; inclusive dates: August 13, 1947--October 20, 1949. Boxes IX-XI CIO Department of Education and Research-- Educational Conferences; 24 folders; inclusive dates: May 19, 1945--May 16, 1952.
Part 2: The second part comprises the office files of George T. Guernsey, the The Associate Director in charge of Education, and Stuart P. Brock, a staff representative.

Important subjects covered in the collection are: Audio-visual materials for labor unions Community Services Education Conferences Labor and Summer Schools for workers

Among the correspondents are: Stuart P. Brock James B. Carey Kermit Eby Joseph Glazer George T. Guernsey Brownie Lee Jones Robert Repas Victor G. Reuther David Sigman Laurence Rogin

Series Description: Series I: Education and Research Department files for the CIO and later the AFL-CIO. Material included: correspondence, memos, reports, and printed material, 1946-1963. Subseries A: Correspondence, memos, office records, and printed material from 1946 to 1963. Subseries B: Correspondence, office records, invoices, and printed material related to labor films and audiovisual materials from 1947-1961. Series II: CIO and, later, AFL-CIO files in education conferences, labor schools, and summer schools for workers, 1954-1967. Included are correspondence, memos, office records, and printed material.
Part 3: Important Subjects: CIO Summer Schools Education International Seminars International Union, United Automobile Workers of America (CIO) Leadership Training Seminar Public Schools Shop stewards-- United States Workshops (Seminars)

Important Correspondents: DeSheltler, Irwin L. Dickason, Gladys Heaps, Alvin E. Marquart, Frank Smith, Frank E. Reuther, Victor Ruttenberg, Stanley H. Via, Emory F.

Series Description: Series I: Promotional Materials, 1947-1967 Series II: Schools and Conferences, 1945-1967 Series III: International Workshops, 1954-1968

Dates

  • 1945 - 1968

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

21 Linear Feet (22 MB, 10 SB)

Abstract

The Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) went through a period of change and growth during the tenure of George T. Guernsey as Associate Director of Education from 1945–1955. Two important events took place when the Taft-Harley Act was enacted in 1947 and the CIO merged with the American Federation of Labor in 1955 to from the AFL-CIO.

Department of Education and Research Records reflect its efforts during this seminal period and beyond, to not only educate, inform, and inspire CIO members, but to act as an advocate for education in the American political arena. CIO summer schools, conferences, education advocacy activities, and member education materials are well documented.

History

Part 1: The papers of this collection represent the office files of George T. Guernsey, Associate Director in charge of Education for the years 1945-1955. The Directors of the CIO Department of Education and Research, under whom George Guernsey has served, have been Kermit Eby and Stanley Ruttenberg.

Arrangement

Part 1: Arranged in 4 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-4), Series 2 (Boxes 4-6), Series 3 (Box 6) and Series 4 (Boxes 8-11). Folders are arranged chronologically.
Part 2: Arranged in 2 series - Series 1 (Boxes 1-5), Series 2 (Boxes 5-11). Folders arranged alphabetically except for Series 1, Subseries A where folders are arranged by subject.

Series 1 is further arranged into two subseries.
Part 3: Arranged in 3 series - Series 1 (Boxes 1-2), Series 2 (Boxes 2-9), and Sereis 3 (Boxes 9-10).

Folders in each series are simply listed by their location within each box. They are not arranged, so any given subject may be dispersed throughout several boxes within each series.

Acquisition

Part 2: The second installment of this collection was placed in the Archives of Labor History and Urban Affairs in August, 1968.
Part 3: Materials in Part 3 were deposited at the Reuther Library in August 1968 and September 1976.

Transfers

Part 2: Over 480 photographs relating to the education conferences, labor schools, and summer schools, from 1952 to the early 1960's have been placed in the Archives Audiovisual Collections.
Part 3: Photographs, oversized items such as posters, and audio/video tapes were transferred to the Reuther’s Audiovisual Department. Guides or inventories are available. Books were transferred to the Reuther’s Library Department.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by TD on June 1968.
Part two was processed and finding aid updated by JPH in August, 1975.
Part Three was processed and finding aid updated by Maureen Simari on June 15, 2010.
Title
Guide to the CIO Department of Education and Research Records
Status
completed
Author
Processed by TD.
Date
1968-06
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Revision Statements

  • 1975-08: Additional materials added to the collection, finding aid updated by JPH.
  • 2010-06-15: Additional materials added to the collection, finding aid updated by Maureen Simari.

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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