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Morris Riger Papers

 Collection
Identifier: LP001484
The Morris Riger Collection includes his efforts with the organization of unions for textile and doll workers, his activity in the American Federation of Labor- Congress of Industrial Organizations, and his work in the U.S. Department of Labor. The greater part of the collection deals with materials he used in teaching courses on Japanese economy and the future of trade unions.

Important subjects covered in the collection are: Employment Survey 1966 West Virginia Road Commission Strike, 1969 Office of Manpower Ford Foundation Grant Paper, 1979

Among the important correspondents are: Hubert H. Humphrey Sol Stetin Carl Stokes W. William Wirtz

Series Description: Series I, Employment, 1933-1977: Correspondence, newspaper dippings, published articles, and other items relating to Morris Riger's employment and community activities from 1933-1977. Early work with the Textile Workers Union of America and the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations and later his work for the U.S. government in the Department of Labor.

Series II, Retirement Activities, 1977-1984: Writings, correspondence, newspaper clippings and reference materials dealing with Mr. Riger's interest in the study of and teachings on Japanese economy, life and culture Additional information on the future of unions and health care.

Dates

  • 1936 - 1986

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.

Extent

4 Linear Feet (8 MB)

Abstract

Morris Riger served as a staff representative of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO), as Assistant Regional Director, and later as Regional Director of the Textile Workers Union of America, as Director of Political Education for the American Federation of Labor-CIO, and held various positions in the U.S. Department of Labor. Mr. Riger was active in the civil rights movement and community affairs, serving in organizations such as the Ohio Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights and as president of the Montgomery County, Maryland, Tenants Association.

Mr. Riger’s papers relate to his career with the labor movement and in the Department of Labor, and to a larger degree, his retirement activities as a teacher and community leader, including teaching materials concerning Japanese economy and culture, and the future of trade unions.

History

Morris Riger was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on March 21,1914. He was educated in the Philadelphia public schools system. He then graduated from Temple University in 1937 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce. Upon graduation he was employed in the dothing and doll industry as a government statistician. He was a staff representative of the Congress of Industrial Organizations from 1932-1942. After serving in the army during World Was II, he was employed as the Assistant Regional Director, and then later as the Regional Director of the Textile Workers Union of America from 1946 to 1961. In 1961 and 1962 he served as Director of Political Education for the Ohio, American Federation of Labor- Congress of Industrial Organizations. In 1963 Mr. Riger was employed by the Office of Manpower in the Department of Labor for the United States government. He held several different positions within the Department of Labor until his retirement in 1977. Mr. Riger was also very active in community groups. He was chairperson of the Civil Rights Committee for the Federation of Labor in Cleveland, Ohio. From 1957 to 1962 he served as secretary and later chairperson for the Ohio Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights. From 1956 to 1961 he was a member of the Ohio Committee for Fair Employment Practices. Mr. Riger was on the the Board of Trustees of the Cleveland Citizens League and near the end of his life he was President of the Montgomery County, Maryland, Tenants Association.

Arrangement

Arranged in 2 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-2), and Series 2 (Boxes 2-8). Folders are arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically within the files.

Acquisition

The papers of Morris Riger were placed in the Walter P. Reuther Library in 1991 and 1992 the collection was open for research in 1994.

Transfers

Forty-eight photos of early union activity with Textile Workers Union of America and the American Federation of Labor- Congress of Industrial Organizations 1933-1961); nineteen photographic-slides of a job bank site in 1973, while working with the Department of Labor. These items have been placed in the Archives Audiovisual Collection.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in 1994.
Title
Guide to the Morris Riger 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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