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Irving Richter Papers

 Collection
Identifier: LP000932
Part one of the Irving Richter Papers document his career in the labor movement and as an academic, and reflect his research in the postwar history of the labor movement. Part two of Richter's papers contain copies of his articles for "Behind Washington Headlines" and research files, consisting of notes, articles and clippings, for his writings.

Dates

  • 1934-1988

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

1.5 Linear Feet (1 SB, 1 MB)

Overview

Irving Richter served as president of the Federal Emergency Relief Administration (FERA) Lodge 139 of the American Federation of Government Employees while employed by the FERA, which would later become the Works Progress Administration. Mr. Richter also served as an economist with the US Labor Department, and as the legislative representative and director of political action in the United Auto Workers-Congress of Industrial Organizations (UAW-CIO) Washington D.C. office. Mr. Richter was a member of the anti-Reuther caucus of the UAW and was dismissed from the UAW, having been identified by Walter Reuther as a Communist. Mr. Richter's papers document his career in the labor movement and as an academic, and reflect his research in the postwar history of the labor movement. Part two of Richter's papers contain copies of his articles for Behind Washington Headlines and research files, consisting of notes, articles and clippings, for his writings

History

Irving Richter was born in New York City on October 3, 1911. Trained as a labor economist under Selig Perlman at the University of Wisconsin, he worked in the Transient and Investigation Divisions of the Federal Emergency Relief Administration (later, the WPA) from 1934 until 1938 and served as president of FERA Lodge 139 of the American Federation of Government Employees.

In 1943 he left a job as an economist with the U.S. Labor Department and joined the staff of the UAW-CIO Washington office as its legislative representative and director of political action, writing a syndicated column on legislative affairs for union newspapers and lecturing widely to union groups. A member of the anti-Reuther caucus of the UAW, Richter was identified as a Communist by Walter Reuther and his supporters and fired as part of the general purge of leftists in 1947.

He formed Organization Services, Inc. in 1948, providing services to labor unions until 1963 when he entered Cambridge University as a doctoral student in economics. He taught briefly at Mount Holyoke College, moving in 1968 to the University of the District of Columbia where he stayed until his retirement in 1984. Irving Richter died on May 13, 1989. His personal recollections and interpretation of the postwar history of the American labor movement, Labor's Struggles, was published posthumously in 1994.

Arrangement

PLEASE NOTE: Folders in Part 2 are not necessarily arranged in any particular order. The box folder listing provides an inventory based on their original order. Subjects may be dispersed throughout the collection.
Arrangement The collection is arranged in two parts.

Folders in Part 1 are listed alphabetically by subject.

Folders in Part 2 are listed by their location within each box. They are not necessarily arranged, so any given subject may be dispersed throughout the entire collections.

Acquisition

Part two materials were accessioned in September 2010.

Related Material

UAW Secretary-Treasurer George Addes Records, UAW Veterans' Department Records, Irving Richter oral history interview (untranscribed)

Processing History

Part I processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library. Part II processed and finding aid written by and Jennifer Meekhof on 2012-05-29.
Title
Guide to the Irving Richter Papers
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library and Jennifer Meekhof; encoded by Jennifer Meekhof
Language of description
Description is inEnglish.

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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