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Doris B. Wheeler Papers

Identifier: LP000570

Scope and Content

This collection consists of songbooks and songsheets gathered by Ms. Wheeler while with the ILGWU. There are labor songs, folksongs, and songs of radical groups. Some of the songs are from the Brookwood Labor College, the ILGWU, and the IWW.


  • 1902 - 1960
  • Majority of material found within 1932 - 1957


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.


Doris Wheeler was the Educational Director of the southwestern region of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union. She was married to Paul Preisler who helped found AFT Local 420 in St. Louis, Missouri, of which she was a charter member. She later married Maurice R. Wheeler who was on the executive committee of the Joint Progressive Caucus of the AFT which fought communist influence in the union. She actively participated in the caucus which succeeded in defeating the communists at the 1940 AFT convention. Correspondence from Ms. Wheeler relating to this can be found in the Stanton and Nancy Smith Collection.


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Doris Wheeler served as the International Ladies Garment Workers Union (ILGWU) southwestern region Educational Director and was a charter member of American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Local 420 (St. Louis, MO). Ms. Wheeler's papers are comprised of a collection of songs associated with radical groups and the labor movement.


Materials arranged in alphabetical order.


The papers of Doris B. Wheeler were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in October of 1972 by Doris B. Wheeler.

Processing History

Finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in July 1983.
Guide to the Doris B. Wheeler Papers
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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