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Guide to the Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives Printed Ephemera Collection on the Congress of Industrial Organizations PE.005

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Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

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Description is in English

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Tamiment Library
Title: Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives Printed Ephemera Collection on the Congress of Industrial Organizations
Dates [inclusive]: 1936-1987
Dates [bulk]: 1936-1959
Abstract: The Printed Ephemera Collection on the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) is an artificial collection, collected and assembled by the Tamiment Library over the course of several decades. The CIO was founded in 1935 as part of the American Federation of Labor (AFL) and known as the Committee for Industrial Organization. Formalizing a break with the AFL over disputes in how to organize industrial workers, the CIO held its first convention in 1938, and it was there that it changed its name to the Congress of Industrial Organizations. The collection consists of contracts, agreements, and constitutions, as well as printed ephemera such as fliers, brochures, leaflets, newspaper clippings, pamphlets and other publications. Material comes from the international and national body of the CIO but also its regional, state, and city councils, most notably, the Greater New York CIO Council and the New York State Industrial Union Council.
Quantity: 5 Linear Feet (5 boxes)
Language: Materials are in English
Language: Materials are in English
Call Phrase: PE.005

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Historical/Biographical Note

The Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) was originally conceived in 1935 within the American Federation of Labor (AFL) as the Committee for Industrial Organization. After formalizing a break with the AFL, stemming from disagreements in how to organize industrial workers, the CIO established itself an independent federation in 1938. John L. Lewis was an influential force and served as president until 1940, when Philip Murray of the United Steelworkers of America succeeded him. The first unions chartered by the CIO were the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America, the United Mine Workers of America, and the United Steelworkers of America. In 1955, the AFL, under the leadership of George Meany, merged with the CIO, led by Walter Reuther. As of 2009, the AFL-CIO represented over 11 million members.

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Scope and Content Note

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives Printed Ephemera Collection on the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) consists of agreements, contracts, constitutions, by-laws, and reports, as well as printed ephemera such as clippings, flyers, broadsides, leaflets, programs, and pamphlets produced by the CIO nationally as well as by its city, state and regional industrial councils.

Series I: General Files, 1936-1987, consists of material from various committees and departments of the CIO, including the Committee on Civil Rights, the Department of Education and Research, the Political Action Committee, as well as the early formation of the CIO, known as the Committee for Industrial Organization formed in 1935 as part of the American Federation of Labor (AFL).

Series II: City, State and Regional Industrial Councils, 1938-1959, consists of printed material from the CIO's city, state and regional industrial councils. Notably, this series contains files from the Greater New York CIO Council and the New York State Industrial Council.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged into two series. Folders are arranged alphabetically within series.

Missing Title

  1. Series I: General Files, 1936-1987
  2. Series II: City, State and Regional Industrial Councils, 1938-1959

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Access Points

Document Type

  • Brochures.
  • Circular letters.
  • Articles.
  • Fliers (printed matter)
  • Pamphlets.
  • Constitutions.
  • Printed ephemera.
  • Publications (documents)
  • Press releases.
  • Rosters.
  • Reports.
  • Speeches.

Subject Organizations

  • Congress of Industrial Organizations (U.S.). Political Action Committee
  • Greater New York Industrial Union Council
  • New York City CIO Council
  • Congress of Industrial Organizations (U.S.)
  • American Federation of Labor. Congress for Industrial Organization

Subject Topics

  • Labor unions
  • Labor unions -- Organizing -- United States.
  • Labor movement.
  • Labor unions -- Organizing -- New York (State) -- New York.

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Administrative Information

Custodial History

The provenance of the materials is varied. Items were obtained through purchases, donations, standing orders with publishers, arrangements with labor unions and other organizations, exchanges with other libraries, and through ongoing collecting by Tamiment staff.

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Because of the assembled nature of this collection, copyright status varies across the collection. Copyright is assumed to be held by the original creator of individual items in the collection; these items are expected to pass into the public domain 120 years after their creation. Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Archives is not authorized to grant permission to publish or reproduce materials from this collection.

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date; Collection name; Collection number; box number; folder number;
Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012, New York University Libraries.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials in this collection have been compiled by the Tamiment Library. There is no accession record associated with this collection.

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Container List

Series I: General Files, 1936-1987 1936-1959

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Berman, John S.: Fueling the Fire: The Role of the Media in the Purge of the CIO: 1946-50 (Unpublished Manuscript)
undated
Box: 1 Biographical and Historical Material
1952, undated
Box: 1 CIO News
1943-1945, 1949
Box: 1 Circular Letters
1938-1939
Box: 1 Circular Letters
1940
Box: 1 Circular Letters
1941
Box: 1 Circular Letters
1942-1948
Box: 1 Circular Letters
1951-1955
Box: 1 Committee for Industrial Organization: Circular Letters
1937-1938
Box: 1 Committee for Industrial Organization: Conferences: Reports and Speeches
1937
Box: 1 Committee for Industrial Organization: Fliers
1936-1937, undated
Box: 1 Committee for Industrial Organization: Legal Department
1937-1938
Box: 1 Committee for Industrial Organization: Pamphlets and Publications
1936-1938
Box: 1 Committee for Industrial Organization: Press Releases
1937
Box: 1 Committee for Industrial Organization: Rosters
1937
Box: 1 Committee on Civil Rights
1953, undated
Box: 1 Box : data_value_missing_111b5cb74885328ce388ea684c869e9e Committee on Economic Policy
undated
Box: 1 Committee on Fair Labor Standards
1952
Box: 1 Committee on Latin American Affairs
1948, 1952, undated
Box: 1 Community Relations Department
1953, undated
Box: 1 Constitutional Conventions: Fliers, Press Releases, Programs, Resolutions
1939-1951
Box: 1 Constitutional Conventions: Fliers, Press Releases, Programs, Resolutions
1952-1953
Box: 1 Constitutions
1938-1955
Box: 1 Cost of Living Committee
1944
Box: 1 Department of Education and Research
1944-1955, undated
Box: 1 Department of Education and Research: Circular Letters
1946-1955
Box: 1 Department of Education and Research: Pamphlets and Publications
undated
Box: 1 Department of Education and Research: Pamphlets and Publications
circa 1940-1945
Box: 1 Department of Education and Research: Pamphlets and Publications
circa 1946-1949
Box: 1 Department of Education and Research: Pamphlets and Publications
circa 1950-1955
Box: 1 Department of Education and Research: Steward's Guides and Manuals
1950-1953
Box: 1 Department of Education and Research: Steward's Guides and Manuals
1950-1953
Box: 1 Department of International Affairs
1944-1945, undated
Box: 1 Directories and Rosters
1946
Box: 1 Economic Division
1941
Box: 1 European Office
undated
Box: 1 Fair Labor Standards Committee
1955
Box: 1 Film Division
1949, 1955, undated
Box: 1 Fliers
undated
Box: 1 Handbook and Rules
1941, 1947, 1950
Box: 2 Housing Committee
1938, 1940
Box: 2 International Committee
1951-1953, 1955, undated
Box: 2 Legal Department
1938
Box: 2 Legal Department
1951
Box: 2 Legislative Committee
1938, 1940, undated
Box: 2 Legislative Department
1955
Box: 2 Maritime Committee
1944, 1955, undated
Box: 2 National CIO Committee to Abolish Discrimination
1943-1948, undated
Box: 2 National CIO Community Services Committee
1948-1949, 1953-1955
Box: 2 National CIO Community Services Committee: Pamphlets and Publications
1943, 1953, undated
Box: 2 National CIO War Relief Committee
1943-1944, undated
Box: 2 National War Labor Board
1944-1945
Box: 2 Newspaper Clippings and Articles on
1941, 1946, 1949, undated
Box: 2 Pamphlets and Publications (General CIO)
1942-1953
Box: 2 Pension Plan
1954
Box: 2 Political Action Committee: Brochures
circa 1940s, undated
Box: 2 Political Action Committee: Conferences: Proceedings
1944
Box: 2 Political Action Committee: Elections: Memoranda and Reports
1951-1955
Box: 2 Political Action Committee: Fliers
undated
Box: 2 Political Action Committee: Pamphlets and Publications
undated
Box: 2 Political Action Committee: Pamphlets and Publications
1944
Box: 2 Political Action Committee: Pamphlets and Publications
1945-1948
Box: 2 Political Action Committee: Pamphlets and Publications
1952-1954
Box: 2 Political Action Committee: Pamphlets and Publications: "Facts" Series
1952-1954
Box: 2 Political Action Committee: Posters
1944-1946, undated
Box: 3 Political Action Committee: Press Releases
1944
Box: 3 Political Action Committee: Publications Relating to
1946-1949, undated
Box: 3 Political Action Committee: Speeches and Statements
1944-1948
Box: 3 Press Releases
1936-1945
Box: 3 Press Releases
1951-1955
Box: 3 Publicity and Publications Departments: Pamphlets and Publications
1939, undated
Box: 3 Publicity and Publications Departments: Pamphlets and Publications
1940-1945
Box: 3 Publicity and Publications Departments: Pamphlets and Publications
1946-1955
Box: 3 Publications Relating to
1941-1953, 1987
Box: 3 Radio Programs
1945, 1947, 1953
Box: 3 Reports
1936, 1941, 1945-1947
Box: 3 Social Security Committee
1939-1940
Box: 3 Speeches and Statements
1940-1945, 1949, 1954-1955
Box: 3 Union Label Committee
undated
Box: 3 Veterans Committee
undated
Box: 3 Wage Research Committee
1945
Box: 3 Wage Research Committee
1945-1947
Box: 3 Wage Stabilization
1951-1952
Box: 3 Women's Auxiliary
undated

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Series II: City, State and Regional Industrial Councils, 1938-1959

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 3 Birmingham Industrial Union Council
undated
Box: 3 British Columbia Industrial Union Council
1940
Box: 3 California Industrial Union Council/ California State CIO Council
1948, 1950, 1954
Box: 3 California Industrial Union Council/ California State CIO Council: Conventions
1941-1942, 1950, 1958
Box: 3 California Industrial Union Council/ California State CIO Council: Pamphlets and Publications
1945-1948, undated
Box: 3 California Industrial Union Council/ California State CIO Council: Research Department (I)
1946
Box: 3 California Industrial Union Council/ California State CIO Council: Research Department (II)
1946
Box: 3 Cleveland Industrial Union Council
1946
Box: 3 Cook County Industrial Union Council
1953
Box: 3 Genesee County CIO Political Research Committee (Michigan)
undated
Box: 4 Greater Los Angeles Industrial Union Council
1948-1952, undated
Box: 4 Greater New York CIO Council: Circular Letters
1940-1944, undated
Box: 4 Greater New York CIO Council: Circular Letters
1945
Box: 4 Greater New York CIO Council: Circular Letters
1946
Box: 4 Greater New York CIO Council: Circular Letters
1947-1948
Box: 4 Greater New York CIO Council: Conferences
1943-1946
Box: 4 Greater New York CIO Council: Constitutions
1940-1944, undated
Box: 4 Greater New York CIO Council: "Council Digest" Meeting Minutes
1942-1946
Box: 4 Greater New York CIO Council: Directory and Manual
1943, 1946
Box: 4 Greater New York CIO Council: Fliers
undated
Box: 4 Greater New York CIO Council: Pamphlets and Publications
1941-1945, undated
Box: 4 Greater New York CIO Council: Political Action Committee
1944-1946, undated
Box: 4 Greater New York CIO Council: Press Releases
1940, 1947-1948
Box: 4 Greater New York CIO Council: Relief Fund
1945-1946
Box: 4 Greater New York CIO Council: Reports
1947-1948
Box: 4 Illinois State Industrial Union Council
1942, 1948, 1956
Box: 4 Indiana State Industrial Union Council
1957
Box: 4 Kentucky State Industrial Union Council
1946
Box: 4 Lehigh County Industrial Union Council
1948
Box: 4 Lycoming County Industrial Union Council
1948
Box: 4 Maryland and District of Columbia Industrial Union Council
1938
Box: 4 Maryland Industrial Union Council
1952
Box: 4 Massachusetts State CIO Industrial Union Council
1949-1953
Box: 4 Michigan CIO Council
1942-1958, undated
Box: 4 New Jersey State Industrial Union Council/ New Jersey State CIO Council
1950-1957, undated
Box: 4 New Jersey State Industrial Union Council/ New Jersey State CIO Council: Conventions
1946-1955
Box: 4 New Jersey State Industrial Union Council/ New Jersey State CIO Council: Executive Board Minutes
1957-1959
Box: 4 New Jersey State Industrial Union Council/ New Jersey State CIO Council: Political Action Committee
1950, 1954, undated
Box: 5 New York City CIO Council
1949-1953, undated
Box: 5 New York City CIO Council
1955-1956
Box: 5 New York State Industrial Union Council/ New York State CIO Council: CIO Reporter
1944-1945
Box: 5 New York State Industrial Union Council/ New York State CIO Council: Constitutions
1940-1950, 1954
Box: 5 New York State Industrial Union Council/ New York State CIO Council: Conventions
1938
Box: 5 New York State Industrial Union Council/ New York State CIO Council: Conventions
1944
Box: 5 New York State Industrial Union Council/ New York State CIO Council: Conventions
1945
Box: 5 New York State Industrial Union Council/ New York State CIO Council: Conventions
1949
Box: 5 New York State Industrial Union Council/ New York State CIO Council: Conventions
1953
Box: 5 New York State Industrial Union Council/ New York State CIO Council: Conventions
1956
Box: 5 New York State Industrial Union Council/ New York State CIO Council: Conventions
1957
Box: 5 New York State Industrial Union Council/ New York State CIO Council: Conventions
1958
Box: 5 New York State Industrial Union Council/ New York State CIO Council: Fliers
undated
Box: 5 New York State Industrial Union Council/ New York State CIO Council: Legislative Program and Reports
1942-1945
Box: 5 New York State Industrial Union Council/ New York State CIO Council: Pamphlets and Publications
1951, 1957, undated
Box: 5 New York State Industrial Union Council/ New York State CIO Council: Political Action Committee
1949-1950
Box: 5 New York State Industrial Union Council/ New York State CIO Council: Resolutions
1944-1947, undated
Box: 5 New York State Industrial Union Council/ New York State CIO Council: Speeches
1944, undated
Box: 5 Ohio CIO Council
1938-1947, 1951, undated
Box: 5 Ohio CIO Council: Constitutions
1940-1944, 1953
Box: 5 Ohio CIO Council: Political Action Committee
1944-1950, undated
Box: 5 Ohio CIO Council: Workers' Education Conference
1940
Box: 5 Oregon State Industrial Union Council
1951
Box: 5 Pennsylvania Industrial Union Council
1940, 1945-1955
Box: 5 Pontiac Industrial Union Council
undated
Box: 5 San Francisco CIO Council
1941, 1946, 1951
Box: 5 Texas State Industrial Union Council/ Texas State CIO Council
1951-1954
Box: 5 Washington State Industrial Union Council
1940, 1945

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