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Edwin Smith Manuscript "American Labor History" TAM 375

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Edwin Smith Manuscript "American Labor History"
Dates [inclusive]: 1976, undated
Abstract: This collection contains an unpublished typescript of "American Labor History" written by Edwin Smith. Edwin Smith was an American labor leader was one of the first three members of the National Labor Relations Board appointed by Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Smith's manuscript for "American Labor History," attempts to document the history of American labor from the colonial period up to the start of the Cold War in the 1950s. The manuscript is incomplete however, and only contains Chapters I through VII, ending in the 1820s. The collection also contains several biographical sketches of Smith including obituaries following his death in 1976.
Quantity: 0.25 Linear Feet (1 box)
Location: Materials are located at the Tamiment Library.
Language: Materials are in English.
Mixed Materials [Box]: 1
Call Phrase: TAM 375

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Historical/Biographical Note

Edwin S. Smith (1891-1976) served on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) during the New Deal, as one of its original members, was a member and president of Friends of the Soviet Union, served as the personnel director of Filene's department store in Boston, and was Commissioner of Labor and Industries in Massachusetts. He also worked for the Oil Workers International Union of the CIO, and the Teachers' Division of the United Public Workers of America. When he appeared before the House Committee on Un-American Activities in 1956 he refused to answer questions about alleged Communist affiliation.

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Scope and Contents

This collection contains an unpublished typescript of "American Labor History" written by Edwin Smith. Smith's "American Labor History," attempts to document the history of American labor from the colonial period up to the start of the Cold War in the 1950s. The manuscript is incomplete however, and only contains Chapters I through VII, ending in the 1820s. The collection also contains several biographical sketches of Smith including obituaries following his death in 1976.

Arrangement

The order in which these materials were sent to the Tamiment Library has been maintained.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Smith, Edwin S., 1891-1976
  • Madell, Diana

Document Type

  • Manuscripts for publication.
  • Obituaries.

Subject Organizations

  • Friends of the Soviet Union (Group)
  • United States. National Labor Relations Board

Subject Topics

  • Industrial relations -- United States.
  • Labor -- United States -x History.
  • Labor unions -- United States -- History

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright (and related rights to publicity and privacy) to materials in this collection, created by Edwin Smith, was not transferred to New York University. Permission to use materials must be secured from the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date; Edwin Smith Manuscript "American Labor History"; TAM 375; box number; folder number; Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials donated by Diana Madell, date unknown. The accession number associated with this gift is 1950.002.

Processing Information

Materials were rehoused in archival folders. No physical processing or arrangement was done at this time.

Appraisal

No materials were separated from this collection.

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Container List

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Edwin Smith Biographical Information
undated, 1976
Box: 1 Folder : 2 "American Labor History" by Edwin Smith
undated

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