The IUE Labor Archives Project: Records of the International Union of Electronic, Electrical, Salaried, Machine & Furniture Workers, AFL-CIO (IUE)

Subgroup: Legislative Department
ca. 1951-1962
Quantity: ca. 27 linear feet

Special Collections and University Archives
Rutgers University Libraries

Table of Contents

Outline of Series

Subgroup: Legislative Department

  1. Civil Rights Files of Director John J. Flynn
  2. Civil Rights Files of Director Kenneth Peterson
  3. Legislative and Civil Rights Conference Files
  4. Legislative Files of Director John J. Flynn
  5. Legislative Files of Director Kenneth Peterson
  6. Correspondence and Memoranda of Director Kenneth Peterson
  7. "Prepared Material"
  8. General Issues Files of Director Kenneth Peterson
  9. Organization and Conference Files
  10. Elections and Campaigns


In October, 1965, Rutgers University received the Records of the International Union of Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers, AFL-CIO (IUE), in accordance with the agreement between the IUE and the University Library designating Rutgers as the official repository for the archives of the union. The first accession group of IUE Archives contained approximately 495 linear feet of material and was transferred to Rutgers in the original office transfiles formerly stored at the union's international headquarters in Washington, D.C. These transfiles contained records and documents generated and collected by IUE President James B. Carey and other union officers, the various IUE Departments and their heads, and the constituent district offices and local unions from 1949 (the inception of the union) to 1962.

The records of the IUE Legislation Department, comprising 27.0 linear feet, constitute one subgroup within Record Group I of the IUE Archives. Files contained within this subgroup were left relatively intact by the union and reflect the order imposed by their creators, John J. Flynn, Legislative Department Director (1950-1955), and Kenneth Peterson, Legislative Department Director (1956-1962).

Arrangement, processing, and description of the Legislative Department Records-Record Group I, IUE Archives, was initiated and completed in 1993 after the Special Collections and Archives Department of the Rutgers University Library received a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) and additional financial support from the International Union of Electronic, Electrical, Salaried, Machine & Furniture Workers, AFL-CIO.

Administrative History

The Legislative and COPE (Committee on Political Education) Department of the International Union of Electrical Workers (IUE), though formally created as an administrative entity in 1953, had assumed many of its current-day responsibilities shortly after the founding convention of the union in 1949. Prior to achieving full departmental status, the union's legislative, political action, political education, and civil rights affairs were administered by an appointed Legislative Director.

Departmental directors, staff, and representatives perform a number of vital services for the union's international officers and local unions, the chief of which is the framing of the IUE's legislative agenda to promote the social and economic welfare of its members. The Legislative Department keeps local unions informed of Congressional moves requiring local action, monitors the progress of proposed and pending labor legislation, and tabulates and disseminates information on the voting records of legislators. The director advises the national office on the status of its legislative affairs, makes arrangements for appearances by IUE officers before Congressional committees, and prepares speeches, reports and statements on a variety of legislative issues for IUE officers. Through its legislative representatives, the department coordinates the IUE's lobbying efforts. The political arm of the Legislative Department, COPE, oversees the union's political action programs and directs election campaign fund-raising activities.

Under the leadership of Directors John J. Flynn (1950-1955) and Kenneth Peterson (1956-1961), the IUE Legislative Department became an integral component of the union's drive to advance the social and economic welfare of its membership. Though absorbed in the primary task of organizing workers and winning NLRB elections, the IUE recognized that these objectives could not be divorced from the broader legislative initiatives beneficial to all working people. The department not only fought for its own legislative priorities, but forged a broad-based political coalition with prominent liberal organizations such as the NAACP, the National Urban League, Americans for Democratic Action (ADA), and the American Civil Liberties Union for the enactment of progressive social and economic legislation.

From its inception, the IUE's primary legislative agenda entailed a defense of the New Deal programs which had nurtured the birth of the CIO and advanced unionism. During the 1950s, an alliance of conservative Republicans and Southern Democrats proved a formidable barrier to organized labor's efforts to repeal the anti-labor provisions of the Taft-Hartley Act--especially those measures relating to organization, picketing, and secondary boycotts. Moreover, the revelations of the Senate (McClellan Committee) hearings on organized crime and labor resulted in the passage of the Landrum-Griffin Act (Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959) which subjected unions to further constraints. Though intended to ensure fair union elections and safeguard union pension funds, this legislation placed more power in the hands of management to circumscribe the activities of unions. Corporations, trade associations, and the National Association of Manufacturers also aligned to promote state right-to-work laws.

During the 1950s, the IUE Legislative Department waged a highly effective campaign to protect and extend coverage of workers under the Social Security Act, Fair Labor Standards Act (increase of the minimum wage), and Walsh-Healey Act (equitable pay rates on federal government contracts). The union also lobbied for an equitable tax program, fair housing, civil rights and fair employment practices legislation, and public works planning. In alliance with public interest groups, IUE officers denounced the Eisenhower administration's deregulatory policies with respect to public utilities, atomic energy patents, off-shore oil reserves and the proposed leasing of natural resources and public lands to private interests. The union fought against the reduction of federal appropriations for the TVA and Rural Electrification Administration and opposed Eisenhower's support of the Dixon-Yates private utility combine.

McCarthyism and civil rights, two of the most contentious domestic issues of the 1950s, became central to the IUE's broader legislative agenda. Though perceived within labor circles as a bastion of anti-communism (due to its jurisdictional struggle against the communist-dominated United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers), the union felt the adverse impact of the "Second Red Scare." Federal and state loyalty programs and internal security legislation (creation of the Subversive Activities Control Board), though ostensibly designed to eradicate communist- controlled unions, had imposed severe hardships for legitimate trade unions. Working with the Legal Department, the IUE Legislative Department lobbied to amend such restrictive legislation in order to protect the civil liberties of its membership. IUE officers publicly denounced the tactics associated with the McCarthy "witch hunts" and the restrictive immigration policy embodied in the McCarran Immigration Act.

From its inception, the IUE incorporated civil rights into its immediate legislative agenda and emerged as one of the pioneering trade unions in the movement. A National IUE-CIO Civil Rights Committee was established in 1951 and placed under the direction of Secretary-Treasurer Al Hartnett. This body soon established a network of civil rights committees at the district and local levels to educate IUE members, facilitate the inclusion of anti-discrimination clauses in union contracts, and promote greater rank and file participation in campaigns for state and federal civil rights and fair employment practices legislation. The committee also printed a monthly IUE-CIO Civil Rights Bulletin to chronicle important political and legislative developments in the area of civil rights. The union, in concert with prominent liberal and inter-racial organizations, also co-sponsored conferences and forums on human relations and civil liberties.

In 1954, the IUE Legislative and Civil Rights Departments were merged to exert more forceful action on civil rights legislative initiatives. In addition, both Flynn and Peterson served as coordinators for the IUE-CIO Civil Rights Committee. In this capacity, they acted as liaisons between the unions and various national civil rights organizations to establish a broader political coalition for the passage of civil rights laws. Beside the sponsorship of civil rights conferences and rallies, Legislative Department directors and representatives maintained frequent contact with legislators to push for voting rights reform, school desegregation, elimination of "Jim Crow" laws and enactment of the Civil Rights Bills of 1957 and 1960.

To galvanize and exert its collective political power in local, state, congressional, and presidential elections, the IUE established its own political action committee, IUE-PAC (COPE after the AFL-CIO merger),in 1950. James B. Carey was its first chairman. The committee was responsible for direction of the union's political action, education, and campaign fund raising activities. These functions eventually came under the umbrella of the Legislative Department by the mid 1950s. The IUE Legislative Department printed and disseminated information concerning important political issues, monitored the voting records of prospective candidates, and directed voter registration drives among its members. It also solicited campaign contributions to the CIO- PAC through the "Give a Buck for PAC" program. Coordinating its efforts with the CIO-PAC, the political action committees of other CIO unions, and the AFL-COPE (Committee on Political Education), the IUE-PAC supported progressive candidates for office, and forged a unified political front against reactionaries in both the Republican and Democratic Parties.

During the 1950s the IUE-PAC backed the campaigns of many prominent liberal legislators--Hubert H. Humphrey, George McGovern, Stuart Symington, and Wayne Morse--and attempted to unseat anti-labor candidates such as Senator Robert Taft of Ohio. In the presidential elections of 1952, 1956, and 1960, the IUE supported the Democratic Party candidates, Adlai Stevenson and John F. Kennedy.

Scope and Content

The IUE Legislative Department records consist of 27.0 linear feet of material documenting the scope of activities undertaken by the successive directors, staff, and representatives of the department from 1950 to 1962. Contents of the subgroup provide historical and evidential information pertaining to the evolution and operation of the department and its role in framing the union's legislative agenda to advance the social and economic interests of its members. The IUE Legislative Department director and staff lobbied for the union's legislative initiatives; advised officers, the Executive Board, and local unions on the progress of pending labor bills; supervised political action programs; monitored voting records in the House and Senate; and assisted the IUE President in the preparation of reports, statements, releases, and addresses on legislative affairs before congressional panels and government agencies. Moreover, the IUE Legislative Department records document many of the important political and domestic issues (especially civil rights) in American during the 1950s and organized labor's role in the presidential elections of the era.

The IUE Legislative Department records constitute one subgroup within Record Group I of the IUE Archives. They are divided into nine series which reflect the order imposed by their originators, John J. Flynn, Legislative Department Director from 1950-1955, and Kenneth Peterson, who served in the post from 1956 to 1962. Civil rights, legislative reference, and correspondence files comprise the bulk of the subgroup. The constituent series also include administrative and conference files organized under specific and general topic headings with some material arranged by format. Both directors created and maintained separate filing systems for their respective civil rights and legislative reference files, but merged other administrative files for the period 1950-1962. Much of Flynn's correspondence is incorporated within his legislative and civil rights files. Peterson maintained separate correspondence and memoranda files for the period 1956-1962 in addition to interfiling additional correspondence and memoranda within his legislative reference files.

Flynn and Peterson's civil rights files document the IUE's historic role in the vanguard of the civil and equal rights movement within organized labor, and as part of the broader political coalition for the enactment of civil rights, women's rights, and fair employment practices legislation. Both directors compiled extensive research and reference material on civil rights, human relations, and racial intolerance. Many of the important civil rights struggles of the 1950' are distilled in press clippings, bulletins, reports, pamphlets, newsletters, speeches and research data collated by Flynn and Peterson.

The IUE Legislative Directors also served as coordinators and administrative assistants to the IUE Civil Rights Committee Chairman, Al Hartnett. Their correspondence and memoranda to Hartnett chronicle their work for the committee which entailed the coordination of IUE civil rights conferences and educational programs at the district and local levels. Peterson's civil rights files provide broader coverage of the progress of civil rights legislative initiatives endorsed by the union for the period 1956-1962. File contents trace the legislative and judicial battle over school integration, Supreme Court cases and decisions regarding civil rights , voting rights, state and federal anti-lynching bills, the Civil Rights Bill of 1957, and enforcement of fair employment practices legislation.

The IUE also maintained an audio series (tapes) documenting IUE and labor-sponsored civil rights conferences, speeches, rallies, press conferences and interviews involving prominent civil rights leaders (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rev. Ralph Abernathy, and A. Philip Randolf) and legislators. Many of these recordings document activities surrounding the enactment of the 1957 Civil Rights Bill. These tapes are contained in Record Group II.

Flynn and Peterson's civil rights organization files are important for assessing the union's collaborative relationship with prominent civil rights groups (NAACP, National Urban League, National Negro Council) and leaders (Walter White, Roy Wilkins, and Clarence Mitchell) in the sponsorship of conferences, educational workshops, and collective lobbying efforts. Bound proceedings of civil rights conferences include agenda, District Civil Rights Committee reports, and keynote addresses by such influential senators and representatives as Wayne Morse, Hubert H. Humphrey, Jacob Javits and George McGovern.

The Legislative research and reference files of Flynn and Peterson trace many of the significant domestic issues of the 1950s, highlighting the IUE's legislative focus and its political action orientation. Material contained within the series provided the data and research material for the preparation of speeches, articles, and statements by Carey and Hartnett on pending labor, economic, and social legislation before Congress. Flynn kept voting records and congressional lists which aided the union's lobbying work. There is also correspondence and memoranda to representatives and senators urging action on key legislation vital to the IUE membership. Flynn prepared memoranda reports to IUE President, James Carey, concerning the status and progress of bills and helped in the drafting of circular letters to congressmen requesting action on bills.

The Legislative Department collated material on significant labor legislation such as: proposed amendments to the Taft-Hartley Act; extension of the minimum wage, social security, and unemployment compensation; employment security; the McClellan hearings on organized crime in labor, and the Landrum-Griffin Act. The McCarthy Era and domestic communism are covered extensively as the IUE had a vested interest in the HUAC hearings, and internal security legislation (McCarran Internal Security Act).

Peterson's legislative files contain similar material but provide more detailed documentation of significant labor and social legislation which preoccupied the work of the department. His files contain reprints of bills, amendments, voting records, excerpts of House and Senate debates from the Congressional Record, and conference committee reports. The legislative history of earlier versions of the Landrum-Griffin Act (the Kennedy-Ives and Kennedy-Ervin bills), right to work legislation, the Civil Rights Bill of 1957 and reform of the Senate Rules Committee predominate.

Peterson's correspondence files for the years 1956-1962 include letters and memoranda to IUE legislative representatives concerning lobbying activities on Capitol Hill and the status of pending bills before the House and Senate. These letters shed light on the union's support and strategy behind key legislation and its coordination of lobbying efforts with the AFL-CIO and other interest groups. Peterson's correspondence with IUE COPE Director, Ed Rovner, highlight his role in planning the union's political action programs during the election years of 1956 and 1960. A small series consisting of research material (party publications, bulletins, and handbooks) on elections and campaigns complements Peterson's political action correspondence.

Peterson and his staff also created administrative "General Issues" files (primarily concerning the procurement of defense department contracts in the electrical industry and arrangements for IUE conferences on civil rights and women's issues. His organizations and conference files document the union's outreach activities with other liberal organizations for the enactment of progressive social legislation. The bulk of this series is devoted to conference material on full citizenship legislation, voter registration reform, and school desegregation. Representative organizations include: the NAACP, the National Urban League, the National Association of Intergroup Relations Organization, American Civil Liberties Union. and American Jewish Committee.

Series Descriptions and Container Lists

1. CIVIL RIGHTS FILES OF DIRECTOR JOHN J. FLYNN , Date Span: 1951-1956, Bulk Date: 1952-1954, 3.25 LN. FT.

Grouped in two major sequences: Civil Rights Research Files, 1951-1956, and Civil Rights Organization Files, 1952-1956. Contents filed alphabetically by topic, organization, and geographic name.

As IUE Legislative Director and special assistant to Al Hartnett (Chairman of the IUE Civil Rights Committee), John (Jack) J.Flynn had primary responsibility for translating IUE policy initiatives on civil rights and human relations into legislative action. To aid in the drafting of specific legislation, publication of the union's civil rights bulletin, and the preparation of speeches and position papers for various IUE officers, Flynn maintained research files on various civil rights issues. Newspaper and periodical clippings, bulletins, press releases, reports and resolutions generated by the IUE Civil Rights Committee comprise the bulk of material contained within this series. Correspondence and memoranda sent and received by Flynn and Harnett are also deposited in the research files and chiefly document efforts to coordinate IUE civil rights programs and conferences at the district and local union level. Major subject headings include: fair employment practices legislation, voting rights, discrimination in housing, education, and public facilities, civil rights court cases, federal and state anti-discrimination legislation, anti- semitism, and the Ku Klux Klan.

Flynn's civil rights organization files consist largely of collected clippings, publications (newsletters, bulletins, releases) and educational material issued by the AFL, CIO, and various civil rights groups. The AFL file also contains typescript notes and clippings pertaining to alleged discriminatory practices on the part of constituent AFL unions. Prominent civil rights organizations represented include: the NAACP, American Civil Liberties Union, American Jewish Congress, Anti-Defamation League, National Negro Council, and the National Urban League. Correspondence between Flynn and representatives of these groups is also contained in these files, the bulk of which document the IUE's sponsorship and participation in various conferences and lobbying efforts on behalf of civil rights legislation (1955). Notable correspondents include Walter White, Clarence Mitchell, Roy Wilkins, and Herbert Hill.

Box No. Folder No. Folder Heading Date Span    
1 1 "Africa" 1952-1953
  2 AFL Study, Race Discrimination - Report & Correspondence 1953
  3 Anti-Semitism - Clippings 1952-1953
  4 Armed Forces, Segregation - Releases from NAACP & Clippings 1953
  5 Book Burning / Censorship 1953
  6 James Byrne's Appointment, U.N. - Releases & Correspondence 1953
  7 Canada, Canadian Congress of Labour (CCL): Civil Rights - Clippings, Correspondence, Releases 1951-1953
  8-9 Catholic Position on Race - Brochures, Clippings, Statements 1951-1954
  10 Cicero Race Riot - Clippings - Cicero, Illinois 1951-1952
  11 IUE Civil Rights Committee - Press Clippings, Releases, Leaflets 1952
  12 IUE Civil Rights Committee - Reports, Memoranda, Addresses 1951-1953
  13 IUE Civil Rights Committee Activities, District 2 1952-1954
  14 IUE Civil Rights Committee Activities, District 3 1952-1954
  15 IUE Civil Rights Committee Activities, District 4 1952-1955
  16 IUE Civil Rights Committee Activities, District 5 (Canada) 1952
  17 IUE Civil Rights Committee Activities, District 6: Civil Rights Conference, June 29, 1953 1953
  18 IUE Civil Rights Committee Activities, District 7 1953
  19 IUE Civil Rights Committee Activities, District 9 1952
  20 Civil Rights: Human Relations Films - Circular Ads & Typescript Film Lists 1952
  21 Civil Rights: Human Relations Films - Correspondence 1952-1953
  22 Civil Rights: Human Relations Films - Film Brochures 1952-1953
1 23 Civil Rights: Human Relations Films - Press Clippings 1952-1954
  24 Communist Party: Civil Rights - Press Clippings & Releases 1953-1954
  25 Correspondence Files of Flynn: Civil Rights (tissue copies) Apr., 1951-May, 1952
  26 Correspondence Files of Flynn: Civil Rights June-Oct., 1952
  27 Correspondence Files of Flynn: Civil Rights 1953
  28 Correspondence Files of Flynn: Civil Rights 1954
  29 Court Cases: Civil Rights - Bulletins & Press Releases 1953
  30 Court Cases: Civil Rights - Press Clippings - Segregation 1953
  31 Democratic Party: Civil Rights - Democratic Party Platform (1952) - Press Clippings 1952-1955
  32 Discrimination - Press Clippings 1951-1953
  33 Discrimination: General File - Releases & Correspondence 1951
  34 District of Columbia - Bulletins, Releases, Reports 1953
  35 District of Columbia - Clippings & Releases 1952-1954
  36 District Reports - Correspondence & Reports 1952
  37 District Reports - Correspondence & Reports 1953
  38 Employment & Civil Rights - Press Clippings 1952-1954
  39 Employment & Civil Rights - Press Releases 1951-1956
  40 Fair Employment Practices Act: State and Local - Press Clippings 1951-1955
  41 Fair Employment Practices Act: State and Local - Press Releases, Reprints of Bills, Brochures 1951-1955
2 1 Fair Employment Practices Act: State and Local - Press Releases, Reprints of Bills, Brochures 1951-1955
  2 Fair Employment Practices Act: Federal - Bill Reprints, Releases, Statements, & Addresses 1951-1955
2 3 Florida Incidents: Racial Violence - Clippings, Releases, Articles 1951-1954
  4 Housing Discrimination - Booklets & Brochures 1952-1955
  5-6 Housing Discrimination - Press Clippings 1952-1955
  7 Jewish Position on Civil Rights - Bulletins, Clippings 1952-1955
  8 Ku Klux Klan - Clippings 1952-1953
  9 Material Sent to Local Civil Rights Committee - Circular Letters 1951-1955
  10-11 Material Sent to Local Civil Rights Committee - Resolutions, Reports, Circular Letters 1951-1955
  12 Mississippi and Civil Rights 1955
  13 Negroes - Clippings & Article 1951-1953
  14 Politics and Civil Rights 1952
  15 Protestant Position on Civil Rights - Clippings & Brochures 1951-1953
  16 Public Places: Discrimination - Clippings & Releases 1951-1953
  17 Puerto Ricans in the United States 1953-1954
  18 Republican Party: Civil Rights - Clippings 1952
  19 School Segregation - Press Clippings 1951-1952
  20 School Segregation - Press Clippings 1953
  21 School Segregation - Press Clippings 1954
  22 School Segregation - Press Releases 1952-1955
  23 School Segregation - Articles & Pamphlets 1951-1954
  24 School Segregation - Editions of Southern School News 1954-1955
  25 Civil Rights in the South - Press Clippings, Articles, Releases 1951-1954
  26 Speeches on Civil Rights - Typescript & Mimeographed - Carey, Harnett, Walter White, & Hubert Humphrey 1952
  27 Subversive Groups - Clippings, Circulars, Publications 1953
2 28 Transportation Segregation - Press Clippings 1952, 1954
  29 Truman on Civil Rights - Press Clippings & Release 1952
  30 Voting Rights Reform - Clippings, Releases, Articles 1952-1953
  31 Women's Rights - Clippings, Pamphlets, Articles 1952-1953
  32 Wetbacks: Mexican Civil Rights 1953-1955
3 1 American Civil Liberties Union - ACLU Weekly Bulletin Dec., 1954-June, 1955
  2 American Civil Liberties Union - ACLU Weekly Bulletin July, 1955-Jan., 1956
  3 American Civil Liberties Union - Booklets & List of Publications 1949-1954
  4 American Civil Liberties Union - Correspondence, Press Releases & Clippings 1952-1955
  5 American Civil Liberties Union - Civil Liberties - Monthly of ACLU (incomplete) 1952-1956
  6 AFL: Civil Rights - IUE Report on AFL & Racial Discrimination 1953
  7 AFL: Civil Rights - Press Clippings 1952-1955
  8 AFL: Jim Crow Policies - Releases, Statements, Pamphlets 1952-1955
  9 American Jewish Committee - Correspondence, Statements - 48th Annual Meeting 1953-1955
  10 American Jewish Congress - Correspondence, Clippings, Reports, & Statements 1953-1955
  11 Anti-Defamation League - Correspondence, Bulletins, & Educational Material 1952-1955
3 12 CIO - Press Clippings & Releases; 1951 CIO Convention Resolution on Civil Rights; Albin Hartnett Speech, Labor Institute on Human Relations, Apr. 25, 1953 1951-1954
  13 CIO Civil Rights Committee - Correspondence, UAW Civil Rights Material, & Civil Rights Educational Booklets & Posters 1948-1953
  14 Civil Rights Legislation - Memoranda, Releases, Clippings 1955
  15-17 Civil Rights Legislation - Reprints of House and Senate Civil Rights Bills 1955
  18 Federal Government: Civil Rights - Press Clippings, Releases, CIO-PAC Research Dept. Bulletins & Reports 1952-1956
  19 Fund for the Republic - Booklet, Clipping, Circular 1955
  20 Jewish Labor Committee - Correspondence, Brochures, Clippings, & Form Letters 1953-1955
  21 Leadership Conference on Civil Rights: Senate Cloture Rule #22 - Clippings, Releases & Carey Notes 1952
  22 Leadership Conference on Civil Rights - Conference Kit, IUE Notes & Clippings 1952
  23 Leadership Conference on Civil Rights - Correspondence, Memoranda & Releases 1952-1955
  24 NAACP Press Releases 1956
  25 NAACP Correspondence 1953-1954
  26 NAACP Pamphlet Literature 1954-1955
  27 NAACP - Press Clippings 1952-1954
  28 NAACP - Press Releases 1955-1956
  29 NAACP - Resolutions & Conference Material 1953-1955
4 1 National Association of Intergroup Relations - Correspondence 1954
  2 National Civil Liberties Clearing House - Minutes, Reports, Correspondence, & Conference Material 1954-1955
4 3 National Conference of Christians & Jews - Educational Booklets, Pamphlet, Clipping 1951-1952
  4 National Education Association - Letter - Request for NEA Kit 1952
  5 National Labor Service - Correspondence, Booklets on Human Relations 1953-1955
  6 National Negro Labor Council - Convention Proceedings, Resolutions, Agenda 1952-1953
  7 National Negro Labor Council - Correspondence, Press Clippings, Newsletter 1951-1953
  8 National Negro Labor Council - Leaflets, Booklets, Educational Publications 1952-1953
  9 Negro Labor Committee - Correspondence, Clippings, Press Releases 1952
  10 U.N. Genocide Convention - Correspondence re: arrangements 1954
  11 [National] Urban League - Correspondence, Carey Address, Conf. Proceedings of NUL 42nd Annual Conf. 1952-1955

2. CIVIL RIGHTS FILES OF DIRECTOR KENNETH PETERSON , Date Span: 1952–1961, Bulk Date: 1956-1959, 2.15 LN.FT.

Arranged alphabetically by topic and geographic name.

Contains newspaper clippings, pamphlets, publications, press releases, reports, memoranda, and correspondence collected and generated by Kenneth Peterson, Director of the IUE Legislative Department from 1956 to 1961. While the bulk of the records document his tenure as Legislative Director, some files predate 1956 when Peterson served as an IUE legislative representative. The department maintained civil rights research files to assist IUE officers in the formulation of policy, the preparation of educational material for district and local union civil rights committees, and legislative initiatives. As a member of the IUE Civil Rights Committee, Peterson functioned as a liaison with various civil rights organizations and leaders, coordinating joint efforts toward the passage of civil rights legislation and the sponsorship of conferences and workshops.

Major subject areas include: school integration, supreme court civil rights cases and decisions, voting rights, anti-lynching bills, state fair employment practices legislation, race relations in the South, and the confrontation at Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957. In addition, there are files pertaining to anti-semitism, Indian affairs, and white racist organizations (Ku Klux Klan and the White Citizens' Councils). Peterson also collected information on domestic communism, internal security legislation and the violation of civil rights during the McCarthy era.

Box No. Folder No. Folder Heading Date Span    
4 12 AFL-CIO - Clippings, Releases, Statements, Memoranda 1955-1961
  13 AFL-CIO Civil Rights Committee - Clippings, Statements, Correspondence 1956-1958
  14 Attack on Civil Rights Leaders - Correspondence, Clippings, Press Releases 1957
  15 Blacklisting - Articles & Report 1956-1958
  16 Bombings - Clippings, Reports, Bill Reprint 1958-1959
  17-18 Civil Rights Commission - Clippings, Releases, etc. 1957-1959
  19 Civil Rights Commission - Reports, Clippings 1961
  20-21 Civil Rights Court Cases - Briefs, Appeals, Memoranda, & Clippings - State & Supreme Court Cases 1955-1960
  22 Communism - Clippings, Releases & Reprint of Subversive Control Legislation 1956-1961
  23 District & Local Activities in Civil Rights - Bulletins, Releases, Newsletters, Correspondence 1956-1960
  24 District Civil Rights Chairmen Meeting Mar., 1957
  25 "Dixie Dynamite: The Inside Story of the White Citizen Councils" - series of New York Post articles - Clippings 1957
  26 Employment - Clippings, Releases, Memoranda 1956-1961
  27 Fifth Amendment - Clippings & Articles 1954-1958
  28 Housing - Articles, Clippings, Bulletins 1952-1956
  29 Housing - Clippings, Articles, Report 1957
  30 Housing - Clippings, Articles, Speeches, Report 1958
  31 Housing - Clippings, Bulletins, Pamphlets 1959
  32 Housing - Bulletins, Articles, Reports 1960-1961
5 1 Indians - Bulletins, Articles, Clippings, Reprints of Bills 1952-1960
  2 Indians - Bulletins, Articles, Reports 1961
5 3 Ku Klux Klan - Photographs & Clippings 1956, 1958-1959
  4 Internal Security - Clippings, Bulletins, Articles, & Releases 1955-1956
  5 Internal Security - Clippings, Releases, Bill Reprints, Articles 1957-1959
  6 Jews - Clippings, Releases, Bulletins 1956-1960
  7 Levittown, Pa. - Clippings - Housing Integration 1957
  8-10 Little Rock, Ark. - Clippings - Racial Integration in Schools 1957
  11-12 Little Rock, Ark. - Clippings, Releases, Articles - Racial Integration in Schools 1958
  13 Little Rock, Ark. - Clippings & Articles - Racial Integration in Schools 1959
  14 Lynching - Clippings 1959
  15 NECO Plant, Bay Springs, Miss. - Clippings & Correspondence - "Race Hate" 1957
  16 "Negroes" - Clippings, Articles, Bulletins 1956-1959
  17 "Negroes" - Clippings, Articles, Reports 1960-1961
  18 Philip Murray Award for Non-Discriminatory Practices in Locals - Correspondence from Locals, Award Certificate 1957
  19 Philip Murray Award for Non-Discriminatory Practices in Locals - Correspondence from Locals 1958
  20 Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom: Civil Rights Rally, Washington, D.C., May, 17, 1957 - Clippings, Bulletins, Correspondence 1957
  21 "Puerto Ricans" - Clippings, Conference Brochure 1956-1958
  22 "Hate Groups in the United States" - Report - Racial & Religious Intolerance N.d.
  23 Religion - Clippings, Articles, Resolutions, Pamphlets 1955-1960
  24 Schools: Integration - Clippings, Articles, Bulletins 1956-1957
  25 Schools: Integration - Clippings & Articles 1958
5 26 Schools: Integration - Clippings & Articles 1959
  27 Schools: Integration - Clippings & Articles 1960-1961
  28 Segregation - Clippings & Articles 1956-1959
  29 Segregation (Sit-ins) - Clippings, Leaflets, Reports 1960
  30 Segregation (Sit-ins) - Reports, Clippings, Articles 1961
6 1 Southern U.S.A - Clippings, Articles, Report 1956-1959
  2-3 States: FEPC Laws - Clippings, Articles, Booklets, Reports 1956-1960
  4 Supreme Court - Clippings, Articles, Releases, Report 1957
  5 Unions - Report - "The AFL and Racial Discrimination" 1953
  6 Unions - Clippings, Articles, Circulars 1956-1961
  7 Voting - Clippings, Articles, Reports 1954-1958
  8 Voting - Clippings, Articles, Reports 1958-1960
  9 White Citizens Councils - Clippings, Circulars, Leaflets, Releases 1955-1958


Arranged chronologically by date of conference.

During the 1950s the IUE Civil Rights and Fair Employment Practices Committee sponsored semi-annual conferences devoted to various civil rights issues. These conferences and workshops were attended by IUE officers, District Civil Rights Committee Chairmen, local union delegates, and prominent civil rights leaders, academicians, and legislators. The IUE Legislative Department played an active role in planning and administering the conferences. John Flynn and Kenneth Peterson both served as civil rights coordinators for the IUE Civil Rights Committee.

The conference files are arranged chronologically in bound format, and contain agenda material, proceedings, resolutions, reports, correspondence, typescript addresses, clippings, press releases and other publicity material, and issues of the IUE Civil Rights Bulletin. Much of the correspondence was generated and received by Flynn, Peterson, and Al Hartnett and primarily documents pre-conference arrangements (i.e. invitations, agenda, and speakers). The conference proceedings include the Chairman's Report and reports filed by district civil rights committee chairmen which illustrate the nature and scope of the union's civil rights programs operating at the national, district, and local levels. Conference delegates adopted many important resolutions opposing segregation in housing, schools, and the armed services, and the condemnation of racist organizations. The various conventions sponsored legislative initiatives to create and empower a Fair Employment Practices Committee and promote congressional reform to facilitate passage of civil rights legislation. Notable keynote speakers and discussion leaders include Hubert Humphrey, Wayne Morse, George McGovern, Jacob Javits, Daniel Bell, Clarence Mitchell, and Walter White.

Box No. Folder No. Folder Heading Date Span    
6 10 IUE Civil Rights Conference, Jan. 21-22, 1952, Statler Hotel, Washington, D.C. 1952
  11-12 IUE Civil Rights Conference, July 14-15, 1952, Statler Hotel, Washington, D.C. 1952
  13-15 IUE Civil Rights Conference, Mar. 1-2, 1953, Hotel New Yorker, New York City 1953
  16 IUE Civil Rights Conference, July 31-Aug. 1, 1953, Statler Hotel, Washington, D.C. 1953
  17-19 IUE Civil Rights Conference, Mar. 6-7, 1954, Park Sheraton Hotel, New York City 1954
  20-21 IUE Civil Rights Conference, Feb. 11-12, 1955, Congressional Hotel, Washington, D.C. 1955
  22-23 IUE Civil Rights Conference, Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 1955, Miami Hotel, Dayton, Ohio 1955
7 1-3 IUE Civil Rights Conference, June 18-19, 1956, Philip Murray Building, Washington, D.C. 1956
  4-6 IUE Civil Rights Conference, Dec. 10-11, 1956, Shelburne Hotel, New York City 1956
  7-9 IUE Civil Rights Conference, May 24-25, 1957, Sheraton Blackstone Hotel, Chicago, Ill. 1957
  10-13 IUE Civil Rights Conference, Nov. 21-22, 1957, Sheraton-Cadillac Hotel, Detroit, Mich. 1957
  14 IUE Civil Rights Conference, May 22-23, 1959, Parker House, Boston Mass. 1959
  15 IUE Civil Rights Conference, May 22-23, 1959 - Correspondence - Parker House, Boston Mass. 1959
  16 IUE Civil Rights Conference, May 22-23, 1959 - Delegates Lists - Parker House, Boston Mass. 1959
  17 IUE Civil Rights Conference, May 22-23, 1959 - Resolutions - Parker House, Boston Mass. 1959
7 18-20 IUE Legislative & Civil Rights Conference, Feb. 6-7, 1961, Willard Hotel, Washington, D.C. 1961
  21 IUE Legislative & Civil Rights Conference, Feb. 6-7, 1961 - Delegates Lists - Willard Hotel, Washington, D.C. 1961
  22-24 IUE Full Citizenship Conference, Feb. 12-14, 1962, Willard Hotel, Washington, D.C. 1962
  25 IUE Full Citizenship Conference, Feb. 12-14, 1962 - Civil Rights Committee Materials - Willard Hotel, Washington, D.C. 1962
  26 IUE Full Citizenship Conference, Feb. 12-14, 1962 - Congressional Breakfast - Willard Hotel, Washington, D.C. 1962

4. LEGISLATIVE FILES OF DIRECTOR JOHN J. FLYNN , Date Span: 1951-1956, Bulk Date: 1953-1955, 5.6 LN.FT.

Arranged by classified topical headings with contents filed alphabetically.

Under the direction of John Flynn, the IUE Legislative Department maintained extensive research files devoted to current political issues, elections and candidates, and legislative affairs of vital interest to the IUE membership. Flynn had primary responsibility for keeping IUE officers informed on important political developments and pending labor, economic and social legislation. His files provided important resource and reference material for the framing of the IUE legislative agenda, the administration of the union's political action and political education programs, and the publication of legislative bulletins and pamphlets. The records fully document the myriad duties performed by Flynn, his staff, and IUE legislative representatives.

The bulk of the research files encompass newspaper and periodical clippings, congressional bulletins and newsletters, reprints of government documents and bills, typescript and mimeographed legislative reports, publications generated by lobbyists and interest groups, and campaign literature. To assist in its own lobbying efforts, the IUE Legislative Department maintained lists of congressmen representing districts with a heavy concentration of IUE membership and tabulated their voting records on important labor legislation. Flynn's legislative files contain correspondence and memoranda documenting the union's lobbying efforts on behalf of labor legislation, political action programs, and campaign activities--especially the elections of 1952 and 1956. The bulk of Flynn's memoranda entail progress reports on the status of pending legislation to IUE President James B. Carey, and his assistant, Les Finnegan.

Flynn's legislative files chronicle many of the contentious domestic issues and legislative battles fought among labor and management, and Democrats and Republicans during the 1950s. A significant portion of his files are devoted to the IUE's and CIO's fight to repeal the Taft-Hartley Act, to extend the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (minimum wage), the Social Security Act, Housing, and enforcement of the Walsh- Healey Act (union wage scale paid on federal government contract work). In addition, there is a wealth of material pertaining to the McCarthy Era and the Eisenhower administration. The Legislative Department collected research information on domestic communism, state and federal government loyalty programs, the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), the Army-McCarthy hearings, internal security legislation (the McCarran Act), Oppenheimer hearings, and immigration restriction (Walter-McCarren Act). These events provided a backdrop to the IUE's jurisdictional struggle with the United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers Union (UE) and organizational efforts in defense-related industries and the atomic energy field. The issue of public control of the electrical utilities industry, highlighted by the Dixon-Yates controversy, is also given ample coverage in Flynn's legislative research files.


Box No. Folder No. Folder Heading Date Span    
8 1-2 83rd Congress - Bulletins, Circulars, Releases, Reports 1954
  3 83rd Congress - Clippings 1954
  4 84th Congress - Bulletins, Circulars, Releases, Reports, Articles 1954-1955
  5 84th Congress - Clippings 1954-1955
  6 Newell Brown - Senate Confirmation Hearings - Clipping, Transcript of Testimony Opposing Confirmation 1955
  7 Representative Winfield Denton - "Background Material" 1955
  8-9 Dixon-Yates Hearings - Bulletins, Press Releases, Articles 1954-1955
  10 Dixon-Yates Hearings - Clippings 1954-1955
  11 Representative Clyde Doyle - Correspondence 1954
  12 Government Operations Committee - Reports 1955
  13 Commission on Government Security - Reports, Clippings, Correspondence 1955
  14 Congressional Investigations: Rules of Procedure - Reports, Releases 1953-1955
  15 Congressional Investigations: Rules of Procedure - Clippings 1953-1955
  16 Ives Bill: 83rd Congress - Clippings, Bulletins, Releases 1953
  17 Senate Internal Security Subcommittee 1954, 1955
  18 Senators - Reports, Clippings 1954-1955
  19 Harold E. Talbott: Senate Investigation - Clippings, Transcript of Hearings 1955
  20 House Committee on Un-American Activities - Reports, Bulletins, Releases 1953-1955
  21 House Committee on Un-American Activities - Clippings 1953-1955
  22 Voting Records - CIO-PAC Report 1953
  23 Voting Records - Reports & Articles 1953-1954
8 24 Voting Records - Correspondence 1954
  25 Representative Francis Walter 1955
8 26 CIO Community Services Committee - Correspondence, Pamphlets, Booklets 1955
  27-28 CIO Legislative Dept. - Bulletins, Memoranda, Correspondence, Clippings 1954
9 1 CIO Legislative Dept. - Bulletins, Memoranda, Correspondence 1955
  2 CIO Trip to Scandinavia 1954
  3 Congressional Breakdown - Lists of Congressmen by IUE District 1954
  4 Convention Displays 1953-1954
  5-6 General Correspondence 1954
  7 General Correspondence 1955
  8-9 House 1953-1954
  10 House 1955
  11 Senate 1953-1954
  12 Senate 1955
  13 "Ideas" 1954
  14 Lobbying - Quarterly Reports, Articles, Memoranda 1953-1955
  15 "Memos" 1954-1955
  16 Officers' Report: IUE-CIO Convention 1954
  17 Taft-Hartley Conference, Mar. 2, 1954 1954
  18 UE v. GE Trial - Memoranda 1954
  19 White House 1953
9 20 District 1 1954-1955
  21 District 2 1954-1955
  22 District 3 1954-1955
  23 District 4 1954-1955
  24 District 6 1954-1955
  25 District 7 1954-1955
  26 District 8 1954-1955
  27 District 9 1954-1955
  28 District 10 1954
9 29 Averell Harriman - Clipping, Article 1955
  30 Adlai Stevenson - Press Clippings & Text of Address 1952-1954
9 31 Atomic Energy - Clippings & Reports 1953-1954
  32 Communist Party 1953-1955
  33 Communist Unions - Clippings & Reports 1954-1955
  34 Congressional Reform - Reports 1954
  35 Conservation 1953, 1955
  36 National Debt 1953-1955
  37 Distressed Areas - Clippings & Releases 1953-1954
  38 Eagle Lock Co.: Foreign Competition - Correspondence & Company Booklets 1954
  39 Economic Concentration - Typescript Report 1953
9 40 Economic Controls - Clippings 1953
  41 Economic Issues, U.S. - Speeches, Press Clippings, Articles, Research Material 1953
  42 Economic Issues, U.S. - Speeches, Press Clippings, Articles, Research Material 1954
  43 Employment - Clipping, Research Essay 1954
  44 Federal Budget - Clippings 1952-1953
  45 Fiscal Policy - Congressional Record, Clippings 1953
  46 Giveaway Program - Clippings, Articles 1953-1954
  47-48 Government Loyalty Program - Clippings, Releases, Articles, Essays 1953-1955
10 1 Hoover Commission - Clippings, Releases 1955
  2 Housing - Labor & Congressional Circular Letters, Releases, Clippings 1953-1954
  3 Housing Scandal - Clippings, Releases 1954
  4-8 Immigration - Clippings, Memoranda, Bill Reprints, Releases 1952-1955
  9 Tax Exempt Foundation Investigations - Clippings, Circular: Report from National Civil Liberties Clearing House 1954
  10 Lamb Case: FCC & Communism - Clippings, Memoranda, Teletype newswire summaries of proceedings 1954
  11 Robert E. Lee Appointment: FCC - Clipping 1954
  12-13 McCarren Committee: Immigration / Subversion - Clippings, Releases, Articles 1952-1953
  14 Martial Law - Clippings, Typescript of Newspaper Article 1955
  15 Migrant Labor - Memoranda, Correspondence, Articles 1951, 1954-1955
  16-20 Minimum Wage Legislation - Correspondence, Memoranda, Statements, Handbook, & Research Material 1955
10 21 Robert Oppenheimer Hearings - Clippings, Articles, Excerpts from Congressional Record 1954
  22 Stanley Pawlak - Correspondence regarding removal of dishonorable discharge 1954
  23 Irving Peress Investigation - Report by Senate Subcommittee 1955
  24 Public Lands - Clippings 1953
  25-28 Public Power - Correspondence, Clippings, Releases & Reports 1953-1955
  29 Rural Electrification Administration - Bulletins, Releases, Clippings 1953-1954
  30 Record Since 1932 - Statement, Economic Data, Excerpts from Congressional Record 1952
  31 Schools/Federal Aid - Clippings & Legislative Report 1954-1955
  32 Social Security - Correspondence, Clippings 1953
  33 St. Lawrence Seaway Project - Clipping 1953
  34 State Politics - Clippings 1954
  35-37 States Progress - Reports from Democratic National Committee 1952
11 1 States Rights - Articles on States Rights 1952-1954
  2-3 TVA - Releases, REA Bulletins, Circular Letters, Publications: Citizens for TVA, Congressional Speeches 1953-1954
  4-5 Taxation - Research Booklets, Reports: CIO Committee on Economic Policy 1953-1954
  6 Unemployment Compensation - Clippings, Field Action Request from CIO Legislative Dept. 1953
  7 United Nations - Pamphlets, Newsletters, Clippings 1953-1956
  8 Veterans Affairs - Clippings, Articles 1956
11 9-10 Appointments - Releases, Clippings, Circular Letters, Correspondence 1953-1954
  11 Agriculture: Benson - Clippings & Telegram pertaining to Sec. of Agriculture, Ezra Taft Benson 1953
  12-13 Cabinet - Clippings & Press Releases 1953-1954
  14 Commerce: Weeks - Clippings & Press Release - Commerce Dept. & Secretary Sinclair Weeks 1953
  15 Defense: Charles Wilson - Clippings, Press Releases 1953
  16-17 Eisenhower - Clippings, Press Releases, Articles 1952-1955
  18 Federal Trade Commission - Press Releases 1955
  19 Interior, Dept. of - Sect. of Interior Douglas McKay - Clippings 1953-1955
  20 Justice, Dept. of - Attorney General Herbert Brownell, Jr. - Clippings, Reports 1953-1954
  21 Labor, Dept. of - Labor Sect. James Mitchell - Clippings 1953-1954
  22 Nixon, Richard M. - Vice President - Clippings 1954-1955
  23 President's Committee on Government Contracts 1951-1955
  24 President's Committee on Government Contracts - Equal Job Opportunity Conf. with Leaders of American Labor 1955
  25 State Dept. & UN - Sect. of State John Foster Dulles - Clippings 1953
  26 Treasury - Sect. of Treasury George M.. Humphrey - Clippings 1953, 1955
11 27 Southern States - U.S. News & World Report Article 1952
  28 Voting Regulations - Brochures 1954
  29 Voting Statistics - Clippings 1952
11 30-35 Taft-Hartley Act - Statements, Bulletins, Press Releases, Clippings 1953-1954
12 1-3 Revision of Tax Bill - Bulletins, Clippings, Reports 1953-1954
  4-6 Unemployment Compensation - Reports, Statements, Bulletins 1954-1956
  7 Veterans' Affairs 1952, 1955
  8 Walsh-Healey Act - Memoranda, Bill Reprint, "Fact Sheet" 1955
12 9-12 McCarthy-Army Dispute - Clippings 1953-1954
  13-16 McCarthyism - Clippings, Memoranda, Articles 1953-1954
    1953 ELECTIONS  
12 17 Municipal - Clippings & Reports 1953
  18 National - Clippings, Statistics, Reports 1953
  19 Presidential - Statistics, Report, Clippings 1952-1953
  20 State - Clippings 1953
13 1 Local Activities - Correspondence, IUE-CIO Legislative Dept. "Memograms," Leaflets 1954-1955
  2 PAC Activities - Memoranda, Correspondence, Release regarding IUE and CIO PAC Activities 1952
  3-4 Book Records, PAC - PAC Contribution Receipt, Books Lists, Correspondence 1951-1953
  5 Books Records, PAC - Correspondence, Lists of Books Distributed, Instructions 1954
13 6 PAC Correspondence 1952
  7 PAC Correspondence 1953-1954
  8 PAC Correspondence 1955
  9 PAC Local Chairmen - Correspondence, Lists, Circular Forms 1953-1955
  10 PAC Drive - Correspondence, Memoranda, Circular Letters to Local Unions 1954
  11 Ideas for PAC 1952-1953
  12 Material for Locals - "Memograms," Voting Records, Circulars sent to Locals by IUE Legislative Dept. 1954
  13 New England Delegation - Delegates List, Summary & Reports of Activities of IUE Delegates Air Force Conference 1953
  14 Officer's Report - Typescript Report - IUE-CIO Convention 1954
  15 Requests - Correspondence - Requests for PAC ephemera, posters & educational material 1952-1954
  16 Tax Fight - Legislative Dept. - "Memograms" & Correspondence 1954
13 17-19 Americans for Democratic Action - Press Releases, Clippings, Issues of ADA World 1954-1955
  20 Electrical Consumers Information Committee - Correspondence & Reports 1954-1955
  21 Friends Committee on National Legislation - Newsletters & Pamphlets 1951, 1953, 1956
  22 Labor's League for Political Education - Bulletins, Clippings, Leaflet 1955-1956
  23 National Committee for an Effective Congress 1954
  24 National Issues Committee - Bulletins, Pamphlets 1954
  25 Public Affairs Institute - Annual Report and Literature Catalog 1953
13 26 Workers Defense League 1955
13 27 Poll Tax 1955
  28 Polls & Surveys - Clippings & Reports 1952-1954

5. LEGISLATIVE FILES OF DIRECTOR KENNETH PETERSON , Date Span: 1955–1961, Bulk Date: 1957-1960, 6.0 LN.FT.

Organized alphabetically and chronologically under subject headings.

When Kenneth Peterson assumed the directorship of the IUE Legislative Department in April 1956, he initiated and maintained his own legislative research filing system. Though he continued to generate and collect many of the same records, publications, clippings, and legislative material as his predecessor, Peterson incorporated civil rights files into the larger body of his legislative files while removing his correspondence files. Moreover, the material he collected reflected a stronger orientation towards documenting the IUE legislative agenda and charting the progress of specific bills through congress. Reprints of proposed and amended bills, excerpts of House and Senate hearings, reprints of speeches from the Congressional Record, legislative bulletins, AFL-CIO Legislative Department reports and newsletters comprise a major portion of the series. Peterson's files also contain circular letters issued under Carey's name to members of Congress requesting action and a favorable vote on proposed legislation.

Major subject headings include: civil rights, labor reform legislation, unemployment insurance, federal aid to education, housing, school integration, extension of Social Security entitlement programs, increases in the minimum wage, and reform of House Rules Committee procedures to facilitate passage of economic and social legislation. Peterson's civil rights files chronicle the IUE's support for the Civil Rights Acts of 1957 and 1959, the proposal for a constitutional amendment banning the literacy test, and establishment of a civil rights commission. In the wake of the McClellan senate hearings on labor corruption and calls for labor reform legislation, Peterson kept detailed files on the enactment of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959 (Landrum-Griffin Act) and the Welfare and Pension Plans Disclosure Act of 1961. The legislative histories of earlier versions of the Landrum-Griffin Bill (the Kennedy-Ives Bill 1958, and the Kennedy-Ervin Bill of 1959) are also included in these files. IUE efforts to combat the passage of right-to- work legislation in several states is covered extensively. Peterson collated much literature--pamphlets, advertisements, bulletins--issued by trade and business organizations supporting the "open shop."

Box No. Folder No. Folder Heading Date Span    
13 29 Agriculture - Bills, Clippings, Releases, Carey Statement 1959-1960
  30 Agriculture - Bills for Migrant Farm Labor 1961
  31 Agriculture - Booklets: Migrant Labor; Voting Records on Agricultural Legislation; Bills: Mexican Farm Labor 1961
  32 Atomic Power - Statements, UAW Booklets, Congressional Quarterly reprints of floor action 1961
  33 U.S. Budget & Economy - Research Material, Booklets, Releases 1961
  34 Civil Rights - Correspondence from Congressmen on progress of civil rights legislation 1956
  35 Civil Rights - Reprints of Bills, Booklet on record of 85th Congress by ACLU 1958
14 1-2 Civil Rights - Bills, Resolutions, Legislative Releases 1959
  3-4 Civil Rights - News Clippings, Congressional Record Articles & Bills 1960
  5 Civil Rights - Correspondence & Clippings 1959
  6 Civil Rights Discharge Petition - Petition Lists, Congressional Quarterly Fact Sheets, Correspondence 1960
  7-8 Civil Rights - Labor Union Reports, Legislative Brochures, Congressional Quarterly Reports 1960
  9 Civil Rights - Press Releases, Clippings, Congressional Quarterly Fact Reports 1961
  10-11 Civil Rights Bills - Reprints of House and Senate Civil Rights Bills introduced in 1961 sessions of Congress 1961
  12 Constitutional Amendments - Reprints of Joint Resolution in Congress, Fact Sheets, & Correspondence 1956-1959
  13 COPE & Campaign Contributions - Reprints of Statements & Testimony - Hearings to regulate political action campaign contributions 1956
14 14 Defense: Berry Amendment - Reprints of Bills & Amendment regarding Defense Appropriation Bill of 1960 1959-1960
  15 Defense - Bill Reprints, Congressional Reports, Defense Appropriations 1959-1960
  16 Defense - Amendments & Voting Records on Defense Appropriations Act 1961
  17-18 Depressed Areas - Reprints od Anti-Poverty Legislation, Booklets on Community Development, Congressional Record excerpts of debates 1960
  19-20 Depressed Areas - Clippings, Voting Records, Congressional Record: Debate on Distressed Areas Bill 1961
  21 Depressed Areas Bills - Reprints of Bills on Depressed Areas, Legislation introduced in House & Senate 1961
15 1-2 Depressed Areas Bills - Reprints of Bills on Depressed Areas, Legislation introduced in House & Senate 1961
  3 Failure of Republican Administration - Political Action Leaflets & Booklets 1958
  4 Federal Agencies - Press Clippings & Releases 1958-1959
  5 Federal Agencies - Reports, Hearings, Proposed Legislation on Regulatory Agencies 1960-1961
  6 Federal Election Laws - Bill Reprints; Debates: Congressional Record; Roll Call Vote Records: Congress 1957-1960
  7 Federal Election Laws - Reprints of Bills, Voting Records 1961
  8 Foreign Aid & Policy - Bills, Congressional Quarterly Fact Sheets, Voting Records 1961
  9 Foreign Trade - Trade & Tariff Bills, Fact Sheets, Clippings, Legislative Pamphlets 1958-1959
  10 Foreign Trade - Booklet, Reprint of Paper on Trade 1961
15 11-12 Hells Canyon - Legislation; Statements: Hells Canyon Assoc.; House Interior Committee Hearings on proposed dam on Columbia River 1955-1959
  13-14 Housing - Bills, Pamphlets, Press Releases 1960
  15-16 Housing - Bills, Fact Sheets, Circulars, Voting Tabulations 1961
  17 House Rules - Congressional Quarterly Fact Sheets, Excerpts of Debates, Clippings - Reform of House Rules 1958-1961
  18-19 Immigration - Bill: Immigration & Citizenship Act of 1959; Legislative Releases 1958-1959
  20 Immigration - Reform Bill (Reprints) to amend McCarren-Walter Act 1960-1961
  21 Juke Box Bill - Bill Reprint, Senate Report, Correspondence 1958-1959
  22 Kohler Hearings - Press Clippings, Releases, Bulletins 1958
  23 Labor Legislation - House Bill to Amend NLRB Act; Clippings 1956-1957
16 1-2 Labor Bills Introduced in 1958, 85th Congress, 2nd Session - Bills: Labor Disclosure Act, Ives Bill (Labor Reform), Labor-Management Relations Act 1958
  3-5 Labor Legislation - Clippings, Correspondence, Research Material & Analysis, Statements: Kennedy-Ives Bill 1958
  6-7 Senate Labor Subcommittee Hearings - Statements, Testimony, Releases - Senate Hearings on Labor Reform Legislation 1958
  8-9 House Committee on Education & Labor Hearings - Congressional Testimonies Regarding Labor Reform Legislation - Kennedy-Ervin Bill 1958
  10-11 Senate Bill S.1555 - Bill Reprints, Amendments, Correspondence and Memoranda - Kennedy-Ervin Bill (Labor-Management Reporting & Disclosure Act of 1959) 1959
  12-14 Labor Bills Introduced in 86th Congress, 1st Session - Bill Reprints - Kennedy-Ervin Bill (Labor -Management Reporting Act) - House Versions 1959
16 15-17 Conference Version Labor Reform Bill - Debate on amendments to Landrum-Griffin Bill - Senator Wayne Morse Speech in Opposition to Conference Committee Labor Bill - Clippings 1959
  18-20 Labor-Management Reporting & Disclosure Act - Analysis, Booklets, Pamphlets, Statements, Clippings 1959
17 1-3 Labor Reform Bill: House of Representatives - Voting Records on Landrum-Griffin Bill; Statements in Opposition to Bill; Circulars & Memoranda; Analysis of Bill 1959
  4 Labor Legislation - Bill Reprints; Proposed Amendments to NLRB Act; Statements & Releases from AFL-CIO 1960
  5 Labor Legislation - Reprints of Bills; Amendments: Prohibition of strikes in defense plants; Common site picketing, Federal Employee Unions 1961
  6-7 Labor-Management Activities: Hearings - Press Releases & Bulletins, Clippings - Statements in re McClellan Hearings 1957-1958
  8 Labor-Management Activities: Hearings - Congressional Quarterly Fact Sheets, Bulletins & Press Releases - McClellan Hearings, Investigation of Racketeering - Juke Box Industry 1959-1961
  9 Movement of Industries - Proposed Bills, Investigations, Correspondence in re "Runaway Shops" 1959
  10 Minimum Wage - Bill Reprints, Statements, Correspondence on Minimum Wage Legislation 1960
  11 Minimum Wage - Correspondence, Statements, Releases 1961
  12-14 Minimum Wage - Analysis, Voting Records & Bill Reprints 1961
  15 Niagara Power Project - Clippings, Senate Report, Bills 1956-1958
  16 Presidential Inability - Bill Reprint, Debate excerpts from Congressional Record 1958, 1961
  17 Public Power - Government Reports, Clippings, Memoranda issued by Electric Consumers Information Committee 1956-1960
  18 Public Works - Bill Reprint, Clippings, Memoranda issued by Electric Consumers Information Committee 1958-1959
17 19 Race Prejudice in Election Campaigns - Human Relations Booklet, Clippings, Article on NECO Race Hatred Campaign 1959
  20 Subcommittee Hearings on Racial Integration in D.C. Schools - Releases, Statement of James B. Carey, Clippings 1956
  21 Resources - Bills pertaining to natural resources - Youth Conservation Corps. 1961
  22 Right-to-Work - Clippings 1958
  23 Right-to-Work - Memos: AFL-CIO COPE; Releases; Clippings 1953-1956
  24-25 Right-to-Work - Bills, Correspondence, Press Releases, Clippings 1957-1958
18 1 Right-to-Work 1959-1960
  2 Right-to-Work - Labor Dept. Bulletin, AFL-CIO Press Releases 1961
  3 Indiana Right-to-Work Law - Clippings 1959
  4-5 Right-to-Work Pamphlets 1958-1959
  6-7 Rule 22 (Filibuster) - Correspondence, Memoranda, Voting Record, Senators Brief 1956-1957
  8 Rule 22 (Filibuster) - Amendments, Resolution, Voting Tabulation, Releases 1959
  9 Rule 22 (Filibuster) - Clippings, Senators Brief, Statement by Leadership Conference on Civil Rights 1960-1961
  10-11 Schools: Aid to Education - Bills, Resolution, Testimonies, Clippings 1958-1959
  12 Schools: Aid to Education - Bills introduced, Releases, COPE Report 1960
  13 Schools: Aid to Education - Statements, Clippings, Congressional Quarterly Committee Roundup Releases 1961
  14-15 Schools: Aid to Education - Analysis, Voting Records, Bills introduced including National Defense Education Act 1961
  16 Schools: Desegregation - Bills introduced; Congressional Quarterly Legislative Reports on progress of Bills 1961
18 17-18 Social Security: Health Care for the Aged - Pamphlets, Congressional Reports, Statement by George Meany 1961
  19 State Legislation - Newsletter, Legislative Reports, California State AFL-CIO Federation Newsletter 1959-1960
  20 State Legislation - Booklet on State Labor Legislation and Mediation - State Government Finances and Federal Grants 1961
  21 States Rights - Bill on Review of Federal Grants to States; Pamphlet: The Bill of Rights and the States 1961
  22 Steel Prices - Bill Reprint; Statement on Anti-Trust Legislation in Steel Industry 1959
19 1 Supreme Court - Clippings: Supreme Court Rulings; Report; Bills regarding Restructuring of Court 1958-1960
  2 Supreme Court - Congressional Quarterly Reports - Court Rulings involving labor unions - Bill Reprint - Qualifications for Appointment 1961
  3 Taxes - Bill Reprints & Memoranda 1959-1960
  4 Taxes - Bill introduced - Corporate and Personal Taxes - Press Clippings, Bulletins & Releases 1961
  5 T.V.A. - Reports, Booklets, Statements 1961
  6 Unemployment - Bill Reprints - Extension of Federal Programs; AFL-CIO Releases; Clippings 1959-1960
  7-9 Senate Special Committee on Unemployment Problems - Articles, Exhibits, Statements, Testimony 1960
  10 Unemployment - Bills introduced to amend Employment Act of 1946; Releases; Articles & Congressional Quarterly Reports 1961
  11 Unemployment/Manpower Developmental Training Act - Bills Introduced, Legislative Analysis & Action, Congressional News Releases 1961
  12-13 Unemployment Compensation - Bill Reprints, Acts, Releases, Congressional Quarterly Reports - Unemployment Insurance 1961
19 14 Wages - Bill Reprints & Clippings 1956-1960
  15 Wages - Bills introduced to Protect & Increase Domestic Wages 1961
  16 Welfare & Pension Plans Disclosure Act - Bill Reprints, Memoranda, Releases 1958
  17 Welfare & Pension Plans Disclosure Act - Bills to amend Welfare & Pension Plans Disclosure Act; Testimony & Statements: Sen. Paul Douglas & William Schnitzler 1961
  18 Work Week Legislation - Bills; Congressional Quarterly Reports; Clippings 1957-1961


Bulk arranged in two chronological sequences; inter-office memoranda and correspondence files.

Contains outgoing and incoming correspondence and inter-office memoranda sent and received by Legislative Director Kenneth Peterson. The files chiefly document the wide array of activities performed by Peterson and the IUE Legislative Department. As director, Peterson had chief responsibility for framing the IUE legislative agenda and keeping IUE officers informed of the progress and status of pending legislation. His correspondence files include letters and memoranda from IUE legislative representatives which provide valuable information regarding the IUE's lobbying efforts, especially in the area of civil rights legislation and opposition to the Landrum-Griffin Act of 1959. In conjunction with the IUE Research Department, he coordinated the arrangements for IUE officers' appearances before congressional committees and panels. Peterson frequently corresponded with legislators to lobby for votes on targeted bills and arrange for the inclusion of statements and addresses made by IUE officers into the Congressional Record.

The bulk of the correspondence files highlight the IUE's position on significant labor, economic, and social legislation from 1956-1962. The union's affiliation with the AFL-CIO Legislative Department and cooperative relationship with various political organizations and interest groups to facilitate passage of legislation are covered extensively. Memoranda and correspondence from Peterson to Ed Rovner, Director of IUE-COPE (Committee on Political Activity), document his role in planning and coordinating the IUE's political action programs. Correspondence from IUE District Legislative Directors illustrates the IUE's concerted political and legislative action at the regional, state, and local levels, particularly in efforts to promote civil rights and defeat right-to-work legislation. Additional correspondence documents Peterson's administration of the routine affairs of the department, including requests for publications and documents from legislators and government bureaus, preparation of Legislative Department publications and sponsorship of conferences, workshops, and educational programs.

Box No. Folder No. Folder Heading Date Span    
19 19 Inter-Office Memos 1956-1957
  20 Inter-Office Memos 1958
  21 Inter-Office Memos 1959
  22 Inter-Office Memos 1960
  23 Inter-Office Memos 1961
  24 Inter-Office Memos 1962
  25 Inter-Office Memoranda: Semi-Monthly Reports - Reports made by Peterson to Carey 1961-1962
  26 Correspondence Apr.-July. 1956
20 1 Correspondence Aug.-Dec., 1956
  2 Correspondence Jan.-June, 1957
  3 Correspondence July-Dec., 1957
  4 Correspondence Jan.-Mar., 1958
  5 Correspondence Apr.-June, 1958
  6 Correspondence July-Sep., 1958
  7 Correspondence Oct.-Dec., 1958
  8 Correspondence Jan.-Mar., 1959
  9 Correspondence Mar.-June, 1959
  10 Correspondence July-Sep., 1959
  11 Correspondence Oct.-Dec., 1959
  12 Correspondence Jan.-Feb., 1960
  13 Correspondence Mar.-Apr., 1960
  14 Correspondence May-June, 1960
  15 Correspondence July-Aug., 1960
  16 Correspondence Sep.-Dec., 1960
20 17 Correspondence Jan.-Feb., 1961
  18 Correspondence March, 1961
21 1 Correspondence Apr.-June, 1961
  2 Correspondence July-Sep., 1961
  3 Correspondence Oct.-Dec., 1961
  4 Correspondence Jan.-Mar., 1962
  5 Correspondence Apr.-July, 1962
  6 Correspondence: Addresses - Civil Rights Mailing List; Wrong Addresses (Congressmen); Congressmen by IUE Locals 1958
  7 Correspondence: Congressional Testimonies 1957-1962
  8 Correspondence: Meetings with Congressmen 1959

7. "PREPARED MATERIAL", Date Span: 1954-1962, 0.25 LN. FT.

Arranged chronologically by date of preparation.

Contains circular letters, lithographed memoranda (IUE Memograms), educational pamphlets, COPE "flyers," civil rights speeches, reports, and resolutions. The staff of the Legislative Department had primary responsibility for the preparation of statements and addresses used by Carey, Flynn, and Peterson before House and Senate committee hearings on proposed civil rights legislation. A representative sample of the reports are included in this series. Serving as a clearinghouse for the dissemination of vital information on the legislative initiatives of the IUE, the department issued memoranda and circular letters to IUE District Presidents, members of the IUE Civil Rights Committee, local union presidents and IUE field representatives. The series also contains printed legislative agendas, lists of key legislators serving on important House and Senate committees, and analyses of voting patterns on targeted bills.

Box No. Folder No. Folder Heading Date Span    
21 9 Memoranda, Statements, Congressional Lists - Includes Statement by Carey before Senate Labor Subcommittee 1954-1955
  10 Form Letters to Field Representatives, Leaflets, Statements, and Summaries of Bills 1956
  11 Circular Letters, "Memograms," Leaflets, Statements - Regarding COPE activities and IUE Legislative Agenda 1957
  12 Circular Letters & Correspondence, Voting Record of House, Reports prepared for Employment Security Conf., Resolutions pertaining to Civil Rights Legislation 1958
  13 "Memograms" - Civil Rights & Labor Legislation, Voting Records on Labor Bills 1959
  14 "Memograms" - Social & Labor Legislation 1960-1962

8. GENERAL ISSUES FILES OF DIRECTOR KENNETH PETERSON , Date Span: 1951–1962, Bulk Date: 1956-1961, 2.0 LN.FT.

Grouped in two sequences, general issues and labor issues, contents arranged alphabetically by subject and topical heading.

Reference and administrative files created and maintained by Legislative Director Kenneth Peterson, documenting IUE staff conferences, workshops, educational institutes and activities concerning civil rights and various economic, labor, and legislative issues. Contains form letters, correspondence, agenda, releases, speeches and resolutions from IUE conferences on civil rights, women's issues, unemployment, and legislative affairs. Prominent correspondents include Senator Wayne Morse, Senator Hubert H. Humphrey, and Representative George McGovern. The series includes legislative reports presented to the IUE Executive Board and legislative resolutions adopted by IUE Conventions from 1953-1962. Peterson generated memoranda and correspondence regarding the procurement of defense contracts and IUE opposition to plant closures affecting its members. His general issues files contain Defense Department and General Services Administration brochures and manuals on procedures for competitive bidding and administration of defense contracts.

Peterson also maintained legislative reference files on such labor issues as strikes, runaway shops, Labor Department appointments, and international labor developments. Clippings, bulletins and publications, and IUE reports on these topics comprise the bulk of this portion of the general issues files.

Box No. Folder No. Folder Heading Date Span    
21 15 Job Application Correspondence - Reference Letters & Employment Correspondence 1961-1962
  16-17 Carey Letter - Landrum-Griffin Act 1959
  18 Civil Rights Resolutions 1951-1961
  19-20 Civil Rights Speeches & Reports - IUE Civil Rights Conferences & Full Citizenship Conference 1952-1962
  21 Conference - Majority Rule in Congress - Senator's Brief, Reports on Congressional Visits, Voting Record, Releases 1960
  22 Defense Contracts - Carb Manufacturing Co., IUE Local 477 - Correspondence & Clippings 1958
  23 Defenses Contracts - Krauter & Co., IUE Local 472 - Correspondence 1957-1958
  24 Defense Contracts - IUD Defense Procurement Committee - "Working Paper on Labor Aspects of Defense Procurement" 1959
22 1 Defense Contracts - Turbine Generators - Memoranda, Releases, Correspondence 1959
  2 Defense Contracts - Manual & Booklets on Administrative Procedures for Procuring Defense Contracts 1959-1960
  3 Defense Contracts - Memoranda, Clippings, Releases, Dept. of Commerce: Proposed Procurement, Sales and Contract Awards 1959-1960
  4-6 Defense Contracts - Dept. of Defense Manuals, Manufacturers Brochures, Releases, Memoranda, Correspondence 1961
  7 Defense Contracts - Correspondence, Minutes of meeting with Remington Rand Management to retain plant; Bill Reprint: Amendment to Small Business Act 1962
  8 Films - Memoranda, Leaflets, Advertisements, Labor Film Brochures 1956-1959
  9 Get Crooks--Not Unions - Correspondence: Requests for Pamphlet 1959
  10 Help Wanted - Correspondence: Requests for Film 1959-1960
22 11 Human Rights Day - Small Explosion - TV Program - Correspondence, Script, Discussion Guide 1958
  12 Import of Electrical Equipment - Reprint of Bill, Press Release, Congressional Record 1959
  13 IUE District Two Delegation to Congress on Unemployment, Mar. 18-19, 1958 - Correspondence, Conf. Report, IUE-CIO News Article 1958
  14-16 1st IUE Education-Legislative Institute, Apr. 20-24, 1958, Raleigh Hotel, Washington, D.C. 1958
  17 IUE Employment Security Conference, June 13-14, 1958, Washington D.C. 1958
  18 IUE Local 472 Retirees Luncheon, July 26, 1961, Congressional Hotel 1961
  19 IUE Strike Seminar, Mar. 8, 1957, Philip Murray Building - Seminar Reports & Correspondence 1957
  20 IUE Unemployment Meeting, Apr. 8, 1959, Eastern High School, Washington, D.C. - Correspondence, Statement 1959
  21 1st National IUE Women's Conference, June 17-18, 1957, Shoreham Hotel, Washington D.C. - Correspondence, Agenda, Program 1957
  22 Legislative Reports & Resolutions from IUE Conventions & Executive Board 1953-1962
  23 Posters - Posters & Correspondence 1958
  24 IUE Staff Conference, Nov. 12, 1956, Buffalo, NY, Districts 2, 3, & 5 - Correspondence, Delegates Lists, Agenda 1956
  25 IUE Staff Conference, Dec. 2-3, 1956, Philadelphia, PA, Districts 1, 4 & 6 1956
23 1 IUE Staff Conference, Jan. 13-14, 1957, Ft. Wayne, Ind., Districts 7, 8, 9, & 10 1957
  2 IUE Staff Meeting, June 21-24, 1957, Ottawa, Ill. - Correspondence 1957
23 3 Notes From Staff Conferences 1957
  4 Comments on Staff Conferences - Questionnaires 1956-1957
  5 Massachusetts Turnpike Authority - IUE Support for union for Turnpike Workers 1962
  6 Testimonial Dinner for William Snoots, Dayton, Ohio, April 18, 1958 - Correspondence & Article in District Seven News 1958
23 7 G.E. Meeting, New Orleans, LA, June 24, 1960 - Correspondence, "Ground Rules for Local Union Administrative Procedure" 1960
  8 International - Clippings, Booklets, Newsletters, Articles 1956-1961
  9 IUE - Clippings 1956-1961
  10 Miscellaneous - Clippings 1959-1960
  11 Proctor Electric Co., Philadelphia, PA - Disputes 1957-1958
  12-13 Runaway Shop File - Clippings, Reports, Bulletins 1954-1961
  14-15 Strikes - "Strike Assistance" Material, Clippings, Booklets 1955-1961
  16 Appointment of Lewis Strauss - Statements, Clippings, Bill Reprints 1959
  17 Union Staff Training Seminar, Fisk University, Nashville, Tenn. - Race Relations & Organized Labor 1957
  18 Western Electric, Local 1117 - Lay-Offs - Correspondence & Research Material 1956-1957

9. ORGANIZATION AND CONFERENCE FILES , Date Span: 1956-1961, 3.2 LN. FT.

Arranged alphabetically by folder heading

Consists of organization and conference records collected by IUE Legislative Director Kenneth Peterson, highlighting the IUE's efforts to construct a broad political coalition for the enactment of progressive social, labor, and economic legislation. IUE President James B. Carey, Secretary-Treasurer Al Hartnett, and Peterson served on many of the governing boards and advisory committees of the organizations represented in the series. In many cases, the IUE contributed financially to the organization and co-sponsored conferences and workshops. The bulk of the series is devoted to civil rights issues and legislative action. Chief topics covered are full citizenship legislation, voter registration reform, and school desegregation. Folder contents include newsletters and bulletins, circular letters, reports, conference proceedings, and correspondence and memoranda issued by many prominent civil rights groups. Representative organizations include the NAACP, National Urban League, National Association of Intergroup Relations Organization, National Congress of American Indians, American Jewish Committee, and the Religion and Labor Council of America.

The IUE Legislative Department cultivated close ties with the legislative representatives of many politically progressive organizations for the advancement of common legislative goals. Groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union and Americans for Democratic Action supported much of the IUE legislative agenda of the 1950s. The bulk of these folders contain newsletters and bulletins.

Through its affiliation with the AFL and the Industrial Union Department, the IUE galvanized its political and legislative clout. The AFL's Legislative Department coordinated the legislative activities of its constituent trade unions and their respective legislative directors. Both bodies sponsored many conferences during the 1950s covering a wide array of legislative issues, including civil rights. Conference proceedings, "fact sheets," and reports issued by both organizations provide detailed information on the legislative priorities and degree of cooperation among the member unions.

Box No. Folder No. Folder Heading Date Span    
23 19-20 A.D.A. (Americans for Democratic Action) - Newsletters, Clippings, Correspondence, Memoranda 1956-1960
  21 A.D.A. (Americans for Democratic Action) - Newsletters & Correspondence 1961
  22 AFL-CIO - Misc. - Clippings, Bulletins, Releases, Poster 1956-1960
  23 AFL-CIO Legislative Council & Administrative Committee - Bulletins, Meeting Minutes & Highlights 1956-1957
  24 AFL-CIO Legislative Council & Administrative Committee - Bulletins, Meeting Minutes & Highlights 1958-1959
  25 AFL-CIO Legislative Council & Administrative Committee - Bulletins, Meeting Minutes & Highlights, Fact Sheets 1960-1961
  26 AFL-CIO Economic & Legislative Conference, Mar. 11-13, 1958, Washington, D.C. - Fact Sheets, Program, Bulletins, Clippings 1958
  27 AFL-CIO: Present Status of Major Legislation - Monthly Bulletins of Congressional Activities 1961-1962
  28 AFL-CIO Unemployment Conference, Apr. 8, 1959, Washington, D.C. - Fact Sheets, Press Releases, Clippings 1959
  29 AFL-CIO Legislative Conference, Jan. 11-13, 1960, Washington, D.C. - Fact Sheets, Press Releases, Bulletins, Agenda 1960
  30 AFL-CIO Economic & Legislative Conference, Feb. 22, 1962, Shoreham Hotel, Washington, D.C. - Press Releases, Bulletins, Pamphlets 1962
24 1 AFL-CIO Staff Civil Rights Conference, Nov. 14, 1960, Cincinnati, Ohio - Correspondence 1960
  2 American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) - Weekly Bulletins, Clippings, Conf. Pamphlet, Constitution 1956-1959
  3 American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) - Weekly Bulletins 1960
  4 American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) - Weekly Bulletins 1961
  5-6 American Immigration & Citizenship Conference - Newsletters, Bulletins, Reports, Correspondence 1956-1961
24 7 American Jewish Committee - Bulletins (Joint Memorandum), Correspondence, Releases 1957-1961
  8 American Veterans Committee - Reports: Civil Rights in Military; Memoranda, Correspondence 1956-1961
  9 Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith - Bulletins (ADL Bulletin), Clippings, Directory of Public Human Relations Agencies 1956-1960
  10 Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith - Bulletins, Fact Sheets 1961
  11 Area Employment Expansion Committee - Bulletins, Fact Sheets, Reports 1959-1961
  12 Council Against Communist Aggression - Bulletins, Reports/Statements 1961
  13-14 Fund for the Republic - Bulletins, "Occasional Papers," Booklets, Clippings 1956-1960
  15 I.L.O. (International Labor Organization - Clippings, Bulletins, General Info. Pamphlet, Booklet: Technical Assistance Program 1956-1959
  16 I.U.D. (Industrial Union Dept.) - Conference Info., Resolutions, Pamphlets, Bulletins 1956-1958
  17 I.U.D. (Industrial Union Dept.) - Reports, Bulletins, Conf. Info., Constitution, Press Releases 1959
  18 I.U.D. (Industrial Union Dept.) - Bulletins, Resolutions, Reports: "Stock Option Scandal" & Job Growth 1960
  19 I.U.D. (Industrial Union Dept.) - Bulletins; Fact Sheets; Releases; Booklet: Resolutions; 1st Day Cover: George W. Norris Commemorative Stamp 1961
  20 I.U.D. Legislative Conference, Dec. 14-16, 1959, Philadelphia, PA - Memoranda, Correspondence, Fact Sheets 1959
  21 I.U.D. Legislative Conference, May 9-10, 1960, Willard Hotel, Washington, D.C. - Correspondence, Bulletins, Booklets, Delegates Lists 1960
24 22 International Economic & Social Development, Inc. - Bulletins, Booklets, Conf. Program, Memoranda 1956-1959
  23-24 Labor Unions - Clippings, Reports, Articles 1958-1960
25 1 ILGWU (International Ladies Garment Workers Union) - Clippings; New York Times Advertisement 1956-1959
  2 IUE 7th Constitutional Convention, Sept. 10-14, 1956, St. Louis, Mo. 1956
  3 IUE 7th Constitutional Convention: Officers' Report - Correspondence, Draft of Report, Clippings 1956
  4 IUE Convention Displays - Pamphlets, Resolutions, Report 1956
  5 IUE 8th Constitutional Convention, Philadelphia, Pa. - Resolutions, Memoranda, Clippings 1958
  6-7 IUE 8th Constitutional Convention: Officers' Report - Research Material, Drafts of Report, Memoranda 1958
  8 IUE Convention: Human Rights Award - Correspondence, Memoranda, Clipping 1958
  9 IUE 9th Constitutional Convention, Miami Beach, Fla. - Correspondence, Memoranda, Bulletins 1960
  10 IUE 9th Constitutional Convention: Officers' Report - Memoranda & Research Material 1960
  11 IUE Convention: Human Rights Award 1960
  12 Steelworkers - Clippings, Bulletins, Press Releases 1956-1962
  13 Steelworkers Contributions - Support of Steelworkers' Strike - Correspondence 1959
  14 Teamsters - Clippings, Reports, Articles, Bulletins 1956-1962
  15 Textile Workers - Clippings 1956-1959
25 16 UAW - Clippings, Press Releases, Bulletins, Reports 1956-1962
  17 UAW: Second Biennial Statewide Fair Practices & Civil Rights Conf., Columbus, Ohio, Mar. 31-Apr. 2, 1960 1960
  18 UE - Clippings, Circular Letters, Bulletins 1956-1962
  19 UE & Justice Dept.: "with regard to Subversive Activities Control Board" 1959
  20 Leadership Conference on Civil Rights - Bulletins, Correspondence, Memoranda 1956-1960
  21 Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, Feb., 1960, Washington, D.C. - Correspondence, Fact Sheets, Bulletins 1960
  22 Leadership Conference on Civil Rights - Bulletins, Correspondence, Releases 1961
  23 Leadership Conference on Civil Rights: Civil Rights Rally, Apr. 11-13, 1962 1962
  24-25 NAACP - Press Releases, Clippings, Bulletins, Annual Reports, Pamphlets 1956-1958
  26 NAACP: New England Regional Conference of Pittsfield, Mass., Apr. 26-27, 1958 - Correspondence, Conf. Program 1958
  27 NAACP - Press Releases, Clippings, Correspondence, Articles 1959
  28 NAACP - Press Releases, Bulletins, Articles: Thurgood Marshall 1960
26 1 NAACP - Press Releases, Bulletins, Articles: Thurgood Marshall 1960
  2-3 NAACP - Press Releases, Report: Racism & Organized Labor 1961
  4 NAIRO (National Association of Intergroup Relations Officials) - Bulletins, Pamphlets, Newsletters, Correspondence 1961
  5 National Civil Liberties Clearing House - Bulletins, Minutes, Proceedings: 9th Annual Conf., 1957 1956-1959
  6 National Civil Liberties Clearing House - Bulletins, Minutes 1960
26 7 National Civil Liberties Clearing House - Bulletins, Minutes, Conference Report 1961
  8-9 National Congress of American Indians - Bulletins, Reports, Newsletters, Pamphlets 1957-1961
  10 National Labor Relations Board 1961
  11 National Labor Service - Correspondence 1956-1960
  12 National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (R.E.A.) - Reports, Bulletins, Clippings, Statement 1958-1960
  13 National Urban League - Clippings, Reports, Bulletins, Pamphlets 1956-1961
  14-15 Religion & Labor Council of America - Bulletins, Correspondence, Reports 1956-1960
  16 Religion-Labour Council of Canada - Bulletins, Correspondence 1960
  17-18 Southern Regional Council - Reports, Bulletins, Correspondence 1957-1960
  19 Southern Regional Council - Reports, Pamphlets 1961

10. ELECTIONS AND CAMPAIGNS , Date Span: 1952-1960, Bulk Date: 1956-1960, 1.2 LN. FT.

Organized chronologically by election year, material thereunder arranged by subject headings.

Research files pertaining to campaigns and elections maintained by IUE Legislative Directors John J. Flynn and Kenneth Peterson. Folder items include: newspaper and periodical clippings, publications, typescript reports and memoranda from the Legislative Department to IUE officers, campaign leaflets, handbills, and literature, analyses of voting patterns and trends, and research bulletins issued by the AFL and IUE Committee on Political Education (COPE). In addition to the presidential elections of 1952, 1956, and 1960, there are several files devoted to "off-year" congressional and gubernatorial elections. Folder contents document the IUE's support for Democratic Party candidates Adlai Stevenson and John F. Kennedy and include research information on the nature of campaign contributions and the activities of political action committees. Several files contain issues of the Congressional Quarterly analyzing election results and voting patterns for the years 1957, 1958 and 1960.

Box No. Folder No. Folder Heading Date Span    
26 20 Record of the Eisenhower Administration 1952-1954
  21 Elections: Presidential, 1952 1952
  22 Elections: Congressional & Gubernatorial, 1956 1956
27 1-3 Elections: General, 1956 1956
  4-5 Elections: Presidential, 1956 1956
  6 Labor for Stevenson & Kefauver 1956
  7 Elections, 1957 1957
  8-11 Elections, 1958 1958
  12-14 Elections, 1960 1960
  15-17 Presidential Race: Democratic & Republican Candidates 1960
  18 Republican 1960 Congressional Campaign Speech Kit / Republican Congressional Committee 1960
  19 Requests for Contributions: Elections 1960
  20 Congress Requests for Luncheons, etc. - Invitations & Correspondence 1962