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John Lewis, 1919-1971

 Series 6

Images document Lewis' years as head of the United Mine Workers of America (UMW), the Committee on Industrial Organizations, and later the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO), 1919 to 1969, as well as the unveiling of a bust of Lewis at the National Portrait Gallery in 1971. The images date primarily from the 1930s and 1940s. Most of the group images are of Lewis with major labor leaders, including Philip Murray, Sidney Hillman, George Meany, William Green, Frank Morrison, David Dubinsky, and Mike Quill. There are a few images of Lewis with political figures of the era, most notably Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia of New York City, and of Lewis involved in merger discussions between the AFL and the CIO in the late 1940s, Lewis with author and activist Saul Alinsky, Lewis in meetings involving negotiations over coal industry disputes, and Lewis receiving a plaque from the National Negro Congress in 1940.


  • 1919-1971

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to the public and must be used in the Special Collections reading room. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.

Researchers must wear white gloves when handling photographs or negatives in this collection.


1.50 Linear Feet (1 Hollinger box and 1 oversize box (also includes folders from RG96-001, Series 7))

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

University of Maryland Libraries
Hornbake Library
4130 Campus Drive
College Park Maryland 20742