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Asia and Australia, 1971-1981

 Series 2

This series contains correspondence, newspaper clippings, reports, periodicals, agendas, speeches, press releases, pamphlets, statements, invitations, and photographs (See Series 6: Photographs). The records date from 1971-1981, but most fall within the period 1972-1976.

Topics include financial and material assistance to AFL-CIO sponsored or supported projects and activities; civil war and disaster relief in Bangladesh; the Asian-American Free Labor Institute; government repression of trade unions in Bangladesh; United Nations; India/Pakistan relations; arrest of George Fernandes, chair, Socialist Party of India; 6th Pacific Region Productivity Seminar; Japanese Confederation of Labor (DOMEI)/AFL-CIO annual meetings; All Japan Seamen's Union; human rights violations in Nepal; Richard Nixon's visit to China; Turkey's invasion of Cyprus; and the military dictatorship in Turkey.

Major correspondents include: Michael Boggs; numerous DOMEI and General Council of Trade Unions of Japan (Sohyo) officers; James Ellenberger; Harry Goldberg; Nat Goldfinger (Director, AFL-CIO Research Department); R.J. Hawke (President, Australian Council of Trade Unions); numerous Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) officers; Lane Kirkland (Secretary-Treasurer, AFL-CIO); Ernest Lee; Jay Lovestone; Abdul Mannan (General Secretary, Jatio Sramik League [Bangladesh]); Edward McHale(Labor · Officer, U.S. Embassy, Australia); George Meany(President, AFL-CIO); Daniel Moynihan (U.S. Ambassador, India); M.A. Muttalib (General Secretary, Jatiya Sramik Federation [Bangladesh]); Morris Paladino; Leo Perlis, Director, AFL-CIO Community Services Department); Chen Shee-Shing (Director, Chinese Federation of Labor [CFL] [Taiwan]); and James C.H. Shen(Ambassador, Republic of China [Taiwan]).


  • 1971-1981

Language of Materials

Most of the material is in English, although Japanese, Korean, Malay, and Chinese appear as well.

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.


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Files are arranged alphabetically, and thereunder chronologically.

Library Details

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