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Ethical Practices Committee, 1940-1965

 Series 13

This series contains correspondence, testimony, reports, and exhibits created and collected during the activities of the AFL-CIO Ethical Practices Committee, established at the time of the merger to resolve serious problems of corruption in financial dealings or communism in political philosophy. The activities of the committee were concentrated in the years 1955 to 1965 but documents collected during the investigation of charges date as early as 1940. Also in this series can be found reports from the special senate committee led by John L. McClellan of Arkansas to investigate labor-management racketeering.


  • 1940-1965

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.


27 Linear Feet


The sub-series are organized into two sub-series which are arranged alphabetically by name of union involved and then according to the way the records arrived in the archives. Although the series has its own integrity, its arrangement upon arrival indicated that these were working files which several individuals collected and used.

Sub-series 1
General Files, 1955-1958
Sub-series 2
Cases before the Committee, 1940-1965, 1940-1965

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

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Hornbake Library
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College Park Maryland 20742