The AFL-CIO Organization and Field Services Department is primarily responsible for coordination of union organizing, and monitoring union issues in elections. This collection is comprised of the charter files of the AFL and AFL-CIO which record the affiliation of national and international unions with the national body from 1886 to 1989.
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The Organization and Field Services Department of the AFL-CIO originated in the late 1930s within the AFL and the CIO in order to promote union success in elections after the Wagner Act was passed, as well as increase the number of unions and their membership through the operation of multiple regional offices. This collection is comprised of the charter files of the AFL and AFL-CIO which record the affiliation of national and international unions with the national body from 1886 to 1989. The records most frequently show the original application for affiliation and correspondence regarding changes in that affiliation over the years.
Additional information about departmental history and this collection available in the external document below.
The files are arranged alphabetically by key word of the union name.
The AFL-CIO Organization and Field Services Department transferred these records to the George Meany Memorial Archives on (date unknown). The George Meany Memorial Archives transferred these records as part of a major transfer of their archive and library holdings to the University of Maryland Libraries in 2013.
Archives staff at the George Meany Memorial Archives initially processed these records sometime before 2013. The University of Maryland Libraries received the records and the finding aid in 2013. In 2017, Bria Parker exported and cleaned the finding aid contents from the Eloquent Systems database using OpenRefine, and finally transformed the finding aids into Encoded Archival Description (EAD) using a series of programmatic scripts. The finding aid was ingested into ArchivesSpace in 2017, at which point Jennifer Eidson updated the descriptive content for accuracy. Revisions include changes to biographical/historical notes, scope and content notes, and the creation of new collection numbers. Jennifer Eidson also enhanced custodial histories and re-wrote collection titles to better conform to archival standards.