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CIO Executive Board proceedings

 Collection 0004-LBR-RG4-009
The Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) was formed in 1938 to organize workers in mass production industries. It operated as a separate rival labor organization to the American Federation of Labor (AFL) until they merged in 1955. This collection of CIO Executive Board proceedings is a key resource documenting the work of the CIO from 1942 to 1955.


  • 1942-1955

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.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies or digital surrogates may be provided in accordance with Special Collections and University Archives duplication policy.

Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs unless otherwise specified. It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission to publish materials from the appropriate copyright holder.

Archival materials may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws or other regulations. While we make a good faith effort to identify and remove such materials, some may be missed during our processing. If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.


7.50 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of the Collection

This collection consists of CIO executive board proceedings from 1942-1955.

Custodial History

The George Meany Memorial Archives received these records sometime before 2013. The donor and date of donation are unknown because it was not indicated on the finding aid. 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.

Related Materials

AFL Executive Council Correspondence, Minutes, and Vote Books, 1891-1954

American Federation of Labor (AFL), Executive Council minutes, 1893-1955

RG4-006 consists of AFL-CIO Executive Council Minutes from 1955 to 1996.

Processing Information

Archive staff at the George Meany Memorial Archives initially processed these records sometime before 2013. Before moving these volumes in 2013, Preservation staff from University of Maryland identified mold on them and implemented a plan to clean, rebox, and renumber the boxes containing the volumes. 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 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.
Guide to the CIO Executive Board proceedings
This collection was processed by archive staff at the George Meany Memorial AFL-CIO Archives.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

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