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CIO Research Department, Everett Kassalow papers

 Collection 0007-LBR-RG13-004
Everett Kassalow worked for the CIO from 1945 to 1950 in a variety of roles including Associate Director of research for the CIO Department of Research and Education. This collection contains his files from the time when he worked for the CIO, primarily in 1949 and 1950 as Associate Director of Research and Executive Secretary of the Full Employment Committee. Materials included are: drafts of a CIO manual, committee and training programs, corporation financial reports, information on the CIO reaction to Senator James Murray's 1949 bill on economic expansion, and notes and correspondence on articles for Economic Outlook.

Dates

  • 1947-1951

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.

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Extent

0.5 Linear Feet (1 box)

Scope and Content of the Collection

Everett Kassalow, a native New Yorker, worked as Associate Director of Research for the CIO Department of Research and Education from 1945-1947 and 1949-1950. This collection contains his files from the time when he worked for the CIO, primarily in 1949 and 1950 as Associate Director of Research and Executive Secretary of the Full Employment Committee.

Included are drafts of When Unemployment Hits, a 1949 CIO Manual (pub. no. 174), published by the Community Services Committee in conjunction with the Full Employment Committee on developing services to meet the needs of the unemployed. Other items include programs for the CIO Committee on Regional Development and for the CIO Community Services Training Institute (both August 1949), corporation financial reports from 1950, information on the CIO reaction to Senator James Murray's 1949 bill on economic expansion, and notes and correspondence on articles for Economic Outlook. The folders for the Full Employment Committee include a 1947 letter from CIO President Philip Murray to Nat Cowan establishing this committee.

Biographical / Historical

Everett Kassalow worked sporadically for the CIO from 1945 to 1950. He was born in New York. After receiving a bachelor's degree in social sciences from City College of New York, undertaking graduate studies at American University, and research for various U.S. government agencies, he became associate director of research for the CIO Department of Research and Education (1945-1947, 1949-1950), research director for the United Rubber Workers (1947-1949), and the executive secretary of the CIO Full Employment Committee and the CIO Committee on Economic Research (1949-1950). He then worked for the National Security Resources Board (1950-1953), the International Cooperation Administration to the American Embassy in Paris (1954-1957), and the United Auto Workers (1957-1958). In 1958, he joined the AFL-CIO's Industrial Union Department.

Arrangement

Arrangement is alphabetical by topic or committee name and then chronological within folders, except for the correspondence.

Custodial History

After Kassalow left the CIO in 1950, these files were transferred to Nat Goldfinger, who succeeded Kassalow as associate director of research and as secretary of the Committee on Economic Policy.

The CIO Research Department transferred these records to the George Meany Memorial Archives in 1982. 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.

Processing Information

Todd J. Kosmerick at the George Meany Memorial Archives initially processed these records in 1990. 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.
Title
Guide to the CIO Research Department, Everett Kassalow papers
Status
Completed
Author
Processed by Todd J. Kosmerick at the George Meany Memorial AFL-CIO Archives.
Date
1990-08
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

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