In December of 1955, the American Federation of Labor (AFL) and the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) merged into one entity, the AFL-CIO. This is a collection of AFL-CIO staff oral histories explores the history of the merger including challenges and successes.
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In December of 1955, the American Federation of Labor (AFL) and the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) merged into one entity, the AFL-CIO. This is a collection of AFL-CIO staff oral histories explores the history of the merger including challenges and successes. Persons interviewed include I.W. Abel, Andrew Biemiller, Irving Brown, Nelson Cruikshank, Joseph Curran, Evelyn Dubrow, Arthur Goldberg, Stanley Ruttenberg, William F. Schnitzler, J. Albert Woll, Albert Zack, and Charles Zimmerman, and other figures from the labor movement.
The George Meany Memorial Archives received these records in 1985. 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 between 1985 and 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 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.
In 2016, the transcripts were digitized and added to Digital Collections as JPEG files. A keyword searchable PDF version of the transcripts was created at the same time; please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.