Scope and Content of the Collection
This collection comprises the papers of Alan Kistler, director of the Department of Organization and Field Services of the AFL-CIO from 1974 to 1986. It is especially rich in documenting his official activities as chief umpire in organizing disputes during the years 1987 to 1992. Also included is extensive correspondence to and from Kistler during the period from 1978 to 1985 while he served as director of the department, as well as departmental bulletins and memos from 1958 to 1970. There are a lot of research materials and files from initiatives and projects that Kistler worked on while employed at the AFL-CIO, as well as articles and clippings related to these activities and unions in general. Also included are union cards from before and during the time Kistler was employed at the AFL-CIO and small files regarding his work as mayor of Greenbelt, member of the D.C. Neighborhood Planning Council, and Hubert H. Humphrey Chair at the University of Minnesota.