Scope and Content of the Collection
This collection of miscellaneous political correspondence consists of letters from American presidents, secretaries and under-secretaries of executive departments and agencies, and from state governors. These letters were sent to American Federation of Labor Presidents Samuel Gompers and William Green. Inclusive dates are March 14, 1908 to April 7, 1924 for letters to Samuel Gompers and February 27, 1925 to February 28, 1944 for letters to William Green. Many letters are nothing more that acknowledgements of correspondence received from Gompers and Green, often on the occasion of the AFL Presidents sending copies of resolutions from annual conventions. Some letters contain information of more substance, such as one from Secretary of State Cordell Hull to William Green on August 25, 1938 about British policy towards prospective Jewish immigrants to Palestine (folder 12). Another significant letter was sent by Secretary of Labor, Frances Perkins, to William Green on July 2, 1942. It concerned the relevance of the Walsh-Healy Act to production of goods in federal prisons (folder 16).