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AFL-CIO Research Department, Frank Fernbach papers

 Collection 0033-LBR-RG13-002
Frank Fernbach worked in the Research Department of both the CIO and the AFL-CIO from 1942 to 1968. This collection contains his correspondence and subject files on matters related to agricultural policy.

Dates

  • 1942-1968

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

2.25 Linear Feet (2 paige boxes)

Scope and Content of the Collection

Frank Fernbach worked in the Research Department of both the CIO and the AFL-CIO from 1942 to 1968. This collection contains his correspondence and subject files on matters related to agricultural policy.

Biographical / Historical

Prior to the 1955 merger, Fernbach was Associate Director of Research for the CIO. From 1956-1962, his title was Economist, Department of Research, AFL-CIO. After 1962, served as assistant director of the department.

Via meetings with members of Congress, and the Department of Agriculture, and through press releases and research papers, Fernbach worked to influence the formulation of government policy. Agricultural issues of particular concern included parity, the accurate collection and analysis of agricultural statistics, and the development of a close working relationship between farmers and workers. Fernbach was particularly concerned with disproving the theory that increased wages for workers fueled inflation and hurt farmers.

Organization of the Collection

This collection is organized into two series:
Series 1
Correspondence, 1953-1967
Series 2
Subject Reference Files, 1942-1968

Custodial History

. The AFL-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

Maria Hughes 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 AFL-CIO Research Department, Frank Fernbach papers
Status
Completed
Author
Processed by Maria Hughes at the George Meany Memorial Archives.
Date
1990-05
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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