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AFL Office of the Secretary-Treasurer, George Meany records

 Collection 0039-LBR-RG2-006

The Office of the Secretary-Treasurer of the American Federation of Labor (AFL) maintained administrative and financial records for the activities of the AFL from 1940-1952. This record group contains files accumulated and created by the Secretary-Treasurer George Meany that span Meany's time as secretary-treasurer from 1940-1952. The files include geographic files, statements, and reports related to the Economic Cooperation Administration, as well as war files, reference files, calendars and engagement books, and speeches accumulated in the course of George Meany's time as Secretary-Treasurer.


  • 1940-1953

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.

Archival materials may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws or other regulations. While we make a good faith effort to identify and remove such materials, some may be missed during our processing. If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.


10.50 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of the Collection

This collection contains materials accumulated by George Meany in the Office of the Secretary-Treasurer from 1940-1952. Major subjects include the Economic Cooperation Administration as well as AFL involvement in wartime advisory committees. Materials include reports, correspondence, geographic files, war files, reference files, calendars and engagement books, and typescripts of Meany's speeches during his tenure as Secretary-Treasurer.

Organization of the Collection

This collection is arranged into five series, according to type and subject of file.

Series 1
Economic Cooperation Administration, 1948-1952
Series 2
War Files, 1941-1953
Series 3
Reference Files, 1941-1949
Series 4
Engagement Books and Calendars, 1940-1948
Series 5
Speeches and Addresses, 1940-1952

Custodial History

The Office of the Secretary-Treasurer 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 library and archive holdings to the University of Maryland Libraries in 2013.

Processing Information

Tom Connors at the George Meany Memorial Archives initially processed these records in July 1984. 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 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 Jen 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.

Guide to the AFL Office of the Secretary-Treasurer, George Meany records
Processed by Tom Connors at the George Meany Memorial AFL-CIO Archives.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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

University of Maryland Libraries
Hornbake Library
4130 Campus Drive
College Park Maryland 20742