Scope and Content of the Collection
This collection continues the International Affairs Department Country Files for the years 1945 to 1971 (RG18-001) and is organized by region as indicated in the series description. The date range for this collection is 1969-1981, with a bulk date range of 1972-1976. The collection consists primarily of reports made by representatives of trade union delegations, unions, and the AFL-CIO on the trade union movement and on the political, social, and economic situation in particular countries. Topics include: drought relief, civil war, repression, refugees, apartheid, disaster relief, human rights, genocide, labor in Turkey, labor in Bangladesh, Basque workers, political unrest, anti-communism, guest worker, Sandinista Revolution, and political dissidents.
Material types include: correspondence concerning invitations, delegations, and requests for assistance; congratulatory messages; speeches, proposals, press releases, newspaper clippings, and photographs.