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CIO and AFL-CIO Information Department, Press Releases

 Collection 0048-LBR-RG20-003
This collection consists of press releases from the CIO and then from the AFL-CIO after the merger. The press releases were collected by the Information Department of the AFL-CIO.


  • 1937-1995

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.


34.00 Linear Feet (56 Hollinger boxes (one is housed horizontally) and 8 oversize boxes) ; Oversize boxes measure 15L x 10D x 3H

Scope and Content of the Collection

This collection consists of CIO press releases, bound and unbound, from 1937 to 1955 and AFL-CIO press releases, unbound, from 1956 to 1995. Material types include: press conferences, testimony, transcripts, and statements.

Organization of the Collection

This collection is organized into two series:
Series 1
CIO Press Releases, 1937-1955
Series 2
AFL-CIO Press Releases, 1956-1995

Custodial History

These records were probably transferred from the AFL-CIO Information Department; no further information is available. 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

Archives staff at the George Meany Memorial Archives initially processed these records. 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 2018, at which point Rebecca Thayer updated the descriptive content for accuracy. Revisions include changes to biographical/historical notes, scope and content notes, and the creation of new collection numbers. Rebecca Thayer also enhanced custodial histories and re-wrote collection titles to better conform to archival standards.
Guide to the CIO and AFL-CIO Information Department, Press Releases
Finding aid created by archives staff 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