Scope and Content of the Collection
This collection, consisting of correspondence, reports, minutes, contracts, constitutions, speeches, printed material, and clippings, contains records produced and collected by the AFL-CIO's Department of Organization and its regional offices for the period 1955-1973, although most documents are dated 1963-1973.
The great bulk of these papers, in particular the activity reports, service reports, monthly reports, document the activities of AFL-CIO organizers throughout the country. Additionally, the monthly reports written by regional directors present general analyses of affiliated union organizing and service activities in particular regions. In other documents, the quantitative aspects of these reports are tabulated in number of man-days spent on each activity and with what organization.
This collection contains information and materials that would be valuable to students and researchers interested in the development of the AFL-CIO's Department of Organization and its efforts to develop new organizing approaches and techniques and to increase the growth of unionism among the unorganized, especially white-collar, service, textile, wood and agricultural workers. The records offer extensive information on the Los Angeles-Orange Counties campaign, (1965-1973), the Baltimore-D.C. campaign (1966-1973), and numerous other organizing campaigns that began in the late 1960s.