Scope and Content of the Collection
This collection contains a portion of Jay Lovestone's records for the years he worked most closely with the American Federation of Labor (AFL) and the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO). Known as the Jay Lovestone Files, these papers span 1939-1974 but mostly cover the period 1949-1969. The collection consists mostly of correspondence and reports but also includes financial records, writings, clippings, pamphlets, publications, photographs, and audiotapes. The records mainly document Jay Lovestone's activities as an executive of the Free Trade Union Committee (FTUC), the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU), and the AFL-CIO International Affairs Department.
Lovestone created these records through his activities at the ILGWU, the Free Trade Union Committee, and the AFL-CIO's International Affairs Department. They consist of Lovestone's extensive correspondence with overseas representatives of the Free Trade Union Committee, many of whom reported for the Free Trade Union News, and the office files associated with the Free Trade Union Committee.
The collection is of interest for research on the anti-Communist movement in America, Cold War labor union activities in other countries (particularly Asia, Europe, and South America), relief activities in the post World War II era through CARE (Cooperative for American Remittances Everywhere), the Free Trade Union Committee, The International Confederation of Free Trade Unions, and AFL and AFL-CIO's involvement in international affairs of this period.