Scope and Content of the Collection
This collection contains those records Irving Brown created and collected while occupying several positions within the American Federation of Labor (AFL) and the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO). The Irving Brown Files span 1943-1989, with the bulk occurring during his two stints as the AFL and AFL-CIO European representative 1946-1961, and 1973-1978. The majority of the collection comprises correspondence and clippings, but there are also reports, writings, pamphlets, publications, and financial records.
This collection offers valuable material for researchers investigating the foreign policy of American trade unions and the industrial relations and politics of many countries around the world during the post-World War II era. The collection is particularly strong with regard to labor and politics in France, Germany, and Italy. The trade union situation in Algeria, Tunisia, Greece and Turkey are also well documented, and there are materials from many countries in Africa and Asia. Brown's papers also provide information regarding the inner workings and activities of international labor bodies as well as refugee and human rights organizations, particularly in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union.