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AFL, CIO, and AFL-CIO Committee on Political Education, Research Division records

 Collection 0080-LBR-RG22-001
The AFL-CIO's Committee on Political Education (COPE) was founded in 1955 to encourage workers to participate in political life. While COPE may have compiled voting statistics and published some of the printed material, this collection contains mostly secondary material issued by others and collected by office staff. The materials consists of correspondence, voting statistics, printed materials, and clippings pertaining to election campaigns, politicians, and political issues.

Dates

  • 1944-1979

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.

Extent

51.00 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of the Collection

The AFL-CIO Committee on Political Education (COPE) Research Division Files contain correspondence, voting statistics, printed material, and clippings pertaining to election campaigns, politicians, and political issues for the period 1944-1979. While COPE may have compiled voting statistics and published some of the printed material, this collection contains mostly secondary material issued by others and collected by office staff. Materials prior to 1955 were collected by either CIO-PAC or AFL-LLPE. These sub-group records are arranged into series according to topic and reflects the original organization of the records.

Biographical / Historical

Additional historical information about the Committee on Political Education is available in the external document below.

Organization of the Collection

This collection is organized into three series:
Series 1
State Election Files
Series 2
Richard Milhous Nixon Files
Series 3
American Medical Association: National Health Insurance

Custodial History

The AFL-CIO Committee on Political Education transferred these records to the George Meany Memorial Archives in four accessions in 1982, 1985, and 1990. 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.

Related Materials

Besides the University of Maryland COPE collection, other COPE materials, and materials relating to the AFL's Labor's League for Political Education, can be found at the Wisconsin State Historical Society. The AFL-CIO. Committee on Political Education: Records, 1946-1959, 1972, includes reference files, reports, and material gathered on Joseph McCarthy.

The Jack Kroll papers, 1919-1969 contain some COPE material and are located at the Library of Congress Manuscript Room.

Other materials relating to the CIO-PAC are located at the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs at Wayne State University.

The papers of James L. McDevitt, in the Pennsylvania Federation of Labor records, 1913-1965, are located at the Labor Archives at Penn State University.

Processing Information

Marcy Halbleib, Jake Wilson, Jennifer Winter, and Lee Sayrs at the George Meany Memorial Archives initially processed these records in 1984. 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.
Title
Guide to the AFL, CIO, and AFL-CIO Committee on Political Education, Research Division records
Status
Completed
Author
Marcy Halbleib, Jake Wilson, Jennifer Winter, and Lee Sayrs processed this collection at the George Meany Memorial Archive.
Date
1993-03
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
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

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