Scope and Content of the Collection
This collection documents the first eight years of George Meany's 27-year tenure as president of the AFL and the AFL-CIO, 1952-1960. The collection includes records as early as 1944; the early dates can be accounted for as records that Meany brought from the secretary-treasurer's office after his election as president. The collection includes correspondence with national and international unions, government departments, state central bodies, city and county central bodies, as well as with federal labor unions engaged in strikes. There are also files Meany maintained regarding disputes, mergers, and internal problems. The miscellaneous correspondence includes interaction with church and civic organizations, research institutes, and prominent individuals and covers his interests beyond the labor movement. Meany's interests in foreign policy and labor movement internationally are represented in this collection as well, as are his speeches and statements, and general reference files. Types of materials include: correspondence, telegrams, personal letters and invitations, reports, speeches, statements, memoranda, and printed matter.